“The fella in the middle of this picture is my Dad. He turned 85 yesterday. Without Power Plate, he wouldn’t live mobile or pain free.
I know this because over the past 6-7 years his knees have been problematic. Although he was diagnosed with arthritis many years ago, my skills with myofascial movement therapy have kept him mobile and generally pain free until about two years ago. The magic of movement had been increasingly less effective and there was talk of surgery.
On my last trip to the UK in September, I arranged for the loan of a Personal Power Plate for the month I was visiting. I gave my Dad 5 one minute exercises to perform on it, 3 times a day. They were myofascial mobility movements for his feet and hips, which I identified were glued and creating pressure through his knees. The moves alone hadn’t been enough, but adding Power Plate vibration changed the game.
Within 1 week he was noticing more comfort. Two weeks in, a 50% reduction in discomfort, and some days where he was unaware of his knees at all. 6 months on, speaking with him yesterday on his 85th birthday, he said he’s “getting around fine” and still uses his Power Plate every day.
I stress again, the absolute magic of myofascial mobility which helps so many of my clients find new joy in movement, was no longer enough. The addition of vibration was the little extra that was needed for tissue change. I’m always in awe of what Power Plate brings to my clients and now, my precious family. My Dad can walk the dog, go shopping, mow his grass and watch football, pain free.
Not much to ask is it? Many don’t have this at 85. Dad does.”
We love to ‘flush the system’ at my studio. Create blood flow, lymphatic flow, hydration of the tissues and generally nourish the body. Whilst there are many ways to use Power Plate to flush, or massage, different areas of the body, the most well used, and indeed client favourites, come down to three. The back, the pelvis and the calves. Let me tell you why.
Firstly, we have three major joints in our body that want to move; that should move. Often they don’t move well. These are the foot/ankle complex, the hip complex and the thoracic complex. Movement restriction here can often impact other areas like knees, low back and neck/shoulders. This has resonated with every group I’ve taught in the last 8 years.
What you’ll note is that each of these massages targets those complexes. So, secondly, let’s take a look at each one.
THE BACK/THORACIC FLUSH
People are often surprised by this one. It’s putting vibration right through the spine and the rib cage, which many may feel isn’t ‘right’. Indeed, it feels mighty weird too, with the vibration going straight through your lungs making breathing feel just plain odd! However, if you can get past this ‘weirdness’ and your client has no contraindication of course, the ease of breath and space in the thoracic cavity feels wonderful. Whilst an ‘acquired taste’, our clients love the feeling afterwards, if not during!
Okay, this is a more common sight. Warning – please have an empty bladder before trying this one. It does create unexpected urges to pee! Okay, that aside, this flush is great for tight hips and stressed out souls with knots in their abdomens they don’t even know about. The freedom when they walk away from this one is indescribable.
Looks lovely doesn’t it? That’s because it is! This is probably the biggest favourite among our clients. You’ll see I have a sandbell on my calves. Any weight, including someone putting downward pressure on your shins, is superb and if I may say, incredibly pleasurable. Our lymphatic system starts at our feet but the first lymph nodes are behind the knees. This flush provides a welcome boost to the process and is so relaxing.
Okay, finally apart from the massive physical favour you’re doing for your clients, there’s a huge mental and emotional favour you can do too. With each of these flushes my instruction is “the more relaxed you are, the better this will work”. This is powerful. First, it’s true physically. Secondly, and arguably more importantly, you have just given your client permission to relax. They can’t be anywhere else and if this part of their session is to work best, they HAVE to relax. It may be their only chance to do this in their entire week. Imagine what this means. This is so much more than ‘a quick massage’. Happy flushing! JP