My husband introduced me to The Miracle Ball Method when I was experiencing some pain in my shoulder. Tight muscles had caused pain and inflammation in my right shoulder and I was in excruciating pain. I was willing to try anything natural. Surprisingly, the method was simply to lie on the balls and relax. Who couldn’t use an excuse to relax? I started lying on the balls immediately and felt some relief after only a few days. My shoulder is now almost completely healed as well as a few other back issues I had. When I lie on the balls I know it’s working to release my muscles because I hear my back cracking as the muscles release and allow my spine and joints to move back to where they were born to be.
What these are
Have you ever seen a yoga ball? They are the large balls that people sometimes use for ab work. Well, Miracle Balls are made of a similar material but are only about five inches in diameter.
How they work
From the Miracle Ball website, “EPM [Elaine Petrone Method] trains your nervous system whereas most exercise programs focus on moving your muscles. EPM believes that in order to get the muscles to move easily without pain, the secret lies in training the brain to regain feeling in key parts of the body. A Body Dialogue is emphasized. This reciprocal communication of body to brain gives us the potential to experience movement integrating all parts of the body. Stress is then lifted from chronic pain areas of your body. Common areas of pain are low back, hips, shoulders, neck just to name a few.”
Tip 1: For added release I drape myself face-down over by 75cm yoga ball and relax. I’m providing traction to my back which also helps to release my lower back. Again, I can hear the vertebrae releasing as I do this.
Tip 2: Strengthen your core, exercise and keep yourself in shape.
Tip 3: Many alignment problems are caused by injuries that aren’t properly healed. I see my chiropractor regularly and make special visits if I torque my back or fall (anyone shoveling snow?). By getting my spine realigned right away I prevent my muscles from getting used to protecting the injured area.
Tip 4: For an all over realignment of your body to its pre-misaligned state, consider Rolfing or Hellerwork. The way it was described to me, these methods release the fascia which allows the muscles to move properly. Rolfing is known to be very painful and Hellerwork is Rolfing that doesn’t hurt. Literally, the founder, Joseph Heller, was a Rolfer who devised a method of doing Rolfing without the associated pain.
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor so please don’t take this as medical advice. See your doctor and show them the balls and talk about whatever exercises you’re going to do before you start.
View the Miracle Ball Method on Amazon.com: The Miracle Ball Method