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Adolescent Scoliosis - Info for Parents looking for it

Posted by Eng Kiat on February 9, 2015 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Disclaimer: Information shared here is just for educational purpose. 


'Student' going through personalised yoga-asana program for her Scoliosis condition.

Her name is Ms E and her first visit to the studio was on 2015 Jan 8th. 


During initial conversations, the mother had shared that she has become 'desperate' after spending almost 2 (years) looking for a possible 'rememdial solution' to Ms E's spine condition. 

In fact, Ms E had been on a treatment program for the last 9 months leading to Dec 2014. Unfortunately, the condition for Ms E has worsen from 33 degrees to 53 degrees.

In addition she was 'under pressure' from friends, families and associates to send Ms E for operation (from our conversations). 



On 2015 Jan 8th, Ms E started on her personalised program at this studio and has been on it for slightly a month now. (Coming twice a week for the first 3 weeks)

I thought I would like to share her progress here. In case there are mothers (or parents) out there who are currently 'desperately' looking for a possible improvement program for their children.


2nd Collage - from 2015-Jan-7 to 2015-Feb-15 

Top Left Hand Corner : before starting (2015 Jan 7)

 

Bottom Left Corner : after 1 session

 

Top Right Corner : latest (2015 Feb 15)

 




1st Collage - from 2015-Jan-7 to 2015-Feb-01


Bottom Left: Photo taken the day (2015 Jan 7th) before her 1st session @ Balancing Rocks studio.

(Hope you can spot the changes happening in that first few weeks)


Uncle Senior Lim - His progressive journey from a stroke from 12 years back

Posted by Eng Kiat on September 24, 2014 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Uncle Senior Lim - His progressive journey from a stroke from 12 years back.
Uncle Lim is 81 years old this year. He had not been mobile for a while, and started to class @ Balancing Rocks in the month of May 2014.



[Stroke-Rt Body Leg] Video #5 - taken 15 Sep
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152464623260095&set=vb.640445094&type=3
(Do compare this video to Video #4.
You will notice that the walking speed has increased by at least 30%.)



[Stroke-Rt BodyLeg] Video #4 - taken 28th-July.
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152363015720095&set=vb.640445094&type=3&theater
(You can watch this video side-by-side with video #3.
There is a firm strength on the Right Foot now. )



[Stroke-Rt BodyLeg] Video #3 - taken 5-July]
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152318392015095&set=vb.640445094&type=3
(He has to use his walking stick for the past 12 years. Now he has progressed to walking without it for short distances. )



[Stroke-Rt BodyLeg] Video #2 - taken 27 Jun (2 weeks from the video #1)
(https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152305508775095&set=vb.640445094&type=3)
Improvements that are visible:
1] he can walk in the studio without his walking stick ,
2] his right knee can take the body weight better -- can see from video



[Stroke-Rt BodyLeg] Video #1 - taken 14-June. Already some improvement from 17th May (1st session).
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152305497840095&set=vb.640445094&type=3
Uncle initial conditions are:
- need the walking stick at all time including home.
- no strength with the right leg due to stroke 12 years ago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pregnancy, Fertility Challenges, ... (Version 2.1)

Posted by Eng Kiat on July 11, 2014 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

The organic outreach continues...

 

 

Similar to a subject like mathematics where there are different syllabus like algebra, geometry, etc. And within algebra, there are sub-syllabus like linear algebra, elementary algebra, abstract algebra, etc.

 

 

 

 

 


In a similar manner in my yoga knowledge sharing endeavour (which is a subset of my learning endeavour) I am currently embarking on is the 'annamaya kosa' syllabus.

 

 

Within this syllabus, one sub-syllabus that has been gaining awareness and momentum is around "pregnancy, fertility challenges, and more..."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





In the early days (2010-2012)

 

 

During this period of time, once in a while (4 months thereabout) there will be a student sharing her joy of being a mother soon or to have another newborn soon.

 

 

And most of the time, they will asked me a question "Did yoga help?". And many times I will reply with a smile perhaps "Yes, don't you know?".

 

 

 

 

 


On occassions during classes, I do dropped hints such as "this pose is good for the ladies", etc. Hopefully they will pick up the inference while they are doing, executing the poses.

 

 

This was how it was during this period. Student suspecting their chances improved due to the practice as they have been trying for some time but just wasn't able to fully confirm it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





The early evolution (late 2012-2013)

 

 

This is the period where things started to happen more deliberate and lesser by 'oh, it happened'.

 

 

 

 

 

 



a) Ms W - She started class with the studio 2 months after her miscarriage. She was in her early 40s. Though she had a girl 4 years earlier, she was having difficulty to conceive the next child.

 

 


One condition she developed after her incident was symptoms of incontinence. To build up her confidence with what yoga can offer. We dealt with the incontinence issue first, and within 2-3 months, sustainable improvements became apparent. With the increase in confidence with yoga, we embarked on improving the Organic Body (a term refers to the body parts related to the various organs) first.

 

 

 

 

 

Ms W is a diligent person. She practised what was taught in the class at home and even posted photos to show me (in case the poses practised were done wrongly).

 

 

The good news is she delivered a healthy baby (full term). Her journey lasted from 1st August 2012 to 6th December 2013. At the moment she is having 'fun' taking care of her baby at home since she doesn't have a domestic helper.

 

 

 

 

 

 



b) Ms HQ - She became the 1st person to walk into the studio already pregnant. This happened in Jan 2013. The interesting fact is that her colleague had been asking her to come for classes for almost 2 years before she finally took the plunge. And the reason was -- she couldn't bear with the Back Pain she was having anymore.

 

 

 


At that time, the studio doesn't offer any class that caters to the needs of the pregnant ladies. As a result, she has to join one of the existing group class. This begins the journey that I have to conduct 2 different classes in the same class setting.

 

 

 

 


Like almost all before her, she didn't really embrace the idea that the class will help her. However, she experienced more than 60% relieve after her 1st session. With this personal experience, she made it a point not to miss any session till April 2013 for her delivery.

 

 

As of today, she is back in the class without a tummy anymore.

 

 

 

 

 

 



c) Ms K - She is a wife of a student that has been with me since 2011. I was told she had a highly intense workout routine such as Muay Thai, body combat, etc when she was not pregnant. That's one reason why she didn't joined her partner earlier as the classes seemed too soft for her.

 

 


However, during her pregnancy with her twins, the back pain was too much for her to bear and she was also having the nauseating feeling frequently, and finally she succumbed to coming to the studio in March 2013. Having two inside the body definitely makes the load a lot heavier to deal with.

 

 

She managed to keep a good routine of twice a week for 2 months. The family moved overseas as her hubby was posted to another location, and the good news is she delivered in June 2013 as estimated.

 

 


Though the working period with this mother was a short one, however it gave her sufficient first-hand experience to turn herself from a skeptic to a beneficier of this subject.

 

 

 

 

 

 



d) Ms P - She started the class together with her husband. They wanted to do something together. Only after starting the class, I realised the hubby has been seeing a chiro for his back problem, and Ms P do have back issues for a while too. The hubby was a ex-colleague of mine and we have conversations earlier about what I am doing. And am happy to see them coming for class.

 

 

 


They started in Jan 2013, and by late Feb/early March, I was told she was pregnant. This sounds like one of those earlier stories I have in the early days. By now I not have a pregnant lady in this small group of 3 but a new member - sister-in-law has joined in. Now, it got interesting a class for 3 different sets of needs and conditions. The group kept a pretty consistent weekly session with me till end Nov 2013 as I head off to Pune for my own learning. And a cute baby gal was delivered around Christmas time.

 

 


Though I have yet to see this couple since, the sister-in-law has become a deligent student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





A formal Platform formed and the arrival of challenging cases (late 2013-2014 onwards)

 

 

Around August 2013, I know the studio will only start to receive more students with this needs. On top of that, within the current student pool many have indicated they would like to be 'helped' too.

 

 

 

 


Hence a 'Pre-Prenatal & Prenatal' program was conceived.

 

 

In the context of yoga, the periods before and during pregnancy are equally important.

 

 

There are quite a few poses that are highly beneficial for the physical and mental well being for the mother-to-be.

 

 

In my personal experience if these poses are not introduced prior to one's pregnancy, the fear of learning them for the 1st time during pregnancy is extremely high.

 

 

 

 


As a result, many mothers-to-be missed out on the chance to experience the benefits brought forth by these poses and also the chance to deal with certain conditions that arise commonly during pregnancy.

 

 

 

 

 

 



a) Pre-Prenatal & Prenatal Program - launched on Jan 2014.

 

 

The 1st cycle of the program started with 3 pregnant ladies, and the rest in preparation stage.

 

 

As of today (8th July 2014), 2 mothers have delivered and 1 in her 39th week.

 

 

And 3 new pregnancies in recent weeks (last 3 weeks - and this prompted me to blog this ongoing story).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



b) Ms F (39th week) - She has been learning at the studio for more than 1.5 years. She suffered from back pain ever since she was pregnant with her first child.

 

 

She started class soon learning that the classes will improve her back. Her open-mindedness lead her to relieve of the constant back pain that has nagged her for than 2+ years. Having experiencing the benefits, she continued her regular class routine, and for her 2nd pregnancy she had not experience any morning sickness nor back pain - which she ocassionally shared with her fellow class-mates in the prenatal program.

 

 

 

 


On top of the that, she continues with her practice of Headstand (Rope Sirsasana) and Shoulder stand (Chair Sarvangasana) and continue to enjoy the soothing effects of these poses. As she moved towards the 40th week, I will update the last segment accordingly.

 

 

 

 

 

 



c) Ms M - She started with the studio in July 2013.

 

 

She was first referred by her colleague 2 years earlier (her colleague brings her daughter to the studio for her scoliosis condition) as Ms M too have scoliosis and was having back pain and discomfort. Like many others, she has chosen to delay the visit as she was undergoing other treatments. Finally she turn up at the studio July 2013.

 

 


As she was working near the studio, she quickly became a regular and was able to experience sustained improvement pretty soon - end August 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

However her personalised 'treatment' routine was disrupted around this time, as she had to undergo her 1st IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation) procedure - as this was her last resort as she was already in her late 30s.

 

 

 

 

Although I was more than willing to help her with this dream of hers, I hesistated. This is partly due to the fact that it took her almost 2 years to step across the road to come to the studio as she wasn't convince it could help her deal with her back issues. Hence, I thought it was better to just shared real-life cases that have been helped by embracing the practice of yoga.

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately for her, the IVF procedure was declared a failure. It took about a month before she was able to revert back to her earlier routine that dealt with her intial 'call for help'. And I took this opportunity to include practices that would help her to fulfill her dream to become a mom.

 

 

 

 


In Dec 25 2013, while I was in Pune (amidst my yearly pilgrimage for my own learning) I whatsapped Ms M to get her to hold her 2nd IVF procedure till late March 2014. The offer was turn down as the husband refused to delay. Strangely enough around 6th or 7th Janurary, I received a phone message from Ms M informing me : "I will not be going for IVF procedure". I was surprised thinking that the couple has finally open up to the suggestion I have offered earlier.

 

 

It turned out that she was pregnant for the 1st time and moreover naturally. Though it was good news I was worried for her as the I felt more improvements needed and that's why I suggested she worked with me for another 3 months but nonetheless crossed my fingers for her. Unfortunately what I feared happened.

 

 

 

 

Perhaps this was a blessing in disguise for Ms M. After the unfortunate incident, her confidence in the practices, that we have been working on, went up a few notches. And 2.5 months later she was once again pregnant naturally. For the first few weeks, we continue to work through the practices on a regular basis.

 

 


However, due to her work nature, she can be away for 10 days or more at a stretch and she changed job when she was about 9th week pregnant, and missed her practices while she was getting herself oriented with the new organisation.

 

 

(Similar to how it happens when I helped someone with his/her shoulders - they never stop doing the stuff such as golfing or weight-lifting that would worsen the conditions and they wonder why the conditions revisit them after missing them for some time)

 

 

 

 


As of this week, it will be the 20th week of her pregnancy, and I won't see her for 2 weeks as she will be on holiday and work. Looks like we have to wait for her to return to continue so that we can work on a condition of the fetus that was picked up on an earlier checkup she had.

 

 


Like what my teachers would say : "Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured".

 

 

Hopefully with the mini-breaks here and there, I will be able to report back here around the 40th week - that's 20 weeks from now.

 

 

 

 

 

 



d) Ms S - She came to the studio in Sep 2013. She has a similar story to Ms M. When she first stepped into the studio she couldn't even bent forward for more than 15 degrees as her back will seize up and she will be in pain.

 

 

On top of that, she would experienced cruciating pain during her period that she can be bed-ridden from 1 to 2 days. And the improvement that we managed to achieve sometime in Jan 2014 was to have her dependence on Panadol for pain relief reduced - cutting down from 20+ tablets to about 4 for the first 2 days of her menstrual period.

 

 

 

 


During her time with me from Sep 2013 to Feb 2014, I witnessed her going through the IUI (Intra-Uterine insemination) procedure twice and failing both times. If it took most people a long time to be open to improving their backs through yoga, how much more open the person need to be to deal with her fertility issues.

 

 

 

 

However I did share with her that in the process of improving her condition with the menstrual cramp issue, the system related to fertility will be improved too. I saw that there were still doubts with her hence we continue to work with what she felt was important at that time.

 

 

 

 


Around mid Feb, I received a phone message from her that she was pregnant naturally for the 1st time after trying many methods prior. During this period I didn't get the chance to see her, and the next message I received was that she was experiencing some bleeding and will be heading to her doctor for a check-up. And the final message I received from her was "Doctor said I cannot go to yoga class".

 

 

 

 

That was the last I heard from her. It was one of those cases that going with the dominant medical system on this land was the way to go. It was unfortunately as she didn't know what could have been.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



e) Ms YMM & Ms AT - Both of them have joined the "Pre-Prenatal" portion of the program that was started in Jan 2014. One planned to be mother for the 1st time, and the other for the 3rd time.

 

 


Ms YMM had a miscarriage before and hence being in this program was highly beneficial for her. It was good too that she took this opportunity to improve her back, shoulder, and the glandular system for the upcoming pregnancy journey.

 

 

 

 

Ms AT is a long time friend. I remembered the first time she came for class, she told me she has pain everywhere except her forehead. It was really heart-breaking to see her enduring pains that she had to go through. We have worked on some many stuff that I lost track on how to tell her story.

 

 

But I am happy that she like Ms YMM are both pregnant.



 

 

 

 

 

[Updated 11th July 2014]

 

 

 

 

Pregnancy, Fertility Challenges, and more...

Posted by Eng Kiat on July 7, 2014 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The organic outreach continues...  

Similar to a subject like mathematics where there are different syllabus like algebra, geometry, etc. And within algebra, there are sub-syllabus like linear algebra, elementary algebra, abstract algebra, etc.


In a similar manner in my yoga knowledge sharing endeavour (which is a subset of my learning endeavour) I am currently embarking on is the 'annamaya kosa' syllabus.

Within this syllabus, one sub-syllabus that has been gaining awareness and momentum is around "pregnancy, fertility challenges, and more..."



In the early days (2010-2012) 

During this period of time, once in a while (4 months thereabout) there will be a student sharing her joy of being a mother soon or to have another newborn soon.

And most of the time, they will asked me a question "Did yoga help?". And many times I will reply with a smile perhaps "Yes, don't you know?".


On occassions during classes, I do dropped hints such as "this pose is good for the ladies", etc. Hopefully they will pick up the inference while they are doing, executing the poses.


This was how it was during this period. Student suspecting their chances improved due to the practice as they have been trying for some time but just wasn't able to fully confirm it. 



The early evolution (late 2012-2013)

This is the period where things started to happen more deliberate and lesser by 'oh, it happened'.


a) Ms W - She started class with the studio 2 months after her miscarriage. She was in her early 40s. Though she had a girl 4 years earlier, she was having difficulty to conceive the next child.


One condition she developed after her incident was symptoms of incontinence. To build up her confidence with what yoga can offer. We dealt with the incontinence issue first, and within 2-3 months, sustainable improvements became apparent. With the increase in confidence with yoga, we embarked on improving the Organic Body (a term refers to the body parts related to the various organs) first.


Ms W is a diligent person. She practised what was taught in the class at home and even posted photos to show me (in case the poses practised were done wrongly).

The good news is she delivered a healthy baby (a few days post estimated due date). Her journey lasted from 1st August 2012 to 6th December 2013. At the moment she is having 'fun' taking care of her baby at home since she doesn't have a domestic helper.



b) Ms HQ - She became the 1st person to walk into the studio already pregnant. This happened in Jan 2013. The interesting fact is that her colleague had been asking her to come for classes for almost 2 years before she finally took the plunge. And the reason was -- she couldn't bear with the Back Pain she was having anymore.


At that time, the studio doesn't offer any class that caters to the needs of the pregnant ladies. As a result, she has to join one of the existing group class. This begins the journey that I have to conduct 2 different classes in the same class setting.


Like almost all before her, she didn't really embrace the idea that the class will help her. However, she experienced more than 60% relieve after her 1st session. With this personal experience, she made it a point not to miss any session till April 2013 for her delivery.

As of today, she is back in the class without a tummy anymore.



c) Ms K - She is a wife of a student that has been with me since 2011. I was told she had a highly intense workout routine such as Muay Thai, body combat, etc when she was not pregnant. That's one reason why she didn't joined her partner earlier as the classes seemed too soft for her.


However, during her pregnancy with her twins, the back pain was too much for her to bear and she was also having the nauseating feeling frequently, and finally she succumbed to coming to the studio in March 2013. Having two inside the body definitely makes the load a lot heavier to deal with.

She managed to keep a good routine of twice a week for 2 months. The family moved overseas as her hubby was posted to another location, and the good news is she delivered in June 2013 as estimated.

Though the working period with this mother was a short one, however it gave her sufficient first-hand experience to turn herself from a skeptic to a beneficier of this subject. 



d) Ms P - She started the class together with her husband. They wanted to do something together. Only after starting the class, I realised the hubby has been seeing a chiro for his back problem, and Ms P do have back issues for a while too. The hubby was a ex-colleague of mine and we have conversations earlier about what I am doing. And am happy to see them coming for class.


They started in Jan 2013, and by late Feb/early March, I was told she was pregnant. This sounds like one of those earlier stories I have in the early days. By now I not have a pregnant lady in this small group of 3 but a new member - sister-in-law has joined in. Now, it got interesting a class for 3 different sets of needs and conditions. The group kept a pretty consistent weekly session with me till end Nov 2013 as I head off to Pune for my own learning. And a cute baby gal was delivered around Christmas time.

Though I have yet to see this couple since, the sister-in-law has become a deligent student. 




A formal Platform formed and the arrival of challenging cases (late 2013-2014 onwards)

Around August 2013, I know the studio will only start to receive more students with this needs. On top of that, within the current student pool many have indicated they would like to be 'helped' too.


Hence a 'Pre-Prenatal & Prenatal' program was conceived.

In the context of yoga, the periods before and during pregnancy are equally important.

There are quite a few poses that are highly beneficial for the physical and mental well being for the mother-to-be.

In my personal experience if these poses are not introduced prior to one's pregnancy, the fear of learning them for the 1st time during pregnancy is extremely high.


As a result, many mothers-to-be missed out on the chance to experience the benefits brought forth by these poses and also the chance to deal with certain conditions that arise commonly during pregnancy.



a) Pre-Prenatal & Prenatal Program - launched on Jan 2014.

The 1st cycle of the program started with 3 pregnant ladies, and the rest in preparation stage.  

As of today (8th July 2014), 2 mothers have delivered and 1 in her 39th week. 

And 3 new pregnancies in recent weeks (last 3 weeks - and this prompted me to blog this ongoing story).


b) Ms F (39th week) - She has been learning at the studio for more than 1.5 years. She suffered from back pain ever since she was pregnant with her first child.

She started class soon learning that the classes will improve her back. Her open-mindedness lead her to relieve of the constant back pain that has nagged her for than 2+ years. Having experiencing the benefits, she continued her regular class routine, and for her 2nd pregnancy she had not experience any morning sickness nor back pain - which she ocassionally shared with her fellow class-mates in the prenatal program. 


On top of the that, she continues with her practice of Headstand (Rope Sirsasana) and Shoulder stand (Chair Sarvangasana) and continue to enjoy the soothing effects of these poses. As she moved towards the 40th week, I will update the last segment accordingly.



c) Ms M - She started with the studio in July 2013.

She was first referred by her colleague 2 years earlier (her colleague brings her daughter to the studio for her scoliosis condition) as Ms M too have scoliosis and was having back pain and discomfort. Like many others, she has chosen to delay the visit as she was undergoing other treatments. Finally she turn up at the studio July 2013.

As she was working near the studio, she quickly became a regular and was able to experience sustained improvement pretty soon - end August 2013.


However her personalised 'treatment' routine was disrupted around this time, as she had to undergo her 1st IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation) procedure - as this was her last resort as she was already in her late 30s.  

Though I was more than willing to help her but knowing that it took her 2 years to step across the road to come to the studio, I thought it was better to just shared real-life cases that have been helped by embracing the practice of yoga. Unfortunately for her, the IVF was declared a failure. It took about a month before she was able to revert to a routine that deals with her intial 'call for help'. And I took this opportunity to include practices that would help her to fulfill her dream to become a mom.

In Dec 25 2013, while I was in Pune (amidst my yearly pilgrimage for my own learning) I whatsapped Ms M to get her to hold her 2nd IVF procedure till late March 2014. The offer was turn down as the husband refused to delay. Strangely enough around 6th or 7th Janurary, I received a phone message from Ms M informing me : "I will not be going for IVF procedure". I was surprised thinking that the couple has finally open up to the suggestion I have offered earlier.

It turned out that she was pregnant for the 1st time and moreover naturally. Though it was good news I was worried for her as the I felt more improvements needed and that's why I suggested she worked with me for another 3 months but nonetheless crossed my fingers for her. Unfortunately what I feared happened.


Perhaps this was a blessing in disguise for Ms M. After the unfortunate incident, her confidence in the practices, that we have been working on, went up a few notches. And 2.5 months later she was once again pregnant naturally. For the first few weeks, we continue to work through the practices on a regular basis.

However, due to her work nature, she can be away for 10 days or more at a stretch and she changed job when she was about 9th week pregnant, and missed her practices while she was getting herself oriented with the new organisation.  

(Similar to how it happens when I helped someone with his/her shoulders  - they never stop doing the stuff such as golfing or weight-lifting that would worsen the conditions and they wonder why the conditions revisit them after missing them for some time)


As of this this week, it will be the 20th week of her pregnancy, and I won't see her for 2 weeks as she will be on holiday and work. Looks like we have to wait for her to return to continue so that we can work on a condition of the fetus that was picked up on an earlier checkup she had.

Like what my teachers would say : "Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured".

Hopefully with the mini-breaks here and there, I will be able to report back here around the 40th week - that's 20 weeks from now.



d) Ms S - She came to the studio in Sep 2013. She has a similar story to Ms M. When she first stepped into the studio she couldn't even bent forward for more than 15 degrees as her back will seize up and she will be in pain.

On top of that, she has such cruciating pain during her period that she can be bed-ridden for 1 to 2 days. And the improvement that we managed to achieve sometime in Jan 2014 was to cut down on her dependence on Panadol for pain relief - cutting down from 20+ tablets to about 4 for the first 2 days of her menstrual period.  


During her time with me from Sep 2013 to Feb 2014, I witnessed her going through the IUI (Intra-Uterine insemination) procedure twice and failing both times. If it took most people a long time to be open to improving their backs through yoga, how much more open the person is to deal with her fertility issues.


However I did share with her that in the process of improving her condition with the menstrual cramp issue, the system related to fertility will be improved too. I saw that there were still doubts with her hence we continue to work with what she felt was important at that time.

Around mid Feb, she was pregnant naturally for the 1st time after trying many methods prior. However, she was experiencing some bleeding. 







    














Scoliosis Case - Ms Mi

Posted by Eng Kiat on March 16, 2014 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)



[Updated: 2014 March 29th]



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Finally, I remembered to take pictures at the very first session for a scoliosis case.

In the past where we have forgotten to take any pictures in the first or first few sessions, we missed the opportunity to 'showcase' the significant difference/improvement made. 

Hopefully, this time round we get to capture the improvements that can easily picked up by the untrained eyes.

Today, I just had the 2nd session with Ms M with 45° Upper Back / 18° Lower Back Scoliosis condition. I have just put up 2 views that we managed to capture on her 1st visit and today's session (16 Mar 2014), and now I have placed them side by side just to see the difference. 













A Glimpse of Remedial Cases in 2013

Posted by Eng Kiat on January 1, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

In the year 2013 was a 'tipping point' year for Balancing Rocks studio. Due to the featured segment on Channel U in November 2012 and more people having the open-mindedness, the studio got to see many more varied cases in 2013.

Here is the link to the cases with more info:

http://www.yoga-balancingrocks.com/specialisedprogram.htm


Below is a summary of the cases:

a) Initially she was burdened with her incontinence condition that she had for close to a year. As her condition improved, she started to work on other conditions that she had from headache to menstural cramp. And eventually getting pregnant (something that she and husband has been trying for 3 plus years), and delivering a healthy baby in Dec 2014.


b) He has Frozen Shoulder, and has been using Celebrex to control the condition well aware of the side effects as he is professional linked to the medical industry. In his words, he has tried everything and he knows the various treatments available in the mainstream medical system provides. Though he was open to giving this treatment a go but remains highly skeptical because he had already tried 'everything'.


c) His neck and back has become so stiff that activities such as driving and golfing has become a painful chores for him. Seeing his golf pals improving after embarking on remedial program at the studio, he gained confidence and started coming for class.


d) This lady worked just across from my studio. Only after she could not bear with the back pain anymore that she decided to take the plunge to come to the studio. This was almost 2 years after she was first introduced to the studio by her colleague.


e) She came to the studio by chance and with a complain with her hip that she couldn't get rid through massage. After experiencing good result, she became more open-minded and wanted to work on improve her asthma condition which she has since teenage days.


f) This young gal of 13 had her knee cap displaced while playing Netball in school. The injured leg was unable to be weight-bearing and the range of motion was totally restricted. We work togehter to bring down the swelling around the knee (with the yoga approach), then reduce the tightness around the knee, and gradually restore the range of motion of the knee joint. As her range of motion improve then we started working on bringing strength to the leg.


g) She has been suffering from Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux condition for at least 6 months. This has disrupted her work life and she was determined to improve on her ocndition. Hence her willingness to have 3 sessions a week. And within 5 weeks, this condition of hers improved to the extend that she doesn't experience the condition for days as compared to her earlier experience where she can get a few episodes in the same day.


h) This teenage gal of 18 came with her mom. Her mom was the one that believed that I would be able to help her with her menstrual cramp condition. And being young, she was able to see improvement very fast.


i) This lady of 35 came to me very recently and her intitial complain was her intense back pain. We worked on this quite frequently on twice weekly basis, and the pain has now become bearable. As of today, we continue to work on it, and now also started working on her intense menstrual cramp that she have been having for years.  


j) A very recent case of less than 1 month, she is suffering from Hyper Thyroidism. The intial result is positive as her fatigue level has shown improvement. We continue to work on having greater improvement.


k) This lady of 55 is another case where she has tried everything. Being someone who has suffered 2 strokes, have multiple issues, and most recent a pulled sensation at the abdominal region that prevented her from sitting up. When she saw the featured program on TV, she somehow felt that the 'untreatable' condition was able to get some relief. There has been lot of improvment, and we continue to re-balance the body that has been affected by the 2 strokes.

// that's the snap shot for 2013 //





Prenatal Program for Healthy Pregnancy

Posted by Eng Kiat on August 6, 2013 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (3)
Sharing a new program (Prenatal Program for Healthy Pregnancy) starting @ Balancing Rocks Yoga Studio-Iyengar Tradition - inspired by those pregnant (pregnant-to-be) ladies that have been coming for classes even though I have not allocated the time-slots for them prior to this.

[Who is this program for?]
This program is designed for those planning or are already pregnancy. It helps the ladies at the different stages of pregnancy. And also deal with some of the common issues that may arise.


[Day/Time]
Every Sat, 11.30am-12.40pm. Starting 17th Aug 2013. This is a 8-week program.


[Registration]
Call 8448-0868 or Email [email protected]


How often does a Golfer credit yoga for her recovery from injury and recent success at the golf course?

Posted by Eng Kiat on April 4, 2013 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A Student of Balancing Rocks has credited her recent success at the golf course to yoga (in the Iyengar Tradition).

She started at the studio in 2012-June, and quickly take on to a regular routine. It was nice to hear her giving credit to the yoga and studio (and of course I always tell her all these knowlege come from the source: the Iyengars @ Pune).

Here it is sharing with those who may be interested.






Pre-Natal Back Care Yoga Program @ Balancing Rocks

Posted by Eng Kiat on March 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Sharing a new program (Pre-Natal Back Care) starting @ Balancing Rocks Yoga Studio-Iyengar Tradition - inspired by those pregnant (pregnant-to-be) ladies that have been coming for classes even though I have not allocated the time-slots for them prior to this.


Pre-Natal Back Care Yoga Program @ Balancing Rocks Yoga Studio-Iyengar Tradition

(The flyer for the long awaited program is ready now!)

 

Back Pain or discomfort during pregnancy is very common. It is estimated that between 50% and 70% of women experience some form of back pain during pregnancy. (source: American Pregnancy Association)

 

Back Pain during pregnancy is related to a number of factors. Women with pre-existing lower back problems are most at risk for back pain. Other factors include: additional weight, posture, growing uterus, and hormonal changes. However, there are things you can do to reduce the severity or frequency.


 

 

[Who is this Program for?]

This program is designed for students who are experiencing back pain during or before pregnancy (even for those post-delivery). It is also for those with a weak back who are preparing for pregnancy.

 

 


[Benefits and Aim of the Program]

The program uses asana to:

- Reduce Back issues during pregnancy;

- Improve on tiredness and fatigue;

- Help promote mental and physical well-being, strengthen and tone muscles, and, if regularly practiced, prepare mothers-to-be for a natural and easier birth.

 


For more info,

call 8448-0868.





Balancing Rocks Iyengar Yoga Studio on Channel U

Posted by Eng Kiat on January 11, 2013 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)
On 4th Dec 2012, Balancing Rocks Iyengar Yoga Studio was featured on Channel U, in the program Style Check In (潮人攻略;).

Since I was away at Pune, and many were away on holidays. Many have missed this segment of the program. 

Thanks to a kind soul, this segment has been recorded and done up quite nicely.   

Hence, I am sharing here the segment for those who may be curious on what goes on at the studio. 

(Source: Channel U © Mediacorp Limited.)

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