A few forumites were recently asking how my trip to Milan went, and I realize that I really should have posted a thread about it!
To start with, a few motives led me to Pakewi and Jamirok:
a) Having the worst sports year of my life injury-wise and on the verge of utter disappointment.
b) Jamirok suggesting through the forum that I go. I could already tell Jamirok is very good, from all his posts I have read and personal suggestions.
c) Nikoluski also giving me very positive feedback about the benefits of a potential visit. [As weird as this might sound being a member of this forum I really had no idea who Pakewi was (I only started reading the forum more in depth a year ago, when Pakewi had stopped posting frequently). So when Nikoluski was telling me to perhaps think of questions to ask during my visit there, I really didn’t know what to prepare in my head. I went on more spontaneously, with minimum “research” beforehand, and still learned a ton. I even might have returned a different person).
I didn’t even know what exactly the ARP is, and what it does.
Not sure exactly where to start, but I’ll just say that the nearly 3 weeks I spent there were vastly interesting to the point of experience-addiction and sadness moods after my return :o I already have major adjustment issues in my life (which revolves around back-and-forth travelling between the United States and Greece, with stays of extended periods of time), imagine how “settling” my visit there was to feel so sad upon my return!
My very first experience was with Jamirok, and he seems to be a neurological expert and very friendly Italian! As also mentioned in the “gastrocnemius tear” thread, he worked on my CNS balance with CST > a very relaxing treatment that Jamirok very much enjoys performing It nearly puts you to sleep (I heard Charlie was well sleeping during his experience with it )
Jamirok clearly loves what he’s doing, and he’s also a very fanatic Napolitanian
Before having my first ARP session, I had the priviledge of watching a number of patients go before me. This allowed me to get a nice preview of the unthought-of pain I would be experiencing during all the days there :o . It’s amazing to witness all the emotional involvement that takes place during treatment, and what the outstanding results are in the end. I loved watching how people responded to pain differently, and the methods suggested by Jamirok and Pakewi to get their minds away from it and be able to tolerate more. It all brought a whole different perspective to medicine and pain management, and gradually made me wonder how psychological indeed injuries are, and how much we can do on our own to heal our traumas faster, or even completely negate the possibility of them ever coming. (Some very interesting discussions over the days took place with Pakewi, which all relate to a fraction of his fields of interest and studies. One can fill pages just by talking with Pakewi for 10 minutes).
But I think I’m ranting again…
The most interesting case was a martial artist with several injuries in his legs, who chose ARP instead of surgery, with tremendous results. I saw many more being treated, some shouting from pain, others banging whatever was nearest, some crying, others being more reserved. Half didn’t take to heart the sign in italian that read something like “no shouting from ARP patients allowed”:rolleyes: . One day, I thought the martial artist was gonna bring a wall down.
During my first ARP session, I stated to Pakewi that I wasn’t going back for a second. The feeling was unimaginable. But I came to love my ARP time.
All patients left with peace in their faces. It’s this great power it has, to bring you to whole different levels of comfort and give you a feeling of tranquility in the end. Not to mention the huge significance of day to day pain reduction of whatever injury…
There’s a lot to the ARP, and I still only know so little.
It just works. It strengthens, it tones, it heals pain, it improves endurance and fitness. I’m only saying these because I noticed them all from day 1 of my stay there.
Best of all, I befriended Pakewi, one of the most interesting (and uncanny ) individuals I have come across.
I could go on and on, but I’ll leave it to thanking him for ALL the help, treatment, insight, knowledge, discussions, suggestions, talks and encouragement he’s offered and continues to offer
And by the way… Italy is beautiful.