Breathing, although a natural function, can sometimes be a challenge. So I break out my neti pot and use it to clear out my stuffy nostrils before using the Backhealer balls. Instantly, I notice it’s easier to breathe through my nose and take in the deeper breaths necessary for an effective practice.
Maybe I’m impatient, but now that’s done I’d rather jump right into digging the balls into my muscles rather than beginning in Savasana. Since I think this would not impress neither my body nor Steve, I decide to listen to a 15-minute guided mediation to start. I lie flat on my back and focus on taking equally long breaths in and out as the music plays.
After the meditation calms me down, I choose to begin by releasing an unlikely, new favourite: my psoas muscles. True, these muscles have been top offenders in making me feel dizzy and queasy, though now they actually take away the most pain when they finally let go.
Most importantly, they are releasing way faster than ever before. A few weeks ago I wasn’t even sure anything was happening other than I was feeling really uncomfortable, and now I feel more space along my spine after about 10 minutes of using the ball. Although my psoas muscles aren’t perfectly where I want them to be, the progress I’ve made is obvious.
As for my butt cheeks, they still want to hold on for dear life. Fortunately, there are some stretches I do that give them more of a push to release. In the meantime, I find inspiration from my psoas muscles when working on them and keep praying for a looser bum.
Because this is actually my second session on the ball today, I let myself keep it short at around 30 minutes. To finish, I return to Savasana and spend a few moments practicing my deep breaths. And, for now, I feel good.
Jenna – A freelance journalist using the Backhealer method to recover from a herniated disc.