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The Empowerment of Egoscue

Alice Walker Quotes

I got invited to speak at Studio 3 Fitness last night by my friend, client, and Studio 3 co-owner, Calie Shackleford, and I had SUCH a great time! The group was fantastic–very interactive, asked great questions, and started to understand the Egoscue way of thinking. As most of you know, we believe that there is a cause and effect relationship with the body. While you might have knee pain, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the knee is to blame for the pain. The cause of the pain is, the vast majority of the time, somewhere other than the knee itself. Simply put, rarely is the site of the pain the source of the pain. I could tell that for the ladies in the seminar last night, that concept really made sense.

I asked Calie to talk about her Egoscue experience, and she said something that I found incredible wise. She said, “I haven’t seen John for an appointment in years, because when I start to hurt, I know exactly what to do. I pull my Egoscue menus and do what I need to do. I’m proactive now.”

That comment stopped me in my tracks. I loved it.

Let me rephrase that: I LOVED it!

I loved it, because that is exactly what we’re trying to create at Egoscue. That’s the mindset we want. We don’t want you to be dependent on a person or a machine to get pain free. You can do Egoscue anytime, anywhere. We want to put the power in your hands. We want return control of your health back to you.

What a novel concept, huh?

So, congrats to you, Calie. You’ve done it! You have taken back control of your health. THAT, friends, is the empowerment of Egoscue.

QUESTION: Who or what is controlling your health?

Fighting Against Yourself

While I was getting ready for work yesterday morning, my 4-year-old quickly called me into the bedroom.

“Dad! Come look at THIS!” He said with quite-literally every once of excitement and energy he could muster.

Bird fight

Not the ACTUAL bird. This is a DIFFERENT stupid bird.

What he was showing me was a bird, a robin to be exact, crazily flapping his wings while repeatedly flying into the glass patio door in our bedroom. My son was CRACKING UP that this (stupid) bird was throwing and banging himself against the window! And, honestly, so was I! I mean, come on, it was funny!

I could see the gears turning in my son’s head, and after watching the robin for a while, my son asked me why that bird was doing that. I explained that the bird was most likely seeing his own reflection in the glass and, thinking it was another bird, fighting for survival. Only, instead of fighting an actual bird, he was fighting against himself.

And, so all day yesterday, I kept thinking about that phrase, fighting against himself.

The more I’ve thought about it, more I believe the same can be said for many of us who have dealt with chronic pain. In a similar way to that robin and his unfortunate start to his week, we’re fighting ourselves. We’re fighting our instincts. Fighting what we know to be true about our body. Fighting what we believe to be the cause of our pain.

It’s easy to forget that there’s always a reason why you hurt. And, I’d bet big money that you know exactly you have pain. No, I’m not talking about the degenerative hip or the herniated disc. I’m talking about why those conditions are present. I know that YOU know why you’re in pain, and the reason I know is because I hear it from folks just like yourself on a daily basis. One client who was dealing with plantar fasciitis and could tell when her foot was about to flair up because she could feel her shoulder was out of alignment. She knew the two were connected, and if she focused on changing her shoulder position, her plantar fasciitis was a non-issue.

She stopped fighting herself. She trusted her instincts. She knew what was true about her body.

Pledge today to stop fighting yourself. Give yourself the credit you’re due. You know WAY more about your body than anyone ever will. Give your body a chance to be heard, and then–and most importantly–listen to it. You’ll save yourself a lot of pain and suffering.

QUESTION: What are you fighting with yourself about?


Work or Play?

Work Play

Does that sound familiar? I’m sure for many of you reading this it does.

“Work” or “Play”: Which of those two words sounds better to you? Which one hits a harmonious chord, and which one strikes a nerve? Obviously, I know the answer, but I want you to think about it.

For many of you, work consumes the vast majority of your day, and I’ll guess many of you don’t play at all.

The great Mark Twain explained the difference between the two perfectly:

“Work consists of whatever the body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.” – Mark Twain

Think about everything you’ve done today. Did you play? Or, did you work non-stop? What things were you obliged to do? What things were you not obliged to do?

More importantly, which one made you feel better? I think it’s safe to assume that the answer to that is PLAYING! Whether it was playing basketball, going for a run, knitting, or playing with your kids or grandkids we could ALL benefit by playing more and working less!

My challenge for you today is to PLAY more! Who’s up for the challenge? Let’s start with one hour of “play” time today. No rules–it could be anything. Just play.

Comment below, comment on Facebook, or mention me on Twitter and let me know how YOU’RE playing today!

If you’re hurting too bad to play, download our 4 Free E-cises to start your journey to a pain free, and playful, life!

QUESTION: What did you do to play today?

Chasing Two Rabbits

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I saw this quote in a book the other day, and it really got me thinking:

“If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.” – Proverb

I think it’s incredibly accurate for so many of you reading this right now. You have multiple symptoms–back pain and knee pain, for example–and you’re seeing a “back” specialist and a “knee” specialist. You’re attacking those symptoms separately, even though your body is a unit. Essentially, you’re chasing two rabbits. And as a result, you’re getting nowhere. Both symptom locations still hurt, and you’re getting frustrated.

The key to addressing both symptoms is to realize that they all have the exact same cause. Personally, I don’t believe you don’t have a “knee” issue and a “back” issue. Rather, I believe you have a posture issue. If you don’t believe me, go look in the mirror. Do you look like this?

Freddy Front View

If you don’t look like that picture, and let’s be honest…you don’t…then you’ve just found the cause of your pain–Congratulations! Your knee pain and back pain are multiple rabbits. Chase them both, and you will not catch either one. But stay focused on the root cause–the compromised posture–and you’ll be just fine. Choose today to stop chasing your rabbits and download our 4 Free E-cises to start your journey toward living a pain-free life!

QUESTION: What rabbits are you chasing?



Is Tiger Woods Insane?

Tiger Woods might be insane, but then again, I might be insane, too.

We’ve all heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again, expecting different results. As it relates to Tiger, you might have heard that he pulled out of The Honda Classic yesterday with back pain. His plan heading into next week’s tournament at Doral is to get treatment on his lower back, the same thing he’s done before, time and time again.

“I need treatment everyday until Thursday to try to calm it down and we’ll see how it is. It’s the same feeling I had as Barclays.”

Tiger, the last thing you need is treatment. What you need is a cure. You have to stop “treating” the pain. It’s time you get to the cause. Stop doing the same treatments expecting different results. It’s just not working for you!

PGA: The Honda Classic-Final Round

Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Which brings us to the possibility that I might be insane. I keep blogging about how Tiger needs Egoscue. I keep doing the same thing over, and over, and over, and over again (yes, this is the 5th consecutive year I’ve blogged about Tiger and his injuries). And all the while I keep thinking that someone in his inner circle will read one of my posts and take action. Or that one of his people will listen to Jack Nicklaus about his Egoscue experience. Yet it hasn’t happened. Yet I still write. Totally, and completely insane.

So, which one of us is insane? Tiger? Me? Both of us? Sadly, it appears both of us are.

Tiger has the potential to be the greatest golfer to ever play the game. But, as of right now, he’s known as the golfer with the greatest potential whose career has been hampered due to injuries.

Tiger, let’s please stop this viscous “insane” cycle we’re both on. You want to play golf pain free, and I’d like to stop blogging about your injuries. Let’s help each other out. You can start by downloading our 4 Free E-cises to get the ball rolling. Sound good?

QUESTION: What are your thoughts on Tiger’s latest injury?

Things We Love: Lems Shoes

We’ve had a fantastic month of giveaways! Today is the LAST CHANCE for you to win one of the “Things We Love”! Don’t miss this one…

Today’s giveaway is compliments of Lems Shoes. These guys are awesome, and their shoes are incredible. For those of you who like comfortable footwear, look no further. If you like wearing incredibly uncomfortable shoes, then this isn’t the giveaway for you. Move along…nothing to see here.

The guys at Lems have created, what I believe, to be the most comfortable shoe on the market, and I’ve tried a LOT of them. From Lems to the Nike Free to Vibram FiveFingers to New Balance Minimus to the Merrill Trail Glove, I have worn many makes and models of barefoot shoes. For my money, Lems beats them all. Check out how they got started:

After years of searching, I had almost given up on finding the shoe I was looking for.  To me it was simple: shoes should be flat, and fit the natural shape of the foot, allowing movement without any constraint or restriction.  In 2008, with no prior experience in shoe-making, I began to teach myself shoe design.  My adventure began by fitting and selling shoes at a local store.  In my spare time, I dissected and analyzed shoes by cutting them in half and studying how they were built.  I quickly realized shoe companies often ignored many aspects that I felt were mandatory in proper fitting footwear.

I decided that in order to create a shoe I was satisfied with, I had to start from the ground up.  The goal of developing a shoe that would mimic the natural shape of the foot became my motivator for every step of the design process.  After dozens of prototypes, hours of research, and constant dedication to proper footwear, Lems Shoes was finally in business, selling our first pair of Lems in September of 2011.  Although there is much work to do, my #1 priority is and always will be the design and development of each Lems Shoes’ product.”

-Andrew Rademacher
Founder of Lems Shoes

Now YOU have a chance to try Lems out! Today Lems is graciously giving away TWO PAIRS OF SHOES to two lucky winners! They are giving away one pair of the Primal 2 and one pair of the Boulder Boot, two of the newest additions to the Lems family!

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Don’t let these shoes get away! Here’s what you need to do to be rockin’ some Lems:

1. Like Egoscue Nashville and Lems Shoes on Facebook. Also, follow Egoscue Nashville and Lems Shoes 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 walking and living in one of the most comfortable shoes on the market today!

Things We Love: Rachel Cruze & Dave Ramsey

You all are blowing my mind! We’ve had such a huge response to our “Things We Love” campaign already, but I have a feeling today’s “Thing” will be one of the biggest yet!

Rachel CruzeI first met Rachel Cruze, daughter of financial guru Dave Ramsey, several years ago through some mutual friends, and she and her husband, Winston, have become great friends mine and my wife since then. For those of you not familiar with Dave Ramsey, his teachings have reached millions of people over the last couple decades, helping them eliminate debt as a financial author, radio host, television personality, and motivational speaker. His syndicated radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show, is heard on more than 500 radio stations throughout the United States and Canada.

And his daughter Rachel is following in his footsteps!

An author and speaker with a heart to help others become smart with money, Rachel, has a passion to lead and empower the younger generation to give, save, and live intentionally. Rachel is author of countless studies and guides including Generation Change, Dave Ramsey’s Custom College Guide, Foundations (College), The Graduates Survival Guide and many more! Check out Rachel’s story:

I was only 6 months old when my dad Dave Ramsey lost everything in bankruptcy and started building back from the ground up. For years, I saw the sacrifices my parents made. It wasn’t always easy, but I learned early on how to save for the future, spend wisely, avoid debt, and give generously. They gave me a gift, and it’s one I can’t keep to myself. I want to help you do the same for yourself and your family.

It’s my passion to teach others what I’ve learned. That’s why I travel the country speaking to audiences large and small. It may seem overwhelming at times, but you really can put yourself in a position to win with money and teach your kids along the way!

Rachel’s most recent project is a book that she co-authored along with her dad, Dave Ramsey, titled Smart Money, Smart Kids!


I would recommend you get your hands on as much of Dave and Rachel’s material that you can! You can pre-order Smart Money, Smart Kids now, ahead of its release date on April 22, 2014..


We have an exclusive advanced, signed copy of their new book, and you can win it today! Here’s what you need to do:

1. Like Egoscue Nashville and Rachel Cruze on Facebook. You can also follow Egoscue Nashville and Rachel Cruze 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 teaching your kids how to live debt free and change your family tree! 

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