Refreshing recovery: #TummyRehab week 6

{I was given the Tummy Team online rehab program, and the Skype call, for the purposes of use and review. All opinions expressed are my own.}

Oh, this is about so much more than a flat tummy.

Here I am a few days into week six of The Tummy Team’s Core Foundations online program. Over these past 6 weeks, I have received consistent and top-notched (and MUCH needed) PT for my core. Kelly Dean has explained to me the science of how my body functions without being over-technical or talking over my head. She has shown me one rehab step, one tweak, at a time to keep me progressing without getting overwhelmed (so grateful for her videos). I have been kept accountable with the weekly charts through this process. I have worked hard…after all, it IS physical therapy, right? (Note: “hard” for me means a great deal of mental energy and I remember to hold my body a certain way and move accordingly.) and I can tell that my muscles are remembering their new and better positions, and my brain reminds me quickly when I slump back into an old habit. Change is taking place!

But the most important change is that I have experienced a mental shift.

I had my scheduled Skype session with Kelly yesterday. I was excited about it for a few days prior because I knew that we would be able to talk about what was going on with my body because she could see me. It was a defining moment in my PT (and my whole recovery journey) because someone who specializes in core recovery was going to help me take the guesswork out of the adjustments that I personally have needed to make. So when we had our session last evening, I wasn’t disappointed! Kelly was very easy to talk with. She asked me about my story, my journey, and we talked about that for a while. And then she took some time to assess my concerns and to take a look at the way I held my body. It was like I was right there in the office with her, and immediately she spotted what I could not for all these years. She spent the next fifteen minutes showing me several small adjustments (actually demonstrating them to me so that I could copy her) that are now making a HUGE difference. God has literally given me some missing pieces to my recovery, and I’m so grateful. After Kelly showed me what to do, she had me write down the steps as well. We talked about a few more things and then we were done. It went by pretty fast!

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Remember I said I had a mental shift? It happened right there on the Skype call. Kelly said one thing while we were talking, and it clicked for me. She said that her desire for every client she works with is that she/he feels and functions better. Period. That we learn how to use our cores properly and to integrate that function into our everyday lives, for the rest of our lives.

And I got it.

It’s not about the diastasis and closing it, although that will come. It’s about this body being the one vehicle I get for the journey and using it well. It’s about recovering my core function and putting that to use in my everyday living and being able to use this body for all that it’s called to do. In the middle of keeping that in mind, the fitness will come. And I’m fit to function well in this life.

I so needed that mental shift. Stay tuned as I process this new mindset a bit more. And stay tuned for my review of the whole program after the Christmas holidays and the New Year!

Here’s to being well and strong,

Dee

10 Replies to “Refreshing recovery: #TummyRehab week 6”

  1. Oh a flat tummy…I don’t think I even had one pre-baby. But it would sure be nice to have a slimmer belly.

  2. Oh a flat tummy…I don’t think I even had one pre-baby. But it would sure be nice to have a slimmer belly.

    1. Yes Joyce, I hear you. And a strong core with it!

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