By Karen (Kumuda) Schaub
Interviewed by Agnes (Aikyaa) Hetherington
Winter of 2022 was a challenging time for me. My stress level was through the roof. I was a first-year public school teacher, commuting more than two hours daily. In icy conditions, I nearly fell three times, which strained my already “crunchy” left hip.
In March I had a more serious fall. I went headfirst down the steps outside my condo. I had very intense and painful bruising on my shins and knees. It also aggravated my hip pain.
In acute pain, I went to school as usual the next day. After a week of homeopathy, herbs and acupuncture, I realized more help was needed. My old hip problem had already impaired my ability to bend forward. Now my knees were stiff and swollen.
I worried about regaining my mobility. I was scared about the amount of pain and concerned about blood clots with the intense bruising. So I began weekly Embodyment® therapy sessions with my Svaroopa® yoga teacher, Kris Curran.
The weekly sessions helped start my healing process. Most of the swelling and bruising subsided over the next three months. Attending a retreat at Lokananda in July however, I had to use the stairlift to get to the second floor. I was not yet back to normal movement.
I remembered Kris had mentioned Overlap Healing. This Embodyment® modality “overlaps” sessions to allow for staying open and deep healing. It was a large commitment of time and money, but I decided to make that commitment.
For three weeks in August, I immersed in nine Overlap Embodyment® sessions. The healing was profound and so was the opening in my body. It was a miracle. My pain and mobility issues diminished by 95 percent!
I marvel at being able to walk my dog outside and not be in pain now. Equally important was the effect on my mind. Embodyment® allowed me to turn off my mind and settle in. It stopped all that fear process — nipped it in the bud!
I will do it again, on summer break from teaching, no questions asked. It’s a big commitment, but the return on investment is one thousand-fold!
Oh, gosh, this sounds very familiar: “In acute pain, I went to school as usual the next day.” I’ve done similar things while I worked in school too.
Congradulations, sounds like the Overlap therapy is really working for you. I wish you get even better the next time you take it.