Natural Pain Relief – Peggy Protz

Peggy Protz returns to Learn True Health to talk more about the Feldenkrais method and natural pain relief with Ashley James. Peggy describes a patient in her 50’s with a frozen shoulder, where her shoulder movements are difficult and painful. When doctors worked with her arm and shoulder, the pain was just too much.

Peggy worked with her back rather than her arm and in less than a year her arm became more integrated with her body and she had less pain and a better range of motion.

Peggy also treats clients with hip and knee replacements.  There’s a lot that can be done to integrate the new joint into the body so that the other hip or knee doesn’t break down.

Peggy has always loved dancing and is creative with making movements.  This enables her to design body meditation for individuals, making it easy for them to remember their routine, giving them the tools to solve the pain problem when it arises.

She describes her Feldenkrais classes and how they differ from her private sessions.  Her advice to those with joint pain is to stay in the present moment rather than to think about the cause of their pain.

Finally, she wishes her clients would be interested in feeling free in their body, that they make life be more of a dance.  Flexibility can make you flexible in life.

Here’s What You’ll Discover:

There’s a lot you can do to postpone a hip or knee replacement

A Feldenkrais class is quite different from a yoga or pilates class.

It’s important to stay in the present moment rather than to worry about how your pain developed.

Health AH-HA Moment:

It’s time to try meditation and experience inner peace.

Your Challenge:

Close your eyes and put your full attention on three whole breaths and the small states of quiet between each breath.


Book: Feldenkrais: the Busy Person’s Guide to Easier Movement
By Frank Wildman



Ashley James interviews Peggy Protz, today’s guest on Learn True Health.  Peggy is an expert in movement and how the quality of your movement directly affects your quality of life.  She has been a professional dancer, a pilates instructor, and, since 2002, a Feldenkrais practitioner.  Feldenkrais aims to reduce pain or limitations in movement.

It is for those who have not had success with traditional physical therapy. Feldenkrais is designed to break up habitual patterns and introduce new ways of functioning so that you’re not tied to your habits.  Interestingly it looks at the whole system—the area that hurts may have its source from another part of the body.  Feldenkrais helps the body reprogram itself.

It is also very effective with neurological challenges, such as MS and recovering from strokes, anything that affects the way you move and the way your brain and muscles are connected to each other

Peggy points out that this technique is not a conditioning approach, like yoga or pilates.  She trains athletes not to be stronger but to learn to use their bodies more efficiently, to correct habitual movement patterns.  Each body is unique with unique patterns. When you rebalance your body, you feel a sense of lightness, you see more options around you and life seems easier.

Here’s What You’ll Discover:

If you’re bent over because you’re at a computer all day, the Feldenkrais technique will reset your posture so your body learns to sit correctly.

This technique was designed by Moshe Feldenkrais (1904 – 1984), a physicist and engineer, with a black belt in Judo.

If you have “cell phone neck,” you’re not alone.

Feldenkrais will teach you how to use your body more efficiently.

Health AH-HA Moment:

We’re walking around stuck in our habits.  It’s time to learn new ways for our body to function.

Your Challenge:

List the long and short term skeletal pain that you have had, for instance back, neck or shoulder pain.  Consider having a this treatment to experience relief. One session will make a difference.


Dr. Megan Saunders

In this episode Dr. Megan Saunders returns to do some myth-busting.  If you’re wondering just exactly what is going on with the ever-present cholesterol debate, tune in and find out the medical facts regarding cholesterol that you may not have heard before. She also talks about prescription pain medications, their side effects, and the herbal alternatives that you might consider.

As a naturopath, Dr. Megan spends considerable time with each patient, learning about their diet and exercise habits, emotional state and family history. With this information she can target the underlying factors that are causing the symptoms and give her patients the appropriate treatment. Compare this with a doctor who spends 10 minutes with you before prescribing a drug.  She likes to work with other health care providers, benefitting from their individual expertise, all in order to give her patients the best, most comprehensive care.

Dr. Megan talks about the contents of her family’s natural first aid kit, a reason in itself to listen to this episode!  You will learn about natural treatments for digestive complaints, colds, skin wounds, infections and much more.  And lastly, what would she take from a supplement store to aid her on a desert island? A strong anti-microbial agent, a multivitamin, Berberine, and (for a chuckle) a lifetime supply of raw cacao.

Here’s What You’ll Discover:

There has been no decrease in cardiovascular disease with the use of statin drugs.

You can take turmeric for pain without having the side effects caused when you take ibuprofen

If you want to stop that cold from coming on, take elderberry extract

There is a 7 minute 25 point physical exam that will reveal a lot about your state of health

Health AH-HA Moment:

If you don’t like your current doctor, find another doctor.  You decide—you’re in charge.

Your Challenge:

List the prescription drugs you are taking, or have taken, and discover the safe, natural alternatives that could possibly replace them.


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