Egoscue – My New 30 Day Challenge

The Power of The 30 Day Challenge

Many of you already know that I am a BIG fan of what I call a 30 Day Challenge.  Basically it is trying something for 30 days before making a final decision whether I should continue, modify, or move on to something else.

Probably the best 30 Day Challenge I have ever done was back in 2006 when I told myself I would brew and drink my own homemade kombucha tea for 30 days… that led to getting off all my acid reflux prescription meds, the beginning of  the top ranked kombucha home brewing website (according to google… and all of you guys!!), and the empowerment to help others through my discoveries.. such as Jiaogulan and Wheatgrass.

However, I have done several other 30 Day Challenges.. here are a few and their outcomes:

  • P90x
    • This was a 90 day challenge! and the best thing that came out of this was I can pretty much beat anyone in a pull up competition!
    • Unfortunately the worst thing that came out of this was almost destroying my shoulders.  Please be careful on this program.
  • Tony Robbins Personal Power
    • Freakin’ Love It!
    • For me it is not so much the content, but the signals you are sending letting your subconscious (or whatever name you want to call it), that it is important to take care of yourself.
  • Going Veggie
    • Great experience for the short term, it forced me to focus on so many different creative dishes.
    • I learned that for myself I do prefer eating some meat… though it has been much less (and I am much more aware of the amounts) since this challenge.
  • Hypnosis
    • I have taken Igor Ledochowski’s Conversational Hypnosis Course and it rocks.
    • Since then Igor has become both a friend and a mentor.
    • I used the techniques I learned to help a friend Stop Smoking… it has now been over 1 year without a single cigarette. (shout out to Dee!).
  • Dodgeball
    • My new favorite obsession!
    • I now play in a league and look forward to the game (as well as the karaoke bar where we all go after wards).

The above are just a sampling and in case you can’t tell… I love them!

 

Los Angeles Egoscue Initial Postural Pictures Feb 9 2011

Egoscue Initial Postural Pictures Feb 9 2011 (also just coming back from a month long vacation from Australia... hence the "somewhat pudgy look")

 

What I Never Realized Until Now

I realized something. If you remember, my 30 Day Kombucha Challenge led to writing the 7 Day Kombucha Mini Course and thousands of new home brewers.  All I really did was just document my findings and share them with the world.

I think the main success has been that despite million dollar scientific lab findings (sometimes funded by questionable vested interest groups) sometimes people resonate more with a real person and their real personal experience.

And it is with that in mind that I offer you a special upcoming season of…

What The Friday!

Living Case Studies Edition.

That’s right. We are taking it to the streets and documenting every step of the way for you!  Now I am sure many of you are saying “Egosc-WHO” so before we get into it here is a brief description of the Egoscue Method straight from the site:

“With over 25 clinics worldwide, the Egoscue Method works by empowering individuals to tap into their body’s ability to heal itself, and free themselves of chronic pain conditions such as: TMJ, carpal tunnel, neck, back, knee and shoulder pain, and a number of other ailments. We help people of all ages regardless of their past conditions or injuries. For those with an sports background, numerous professional athletes use the Method and Patch Fitness to enhance their performance and extend their careers.”

How I Discovered Them. A few months ago I received an email from a customer who just purchased a Kombucha Continuous Home Brewing System along with the Kombucha DVDs.

As much as he loved the videos he couldn’t help but notice that while my kombucha teaching was outstanding (his word, not mine), my posture was, well, pretty horrible.  Although he was a physical therapist, instead of recommending physical therapy he simply suggested that I pick up a book called Pain Free by Peter Egoscue.

I was so impressed that a customer took the time to not only watch and send feedback on our videos, but to care about me enough to offer this suggestion, that the next day I went to Amazon and spent a whopping 17 bucks or something just to try it out…

Amazing. A few days later the book came and both the exercises AND the philosophy resonated so much with me that I immediately began doing the “E-cises”.  I felt so good every time I did them, that I wanted to do more the next day.  Well fast forward 30 days (the 30 day challenge was to just follow the basic E-sises for my pain in the book.. took about 10 minutes a day) and I began researching a little more about Egoscue and what else they had to offer.

Basically I was feeling great but I sort of hit a plateau. The other thing was that Egoscue (along with many testimonies) claims that they have saved people from surgery!  For me my miracle would be just as challenging… CURE MY SCOLIOSIS!

Discovery. This lead me to find the Los Angeles Egoscue Clinic.  It was there that I discovered that these guys can take it to the next level by offering custom tailored “E menu’s” personally designed based off of the assessment.

Experience It For Yourself. Paul, the owner of the Egoscue Los Angeles Clinic, was kind enough to allow us to bring our cameras in to the initial meeting where we took my postural pictures, went over my specific imbalances, prescribed my personal E-sice menu and then worked with me on how to properly perform each one so that I can get the most out of each session.

What this means is that you have a front row ticket to see what goes on inside an actual clinic.

Even More. In addition to the What The Friday Series.. I will be personally updating you on my progress via monthly pictures and video blogs on youtube.  This way not only will you get to experience an initial Egoscue Clinic Session.. you will also get to see the first ever Egoscue Living Case Study!

Stay Tuned. It has only been 3 weeks since the visit and I am experiencing such benefits it is awesome.  I realize I have a long way to go to change scoliosis (in fact up until now I was told and believed that I could not fix it!)… but the fact that I FEEL better and better each and every time I follow the program, is enough to keep me going!

Future Episodes and Video Posts Topics Include:

  • How we get out of balance to begin with
  • Source of Pain vs Cause of Pain
  • The best E-sice for Desk Jockies
  • The psychology of my forward head and rounded shoulders
  • 1 month check in
  • Setting yourself up for success
  • Much More.  :)

Until Then. If you are interested in learning more about Egoscue, Paul told me that he is happy to answer anyone’s questions here.  And the best part is that it does not matter if you live in Los Angeles, or Russia, b/c they can do sessions virtually via skype!!  How Cool Is That?

Till Next Week…  What The Friday!

PS:  Several people have been asking me are there any resources online regarding how to fix your back pain through body structure.  Though for many  people it probably won’t match a personal 1 on 1 session at a walk in Egoscue clinic, it is definitely an alternative that seems to be aligned* with the philosophy.

* pun intended

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Brandi February 25, 2011 at 11:21 am

wow this is awesome! can’t wait to see how it goes! I’ve used the Pain Free exercises to help myself (and my students) with areas of pain as well! great stuff!

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Mary February 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

As always.. I LOVE reading your posts Dave (I always knew there was more to you than just kombucha… though I do love your continuous brewing system!). Your back def has some scoliosis, but it is not as bad as many other people’s I’ve seen.

Really interested if this will work. Thanks for being the reporter for the rest of us. And if you ask me, I think the pics look just fine (wink. wink.)

Mary

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Nina Joy February 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Thanks so much for the info!!! Can hardly wait for more!
Love, njoy

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Collan May 17, 2011 at 9:34 am

Great to see your before pix. I see body balance issues like yours every day.
I’m a huge fan of Egoscue. Check out a good upper cervical doctor in your area, if you want to get a precise correction and get your “head on straight”, the body, shoulders and spine will often follow. It is common to have neurological interference, and scar tissue in the upper neck that is partially responsible for the head/shoulder imbalance.
Afterward, when you do your Egoscue menus, they will be even more effective!
Google “upper cervical”, if you need a personal referral, my mentors are in LA.
“a little yeast goes a long way”

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