I have been contemplating this blog for a while, it is time. It is nothing amazingly groundbreaking, but in my professional world filled with social media and testimonials, it is a much-debated topic. A few weeks ago, I had a student shadowing me and he tried to get me to name clients I have worked with. I knew I had to write about this topic, only if my shadowing students read this and understand my position.
I do NOT name drop. I do NOT ask for pictures. I do NOT ask for testimonials. It seems if you want to grow a business you would want to name drop and have all these pictures and testimonials from public personalities. Here are my reasons why you will NOT experience any of the above:
My hands have touched 2361 people during my career, my phone holds the phone numbers and home addresses to people from every walk of life. While my table has so many wonderful stories to tell, I do not. I will help a client exit from a back door, if that makes them feel more comfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I get excited and find it an extreme honor when someone who uses their body to make a living decides to spend time on my table.
And, I do, have some most amazing testimonials but those testimonials come from all walks of life. If I receive a testimonial it is because that client has had an experience that is worth sharing. My testimonials are echoes of the success clients get every day. I have been blessed beyond what I imagined and look forward to many more years helping people feel better, move better and perform better every day.
I am sitting here in Nicaragua, looking onto the street in front of the house. The sound of children playing in the street, the rumble of cars passing, the clopping of hooves on the cobblestone surround me and if I close my eyes I can faintly hear old men talking, brooms sweeping and babies crying.
I breathe in the smells of nacatamales being cooked, the humidity in the air, the fresh fruit being sold in the market up the road.
I feel the sun on my face as a cup of coffee is handed to me by my sweet husband, Tom.
There are so many things that I wish for but today I am just thankful for eyes that can see the beauty of the world around me, the ears that hear life being lived, the ability to experience the world around me.
I ripped a pair of pants.
I wish I were kidding, it was embarrassing.
This made me realize that the average person can’t move from the hips, based on popular wardrobes!
Don’t let your tight hips kill your low back. The hip is a glorious tri-axial joint, with a ball-and-socket range of motion.
Your sitting locks it down.
Your pants are doing it, too!
Your low back will start to move for a hip that can’t. This results in low back pain, disc arrangements, and joint degeneration.
The low back has uniplanar, sliding joints. It isn’t structurally designed to move for your hip.
Demand more out of your hip and create some low back stability.
Get pants that move better.
Test your pants in the dressing room with the fullest squat you can currently achieve.
You learn by studying. Observation and action are also a form of study. So, your surroundings matter. What you observe and study matters.
I surround myself with brilliant clinicians and teachers, and I try to integrate every sound bite of brilliance I can catch.
When you think you know enough, you don’t. Know more.
I surround myself with people stronger than I, so my technique can be picked apart as I load proper patterns.
“The belt is only a performance tool. Build authentic stability. If you’re using the belt for stability, you shouldn’t be lifting that weight.”
– Jason Kapnick, Elite Powerlifter
When you think you’re strong enough, you’re not. Do more.
When you think you’ve studied enough, you haven’t. Study more.
I surround myself with patients, colleagues, and friends that inspire me in myriad ways. A life of complacency is not one that drives me.
I will always want this burning feeling of wanting to know more, do more, be more. My surroundings help maintain that feeling.
And I’ve never been happier.
A little from Dr. Dan, a little from Lisa but always a lot of good stuff!