Forever Painless – Is That Even Possible?

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Pain. It’s part and parcel of aging. We need to learn to deal with the various muscle aches and joint creaks as best we can. Unless that isn’t really true! What if we could indeed be “Forever Painless”?

That’s the title and premise of this new book by Miranda Esmonde-White. Author of Aging Backwards and host of the PBS show “Classical Stretch”, Esmonde-White lays out a simple, clear program of the right exercise for the specific problem area you are experiencing.

There are specific workouts (gentle stretching workouts) for areas such as Foot and Ankle, Knee, Upper Back and Shoulder, Hip, Lower Back and more. In addition, there are workouts for Connective Tissue, Arthritis, Stress, and Immunity. Even if we are not presently in pain (hallelujah), most of us experience stress and/or immune system decelerations. These exercises might also keep us in good shape if we are already there.

One of my favorite parts of the book was her take on our fascia – that webbing that was thought to hold our muscles, joints, and tendons in place. Like most health care professionals, I was taught that it was a matrix, a static structural part of our bodies. Esmonde-White writes about it as a fluid, dynamic system that also needs exercise and strengthening.

My intuitive self slapped my forehead when I read this. “Well, DUH!” I admonished myself. I saw my human architecture in a whole new way (I’m embarrassed to say that it never occurred to me.)

I love the stories of those who were able to heal themselves of pain that preface each chapter. While some of them detail some pretty significant difficulties, one can also see how these exercises can help those of us less afflicted. I love the gentleness, too – like Tai Chi, Chi Gung or Psoma Yoga.

Pain is draining. Pain can interfere with our quality of life. Pain can depress us and rob us of vibrancy in our later years. If proactive exercise – the right exercise – can alleviate pain and keep us actively healthy, sign me up.

I haven’t been this excited about a book in a long time. And you can bet that I am doing the exercises for hip tightness and immune function right now. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Here’s where you can get your own copy:

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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About Miranda Esmonde-White
Miranda Esmonde-White is one of America’s greatest advocates and educators on healthy aging. She is best known for her PBS fitness show Classical Stretch, which has been on the air since 1999. A former ballerina, she designed the Essentrics technique, which uses low-intensity strength and stretch exercises to relieve pain, prevent injury, and slenderize the body. Esmonde-White works with professional and Olympic athletes and celebrities, and teaches classes to thousands of students worldwide each year.

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4 Responses to Forever Painless – Is That Even Possible?

  1. trish December 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

    “If proactive exercise – the right exercise – can alleviate pain and keep us actively healthy, sign me up.” Yes! Sign me up, too! I was frustrated by how miserable I was at the end of my last pregnancy, and promised myself that as soon as I could move a bit more, I *would*. I’m enjoying not being hampered by a bowling ball in front of me, but even so, I’m sure I’d feel even better if some of the movement I did every day was more deliberate.

    Thank you for being on this tour!

  2. Heather J. @ TLC December 10, 2016 at 9:19 am #

    Isn’t is crazy when we learn something that completely changes the way we look at things? Like that fact about fascia – what a revelation!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour. Good luck with your new exercise routine!

  3. LynetteSh December 26, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

    Thank you, Heather! And I was just talking about the book to my massage therapist who is intrigued for her clients with chronic pain.

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