The Miracle Ball Method: Relieve Your Pain, Reshape Your Body, Reduce Your Stress [NOOK Book]

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**Note: Miracle Balls are not included with ebook edition. If you’re looking for the full Miracle Ball package, please select the print edition.**

Suffering a career-ending, potentially crippling injury to her back and right leg, a young dancer named Elaine Petrone tried everyone from orthopedists to yogis to turn her pain and prognosis around. Nothing worked--until she healed herself through a unique program of therapy and exercise based ...

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The Miracle Ball Method: Relieve Your Pain, Reshape Your Body, Reduce Your Stress

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Overview

**Note: Miracle Balls are not included with ebook edition. If you’re looking for the full Miracle Ball package, please select the print edition.**

Suffering a career-ending, potentially crippling injury to her back and right leg, a young dancer named Elaine Petrone tried everyone from orthopedists to yogis to turn her pain and prognosis around. Nothing worked--until she healed herself through a unique program of therapy and exercise based around the use of two small, squishy balls. From there she turned her passion into a mission that is helping the thousands of people who visit her classes conquer pain, stress, and injury.

Now, for relief for sufferers everywhere, comes The Miracle Ball Method. The work itself is simple. Take a sore back: By resting your aching back on grapefruit-sized balls and letting your body sink into them, you're unworking the muscles that hurt. Pain and tension drain out of the body. Petrone shows how proper breathing (which she demonstrates) works in conjunction with a range of unexercises that call for placing the balls under the back, head, knees, hip, elbow--wherever there's pain--and then resting, rolling, or rotating on them. She points out that relief can come in surprising ways: Lower back pain may be helped by placing the ball under your neck, or a bad knee might be helped by hip work. It's a revolutionary program of relief, from head to toe.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This is the book that could change your body and the way you live your life…Go get this book and start enjoying your life!”

Fit Magazine

“Place the deceptively simple Miracle Ball under a trouble spot and sink into—aches actually melt away.”

Self

“Offers a no-impact routine.”

Parade

“You’ll ease the pain and tension of injuries and alleviate soreness and stiffness in muscles and joints.”

Fitness

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761177555
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/3/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 396,994
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Elaine Petrone developed her Miracle Ball method out of her own experiences with chronic pain. In addition to her books, she’s written for and been featured in Fitness, Vogue, Woman’s Day, Glamour, Redbook, Self, Elle, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar. She teaches regularly at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, and trains students at hospitals and healing centers across the country. She lives in southern Connecticut. Her website is elainepetrone.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Having Pain? Get On the Ball!

    The Miracle Ball Method: Relieve Your Pain, Reshape Your Body, Reduce Your Stress [2 Miracle Balls Included] is a method of pain relief developed by Elaine Petrone after struggling with her own terrible back pain. The key for her, and no doubt many, proved to be proper breathing and decreased muscle tension. Soooo... <BR/><BR/>The Goal: reduce muscle tension that's causing the pain <BR/>The Formula: Weight + Breathing = Release of Tension <BR/>How Accomplished: Lay on one or more of the balls in a specified spot <BR/>(although the book encourages you to experiment), <BR/>breathe properly, and relax. The ball is just a tool to <BR/>help you feel the weight of your body. <BR/><BR/>Don't be turned off by the fact that the book is over 200 pages long- after a brief introduction and a short section on breathing, the vast majority of the book is made up of pictures showing you exactly how to do the exercises. Additionally, its a tiny book and therefore has short paragraphs on each page. <BR/><BR/>I would have to say that this book will likely benefit many people with chronic pain. Muscle tension is either the major cause of a lot of pain, or at least present due to another cause. Either way, treating muscle tension and learning how to relax will take a big bite out of your pain. Readers with foot pain may also be interested in The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution. Good luck!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2004

    GREAT

    Two small, cushy balls accompany a paperback exercise book that is meant to relieve pain, tone your body and improve posture. The manual begins with simple breathing exercises to help the individual relieve stress. Once the individual¿s breathing is regulated it is time to move on to the exercises, and the fun-part¿the balls. The exercise techniques presented in this manual are simple and straight forward, however constructive. This is a system to help you relieve stress, tension and pain from head-to-toe. I would recommend The Miracle Ball Method.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Absolutely Amazing

    I have an inversion table, and a back arch to lay on on the ground or in bed. These balls do a much better job of relaxing muscles and subsequently straightening the spine. I injured my lower back bending over doing Tae Bo stretching, and these exercises opened up the area. So if you've had a back problem and want to release the strain that is at the very minimum maintaining the distortion, you might want to give these a try.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    I like these!

    I have arthritus in my spine and these little balls help a lot on days when I am not moving so great, they are also great on the back of my neck when I have a headache. I can take them with me if I travel, I have even got my mom, my husband, brother and kids hooked on them!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    This really works!

    I chose this book and the balls that come with it, when I was in severe back pain. I had nothing to lose by trying it. It helped me start to feel better and I taught my daughter how to use them. She also has some back problems. Now I can't get them back from her. I will be buying another kit to keep here for myself. I tell my friends and even some of my patients with back pain about this book/ball kit. I highly recommend it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2006

    Just what it says - a miracle

    I was on a cane, had permanent disability placard, and scheduled for a neurosurgeon when I found these. I couldn't walk more than a few yards without stretching against my cane. Two days after starting to use the balls I was about 60% improved and within a month I stopped carrying a cane. I've moved twice, driven 2800 miles in 3 1/2 days, ridden a bicycle 150 miles on a weekend since then. Truly a miracle.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    THIS IS GREAT, A MUST BUY ITEM!

    I always had my hips mal-aligned where I felt one leg longer than the other. With one use, it totally aligned my hips and I felt like I had just stepped out of my chiropractor's office.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

    The Miracle Ball Method Really Works!

    I am a fitness instructor and after trying the Miracle Balls with the included instruction book began incorporating them into a weekly stretch and tone class. All of the participants found the Miracle Bells helpful in relieving back and neck strain and promoting relaxation. Many of my students have subsequently purchased the Miracle Ball Method for their home use as well

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Welcome Relief!

    I have quite a bit of trouble with muscle stiffness and spasms in my neck due to Multiple Sclerosis. At times, this causes terrible headaches in addition to the general discomfort.

    I was intrigued by The Miracle Ball because I have used the larger exercise balls in the past with great results in my core muscles, but the larger balls don't do a lot for the specific areas in the neck and head.

    I was not disappointed. The Miracle Ball Method has been great for alleviating the pain in my neck. As soon as I feel a twinge coming on, I grab the ball and do the neck exercises in the manual. It helps to relax the muscles and the pain goes away much faster.

    The Miracle Ball Method has been a great help. I recommend this product highly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Amazing results!

    This system is a wonderful and easy way to relax and stretch the spine -- it simulates some of the massage/chiropractic adjustment work that alleviates tension and pain and can be used just about anywhere. I highly recommend the miracle balls!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    Definitely works & easy to do every day

    I've been doing morning stretches with the balls over the past two years to relieve shoulder tension and tightness and lower back pain and it really does the trick. It takes me 10 to 20 minutes a morning, depending upon how tight my muscles are. It's so much better to use the balls than just doing stretches on your own - you can really feel your body sinking into the balls and stretching out the tight muscles, as well as restoring balance to your body. The simple breathing technique is very relaxing as well. I had tried physical therapy on the shoulders but it didn't help much. Acupuncture helped a lot but the Miracle Ball Method helps to keep me pain free on a consistent basis.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    SAVED ME $100's IN PHYSICAL THERAPY!

    You have to actually use these to believe how good they work. I work at a computer all day and have suffered in the past from spasms in my mid back, scapula area from tension. Using the Miracle Ball Method has saved me from more expensive physical therapy, pain meds. and missing work. I use them often, 3, 4 times a week on my mid to upper back, and it's like getting a deep muscle massage. THEY ARE GREAT!! AND CHEAP!!! (Would prefer a larger book though, they come with a mini-book, alittle hard to read.)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2006

    It really works!

    I have found this product to be very useful, and plan on buying some for family members. It may not be totally comfortable at first, but after you release the move, you can instantly feel the difference, especially in your lower back!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2004

    Truly a miracle!

    It only took two days for the knots to come out of my back muscles. And that was only with 10 minutes of practice a day! For those who hate to exercise, these are NOT exercise balls. I never thought that just stretching out on the floor for a few minutes a day could have such profound effects.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2004

    IT WORKS!

    I purchased the balls to relieve my constant muscular backache from attempting to play decent golf. After the first time of stretching my lower back muscles with the balls, my backache diminished greatly. I, also, use it on my neck. So far, so good. It's even small enough to place it in your suit case.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2014

    Really Effective, Easy Way to Diminish Knot and Spasm Issues

    Easy to use to relieve pains from knot and spasms even without the instructions. The book helps to increase the effectiveness of the ball.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    won't move

    after reading thru this once. I can't turn past p.28. Arg!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    I am a Licensed & Nationally Board Certified Massage Therapi

    I am a Licensed &amp; Nationally Board Certified Massage Therapist.  I first started using this as a means to ground myself in school when given an assignment. I came to find it cured my back problems which were severely chronic.  After 2 years of now using them- my cousin who is a Physical Therapist observed after examining me that it had realigned my hips, which had a major hand in my back relief. Now I just do maitenence, using them once in awhile instead of everyday, but I can tell you the more you use then the better you are in every way possible! Now I am recommending them for practically all my clients, and they also report to me dramatic results and improvements. It makes me happy so see the changes in their life that massage and these 2 little balls have brought them! These balls truely are Miracle Balls!!!!!

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    Posted December 30, 2008

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