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Irfysio: Can’t Resist

“Do you have this in any other colour?”

When purchasing something, be it smartphones or scooters, we just can’t resist asking that question at the end, can we? We have done all else – surveyed the features, scanned the price-points, and even siphoned down to the brand/model. But it’s as if the decision to move to the payment counter hinges on whether the sales executive (SE) can magically manufacture that colour in front of you. (In Asian Paints’s Colour World, maybe.) In most cases though, they tell you about a cousin of WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get): WYSAATCWE (what you see are all the colours we have). Since you’ve reached so far, and because the colour isn’t such a deal-breaker after all (but only some sort of ego-satisfier that we’ve asked all the necessary questions), we give the final verdict with a flourish: “I’ll take it.”

This practice works everywhere… except when you go to buy a resistance band. This is a band made of latex you hold between/with your hands/legs to strengthen your hand, shoulder, and back muscles (as needed). This you typically use when undergoing physiotherapy for problems related to the hand, which I did recently. (Though I’ve come to know some people also use it for the legs).ResistanceBandAt the end of my treatment, my physiotherapist gave me a band for continuing the exercises at home so as not to relapse.

ResistanceBand_Exercise

Now, I like having a spare for most things: if one goes bust, I always have a back-up. So, I went looking for a second band at the nearby sports shop. The SE showed me three brands. I didn’t want the same brand – I also like variety – so I decided to go for a different one. After testing it for resistance, I automatically went: “Do you have this in…” Happy to oblige, she went hunting through the shelf, just when realisation hit me, and I fast-forwarded to the final flourish: “I’ll take it.”

What gives? In case you didn’t know, in resistance bands, the different colours are for different levels of resistance. It varies according to the brand, but in mine, red is for minimum, green for medium, and blue for maximum.

Levels of resistance in resistance bands

Levels of resistance in resistance bands

So, you don’t want to go for a different colour just because it goes with your tracks and then blow the colour off your face. Here, it will have to be just what the doctor ordered.

To find out more about what this doctor and his team orders, check out their site: http://arthritisspecialityclinic.com/index.php

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Irfysio: Prep Asana

I mentioned in my previous post that I’m presently undergoing physiotherapy for a couple of chronic injuries (shoulder and heel). It’s been a month and a half, and I have recovered upto 75%. Now, the good doctor is pushing himself for the final 25%, which is often the toughest part. (It’s like climbing Everest. You first have a slow start, then make good progress, but the last stretch – the near-vertical climb – is the toughest and patience-testing slowest.) However, he’s confident of going the last mile, and as he has told me to “leave his burdens to him”, I am too. And almost as an incentive to him to help me reach the finish line, I told him a few days back, “I’m an ad guy, and as you’ve seen, I like talking. If you help me recover 100%, trust you me, I’m going to tell the world.” Adding for effect, “I am (in)famous for that.”

So, is this series for that? Well, maybe not just yet – as my treatment isn’t complete just yet. What then? Well, I did say I like talking (read, expressing), and he does too, and we have some pretty interesting conversations in the almost hour-long session that I go for thrice a week (earlier, six days a week). So, that 10/10 in the logo up there is also for the quality of and fun in the conversations and observations we have, and not just for the treatment efficacy.

And pray, what are these conversations and observations? The new logo for his clinic, the social media updates for his clinic (told you, I am an ad guy), the networking he does through Business Network International (BNI), his following of Infinitheism and why (for growth – in various spheres), my following of Buddhism, why he chose that particular location and building for his clinic (and my hypothesis for it), why he shouldn’t have killed those lizards in his house through pest control but rather have just driven them away, how they will now come back as bad spirits to haunt him and his wife… Told ja, we don’t just say, “Now, keep your legs apart, place your hands on the bar, slowly go down, do this 15 times…

So, what’s the first Irfysio about?

As I mentioned in my earlier post too, I have had to make radical changes to my exercise regime due to my treatment: no running but walking, walking on even surfaces, adding non-heel-intensive activities (such as cycling and swimming) to my regime, and considering taking up yoga.

Ah, yoga. I’ve gone for two yoga (trial) classes, and wanting to get his inputs too, shared my reactions (more physiological) with him. Hearing my exasperating tribulations both times, he finally came up with, “Hmm, this gives me an idea. Maybe we (the clinic) can extend our services to yoga studios – offering to prepare people for yoga so that the studio doesn’t lose out on potential members who find yoga/the initial days tough…

Great marketing idea. [Hey, maybe that’s why we connect pretty well (heck, I’ve even sent him a friend request on FB): He, a marketer; me, an advertiser.]

Neat, doc. Now, can I get my 15% commission for laying the ground for that idea?

PS: The good doc’s name? Dr M Badrinath

Dr M Badrinaty, Physiotherapist

You can find his clinic here: http://arthritisspecialityclinic.com/index.php

And you can look up my mail ID in my Contact menu for my referral commission.

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Irfananta: Thoughts on Day Two of Yoga

I’ve been undergoing physiotherapy for the past month and a half for a couple of chronic injuries, the one work-related (rotator cuff syndrome due to overuse of the computer mouse) and the other sports-related (calcaneal spur due to heel-abusive running). The good doctor has managed to get me to 75% better so far (bless him) and is working even harder to take me to the finishing line (more power to him).

Apart from the exercises, he has also been “educating” me – in his opinion, the biggest part of getting better. This “education” has meant me making seminal changes, such as changing the way I sit and stand; taking breathers and doing simple exercises between work; investing in shoes that “lock my heel”; and most critically, taking up (for/from now) sports/activities that don’t abuse my shoulder and heels. The last has meant that I now go walking (instead of running), go walking at least 50% of the time on even surfaces (the road in a park compared with the road on, well, the road), adding cycling to my regime (as it does not intensely involve the heel), and considering taking up yoga.

Yoga seemed especially attractive as it is known to offer physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits. So, I scoured my neighbourhood for yoga studios and finally decided on one that was close enough and offered the gamut (asanas, pranayama, meditation). They were offering three trial classes, and I decided to take these up, although I was sure “I would 99% likely sign up before going through all the trial classes.

Below are my thoughts on Day Two of the trial classes.

You’re skidding me

You know that yoga mats have one side as anti-skid. This is the bottom one, so that you, um, don’t skid especially when trying a treacherous, er, tricky asana. (The other side typically has the brand logo, and is meant to go on top, um, for you to sit on.) Methinks they should make both sides anti-skid. I had sweat dripping and dropping from my forehead (despite having a headband) onto the mat as well as awash on my palms, preventing me from getting a grasp on the mat and thus executing any asana that needed me to place my palms on the mat. So, pretty much all of them. And I wasn’t even doing hot yoga.

Caveat yogi

If the makers can’t both make sides anti-skid, the studio guys better add a ‘Let the yogi beware’ clause during their registration process. Else, the injury count, and thus the insurance claim, from people slipping and falling during these asanas is seriously going to dent the profits they are eyeing.

No animals, or objects, were hurt in the making of these asanas

There’s a simple reason why so many asanas are named after animals: only animals can do them. Only the cobra can make the perfect arc of the bhujangasana, and only the camel can throw its neck that far back as in the ushtrasana. If the human body were meant to go through these twists and twirls, we would have been given as many limbs, or none at all (lucky snakes). Actually, it’s not just animals. There’s also non-living things, such as the plow/plough, which inspires halasana, and the sun, which begets the surya namaskar. See, both were designed for those angles, the one by man and the other by the Good Lord. And how can I compete with a creation of God?

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From yoga… to noga

The class ends, I’m a bag of sweat, my body feels more kneaded than dough, my muscles are weeping, I step out, and the owner asks me, “So, have you been able to decide (whether you’re joining after taking two trial classes)?

Here’s what I told her: “I’ll check with my therapist and get back to you.

Here’s what I’m telling you: No. No way. Not at all. Well, ok, at least not now.

It is abso right when they say that no matter how much exercise you have done before this, yoga reveals (exposes) how inflexible you really are. Now, I don’t mind my frailty being exposed (then, I wouldn’t have blogged this post), but I realised this – yoga might prepare me for awesome things (suppleness, energy, calm), but I need to prepare myself for yoga. So, I’ll take it up again/properly when I’m better prepared. And how do I plan to do that? Well, there’s an indication of that in my next (upcoming) post.

PS: My thoughts on Day One of the trial classes? Well, if it wasn’t already clear: Yoga 1, Me 0.