I have been an avid athlete my entire life. Unfortunately I looked fit, but I was exercising all wrong. I was over training, under resting, not eating effectively, and setting myself up for a figurative “train wreck” (as my doctors would explain). Due to this improper training I have had 7 surgeries with 13 screws placed in my body in efforts to put “humpty dumpty back together again”. The scar tissue coupled with fibromyalgia (I still struggle with the reality of that diagnosis) imprisoned me with chronic and continual pain. Sleepless nights due to the pain created cranky days. Not to be a whiner or anything, but the realities of living the next 40 – 50 years like this was not something I looked forward to. However a friend recommended that I start working with Rain to “just see what happens”. I started working with Rain approximately 2 years ago. To be honest I went in somewhat hesitantly. When we started I had just had my last surgery. This ACL reconstruction was my third surgery in a year. My body and spirit were completely beaten up. My knee was stuck bent at about 45o angle, and the doctors didn’t believe it would straighten out much more than that (never mind the idea of walking without a limp or ever being able to ride my bike again).
Rain, as tiny as she is, is incredible powerful at her job as a massage therapist. Rain works on me 1-2x a week. She innately knows how much I can handle, how deep to go, and when to back off. She knows when I need her to break up the scar tissue and then she plays “nice nice” to make the discomfort go away. The nature of the work that I personally need (breaking up of scar tissue and correcting structural imbalances) can be extremely intense. However, I am so shocked each time at how completely relaxed I am by the end of each session. I have seen an increase in my overall energy level and sleep has come much easier too.
Due to her care I have not only gotten full range of motion with my leg I actually rode a 100 miles on my bike 9 months after my last surgery!! As I crossed the finish line tears were pouring out of my eyes (not very wise). I was back. I was me again!!!!
I keep telling her that she has been a gift to me, a blessing sent by God to heal me. I say that with all sincerity. I regard her so highly that I refer all of my clients to her with the utmost confidence that they will receive incredible care with an ethical approach.
Rain, you are a God send to my life! Thank you for making me whole again. Thank you for allowing me to be me again!
Dianne Hon, ACE Certified Personal Trainer