This is probably the best ever training thread .
Aren't you a OTW/AKC, CMS who happens to be a doctor? What are your thoughts as they pertain to this thread?
OTW/AKC ? don't think so. Don't you have to attend a cert or something? A CMS ? As official as your GSLevelwhatever, oh velociraptorous one. And , well, I have "made my numbers" recently , that would relegate the othernohairstyler to 2nd place - but it counts for absolutely f'all - if not for the fact that the last 5 years trainings & whatnot have revealed some truths to me about the so-called ageing process and what one should (or should not fear) as one surfs the wave to eventual oblivion.
Having explored some of the byways alluded to in this thread (incl a spot of self-taught power Bikram) what is abundantly clear is that we all need some kind of antidote to forward stressful living patterns which accumulate as unwanted tension and will eventually negatively impact on quality of life. It doesn't really hit until you become ineligible for 18-35 kontiki holiday packages and the reflection in the mirror bears no resemblance to the uberstud of old.
There is no mystery to any of this but part of the midlife crisis is to enter the 2nd half of one's life with some positivity - not loathsome self destroying negativity about what vengeance mother nature appears to be wreaking on the increasingly frail , tight and sore frame.
Thus all that has been stated are valid methods of learning to overcome the stress response, and for some even introducing a kind of spiritual quality to their state of health.
Personally I am relieved to have emerged from the fire with bigger and better knowledges , and find trainings are now efficient and highly effective - giving me back most of the athleticism I had as a teenager. Admittedly with a few extra aches and pains which are largely scars of a life lived rather than existed. Now I know all about trigger points (and how to manage them) I do not fear the physical aspects of ageing. As has been mentioned , past 40 ( and before if not competing) training should be enjoyable and lifestyle enhancing , not a constant round of visits to therapists.
I detest doctors. They are for sick people. Many doctors view my rantings with suspicion. Like Andy , I don't get sick. Unlike Andy I don't use bands. Whatever works , one mans meat is another's poison blah blah. Personally I find achywhatsits are 1) convenient & 2) pretty efficient and used in a certain way (if for no other purpose than to simply maintain a perfect posture) provide me with a tough kernel around which the fruit of life matures
. Kernel not core, because I hate that word also.
This thread is about admitting that on some planes , getting old sucks. A bit.