I came to Pamela after two years of suffering through increasing levels of hip pain caused in large part by a two-decade career as an elite level gymnast. Like many gymnasts’ careers, mine was plagued by sports injuries, which is not surprising given the intensity of extreme stretching and general punishment our joints took on a daily basis. Now, fifteen years after retirement, my body is starting to pay the toll in the form of hip dysplasia, a torn labrum and calcification of the upper femur – all on my right hip.
Before working with Pamela, I had seemingly tried everything short of labral repair surgery – multiple sports doctors, painkillers, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture and various kinds of Eastern medicine. All of these were treatments for the pain but not the root cause. After the first session with Pamela I didn’t have a whole lot of pain – a real difference. Through Pamela, I have spent the last four months focusing on learning techniques to protecting the hip joint for the long term - this includes everything from re-learning to stand, sit and walk to adjusting my breathing and speaking patterns to using corrective props to train my body correctly. My massage therapist has been astonished by the improvement in my psoas and other patterns of tightness and dysfunction: 'A night and day difference…'
The decrease in the pain levels has been dramatic. I now feel that, through these non-invasive techniques, I have the tools I need to live without the constant pain and discomfort of this injury or fear of new injuries, and I can continue to live a sports-filled, active life for years to come. Thanks Pamela!
Jene Elzie, sports executive; former All-American gymnast, three-time team captain, and top overall athlete of her class at Stanford U.
I wanted to thank you for all the great posture and running advice that you have given me so far. I think they have really helped me to stay healthy and run fast this spring…. I actually ran 16 seconds faster.
K.K. Stanford U. Runner; "One of the top runners in the nation"
….Pamela's lessons resulted in renewed lower extremity and trunk function. Muscles that had been in spasm…returned to normal tone. Muscles that hadn't worked properly became activated and continue to engage naturally a couple years later.
Dr. Kathryn Gill, M.D. Santa Monica, CA
My sessions with Pamela improved my posture during walking, running, and cycling. Her technique is based on sound biomechanics principles and can complement work with physical therapists and athletic trainers. I would recommend her to any one interested in optimizing their performance.
Scott Delp, Ph.D. Professor of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Orthopaedic Surgery; Stanford University