Bill’s story: How I got my life (and my tennis game) back
I was always very active. I played tennis all the time. But then it became injury after injury.
For 10 years, I had constant pain and soreness. I even had to use a scooter to get around. The doctors suggested surgery, and diagnosed me with arthritis, but the pain wouldn’t stop.
I discovered the mind-body connection and started reading up on it, but my knee just wouldn’t get better. When I came across Lin, I figured, why not give it a try?
I had done some learning on my own but when I started working with Coach Tara, she pushed me beyond anything I could do on my own.
She was so responsive, and personalized the program just for me.
It was fascinating that tennis, the sport I love most, was a big pain trigger for me.
My brain was holding onto ‘muscle memory’ from all my injuries. I also know now that complaining about it was making it worse.
Lin’s approach helped me gain control of my nervous system, I feel so much stronger now. I play tennis two to three days a week and have added yoga three times a week to my routine.
Lin brought it all together for me and I have been able to achieve so much more in my life.
My Recovery Toolbox
- Fear-busting thought: There is nothing wrong with my body. I used to think it was broken, now I know it’s not, I’m stronger than most people my age.
- My mantra: I’m a Viking giant, and I’m powerful.
- My best recovery advice: Lin is more powerful than books because you get a coach who also had personal experience with chronic pain. Tara was so responsive - as soon as I’d tell her something in our chat, she would send me a relevant resource. It’s so personalized, you take the ideas directly into your life.
- To those starting their journey towards a pain-free life: Have an open mind, and don’t beat yourself up. It’s not a straight line to recovery, there are setbacks, but the most important thing to remember is you’re calm, and you’re safe.