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Motivate Me! Motivate Me!

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I blogged the other day about an interview I heard with Simon Sinek, and I compared his Betting vs. Investing discussion to what happens with a lot of our clients as they travel through chronic pain. As I was listening to it again (it was that good), something else jumped out at me about courage. I know first-hand that dealing with chronic pain can be frightening. If you are anything like I was, you’re scared that you’re always going to hurt, you fear you’ve done irreparable damage to your body, and the diagnosis you’re given (and then go home and quickly google) leaves you certain that you have about two weeks to live! (Even though everyone involved knows that what you’re dealing with is a changeable condition, not a disease.)

So, as I was listening to the interview a second time, Simon Sinek and Ken Coleman, the gentleman interviewing him, had this dialogue:

“What I learned is that one of us can do anything without the help of others. Our courage comes from the courage of others.” — SS

“Oh, wow…that’s good: When we don’t have courage, it’s okay to borrow it from others.” — KC

“You know, when you do the Marine Corp Marathon, there are Marines that run the marathon in full gear. And, when the Marines are struggling and they don’t think they can do it, they scream out, ‘Motivate me! Motivate me!’ They don’t scream out, ‘I don’t think I can do it,’ they scream out, ‘Motivate me!’ In other words, they make it the team’s responsibility to keep everyone on the team going, and I love that.”

So, let me break that down for you. You don’t have to have courage. You don’t have to be strong. This journey you’re on isn’t designed to be a solo mission. And let me be the first to say that if you don’t have courage, if you’re fearful, I get it. Trust me, boy do I get it.

I’ve been there.

I’ve shed the same tears.

I’ve had the same thoughts.

I’ve heard the same doubting voices in my head.

I want to tell you that you have a partner in this. You don’t have to do this alone. Yes, you have to do the work, but you’re part of a team. Now, having been through this process as a client, I have courage for you. Nothing you tell me scares me. No diagnosis you bring to the table is “too big.” I don’t believe for one second that you’ve waited too long or that you’re too far gone.

There will be times as you go through this process that you feel like you can’t go on. You’ll think there’s not enough time. You’ll get discouraged. You’ll hit a plateau. Your mind will tell you to quit. That’s when you need to yell, “Motivate me! Motivate me!,” and we’ll do exactly that.

If you’re scared, here’s a little motivation for you: take two minutes and download our Four Free E-cises and start the process. Your body will thank you for it.

QUESTION: When have you felt like giving up?

Betting vs. Investing

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I was listening to an interview with author Simon Sinek the other day when he said something that struck me. He was talking about the business world and specifically, discussing company stocks that have performed steadily over their existence. He discussed how, when deciding where to invest our money we often times hope and “bet” that a company will succeed, rather than “investing” in companies that have a proven track record of success.

Or course, I immediately made the comparison to our clients and the body. Too often (almost daily), I talk to clients who have “tried everything.” They’ve done multiple modalities, some have had multiple surgeries, all are at their wit’s end. All this time, they’ve been “betting” that something, anything will work for them. Most of the time they have bet on an outside entity–someone else to do the work, a brace to stabilize, a pill or perhaps even a new joint to numb the pain.

However, instead of betting on something external of themselves, they should have been “investing” in what they’ve already known will fix the problem–their own body, and their innate wisdom about what needs to happen to eliminate their pain. There’s a proven track-record that the body heals itself.

Think about it this way, if you cut your arm, it doesn’t stay cut. If you break your leg, it doesn’t stay broken. Deep down, you know what needs to happen. You know your neck pain and your knee pain are connected. You know your body is twisted and misaligned. You know what the answer is. Perhaps you don’t know where to turn for the answer, but all the while, you’ve known what it takes to get pain free.

To relate it back to Simon Sinek’s comments, just like those businesses that have performed steadily, your body has performed steadily over its existence. It’s designed to run, jump, climb, skip and hop–all pain free (and you can remember a time when you were able to do all those things pain free!). It’s designed to twist, bend, squat, and lift–again, all pain free. I’d imagine you can remember doing those things free of pain and limitations as well. When the body can’t accomplish those things pain free, it tells you. You get a very clear signal that’s alerting you to the fact that you’re out of balance and that something’s off.

Let me be clear: Pain doesn’t mean you’re broken. Quite the opposite, in fact. Again, your body is performing steadily, and exactly like it should. Your hip is designed to degenerate, your disc is designed to herniate, and your meniscus is designed to tear. If these things weren’t designed to happen, they wouldn’t. It’s as simple as that. How quickly we stop trusting our perfectly designed body! We can’t lose sight of the fact that it’s a steadily performing machine. You don’t need to rely on an outside source to “fix” it. Instead, trust your instincts, listen to it, and “invest” in what you already know to be true.

If you’re looking to “invest” in your steadily performing machine, take a minute and download our Four Free E-cises to start your journey to a pain free life.

QUESTION: What do you believe is causing your pain? (That’s a very different thing than what you’ve been told!)

Christmas in July! Part 2

Book Bundle Giveaway


THANK YOU to all of you who helped spread the word about last week’s giveaway! We had a great response, and ONE LUCKY WINNER took home a bottle of dōTERRA oil and a diffuser! Let’s keep the momentum going and give away some more stuff!

This week we are giving away a copy of each of Pete Egoscue’s books! From The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion (Pete’s first book) to Pain Free Living (his most recent book), this book bundle is PACKED with life-changing info. You can keep these books all for yourself, or you can share the pain-free message with your friends and family. With books this good, EVERYONE WINS!

Here’s what you need to do to win!

1. Like Egoscue Nashville on Facebook and/or follow Egoscue Nashville on twitter.

2. Share the link for this post with your social circle.

3. VERY IMPORTANT: Let me know that you have shared this post by commenting on the Egoscue Nashville Facebook page. Or, you can mention Egoscue Nashville in a tweet.

4. Win! And be on your way to experiencing essential oils!

QUESTION: If you’ve read one (or more) of Pete’s books, which one is YOUR favorite? If you haven’t, which one are you most looking forward to reading?

Also, if you’re struggling with chronic pain and curious about how Egoscue can help, take a couple minutes and watch this video:

Resting an Injury

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How many of you, when injured or in pain, have taken some time off from your desired activity? I’m sure you have. Heck, I have. It makes sense, right?

If _____ hurts, then if you stop doing _____ you won’t hurt.

Common sense if you ask most folks.

However, it makes no sense if you ask me (Even though I’ve done it!).

Almost daily I talk to new clients who have been told that they need to rest their pain or injury in order for it to go away. But, let’s think about that for a second. Let’s compare this situation to a problem that you have with your car. Let’s say your “Check Engine” light comes on or your brakes are squeaking. Naturally, you take your car to the mechanic, but what if instead of fixing it, he suggests that you simply don’t drive it?

“Just park it in your driveway for a couple weeks and you should be fine,” he says.

Uh…excuse me? That “Check Engine” light will magically disappear if I “rest” my car? Yeah….I don’t think so.

When dealing with a car issue, common sense takes over. Something needs to be done about the problem. There’s a very necessary action step that needs to be taken. The same is true with chronic pain. Just like your “Check Engine” light, pain is a signal alerting you to the fact that something isn’t right. We can’t sit back and rest it, hoping that it will go away. You have to take action.

If you’re ready to take action and do something about your pain, take a minute and download our Four Free E-cises and start your journey to a PAIN FREE life today!

QUESTION: What was your gut reaction when you were told to “rest” to alleviate your pain?



The Old-Age Myth

Multiple times every week, clients come through our doors having been told that their chronic pain is due to age. They hear things like, “you’re just getting older,” “it’s just a natural part of the aging process,” or “it’s just normal wear and tear for someone your age.”

While these are common reasons given for why someone is in pain, I don’t believe them to be true. Rather, I believe that these clients, and you if you’ve heard something similar, have been misled. I don’t believe pain has anything to do with age. Actually, I know for a fact that your knees have NO idea how old they are. In fact, the only part of your body that knows how old you are is your mind! I believe that when it comes looking for a cause of chronic pain, age is given WAY more credit than it’s due.

I love asking clients the question, How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were? It seems silly, but it’s a genuine question. And, it’s one you might think about differently after watching this video:

QUESTION: What’s your opinion about age as a cause of chronic pain?

It’s Christmas in July!

Merry Christmas! Yes, Christmas has come early this year. We just celebrated our 8-year anniversary, and to say THANK YOU, we’re giving away some of our favorite things this month. If you’ve been in the clinic recently then you know that we’ve been diffusing dōTERRA essential oils. For those of you not familiar with essential oils:

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.

Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue. Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends toward more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.

dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today. They are gently and skillfully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy.

Essential oils are incredibly beneficial for your health, and only dōTERRA oils are 100% pure, natural aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants. They don’t contain fillers or artificial ingredients that would dilute their active qualities.

If you have wondered why we diffuse oils, it’s for far more benefit than just the good smell! Depending on which kind of oil is being diffused, the impact on the body will vary. Diffusing oils can:

  • lift your mood
  • invigorate you
  • relax you
  • relieve tension
  • calm you
  • help to focus your mind and improve concentration
  • increase the body’s ability to transport oxygen into the cells
  • help in weight management
  • boost the immune system
  • create a feeling of balance and well-being
  • freshen and purify the air
  • learn and retain studied materials up to 28% better than without the oils

Summer Giveaway
So, as I stated earlier, diffusing oils has a much bigger impact on the body than simply smelling good!

Today, we’re giving away one of my favorite scents, Citrus Bliss, as well as a diffuser!

Citrus Bliss is a combination of “wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, and clementine with a hint of vanilla to form this unique and harmonious blend. With benefits that extend beyond elevating mood and reducing stress, Citrus Bliss has natural, potent compounds with cleansing properties. Mixed with water, Citrus Bliss is a perfect solution for disinfecting countertops and other surfaces while emitting a fresh sweet scent. For aromatic or topical, use.” I can’t wait for the winner of this giveaway to diffuse this oil! It’s seriously one of my favorites!


Here’s what you need to do to win!

1. Like Egoscue Nashville on Facebook and/or follow Egoscue Nashville on twitter.

2. Share the link for this post with your social circle.

3. VERY IMPORTANT: Let me know that you have shared this post by commenting on the Egoscue Nashville Facebook page. Or, you can mention Egoscue Nashville in a tweet.

4. Win! And be on your way to experiencing essential oils!

QUESTION: How will YOU use the oil if you’re the winner?

Also, if you’re struggling with chronic pain and curious about how Egoscue can help, take a couple minutes and watch this video:

Had a Bulging Disc, Now PAIN FREE!

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I know from first-hand experience how debilitating back pain can be. A disc bulge at L4/L5 was what brought me to The Egoscue Method in the mid-90s as a teenager. Not only was I in pain, but I couldn’t think straight, was always in a mental “fog,” and was terrified of what my life would be like as I grew older. There’s no doubt in my mind that my experience with pain is similar to what many of you reading this face on a daily basis.

The pain consumes you.

It takes over.

It’s the only thing you can think about.

When working with clients who are experiencing back pain, especially a disc bulge, I’m able to not only sympathize with them but empathize with them. I’ve been there. I’ve walked in their shoes–as painful as it is to walk at times.

Take a few minutes are read Marty’s story. I have a feeling that it will give those of you at the end of your rope some hope that things can change and that a life currently consumed by pain doesn’t always have to be that way! I’ve worked with Marty for a few months now, and I’m honored that she would be willing to share her story with you all today. It’s one thing to hear my personal experience with Egoscue (I understand I’m a bit biased), but it’s a whole other thing to hear it from a client.

I’m 45, married and a mother of two girls (8 & 10). We live a very active and fast-paced life. Last year, while on vacation, I noticed that I could no longer get myself out of the beach chair. My back had been bothering me for about 6 months. I took over-the-counter medicine for pain and muscle soreness in my lower back. Now, I was past the point of helping myself, I couldn’t turn over in the bed at night, get out of a chair or bend over to pick things up!

My physical therapy friend recommended seeing an Orthopaedic doctor. I made an appointment and was told I needed an x-ray. The x-ray showed a degenerated spine. I was given several medications for pain and inflammation and a round of physical therapy visits. At first I felt better, but then two months later, I was in the same boat … BACK PAIN! The Orthopedic doctor gave me a shot in the L 5 area to help with pain. Once again, great for a few more months, then return of the PAIN! The third visit to the Orthopaedic seemed like no hope, I got another set of shots in my S-I joints – YOWZA! Two weeks later, guess what, PAIN! Finally, on the fourth visit to the Orthopaedic, I was scheduled for an MRI. The MRI showed a bulging disc at L 3-4. At least now I know that I wasn’t dreaming up the pain.. it was real! I was in tears at the thought that my life would never be the same – I used to teach yoga for goodness sake and have run a half-marathon!

Thank goodness for a dear friend for telling me about Egoscue and how it has worked for her and her mom. I went for the consultation, a slight bit skeptical, due to my previous treatment. HOLY COW, after the first visit, it was as if a MIRACLE had happened! I walked in stiff as a board with a migraine. When I walked out, NO back pain and NO headache! I told my friend about my visit and she said, “I told you so!!!” I have followed the program very strictly and have had amazing results. I am back at the gym and living a very active life again, thank you God, as I have prayed and prayed for these results! John Elder and his staff are incredible and have gone over and above to make sure I receive the best possible care. My results are evidence that you too can be PAIN FREE!

Wow! THANK YOU, MARTY! I never grow tired of reading testimonials like this. I’m honored to have been part of the process, and I hope that this will change the perspective of someone reading this who has “tried everything.” If you’re currently where Marty was, take a few minutes and download our Four Free E-cises. Your body can change. Your body can heal. You just have to give it a chance.

QUESTION: What all have you tried to eliminate your pain?


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