This is one of the newest releases in Jill Miller's Tension Tune-Down series,
a series of yoga-based self-massage programs available from Jill's new web
site, YogaTuneUp.com. There are 8 tracks on this CD, and in the first one,
Jill simple provides a general introduction to the series and using the balls.
The actual practice, which is about 19 minutes long, starts with Track 2.
Jill has you begin in a standing position in order to locate the various parts
of your anatomy that will be massaged during the practice; she encourages you
to refer to the illustrated CD insert as a guide. For the first position
(Track 3), you'll use both balls, but each of the remaining positions uses one
ball only, working one side of the body at the time. Moves include "psychic
bicycle," where you bicycle your leg around with the ball under your hip. The
final two positions are performed lying on your side, and the very last
position, which works the IT pain, is very sensitive and potentially quite
painful; Jill encourages you to go slow here. She finishes with a brief rest
(not a true savasana), then encourages you to get up, walk around, and feel
the new freedom in your hips.
I am a big fan of Jill's; I think she has a wonderful personality and a great
sense of humor (although the latter does not come through quite as well here
as on her DVDs). She has an amazing knowledge of anatomy and does a great job
of teaching this to others.
Beth C (aka toaster)