For many years Giancarlo Solimano suffered from chronic back pain from scar tissue that had formed as a result of disc herniations during his twenties. He explained that, as a triathlete, his hips were tight and his body was ‘as stiff as a board’. The other factor that contributed to his back pain was his ‘inability to go with the flow’, to experience grace, acceptance and enjoyment of himself and his achievements.
“Fear and insecurity are big components that contribute to back pain”, Solimano explains, adding that when he started practicing yoga in the early 90’s he felt a unique sense of general well-being and slight relief of his back pain. “My back was still sore after practicing but the pain was different. It didn’t feel like the stabbing pain I’d had for many years.” Although practicing yoga definitely helped his back pain, it still hurt. He had heard from many people that yoga could heal your body and mind. But after 10 years of practicing he wondered what he was doing wrong.
All of that changed drastically when Giancarlo hurt himself a second time. He herniated three discs in his lower back and the pain was so intense he had to call an ambulance to take him to the emergency room. Even with pain medication, he could barely walk and his hips would not align with his spine. “Sitting and sleeping were unbearable”, recalls Giancarlo.
While meeting with two orthopedic doctors to discuss his care plan, one of the doctors wanted to do surgery right away. The other doctor, a younger member of the health care team, disagreed. He reasoned that, as an athlete, Solimano’s body would be able to absorb the herniations.
Confused and frustrated, Solimano had wanted the surgery so he could ‘get over the pain as soon as possible and move on with his life’. But, out of that frustration, he suddenly understood something very clearly about his back pain.
“Our bodies have the ability to heal and are always trying to communicate with us. The issue is we’re not always listening; we don’t know how to listen, or we simply don’t have time to listen”, he explains. “Our minds don’t want to slow down, connect and feel our bodies. Our minds don’t want to take an introspective journey and find out our emotional state. Our minds just want to keep moving forward enjoying the constant influx of stimuli we are used to”.
After meeting with the doctors, Solimano realized he was the one in charge and even though he wanted the pain to go away, he decided to befriend it and to take time to allow his body to heal. He recognized that his body was screaming for help and chose to dedicate all his efforts to support its healing.
He researched how to treat lower back pain through yoga, worked with a couple of physical therapists, and in a month 70% of the pain was gone. He also increased his meditation practice which helped to calm his mind and increased his ability to connect with his body and emotions.
Solimano became so fascinated by his ability to heal himself without surgery that he dedicated a large part of his yogic path to researching the intelligence of the human body and how to support it to be free of pain. He received his 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Tias Little, and studied Therapeutic Yoga and in-depth yoga philosophy and movement with Aadil Palkhivala, master yogi and long-time student B.K.S. Iyengar.
Solimano now offers classes, workshops and intensives at Blue Moon Yoga in Santa Fe, and also offers private sessions as well. “I am a living testimony that our bodies can heal themselves if we support and befriend them. It’s my passion to help others heal themselves, naturally”, he adds.
SAVE THE DATE!
Sundays, June 18 – July 9 *Healing Your Lower Back Pain* 11am -12:15pm
Four week series connects you to your body’s innate intelligence through stretches and exercises to release tightness and pain in the lower back Specific, precise instruction from Giancarlo Solimano.
Sign up online under Workshops or at the studio during regular class times.