Two years ago in March, I fell and as a result, I had a lateral tear in my right meniscus. Following surgery at Golden Ridge Orthopedic hospital, I received (the absolute minimum allowed by "managed care") physical therapy. Noticing the progress, the PT recommended continued therapy, suggesting I seek a trainer at the Y. She knew of the training required for such a position and also that supervised exercise would be of great benefit for me. You see, I also have MS, a condition in remission, but not one I wish to have flare, so I have always been physically active.
By the grace of God, the trainer to whom I was "assigned" was Debra. She not only directed my physical therapy to new strengths, she introduced me to her concept of OxyFlex. Incorporating controlled breathing with the physical therapy exercise brought almost instant results, so of course I was encouraged to continue both the technique and the exercise.
I have continued to follow the 15 minute daily routine, she taught me, several times a week. I have now added water exercise two mornings a week and find the breathing style has become my routine, increasing stamina, granting me additional strength during the workout and leaving me with energy to carry out a normal activity pattern for the remainder of those exercise days.
What's great about OxyFlex, other than benefits I have just related? The reason I've continued with it--It FITS. If you think you don't have time to exercise on a daily basis--You breathe, don't you? Well, that's the beginning. It starts with learning to breathe in the right way. Not long after I learned the basics from Debra, I attended a music workshop taught by Dr. Scott Martin, vocal coach to the stars. He was encouraging us all to breathe deeply, and I found myself just doing what Debra had taught me, it came so easily! In addition:
- You can take it anywhere and do it any time, unlike so many other exercise routines or physical therapy exercises.
- It only requires oneself. Unlike other exercises or PT which require a mat, special weights, equipment or a gym, I often do my initial breathing beginning in the shower.
- Though it is best to do a complete workout, if I can't seem to have at least 15 minutes of uninterrupted time, I can do a partial workout, begin again at a later time with the relaxing focused breathing and continue to complete the workout when I do have time.
- It easily and logically enhances other types of exercise. If you do want to work out at a gym or with equipment, it makes the transition easier. When your mind and muscles are relaxed and fully oxygenated, exercise has more benefit for one's mind and body.
- As it becomes a personal breathing and activity style, other routine activities are done more easily and the day ends with a more relaxed mind and body leading into more restful sleep patterns.
Hope this is helpful--I'm sold!! Best wishes as you seek to teach others your technique. I am going to stop and see you. I think I pass your new "SPOT" every afternoon at about 3 when I go to A-West to get Steven from school.