I had the amazing opportunity this month to go to MIT in Cambridge to work with Ester Gokhale (pronounced Go-Clay) of “The Gokhale Method.”  Ester has published a book entitled 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back and has made it her life’s work to study solutions for pain-free living.  While nearly 90% of American adults suffer from back pain, Ester’s research has led her to parts of the world where back pain is virtually non-existent:  rural Portugal, fishing villages in Brazil, and remote Burkina Faso in Africa. What she learned from these cultures, she now shares with others. Her methods include natural posture solutions for pain in the back, neck, shoulders, hips, knees, and feet.  Her book has won accolades from The American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, and doctors from both the Mayo Clinic and Stanford Medical Center.

The seminar I attended, “Gokhale Method Foundations,” consisted of six hour and a half lessons over a three day period.  The classes were limited to eight students, so that Ester could work hands-on with each of us.  She worked on each of our postures showing, demonstrating, and repositioning our bodies.  Slides of men, women, and children who Ester has studied on her journeys served as inspiration as we were guided through the common activities of daily living: sitting, standing, lying down, bending at the hips, and walking.  That’s the magic of the Gokhale Method, no special time needs to be set aside for exercise or practice!  The eight steps fit seamlessly into the day!  One can learn to “stretch-sit” while using a computer, to “glide-walk” while walking through a parking lot, and to even “stretch-lie” while sleeping!  Each of her techniques decompresses the spinal discs, stretches, and re-molds the body.  My experience is that the methods can result in profound effects!

So, if you are in pain, I highly recommend her 8 Steps book.  I will have copies available at Sanctuary Massage so you can come in and take a look.  I am also hanging some of the images of people from Ester’s travels to inspire proper alignment and posture in both myself and others.

For further information about Ester, you can visit her website: www.egwellness.com

And, let me know what you think.  I’ve been inspired enough by working with her, that I’m considering going to California in the fall to take part in her teacher training program!

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One Comment

  1. Posted December 23, 2012 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post!

    It is the little changes that will make the biggest changes.
    Many thanks for sharing!

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