All my life I haven a physical person: as a
youngster I was involved in dance and practiced and taught yoga as an
adult. Although I had been born with scoliosis, I was able to overcome
this affliction to a great degree by remaining active.
However, my life and health started on a downward
spiral when in 1982 I was involved in a motorcycle accident. My pelvis
was fractured in three places and my right ankle was also broken. My
recovery was long and arduous, involved six months in physical therapy
and a gradual progression from walker to cane.
However, the accident exacerbated the scoliosis
and also resulted in severe arthritis and osteoporosis in my back. Not
only had I shrunk four inches, but I was also in constant pain and
fearful of undertaking the most normal of daily activities. Climbing
stairs, walking even short distances and regular daily activities
filled me with dreads as I was afraid of hurting myself even more.
Despite my being extremely careful, I started to experience falls,
which even included falling down stairs. My son then insisted that I
come and live with him and his family.
This was the lowest point in my life. I spent
four weeks in bed because of the excruciating pain and lived with my
son and his family for nine months. During this period of inactivity,
my muscles atrophied. I had to learn to walk again, which I could do
only with the help of very strong pain killers and core exercises.
Even so, I could not stand up straight and my left side remained
extremely weak. Needless to say, I was very depressed during this
Then in July 2007, through Farmington Valley
Physical Therapy and its founder, Boguslawa Badon, I discovered
Somatics. I consider this discovery the beginning of my return to
health and to an active, normal life. Through Somatics I learned that
the four weeks I had spent in bed had resulted in sensory motor
amnesia, i.e., I had lost my sensory motor skills. However, with the
help of Mrs. Badon, my improvement has been dramatic. My posture is now
equalized and I am now able to stand much straighter. The paraspinal
muscles on my left side are now much stronger since Somatics has
taught me how to use my body correctly. But what is even more
remarkable is that, along with the physical improvement, there has
been a concomitant mental improvement. I am no longer afraid to do
normal, everyday things. I now walk up and down stairs with confidence
and can undertake activities, which frightened me before. Somatics has
removed for me the fear of daily living and today my outlook toward
life is positive and confident. For this, as well as for my physical
wellbeing, I will be forever grateful.
October 8, 2007