“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
Good morning peeps, meditation done.
Quote for the Day:
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
Some of you may find today’s quote strange, as it sounds negative.
But my take is Churchill was emphasising that when you are going through a bad time and everything seems to be going wrong and you feel like you cannot go on, you must keep going and never, ever, ever give up.
Yesterday I went to see the physiotherapist up here in the Highlands. She went through the extent of my injury with me and discussed how long I had been teaching and training people whilst carrying my hip flexor injury steadily making it worst on a daily basis for about eight months by constantly gripping my Glutes and tucking my hips under whilst teaching Barre over emphasising the movement for demonstration purposes in class.
Years of playing sport and being a professional dancer had taught me to be able to work through pain, but in this case ignoring the pain was harmful, causing damage and making my injury worse on a daily basis.
The result for me was the injury spread from round the front of my hip deep in the head of my Psoas Major muscle to round the back into the Gluteus Maximus and also in the Piriformis muscle in the buttock all of which contributed to the onset of Sciatica.
We talked through what I had been doing to recover, lots of hip flexor and Glute stretches, she was impressed with the amount of stretches, I knew and could physically do injury or no injury and then said it was the first time she had seen a client be able to get into splits whilst treating them.
I remembered I had also been rolling on top of a tennis ball, which is extremely painful but a great way of releasing the tension in the injury through “Self-Myofacial Release”, which again she said was the right thing for me to be doing.
But I was not surprised when she said I would not be able to go back to London next week to resume teaching yoga at Chelsea and clients, but then to my horror she said that teaching on my yoga retreat on December the 10th in Morocco at the Magazan Beach and Golf Resort was looking in Jeopardy as well.
I was in shock, she said I was doing all the right things to recover from the injury but there was eight months worth of aggravation to undo and the only thing that was going to do that was to rest, lay off teaching and concentrate on healing my own body through doing my own daily yoga practice, whilst increasing the duration and intensity of my practice a little bit each day and Increasing the length of my walks with my dogs each day.
She gave me one very specific Glute strengthening exercise after I had been shocked at how much weaker my injured right leg was compared to my left as it is usually the other way round.
She revealed this was to be expected and my leg was still really strong, but it was just weaker than the other one because of the length of time it had been injured for.
She said to continue with my back bends, which were good for both my hip flexor injury and the Spondyloarthrppathy -joint disease of the vertebral column that my MRI scan had revealed.
She told me that the strong core I have built up from my years of training was preventing this from causing me any trouble but I would need Rheumatology referral to check there was no lasting damage and my needed to keep my core strength up.
She recommended I continue with having a hot bath in the evenings followed by my stretching and end the night by icing the injured area.
Finally she referred me for hydrotherapy treatment at the Puffin Pool.
At the end I began to feel much more positive, she told me I know exactly what I have to do to repair the damage and make my body stronger and I have the best person to put me through my regime and knows my body better than anybody else could possibly do – Myself.
I left the hospital in pain, but full of hope that I can recover in time to take my retreat. I have a week until I have to make a decision as to whether I will be able to take my retreat or not.
Yes I am going through hell at the moment with my body and some very painful injuries and by the nature of what I do for a living affects my financial wellbeing, but I will keep going doing what I need to do on a daily basis to succeed and I will Never, Ever, Ever Give Up.
Have a Wonderful Wednesday
Breathe, Believe and Achieve
Be Happy, Healthy and Wise
Keep on Winning Smiling and Living the Dream