Posts tagged Healing
Somatics Follow Up

Part 23 of Martha’s Healing Journey

In my December 2018 blog post, I wrote about how I was starting to learn a gentle body-mind technique called Somatics. Since that time, I have continued to explore this work, finding many interesting and helpful connections.

Today, I want to follow up about my progress with addressing my own sensory motor amnesia, specifically regarding scoliosis.

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Bye Bye 2018, Hello 2019

Part 21 of Martha’s Healing Journey

On New Year’s eve, I was chatting with my wonderfully ‘alive’ 83 year old mom. We were reflecting on the past year, and thinking ahead to 2019, when she asked: “So Martha, with all of your exploring of healing techniques, what do you think I should do next to look after myself… to be healthier; to feel better?”


That made me laugh out loud, as she is already more health-conscious and active than most people half her age - she does weekly pilates, senior’s exercise, regular massage, a yearly yoga retreat, walking, swimming, and more! Nevertheless, it got me thinking there is always more we can do for ourselves.

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About Martha's Stem Cell Procedure

Part 18 of Martha’s Healing Journey

How the spine relates to all other joints.


Over the years, as I have worked on finding comfort and mobility in my fused spine, I have definitely felt things improve for the better.

Unfortunately, one day about 13 years ago, while moving a box up some stairs, I felt my left knee pop, and that incident was - unbeknownst to me at the time - the beginning of a new healing journey.

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Martha Carter Talks About Her Healing Journey - Part 16

Scoliosis: A Confounding Condition

Scoliosis is a really confounding condition! The more I try to explain it, the more I realize that it is full of contradictions.

Nobody knows why it happens, or who will get it. Given that every scoliosis is unique, the effects can be so different for each person, which of course makes it difficult to compare notes.

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Martha Carter Talks About Her Healing Journey - Part 14

About other Scoliosis-Specific Exercise Methods

Since I had my Harrington rods removed, I have explored and discovered many therapies. Aside from Yoga for Scoliosis, which has been my main focus, there are three other popular Scoliosis-targeted exercise methods that are becoming more available and showing promising results.

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Martha Carter Talks About Her Healing Journey - Part 9

How dance and dancers have shaped and informed every step of the journey

I keep wanting to talk about getting into Yoga for Scoliosis — an eventual and integral part of my scoliosis journey following the removal of my Harrington Roads — but as I write this serial blog, and look back on all that’s happened, other memories get triggered and new understandings appear.

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Martha Carter Talks About Her Healing Journey - Part 8

Exploring Different Healing Modalities: Alexander technique and Taoist meditation

Ever since my rod removal 21 years ago, I have spent a LOT of time exploring different options for supportive care.

I never expected to go down this road, but exploring the myriad supportive care options out there has become an ongoing educational journey that I continue to find not only self-empowering, but endlessly fascinating.

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Martha Carter Talks About Her Healing Journey - Part 6

My journey - and discoveries - in Supportive Care

The results of my intense massage routine and gym training slowly gave me confidence to try new things in the search for more mobility and pain relief. I thought that by having my Harrington rods removed, everything would be better, immediately. But, as it turned out, I encountered a whole new set of challenges...

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Martha Carter Talks About Her Healing Journey - Part 5

Harrington rods removed - the healing journey begins

As I mentioned in Part 3 of this serial blog post, after the removal of my Harrington rods, I was eager to experience movement in a new way—without the restriction of metal implants. But because I still felt stiff and had muscle spasms, I decided to work with a massage therapist, Dawn, to help break up the scar tissue that had built up over the years.

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Martha Carter Talks About Her Healing Journey - Part 2

How the decision to remove her Harrington rods pushed Martha Carter to deal with buried emotions.

After I made the decision to have my Harrington rods removed, I experienced a huge flood of emotions. I had a flashback to my first surgery. The doctors and my family commenting how “strong” and “brave” I was. How I never cried.

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Martha Carter Talks About Her Healing Journey: 21 Years Post-Surgery - Part 1

Harrington Rods Removed — How a Reiki treatment led TOPS Founder Martha Carter to a new path of healing.

When I was told that I had scoliosis and needed to have Harrington rod surgery at age 13, I was also told that I wouldn’t be allowed to dance anymore and that I shouldn’t do any rigorous exercise or yoga. It was 1974, and the relatively new surgical procedure was in its early years.

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