I have been a manual practitioner for 27 years. For the first fifteen years, I was a Registered Massage Therapist. And then, in 2006, I embarked up the study of Osteopathy - which I still practice to this day.
I am blessed to love what I do and am continually learning, and sharing information with my patients...whether it be about meditation techniques, complementary modalities, nutritional advice, and/or physical supports and helpful devices that support our work/learning day.
There is one tool that I keep coming back to.
As per below:
In the year (??) I attended the Yoga show in Toronto - both to partake of the classes/workshops offered and to explore the exhibits. I was also on a bit of a search... The previous year I had seen an item that interested me and that had held my attention - every time my back ached after a day of treating patients I wondered about this “tool”. I had tried to mimic its structure with pillows. But my efforts fell short.
Originally the item I saw had been made of wood - which I felt had the structure I sought - but the composition seemed hard and unforgiving get - extreme...
And that was when I came across The 10 Minute Cushion. I literally rounded a corner and bumped into the exhibit. I was welcomed and introduced (by lying down and being appropriately pillowed) to the cushion. I was very, very impressed.
They say that our society breeds collapsed chests - and it does. I see the byproduct of this flexed spine - arms out front positioning daily in my practice. Pain aside - the effects on fluid flow and organ health are profound as well.
The 10-minute cushion allows for the passive release of said collapse.
Honestly, when I lay on it - my spine almost breathed a sigh of relief.
The passive nature of this stretching tool makes it easy to use and - albeit strengthening is called for as well - it’s a great - great! The starting point for patients - the ligaments that line the front of the spine can take their time releasing and - that profound flexion curve, that progresses in so many of us through the thoracic spine, can take a time out and relax into extension.
I often suggest that this tool can be used in conjunction with a meditation practice such as Yoga Nidra - to encourage a more profound effect.
After some time - I was contacted and introduced to a smaller cushion - of the same shape. And find that it suits me - personally better - as the subtle curvature of the smaller cushion suits smaller frames - and is a bit gentler.
As with all things - there are preferences and approaches that suit the individual. Choices are good.
Thank you, Graham and team. I love this cushion and continue to recommend it to my patient base.
Recommended by chiropractors, physiotherapists, golfers, yoga instructors and health professionals, is superior to a traditional back brace, neck pillow, lumbar support, posture brace or yoga block. The 10 Minute Cushion functions to stretch and correct your posture, preparing your spine and surrounding muscles for functional activity.
Relieve your neck and low back pain! The 10 Minute Cushion is a simple device that uses the natural pull of gravity to improve posture, mobility, and flexibility, allowing for proper communication between the brain, spinal cord, and the extremities – and promises the countless benefits that accompany a healthy spine.