Lower Back Pain Freedom

Joelle cogliati

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Lower Back Pain Freedom

I AM here with tremendous passion in order to give YOU the keys to your lower back pain freedom! Why? Because during my 25 year practice in Licensed Orthopedic Sports and Bliss Massage, and while working for 3 years at the World’s #1 Destination Spa under the fabulous menu item of Neuromuscular Therapy (Yes! At a Spa), I realized that while serving MD’s, PhD’s, Professors, Multi Billionaires & Millionaires, Movie Stars, Successful Business Professionals, and super savvy Globetrotters, that what I have discovered is not common knowledge in the world of conventional thinking and conventional health care practices.

I couldn’t believe how often I was teaching what I thought were basic principles and common knowledge perspectives! I decided with great passion and care that I needed to reach more people with my message! I decided that with great tenacity, I would begin to educate and treat more people on a larger scale! This is MY MISSION, and perhaps my gift to humanity!

So, I am making it my absolute endeavor to change the paradigms of soft tissue care on the planet, and to also illuminate the way humans understand their lower back pain freedom potential! I’m here to stimulate your intellectual understanding & give you self care tools that you can use anytime & anywhere to be empowered to care for yourself. I have found over my 25 years and 40,000+ bodies served in practice that dissolving people’s fear with a brief educational piece before their hands on treatment, greatly enhances their benefits of their soft tissue care under my educated and experienced hands.

I am absolutely here to let you know that by the laws of science, your body heals to a greater degree when you are comfortable. I am here to educate you that the paradigm of “no pain no gain” & “deeper is better” is very much outdated and entirely counterproductive to the healing process, with the exception of those living intentionally in a daily dose of pain & discomfort! Why? Because the more common human body heals exponentially in one or more ways in the absence of flinching, wincing, and a pulling away from painful pressure or stimuli. First by simply getting in a massage chair or on a massage table, studies have shown that your body shifts quickly out of the “flight or fight’ nervous system and into “rest and digest” or parasympathetic system; fight or flight as we know causes grey hair, disease, disharmony, and distress. So when you sink into the calmer rest and digest nervous system inducing rest, recovery, and healing – you simply get more out of the soft tissue care application. Furthermore, if you close your eyes, beginning to observe your body from the inside, this shifts your brain waves into Alpha – amplifying your body’s healing potential and the benefits of your soft tissue care. And further yet, if you go into “power nap mode”, that sleepy dreamy in and out of consciousness kind of place… that’s Theta brain waves; this too is a more healing place for your body to be! I do very precise meticulous work that is deeply specific while my guest is asleep!

Two Kinds of Back Pain

To over simplify the complexities of human pain & discomfort, I’m going to tell you that there are 2 kinds of “back pain”. There is the kind that runs up and down the length of the back, and the type the has a broad horizontal sensation across the low back and the top of the hips. Sometimes people have both the vertical & lower horizontal sensations with referral patterns that can be almost anywhere, which add to the mystery that alludes conventional thinking and conventional treatment methods today.

I am here to tell you that the horizontal low “back pain” is often treated from the back of the back, however, the source of this referral pain is coming from the front of the low back in your hip flexors. The hip flexors include two muscles that join together into a one tendon attachment high on the inside of the femur; these muscles are the Psoas & the Iliacus. I have also discovered after 100’s of soft tissue applications, that the Iliacus often holds more tension, trigger points, and causative factors toward your lower back pain and discomfort. It is often missed for some reason in soft tissue care, whereby only the Psoas is cared for!

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In my experience…

…which is vast, precision goes much further on the scale of benefits than depth in most people. If 10,000 hours of practice is “mastery” then it’s well past time for me to share what I have learned and experienced with YOU! That being said, let’s get into the keys to Your lower back pain freedom!

The Iliacus

The Iliacus by location on the inside of your pelvic bowl, is a fan shaped or sea shell shaped muscle; it spreads wide from just behind the front of your hip bone, to very near the SI joint around the back of your hip bone. I believe that the Iliacus is responsible for shifting your SI joint out of place when pulling tight enough to do so.

Do you ever feel like you can’t press deep enough to get to the source of your obscure lower back pain? That’s because you can’t! Unless you get to the front of your low back, you are not going to GET IT – nor is your health care practitioner! Not only will you not find freedom from your low back pain from the back of your back, but you won’t have complete healing without addressing both hip flexors!

We simply were not meant to be seated at all, much less for long periods of time!

Hip Flexors

And why oh why are our hip flexors such a problem today??? The modern lifestyle of sitting too much, traveling in auto’s and airplanes, and the increased detachment from our bodies into the virtual world on our devices. We really messed up when we decided that the chair was our friend. It is not. Do you know where the advent of the chair came from? That’s right, the throne. The throne was for “presiding over” one’s kingdom. Then, if you were in the favor of the King or Queen, you were allowed to sit at the table! Isn’t it interesting that the ultimate honor of a throne or a chair has become a torture posture for our human body! Moreover, there are scientific theories out there by at least one MD for sure that dedicated an entire book on the Psoas; in a nutshell he wrote that the Psoas was the last muscle group to evolve with the upright standing human! Makes logical sense doesn’t it?

The stagnant seated posture, traveling, and hip flexor intensive sports – or all of the above – are the source of most low back pain. For it is not the movement of the body that causes most pain and discomfort. It is the lack of movement! It is not the big things that happen to us that cause the most pain and discomfort. It is the little things we do everyday that accumulate to patterns of dysfunction, compensation, recruitment, pain, and discomfort.

It’s not “picking up the pencil” that caused our “back to go out”… it’s EVERYTHING we have ever done that accumulates to a tipping point of physical (and emotional) stressors, or both, that elevate to the moment of… “all I did was bend over”, or “all I did was stand up”, etc. We were not designed to sit for long periods of time in a chair. Take a look briefly at scientific perspectives of ALL the things that can be affected by sitting. It’s alarming, to say the least. Here’s a list by Bonnie Berkowitz and Patterson Clark that came off of a poster at a high performance center that I worked at in Santa Monica, CA. They state a list of scientific experts interviewed for the report that was posted in our office. The afflictions include, but are not limited to: Heart disease, overactive pancreas, colon cancer, mushy abs, tight hips, limp glutes, poor leg circulation, soft bones, foggy brain, strained neck, sore shoulders and back, inflexible spine, disc damage, and an increased mortality rate of those that sit watching TV had a 61% risk of dying than those that watched less than an hour per day.

Are you convinced yet? It’s no wonder why so many people are shifting to stand up stations for their work, and they may not have any prove other than they simply feel better when they stand more at work! Whew! Thank goodness this is now a trend.


Stand Up and Heal Your Hip Flexors… and everything else for that matter. Furthermore, read on to understand how the Hamstrings also get involved in being chronically shortened by the seated posture and how they battle the hip flexors for tension and dysfunction.

The seated posture chronically shortens the hip flexors, along with the hamstrings which then fight each other tugging on the pelvis in opposite directions. Tight hamstrings pull the pelvis down and backward; tight hip flexors pull the pelvis and spine down and forward. In addition,
not only do the hip flexors battle the hamstrings for pelvic stability, but little tiny psoas & iliacus combined are absolutely no match in size for our largest muscle in the human body…
Gluteus maximus!

Glute Max is roughly 3-5 times larger; it is also the opposing or antagonistic muscle group to the hip flexors because it is – the great hip extensor. Hip extension and hip flexion have an ongoing battle as well!

So, as you sit, the glutes fall asleep, lose circulation, and become inhibited or stop firing with neuromuscular contraction. This loss of strength & circulation causes both opposing muscle groups to recruit additional forces, adding patterns of compensation, and a high level of unintentional dysfunction and discomfort.

Joelle is hands down, one of my favorite hot yoga teachers across the country. She has a mastery of the subtleties involved in creating a perfect space to keep you motivated and engaged, while simultaneously being soft and supple in her language. I would highly recommend her unique hot yoga classes to anyone.

Ben Rae

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I am committed to bring you the highest possible level of touch that I consciously can. Orthopedic Sports and Bliss Massage efforts have become the evolution of the healthiest personal lifestyle that I can embody. This includes but is not limited to a constant fine tuning of my 35 year personal study of the best education in nutrition & nutritional experience that I have discovered. - Joelle Cogliati


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