- Massage Therapist
This book is AMAZING, PROFOUND and LIFE-CHANGING! Here's why. My first experience with hip pain began 30 years ago during my 4th of 6 pregnancies. I saw a naturopath who pulled, tugged and torqued on my right leg to restore equal leg length.... or so he said. The pain quieted down for several years. Next there was sudden low back pain after baby #5 arrived. Egoscue's book 'Pain Free' helped. When my 6th child entered 10th grade I pursued yoga teacher training as I was looking to re-invent myself as the empty nest loomed. During my training I noticed immense tightness during bent knee twists to the right. Hummm.....strange? About 4 years into teaching yoga at a local community college SI joint pain came on with a vengeance! I developed SIBO. Physical therapy helped however the SI pain recurred repeatedly. Why?? Then a spinal X-RAY provided the shocking 'diagnosis' - scoliosis. What?? How could I make it to age 62 and not know I had a 33 degree right C-shaped scoliosis from T12 - L4?? I was crushed. I quit my yoga teaching job. So I set out to 'fix' my deformed spine. I attended a brutal, 2-week long chiropractic bootcamp for scoliosis, bought a traction chair and after 6-weeks of following an extensive exercise/traction protocol....my curve reverted from 19 back to 33 degrees. Next came an online scoliosis correction protocol, then Egoscue and my pain kept morphing, ebbing and flowing but mostly worsening. Last year I discovered the Spiral Stabilization Clinic in Prague, Czech Republic....contacted one of their therapists in London and spent 2 weeks at the clinic in Prague. After 16 months of daily practice my pain was much better however it was unpredictable and still shifting and morphing. I never felt the Spiral Stabilization program specifically addressed lumbar scoliosis. About 8 months ago I developed ileocecal valve syndrome. What next?! Now the Spiral Stabilization exercises that brought relief seemed to be tightening my whole core and amplifying my pain in new ways. I moved like a robot as any spinal flexion caused sheering pain until my muscles warmed up. I could only spend an hour or so either sitting or standing before having to lie down, rest and pray the pain would quiet down. My right side ached insanely. 5 of my 6 children were born at home - I have a REALLY high pain tolerance but the relentless, unpredictable nature of the pain I was experiencing was causing bouts of depression. I found myself digging my fingers into my right illium in an attempt to relieve the pain. Then I remembered a course I took years ago called 'Touch for Health' and decided to check the course manual to see what the iliacus muscle was an indicator muscle for. Hummm....ileocecal valve issues! Wow! So how do I 'fix' this?? As fate would have it.....I learned about a new cranial sacral/polarity/massage therapist/Energy Medicine 'guru' named Michael who had relocated to my small town from Colorado. There are no accidents in life! When he worked at releasing my iliacus the first time it was intense! He told me about the Hip Hook. I ordered it as soon as I got home. My first Hip Hook exploration after watching several of Christine's very well done video tutorials was really difficult. The next day was rough. I set the device to the side in frustration. A week or so later I watched Christine's interview/Podcast with Dr. Bri "The Effect of the Iliacus on Digestion and Pelvic Health." When their conversation shifted to SIBO I almost fell off my chair. I kept screaming, 'root cause!!, root cause!!' Now it is all coming together! OMG, I have to get her book and I HAVE TO GET BACK ON THAT HIP HOOK! . . . . which I did and just like she says on her website, it will get easier and easier once the iliacus starts releasing and calms down. It would be hard to find the words to convey what a remarkable change has occurred in my body over the last 2 weeks of daily (sometimes twice daily) work using the Hip Hook, your 4" ball and the brilliantly simple and doable sequence described in your book. I went from an engaging, fun, expansive, though short-lived career as a yoga teacher and being an avid hiker of the Grand Canyon to being left behind, left out, in near constant pain, depression, loneliness and fear to a place of hopefulness and curiosity about what my future will evolve into now that I am armed with the tools Christine has created. I hope you sell millions of your Hip Hooks, special 4" balls and that your book becomes a Best Seller! As a former Occupational Therapist I must say I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your background as a curious and obviously gifted P.T. I will be eternally grateful for the brilliant work you do in this world and the amazing change it is allowing me to create in my body, mind and spirit! Thank you Christine!
My tight hip causes tendonitis in my posterior tibialis muscles, not to mention poor range of motion and my hip popping a lot. The first time that I used this product, I could feel muscles spasm and release across my abdomen, back, glutes, up my back, and down to my ankles. It was quite uncomfortable, but not to the same extent that a Physical Therapist or Massage Therapist digs in. It seemed to relax in layers and gradually went deeper as the muscles above it relaxed.
Hi Shannon, Everything that you mentioned with how your body reacted when using the Hip Hook is totally fine. That is great to hear that the muscles began to relax as you continued to apply the pressure. Happy muscles don't hurt, and that discomfort should be able to improve over time as you continue to release the tension that has built up in your hip flexors. Consistency is key! Please keep us posted on how you are doing and feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com with any questions. Live with Ease, Team Aletha
I am getting my mobility and balance back. It has helped me from the top of my neck to the bottoms of my feet. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. My goal is to be hiking further, faster and in more comfort by Christmas and possibly without hiking sticks in the summer. ( and to be able to do stairs again...) I send your promo out to all my family and friends.