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The Miracle Ball Method: Relieve Your Pain, Reshape Your Body, Reduce Your Stress [2 Miracle Balls Included] Paperback – December 10, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Book and Access edition (December 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761128689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761128687
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (496 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“This is the book that could change your body and the way you live your life…Go get this book and start enjoying your life!”

Fit Magazine

“Place the deceptively simple Miracle Ball under a trouble spot and sink into—aches actually melt away.”

Self

“Offers a no-impact routine.”

Parade

“You’ll ease the pain and tension of injuries and alleviate soreness and stiffness in muscles and joints.”

Fitness 

About the Author

Elaine Petrone developed her Miracle Ball method out of her own experiences with chronic pain. In addition to her books, she’s written for and been featured in Fitness, Vogue, Woman’s Day, Glamour, Redbook, Self, Elle, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar.  She teaches regularly at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, and trains students at hospitals and healing centers across the country. She lives in southern Connecticut. Her website is www.elainepetrone.com.

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Elaine Petrone is the creator of the Miracle Ball Method. She works at the Stamford (Connecticut) Hospital Rehabilitation Center and with private patients.

Customer Reviews

I think this is a product that merits more time to see how good it works.
Sharon Balch
They work wonders though, especially when done with the breathing exercises, the instruction book is simple to follow, and the 'non-exercises' are easy and effective.
Macy Streber
When I'm on the balls, I can feel my back muscles releasing with every breath.
PanDragon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

150 of 155 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Reed on December 1, 2005
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I was very curious about these balls - especially after reading the reviews here. I have had achy hips and knees for a long time now. Yoga helps me tremendously, but occasionally, even that is not the cure all. After reading through the little booklet, I put these things to work: following the instructions for hips, I placed the balls under my hip area and simply laid on them and breathed. That is all I needed to do. As soon as I started relaxing, I noticed something - on my left side, which is where I have the knee problem, I realized that I had more tension on that side of my body than on my right. It was obvious to me that my knee was overcompensating for the tightness on my left hip - and this was contributing to my issue. So, I continued with the balls and after a few days - presto - looser hips, knee pain GONE!

These balls help to realign the body and dissolve muscular tension. It doesn't take much time out of your day (perhaps about 15 minutes) but it can make a big difference in how you feel.

If you are having serious physical issues, make sure you consult a physician.

You may also want to consider purchasing the book "Get Fit in Bed" by Dr. Genie Tartell and Ted Kavanau Get Fit in Bed: Tone Your Body & Calm Your Mind from the Comfort of Your Bed as an easy to use routine to strengthen your body in addition to the Miracle Balls. Both of these approaches are therapeutic and gentle ways to deal with achy bodies.
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107 of 116 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
When I first saw this set of 2 small, blue-green balls, I really wondered whether they were any good. Decided to take a chance, and I am sure glad I did. Propped myself over these 2 semi-inflated balls on the floor and it was sheer bliss as my own body weight sank upon them.
The set consist of 2 approximately 4 inch (11 cm) diameter therapy balls (re-inflatable) and a pocket-sized 296 page insruction book packed in a transparent casing. The balls are approx. a half-inch (1 cm) thick each, and are not as thin-skinned as might be imagined. The book says that the balls are built tough, and are good for up to 300 pounds, and I believe the claim is sustainable.
In my opinion, these 2 little balls are fantastic value for money for what they are capable of, and you would be surprised how nice it feels once you prop your tired body over them at the end of a long day. Although these are therapy balls, you may also want to use them as I frequently do - a simple and 'fun' way of giving your body a much needed self-massage, merely by placing them at strategic locations beneath your body and resting over them.
By the way, I am not one of Ms. Elaine Petrone's student, since I am writing from half a world away. But, I am definitely her fan now after being convinced by these 2 little 'Miracle' balls! Go [...] for more info.
My advice: considering their low price, get them while they are available, as these little balls are 'hot' - they were all sold out on Amazon.com until recently.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By PanDragon VINE VOICE on July 29, 2005
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I've been suffering from back, hip, and neck pain from a car accident for over a decade. I've seen more physical therapists than I can remember, everything from osteopaths to chiropractors to feldenkrais and neuro-muscular reprogramming. I even happen to be a massage therapist myself!

Finally I just plain ran out of money to spend on bodywork and felt at a loss for completing my long road to recovery. That's when I saw the Miracle Ball kit at my local bookstore and decided to give it a try.

As soon as I finished my first session on the balls, I was astonished at how I felt. I was breathing more fully into my lower back and ribcage than I had in years! When I'm on the balls, I can feel my back muscles releasing with every breath. I feel as if my body is actually fixing itself from the inside out, rather than being "worked on" one piece at a time.

I've only been using the balls for a couple weeks now, and I'm not saying it's a cure all or a replacement for proper physical therapy. But I can honestly say that so far I feel like my body is once again getting the therapy it needs and for about $400 less a month!

If you have pinched nerves or disc problems, I would advise talking to your doctor before starting with this program. Otherwise, I think it's one of the best, cheapest, and most practical home therapies available. And believe me, I've looked!
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86 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Lori Keller on March 23, 2007
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I have to say that I was skeptical about what this product could do for me, but I read some good things in blogs and at under $15, I had to try it out.

MY STORY:

I had surgery on my lower spine in high school for ruptured discs, but never had any pain relief from the sciatica until I found a fantastic chiropractor who took me from walking with a cane to being pain free in about 2 years. Gradually the visits trailed off to once or twice a year as needed.

Recently, I added 3 days of walking to my exercise routine and I developed a lot of nagging low back and hip pain, which was much different from the unbearable shooting pain of sciatica. I was constantly going to the chiropractor to get my back adjusted, but then it would tighten right up again after a few days of exercise, so I was going for adjustments sometimes twice a week.

ABOUT THE EXERCISE:

This is not a quick exercise - plan to spend at least 30 minutes to an hour each session for it to be effective. It's more like yoga where you concentrate on your breathing and relaxation. If laying still for an hour sounds like torture, this is not a good choice for you. Also, I can only attest to the product's effect on my low back and hip pain. The balls don't seem to effect my periferal joints like knees, but I also don't have problems there.

The first time I used the Miracle Balls and I felt my spine "adjust" itself, I was amazed and a little frightened.

I know enough to tell someone how to crack my upper spine for tightness between my shoulder blades, but I have never been able to do anything for my low back. It is a mess from the surgery, and usually very tight and inflamed.
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