The Portable Miracle Ball Method: Relieve Your Pain, Reduce Your Stress

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Workman Publishing, Jan 1, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 295 pages
Introducing The Portable Miracle Ball, a take-it-anywhere-and-everywhere kit ideal for business travelers and commuters or anyone who spends long hours away from home. Rather than two balls, these exercises require only one, which, at 3 inches in diameter, packs easily and is discreet to use in public. The fully illustrated book is filled with simple exercises that work miracles the minute you settle into your hotel room or board a plane.

Stuck in a long line at the bank? Here are techniques to stretch the muscles and reduce tension right on the spot (and no, you won’t look silly). Feet worn out after a day at the museum? The author’s soothing exercises targeting the insteps and legs will have you up and moving again in no time. And for anyone who experiences discomfort when sitting for long periods, the book features exercises to be performed at your desk, on a plane, or even in a restaurant. A chapter on “Emergency Measures” provides quick relief for back spasms, waking up with extreme stiffness, and other acute problems. The author discusses proper breathing technique, ball placement, and the importance of listening to one’s own body when performing the movements.

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This was recommended to me by a friend who is a dancer and bodyworker. I have been surprised by how helpful it is to use the ball and exercises for stretching alignment and relaxation. Highly recommended! Read full review

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The Basics
How to Use This Book
The Portable Prevention Prescription
How to Breathe
On the Ball
Neck and Head
Wrists and Hands
Hips Legs and Feet
On The Move Your Conditions and Their Prescriptions

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About the author (2006)

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

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