When Jeannie Di Bon posted about her new book in the Zebra Pit Facebook group, I jumped on it immediately and begged for a comp copy to review. Not surprisingly, she went above and beyond, sending me two copies so we can do another giveaway and I have one to keep! In this sponsored post, everyone benefits, most especially our lucky winner. Will it be you? Maybe so. Keep reading to find out how to enter.
Di Bon’s new book, Hypermobility Without Tears: Moving Pain-Free with Hypermobility and EDS is an essential book for anyone with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome or a Hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD). At 144 pages, it is a small book, but it’s packed with massive power, the kind that can get you out of a deconditioned state and ready to love your body again, despite hypermobility. If you’re struggling with getting in movement because of symptoms, looking to decrease symptoms and increase your overall health with a collagen disorder, this book is definitely for you. Even if you’re a seasoned workout warrior with EDS, my bet is you’re still going to learn a great deal from this book. I’ve been watching Jeannie’s presentations for years along with other fitness experts in EDS and I STILL learned quite a lot from Hypermobility Without Tears.
Jeannie Di Bon, who has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome herself, is a well known and respected member of our EDS dazzle. As a Movement Therapist who has worked many years to develop her own exercise program for zebras, Jeannie coined the Integral Movement Method (IMM). In Hypermobility Without Tears, Jeannie takes you through IMM in this book step-by-step, first educating you on the reasons for these movements before walking you through each execise. Di Bon has helped countless zebras, both in person and through her writing and presentations, to gain control over many of their symptoms of hypermobility through movement. Hypermobility Without Tears is the culmination of these experiences, in a handy format just about anyone can follow along with.
EDS and Exercise
It’s no secret why I exercise. I’m no gym rat and I never was, in fact I am bored to tears by treadmills and a lot of what gyms have to offer, not to mention I look nothing like the rest of the clientele, which can make gyms feel pretty unfriendly. My old ideas of exercise were to hike, swim and dance, though I eventually found my way onto workout equipment in my early thirties until I had too many injuries and too much fatigue to keep going. Little did I know, I was wrecking my own body trying to keep up with healthy people and the traditional ideas of what exercise is in our culture.
I moved toward the opposite extreme; believing people who told me exercise was dangerous with my ME/CFS diagnosis. I now understand that accepting that advice and allowing my fatigue and pain to defeat me was about the worse thing I could have done in response to my symptoms. I deteriorated rapidly, became completely consumed by my symptoms and by the time I was fed up with living in a darkened room in my bed all day, I had become completely unconditioned.
Fitness was an integral part of my recovery and it remains integral to maintaining a good baseline in my health journey.
What motivates me is simple; a reduction in pain, dislocations, fatigue and other symptoms common to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I know it works because my symptoms come back to aggravate me every time I slack off. My right shoulder falls apart, my back starts to hurt, my ribs dislocate, my body begins to feel heavy and exhausted by movement. It’s really a no brainer to keep getting that exercise in once you get started and feel the powerful changes it can affect.
But it’s not always easy to get yourself to exercise. Pain makes it difficult to get started. We often overdo it and end up fatigued. For many, it’s difficult to let go of the fitness ideals promoted in our society of which we can be no part. For people with collagen disorders, we must practice alternative forms of movement which simultaneously protect our joints and create strong muscle to support them. We must avoid creating fatigue. We must do less than our healthy counterparts, ramp up our repetitions and duration more slowly and use different strategies for success. It can seem like a minefield of missteps and backward moves if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Hypermobility Without Tears lays this all out for you in step-by-step, easy to understand instructions. In essence, it teaches nearly everything you need to know about EDS and fitness. Practice the exercises recommended as you read through the book, and you will already be on your way to improving your health. Maintain those practices on a regular basis, and you are on your way to developing a life of less pain, easier movement and greater stability throughout the body, designed to protect your joints.
Fitness Doesn’t Have to Cause Stress and Strain on Our Bodies
A hypermobile body requires slow, gentle movement; movement that avoids injury to our delicate soft tissues. For many of us, it’s equally important that we learn how to relax our muscles; as the mechanical and chemical deficiencies found in an Ehlers-Danlos body can create a great deal of strain without adding harsh exercise routines. Many of us also no longer breathe naturally or fully for the same reasons; we’re so used to guarding our bodies from injury, that the way we carry ourselves is full of tension and anxiety. Di Bon knows all this, designing IMM to be a full body workout that doesn’t simply just aim to build muscle.
One of the first things Jeannie teaches you how to do in her book is to unlock those muscles holding too much tension and learn how to breathe fully again. Learning to breathe properly and letting go of those guarding habits can supply a great deal of relief from tension and stress and allow our bodies to begin moving more naturally again, making the first two chapters alone invaluable to anyone attempting to improve their symptoms, by helping to prepare your body for movement.
Di Bon walks you through breathing exercises and mindfulness meditation in these chapters and does so with a tone and cadence that is quite soothing and calming, taking the anxiety out of these new experiences and allowing you to move at your own pace as you learn these techniques.
Each chapter is arranged so that you first learn why what she’s teaching you is important. In chapter three, she moves on to an introduction on proprioception and provides several very simple exercises we can all do to improve it. So it goes from chapter to chapter, covering topics like balance, posture, and stability until she’s unpacked her entire Integral Movement Method for you.
This book isn’t just for laypeople, either. If you’re a physical therapist, exercise coach or movement professional working with people with hypermobility, Jeannie’s methods will definitely enhance your ability to help these clients. If you’re a hypermobile person seeking improving, whether you’re working with a professional to meet those goals or not, your current methods can only be improved and enhanced with the added knowledge Hypermobility Without Tears brings to your workouts.
To purchase the book on Amazon and see what people are saying about it, here is a link: Hypermobility without Tears by Jeannie Di Bon.
Don’t Forget Our Giveaway!
We gave away a great mat with the book, but unfortunately, the contest has already run and the winner has been announced:
You may not be a winner this time, but do keep an eye out for future contests. We love to do contests with our partners and affiliates, so another is bound to come along soon.
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Finally, if you want to learn more about Jeannie, follow her blog and check out her website. You can join her Zebra Club for fitness tips or join her in person at her studio in London for some one on one training, you can find her website, here: https://jeanniedibon.com/