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August 05, 2009


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Deb Markanton

I was so fascinated by your post and its multiple meanings that I have read it three times!
Your explanation of the difference between an instructor and a teacher is brilliant. So many of us expect to be a casual observer in our own healing process and wish only to be instructed, thus absolving us from the responsibility or ownership of that process. As you so aptly explain, a truly good teacher provides the necessary, thought provoking images to allow us to use our own perception and be an active participant in our healing. After all, every single thing about our being is connected in some way. We are not merely a bunch of separate pieces that amount to nothing. We are pieces that fit together to make a puzzle that in turn makes the whole of a human being. It is the image we hold of ourselves that creates our own reality.

That you have taken the idea of how we perceive our core and liken it to mythology is indeed interesting. After all, what is mythology but an explanation of the experience of being alive, a knowledge of our own deep inner mystery.

Being able to connect with the core of our being, both physically and spiritually is what life is all about. At least, that is what I consider it to be.

You have provided a wonderful insight into how we should relate to our physical core; as pieces working in unison. I would hope that this will be understood by your readers as yet another way to live life.
Thank you for your wonderfully insightful ideas and images!
Deb Markanton

Melinda M


I hate to sound like a me-too, but I have to agree with Ms. Markanton's response to your recent post. I have been reading your blog for a while but have been horrifically lax in voicing my "support" for what you are doing here. The images you use have benefited me tremendously - they have facilitated my own exploration of "core" and spine...and wingspan to better understand and employ my own body's structure. What a gift you have both for explaining and sharing. I believe that sharing, as opposed to instructing, is a hallmark of a gifted and giving teacher.

Thank you and keep writing and posting!



Hi Tim,

I completely agree with the previous comment. One of the things that I really appreciate about working with you is that you are a good teacher, and you help me feel like I can gain some control over backpain.

I'm really glad you posted your comment to the Times blog and clarified what seems to be a fundamental misconception underlying the article. I think you're really good with your use of imagery and really liked your comparison of the transversus as a drawstring vs a corset. It's a much more useful imagery than the fishing rod analogy used in the Times article. Your comment to the article and your post on your blog add so much insight to the article. It's empowering to think of the spine as part of the core (which seems so obvious when you say that but I guess we normally don't think of the "core" that way...or at least I don't).

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