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A genuine message of hope and transformation

Here is a genuine message of hope and transformation sent to me yesterday by a female skier who, after some years of skiing bought, and is using, both my books and working with my videos. I didn't ask for it, she was just kind enough to send it in thanks. I'm posting it with her consent as it may give encouragement to more folk, both women and men, that my process works.

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So here goes, in her own words . . .

Dear Bob,

I promised to report on how I got on at the snowdome, so here goes!

We were there last Saturday, but it has been so hectic, I have not had time to write. On reflection, this is good, as I have continued to reflect on the experience.

We went there via the physio who helped me a while ago when I knackered (for want of a better word) the ACL in my right knee after a previous skiing accident. At that time, I was fitted with a Donjoy brace for my right knee, and got on so well with it that I wanted to explore getting one for the other leg - it was uninjured, but it seems lots of people wear them as a preventative measure, so off we went. Having been fitted with the second one, off we went to the snowdome.

We had a day ticket and spent about 5 hours in total on the snow, divided into three sessions. Apart from a short while in the middle, the place was really quiet, which was really helpful. For all of the sessions, I really concentrated on making sure I was in my best ready for action posture (which I have been practising every week in front of the mirror) at the top of the slope before setting off. After quite a short time, I felt that I was adopting it easily and automatically at the top of the slope and it felt natural.

In the first session, I concentrated on really feeling my shins pressing into the front of my boots. Every time I noticed that I was doing this properly, I felt that my arcs were better. In the second session, I tried to keep doing that, but focused on the feeling when I squeezed my beetle. I almost always managed to feel the pressure under my big toe, although not always the tiny movement of my hip.

Whenever I felt that I was squeezing my beetle, again I felt that my arcs were better. In the final session, I concentrated on extending the other leg to initiate the arc before waiting and then squeezing my beetle. Once again, when I noticed this, I found the arcs much better.

I didn't always notice the small movement in the opposite hip when squeezing my beetle, and I am not convinced I have got that right yet. But whenever I felt that I was squeezing my beetle, whether I was doing the hip movement or not, it felt better, so perhaps I was just not noticing - rather than not doing. By the end of the day, I was even doing the small and another not quite so small "jump" that they have on one side of the slope and staying upright.

I think this is what they call a result. I know I still have a long way to go, but I feel as if at least I am actually now on the right road and might even get somewhere worthwhile in the end! For just about the first time since I stated skiing, I felt that at least some of the time, I was in control of the skis rather than the other way round!

So I am suddenly feeling more confident and a lot less apprehensive about our January trip - while not being over-confident - I don't suddenly think I can do it all - but I do think it will be better than before. And I will keep practising in the mirror and on the greens when we first arrive before going onto the blues.

So thank you once again for the books, videos and encouragement …..

So as you can see, my teachings and practices don't just work on real snow but also work on artificial snow too.

I hope this has been insightful for you, all the best for now BOB

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