My mother is an extraordinary woman.  Her first of two full time jobs is running a farm that is the home to over a hundred rescued animals and provides therapeutic riding for children and adults with a variety of disabilities.  Her second job is editing an online newspaper for the town she lives in.  She spends half her day running around a farm doing all the things that entails lifting, pushing, shoveling, brushing, petting, and caring, a quarter of her day is spent running around town snapping pictures and chasing down interviews, and the last quarter she spends sitting at a computer, writing and uploading. To many she is a superwoman, and although she is, she has physical aches and pains.

One of her biggest complaints (which she never complains about) is that when she moves her right leg into extension she experiences extreme cramping all the way down her right leg.  For years she thought this was a permanent side effect of a back surgery she had in 2003, and that she would just have to live with it.  I, on the other hand, as a massage therapy student and a Yoga Tune Up® teacher was very curious about this symptom.  And one day, while I was doing the Marching Mini Vini, it hit me, “HIP FLEXORS!”  Somehow I convinced my mother to take some time out of her day to get on my massage table, and as soon as I applied a little pressure to the hip flexors on that right side she felt the cramping.  BINGO! Her pain is not irreversible nerve damage; it is due to extremely tight hip flexor muscles. The Tensor Fasciae Latae is one of those hip flexor muscles that is adding to her discomfort, and the amazing thing is, it is something she can work on.  By stretching and lengthening her hip flexors, including her TFL, she can get rid of her pain.

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Bo OConnor

Bo's interest in the body was peaked in her theater classes in college. She found peoples unconscious expression of themselves through their movement patterns and habitual postures fascinating. She began exploring the human body through dance and yoga during that time. Yoga Tune Up® provides a clear and specific road map to explore, understand, heal and strengthen the body. Bo continues down the path of exploring the inner workings of the body by teaching and practicing YTU and massage therapy.

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Nicola Francis

Wow – your Mom is fabulous! And so are you for looking deeper into her symptom of pain. This story is a great reminder that aches and pains that have been experienced over time, can potentially be erased with the proper intention, attention and care.


I struggled with pain for a long time and I’m a firm believer that most pain can be helped. YTU was something I found that brought be great release and taught me to reassess and strengthen areas in my body. It’s not just about massaging but stretching, strengthening so we become better movers


Your story is a great example of how easy it is to decide what is causing a pain without really examining the body. Too often we blame our pain on the wrong thing. It wasn’t the back injury it was tight muscles. We have to keep looking with fresh eyes to find the source or problems so they can be resolved. thanks!


Nicely said, it’s a good reminder that pain is often treatable!


Thanks for sharing Bo! My mum struggled with the same problems and no doctor or therapist could tell her what it was or where her pain came from. After chancing jobs I encountered the same pain. Wondering where this new pain might come from, I came across very tight hip flexors while rolling on them.
Now my mum and I are both rolling and there is a lot less pain!