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I actually ended up going to BOTH the Concrete Blonde concert AND the YSO Street Fair! Go me! We got to the Newport during the opening act, so there weren't many seating options by then. But I did manage to find a step that worked both as a place to see above the crowd and a place to sit when my back got tired. Concrete Blonde started off their show with Bloodletting, I started dancing, got lost in the music, and mostly forgot about my back problems.

They played a really great show. The people watching was fun, too. Most everyone there was about my age or a little younger, many with tattoos. Almost all looked like interesting people who know how to think for themselves instead of following the crowd. My kind of people.

I figured after all that standing (I stood for almost the entire concert) I wasn't going to be up for a street fair the next day, but ice and some good sleep did wonders, I guess, so off we went. I had a really good time in spite of the heat. I bought some handmade soap and pain reducing salve, and stocked up on healing herbal teas from the herb shop in town. I didn't seem to be in the mood to buy clothes, which was a shame, because there were some amazing dresses for sale!

The only other think I purchased was a 15 minute shiatsu massage. I don't think I've ever had shiatsu before. I asked the therapist to concentrate on my low back and hips. She had me lie on a thick mat on the ground and used her hands, knees, elbows to press acupressure points. She also did a lot of stretching. She made use of her entire body to do the work. At one point she placed the bottoms of my feet on her abs and leaned in, pressing my knees toward my chest, for a great low back stretch. It was an absolutely fantastic massage. Different from the massages I usually get, and well worth the $20 for 15 minutes.

Just as the vendors were packing up and we were making our way out of the street fair, a man pointed at my shirt and said, "Nice shirt!"

I was wearing a t-shirt with a batiked tree design that I bought at a YSO street fair some 20 years or so ago when I lived there. It turns out he and his business partner were the artists who had made my t-shirt! They don't make that style any more because it's so labor intensive. I thanked them and told them what a great shirt it is. How cool is it that I met the artists!

Sunday morning, after all that activity, I felt sore, but "normal" sore. Like I used to be in years past. It was the best feeling.
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My back so much better last week that I felt able to do more exercise. I increased my time on the elliptical from 8 minutes once a day to 10 minutes twice a day. My cardiovascular system loved it, but by the end of the week the trigger point in my mid back was inflamed again from the rotational aspect of the elliptical machine.

*sigh* Two steps forward, one step back.

Saturday I rested. I was exhausted, both from the week and from the early morning trip to the vet. We were totally out of drinking water so a trip to the grocery was mandatory, but it was totally naptime after we got home. Dinner was pizza in bed.

Sunday I felt much more like myself, and was able to complete the rest of the weekend chores. After which I did lot of qigong and gentle stretching.

Yesterday I again got a massage before acupuncture. This time my student therapist worked right on the areas of knotted muscle (interspersed with plenty of area-wide friction, gods love him!) to loosen them up. Today my back feels muuuch better: wide and loose. Ahhh...

I hope it still feels good tomorrow. The first couple of times I got massages at the school I was really sore the day after, even though I drank several glasses of water afterward to flush out the toxins stirred up by the massage. That didn't happen this time, meaning that a) I've progressed quite a bit (yay), and b) following massage with acupuncture is a really good idea. I have had much success these last three weeks with that protocol.

This week's exercise theme is "Keep It Loose!" I'll be doing lots of qigong, focusing on moving gently and slowly, trying my best to keep those muscles from tightening up again.


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August 2013



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