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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: 5.1 x 4.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (575 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,300 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.

More About the Author

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

The instructions are easy to follow.
Grandma Sandy
When I'm on the balls, I can feel my back muscles releasing with every breath.
PanDragon
I think this is a product that merits more time to see how good it works.
Sharon Balch

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

161 of 170 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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116 of 127 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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69 of 75 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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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Oliver on July 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Just a suggestion on this product: start out easing into it. Too much too fast will put you in pain, but with starting gently for a very short time you can find relief. It really has been helpful with sciatic pain using one or two balls in the lower back/sacariliac area. I've wanted something like these balls for a long time as I sensed that putting pressure on a spot by lying on a ball could help. They do work. Worth the price.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl on November 10, 2014
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The Miracle Ball Method: Relieve Your Pain, Reshape Your Body, Reduce Your Stress [2 Miracle Balls Included] is a method of pain relief developed by Elaine Petrone after struggling with her own terrible back pain. The key for her, and no doubt many, proved to be proper breathing and decreased muscle tension. Soooo...

The Goal: reduce muscle tension that's causing the pain
The Formula: Weight + Breathing = Release of Tension
How Accomplished: Lay on one or more of the balls in a specified spot
(although the book encourages you to experiment),
breathe properly, and relax. The ball is just a tool to
help you feel the weight of your body.

Don't be turned off by the fact that the book is over 200 pages long- after a brief introduction and a short section on breathing, the vast majority of the book is made up of pictures showing you exactly how to do the exercises. Additionally, its a tiny book and therefore has short paragraphs on each page.

I would have to say that this book will likely benefit many people with chronic pain. Muscle tension is either the major cause of a lot of pain, or at least present due to another cause. Either way, treating muscle tension and learning how to relax will take a big bite out of your pain. Readers with foot pain may also be interested in The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution. Good luck!
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