I hurt my knee and toe…and I feel amazing

 In broken toe, knee pain, massage, meditation, pain, pilates

It’s been quite a summer for me. I tore a ligament in my knee in the middle of June and was unable to walk at all for a few days. I was being wheeled around downstairs by my husband and shuffling on my bottom to get upstairs and move around when there. It was quite a shock to me, but I was lucky as I had the strength and knowledge from my Pilates and the support of the excellent Osteopath Kenneth McClean in North Berwick and Bryony Smith, Craniosacral therapist to help me recover. It took me a good 6 weeks to start being able to get something close to normal movement in the knee again and to walk more than a mile. As I started getting better, we headed off for a 2 week holiday to do a spot of paddleboarding, swimming and gentle walking. It was much needed and I was beyond excited.

Then, on day 1 of the holiday, I managed to bash my foot on a piece of furniture and break the second toe. I have to say that this is one of the most painful things I have ever done. I also found it incredibly debilitating. I was very restricted in my movement and so ended up doing very little. As a result, I stopped doing very much of anything at all. I couldn’t even walk the 2 minutes up to our village green. I was just about managing to work, but that was about it.

Over the course of the next 3 weeks, I tried to walk a little and do some movement work on myself, but things just got tighter and tighter. I was feeling pretty stressed and my back pain which I used to suffer from more than 10 years ago came back.

I’m a great believer in the power of Pilates to allow you to help yourself, but I have also been learning from my Executive & Leadership Coaching work how important it is to have the support of others. So, last Monday I had a massage from Fiona Fisher at my studio. She focussed on the upper body (after all, as I keep telling my clients, everything is connected!) and I felt amazing afterwards. Over the next few days, I started meditating, found the right movement work for me and managed to get back to my sea swimming. I am starting to feel like myself again.

I’ve lost a lot of fitness over the last few months and so have a long way to go, but this process has been incredibly useful. It has taught me different movement strategies for knee and toe injuries that I can use with my clients. But, even more importantly, that there is a time to accept the very generous support of others in your own healing and stress relief.

3 simple things for you:
Thought: How can I get the support of someone else to help me to manage this pain or discomfort?
Movement: Spend a day noticing your breath every time you do a particular action – maybe as you open a door, maybe as you put the kettle on.
Action: Book a massage with Fiona Fisher – click here or telephone 07917 247373.

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