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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2007
I purchased this on vacation and was thrilled to discover it truly is miraculous. I suffer from TMJ and back problems, both of which were relieved. Anyone suffering from TMJ, spinal pain (cervical/thoracic/lumbar, etc may want to try this. I went to a dentist, who said he could cure my TMJ in six months for $4600.00 (yes, $4600.00!) After only one session with the miracle ball, 85% of my pain had subsided. You can use it in the car too. My only criticism is that the ball reeks of that gross plastic stank. However if you put it in a clean sock, it helps defer the smell. I look forward to using the original miracle balls. Check it out.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2007
I recently developed mild Scoliosis from carrying a really heavy purse on my shoulders for years and can't afford to go to the Chiropractor every day as he suggested. My left foot bends in weird directions, my upper and lower back were hurting and I couldn't sit up straight. The Doctors offered absolutely no advice or suggestions. I was really feeling desperate as I knew this would keep getting worse. Then I found this book and decided to just try the exercises that Elaine Petrone says to do every day without the ball. These help you to align each section of the body while breathing deeply which I guess relaxes the muscles. She explains that you have to balance all sections of the body as each influences all the others. The exercises are EXTREMELY simple and perfect for lazy people like me. What a difference! I haven't even tried the exercises with the Ball yet and I'm recommending this to you! On some days it feels like I have close to normal levels of strength back in my left arm and leg, the twinging pain in my hips hasn't come back. I sure wish I could take a class from this woman.

I'm really surprised that there aren't tons of excellent reviews on this site. I've danced in the past and have trained on weights so I understand the importance of the breathing exercises for stretching so pay strict attention to everything she says. Thanks Elaine!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2007
Elaine's products are wonderful. I have the portable method and I also have the regular Miracle Ball. I believe that both of these, which come with books have a lot of valuable information, that this should be sold as a set. I have an older DVD, which is good for a visual, then when you read the books, you have a better idea of how to work with the balls.

Have sent this as a gift to my daughter and she was impressed.

Have lent them to someone that could hardly walk and she was so impressed as the ball hits the pressure points with such ease. JMS
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2007
I haven't even read the parts the other consumers are talking about that has to do with exercises without the ball...
Being the impatient & lazy person I am, I skipped right to the part that shows me how to use the balls for the part of me that hurts the most...low back...and I am giving 5 stars for the ease of use, and also the pain relief! I have arthritis,endometriosis, scoliosis, fibromyalgia and many more physical issues that cause extreme pain. I do see a chiropractor every week, but for in between visits, this Ms. Petrone's system really saves me from needing too much medication!
Also,it really relaxes me and my blood pressure. I'd give it 5 stars for that!
I cannot believe that these simple little balls and laying on them can do so much for pain relief.
With the level of pain I deal with every day, I thought only something drastic would help me. Who knew it could be so easy?
I will say, it will never CURE my pain..but what it does is to RELIEVE it until the next time it rears it's ugly head. Well worth it, though!
I lent them to my chiropractor and she never gave them back because she loves it too..luckily I had bought 2 sets.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2008
I saw these at Costco and thought they might just be another cheesy (as seen on tv) type scam. I broke down and purchased them and I am totally amazed what they can do. I suffer from adult scoliosis and work at a desk all day which causes me to use poor posture which equals immense pain and knots in my shoulders and neck. I have tried chiropractors in combination with massage theray and while it worked, it was too expensive. I truly believe that yoga (Bikram specifically) is a miracle cure for one's body. However, for those that have difficulty finding the time and/or motivation to go - this is the ideal pain reliever!

I look forward to the moment I sit down every night to use the miracle balls. I have found that when I place one ball directly on the curved area of my spine - it immediately releases the pressure and cracks my back. I could lay there forever. The other stretch that I love is holding 3 neck angles for 10 minutes each - the knots are immediately smaller. I do have to say that these stretches are so intense (but feel amazing) that sometimes when I get up I am a bit nauseous. But that diminishes very quickly.

I rarely write reviews for products but felt these miracle balls deserve some praise. I haven't even used the book yet! If you are considering them - just buy them! They are so affordable that there is no reason to second guess purchasing them.

Enjoy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2008
I have owned the original Miracle Ball set for several years, and I just returned from a very long trip where I was in the car for several hours a day. When I reached my destination, I headed over to the local book store and purchased the portable kit. My lower back and hips were in severe pain from sitting in the car for so long, and my right leg was numb from the hip pain. By the time I went to bed that first evening, my pain was gone and I slept great. This is all because of this kit. It is different from the original kit. It contains a book written with exercises one can do on the road or in the office, even sitting in a chair. Perfect. I can see keeping this in my bag all the time. It is discreet and you could even use some of the exercises during a business meeting, as many of them are done in a chair.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2008
I had bought the regular Miracle balls before and I am very fond of them. The Portable ball adds the convenience of traveling with a smaller size ball. I bought it just before flying to Europe and was very happy to carry it on board the plane and use it during the long hours of sitting in my cramped seat. The mesh bag is a great idea - you grab and position the ball without fear of it rolling out of your hand, or under the seat. I used it to help me relax/stretch shoulder blades, leg muscles, neck, etc.

I recently bought a set for a friend too, and I will recommend it to anyone who needs to relax tight muscles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2008
Have used this product for the past year and it is very effective in relieving stress throughout the body by letting gravity do its job. By simply lying on the ball or balls your body's weight helps to release tight muscles in a particular area. Especially effective in the evening to relax before bed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2008
"Don't leave home without it," we've all heard that one. Well, that describes how I feel about this ball/book combo.

I bought the original Miracle Ball set, and I toted it with me to deal with back, hip, and neck issues. The day I learned the Portable Miracle Ball was out there, I bought one from Amazon. It's taken up permanent residence in my carry-on. Over a year later, it shows no wear and performs beautifully.

For the record, I am a 'carry-on diva' who never checks bags on any carrier to anywhere, on any kind of transport, for any length of time. This ball, in its mesh bag, is something I make room for gladly. It actually fits quite well inside many Lexan mugs; you can stow them together to save space. If you haul your bag a little too far - it will help. If you have to go up a gazillion steps because the lift is out, the ball will help. If you've just sat immobile for too long through a bout of turbulence (with the attendant back issues, or even crampy, knotted legs), this ball will help! The book is small enough to squirrel away in nearly any bag.

Make room for the Portable Miracle Ball in your bag. You will never regret it. If you're used to seeing a chiropractor when you arrive, or arrive home, you may be pleasantly surprised; if nothing else, if the ball helps you, that's just more money to spend here on Amazon. :)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2007
After reading through the book, I wasn't sure that I would take the time necessary to find results. However, I tried it before I fell asleep one evening. I expected shoulder blade pain from painting the day before, placed the ball between my shoulder blades, relaxed, fell asleep (no, Ms. Petrone did not say to sleep on the ball), and awoke in the morning with the ball next to me and no knots in my upper back! For that alone, this ball is worth it!
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