SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE  during this Bone Density Project. This blog is the container for all your Sharing, your questions, your comments, your ideas.

  • Susan January 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I want to thank you Sylvia and Charlie for this workshop. What I really appreciate is the instruction on proper form and suggestions for exercises to include. I have always been
    one who preferred having a dvd to follow, but I learned to be comfortable making up my
    own routine. It is really nice to play the music you like and do exercises and timing of them
    that you feel like at the moment! Sylvia, I also appreciate the emphasis that you place on
    consistency since that is the key to any exercise program. The base time to use as a minimum is a very valuable concept. Thanks again.
    My vote is for numbers 1,5 and 7.

    • Sylvia January 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Dear Susan, It was such a pleasure and privilege to work with you and the other participants of this workshop. Thanks you for your words. I am happy to hear that you could adapt to a creative workout rather then following always the same movements (when you have a DVD routine). I always feel that we stay more in contact with our own body and her immediate needs when we choose the exercises as we go rather then following a given form which stays always the same. I wish you all the best! Sylvia

  • Charlie January 4, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Happy New Year to all! Make it a good one, keep your commitment to rebound and to enjoying the feeling you get from it. Some days base time is fine, other days you will want to challenge yourself more. It all adds up to benefit our health and make us stronger and above all consistency wins through. My best to you all and I look forward to crossing paths with you again in the future. It was super to work with you all, many thanks! Take care, – Charlie

  • Vickie Chiodo-Maung December 31, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I did 21 minutes of rebounding yesterday and will do some this evening as well. Good way to start the New Year! Since I am back on my detox supplements I did mostly gentle bouncing (stomps and jumping jacks but with less intensity and the bettle bounce) with a few jumps from side to side as in Charlies’ ski video. I am enjoying moving around on my new (since Nov.) rebounder. Happy New Year everyone ! I enjoyed meeting you all.

  • Charlie December 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Two days left to rebound in 2011 – make it happen, base time or more! Happy New Year to you all, it’s been great to be part of this project with you. I look forward to reading the posts below and catching up with you all later, but for now off to bounce! My best to you all, -Charlie

  • Emilie December 30, 2011 at 5:50 am

    I vote for the picture of Lena and her mushrooms rebounder.

    I liked the workshop very much. This summer my mother died and the workshop gave me holding and a fun feeling, that I needed. The warm smile of Sylvia was so nice to have around.
    I felt that all my questions were taken seriously by Charlie and Sylvia and this gave me confidence in the act of rebounding. The rebounding itself makes me feel stronger and healthier I have less fears about my health in the future.
    I also enjoyed the posts of the group members and the answers to their questions.

    Something else:
    I don’t know if it is the bad connection I have here in France, but I don’t see another video were the use of the bungee cords ( that I bought at the start of the workshop) is explained.

    I am sure that I will continue the rebounding, every day, in the morning and before I go to bed. I want to do it just as it feels, 3 minutes or 10 minutes or 15.
    I am very grateful to Lena, because she introduced me to this rebounding phenomena. I hope it will stay a part of my life.
    Thank you all. I whish you beautiful, healthy 2012.

    • Roxy December 30, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      Oh, so sorry to hear about your mother- please accept my sympathies.

      • Emilie January 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        Dear Roxy, thank you so much for your kind reply, All the best, Emilie

    • Vickie Chiodo-Maung January 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      I am also so sorry to hear of your mother’s death. That can be very devastating. My mom died in 2005. I think it is wonderful you were able to do something fun and energizing and have all the support at this time period. I am glad I could know you.
      I also wanted to say that the reason I choose your photo as the favorite is this. I could feel the energy coming from you the strongest – that you were loving rebounding and something more. I felt your joy. The kind of joy felt when challenging something with all your might and succeeding.
      Best wishes to you.
      Sincerely, Vickie

      • Emilie January 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

        Dear Vicky, You really moved me by your nice comment. Thank you very much!


    • Charlie January 4, 2012 at 10:00 am


      Thank you for being part of the workshop, it was great to hear your progress and have you be part of the group. I could imagine that is was a very tough summer for you with the passing of your mother and I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I am so glad the workshop gave you a fun outlet and hopefully time to breathe and begin to help assimulate everything. It’s great to hear that you feel stronger and I do wish you all the best for 2012 to keep the commitment with rebounding and keep feeling strong. It was super to have you part of the workshop. Take care and do keep us poted how you are doing. Best wishes, -Charlie

  • Lena December 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Dear Sylvia,

    (The Bone Density Project + The Strong Bone Commitment)
    My experience is that rebounding is a magic tool – it cured both the pain and the fragile feeling in my back !
    Now, at the end of this project, I can testify that I feel stronger & have more energy than I’ve had in years !
    It is pure joy to be able to ”jump & run” (on the Bellicon), something I didn’t dare to do before !
    My whole body feels calmer and happier since I learned, in this project, how to bounce on my Bellicon!
    I’m not a lover of exercise but this hasn’t felt like boring exercise, I have loved to take part in this project !
    Sylvia’s & Charlie’s videos/instructions and answers to all my questions could not have been better !

    BASE TIME – My base time today is 4min and I plan to keep that, maybe go up to 5 or 6 but keep it quite short so that I feel I can do it even if I am tired or have little time for bouncing.
    FREQUENCY – Today I bounce 6 days a week and I plan to keep doing that (or minimum 5 days a week).
    TIME – I managed to work up to 30 min in the project but got some problems and had to shorten my bouncing sessions. I plan to work my time up slowly in 2012 to at least 30 min for my moderate days and if I manage 45min for my longer days I will be very pleased.
    SCHEDULE – I plan to use Sylvia’s & Charlie’s instructions for ”Weekly structure” and schedule different kind of exercises so not all my weeks will be the same – good to vary exercises, for the bones and also for making it fun.
    MUSIC – I haven’t used music much but when I did, time just seemed to fly away. So I plan to search for music that fits my bouncing rythm and put together a CD and use that to build time on my long days.

    I am voting for #4 ”Elizabeth bouncing happily in the Scottish countryside”
    because there is such a lovely feeling of happy movement in that photo.

    From the bottom of my heart
    THANK YOU for this life changing experience, I wish the project didn’t have to end ….

    All the best to you all and A Happy New Year /Lena

    • Vickie Chiodo-Maung December 29, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      Lena, I think that is an incredible experience you had…such strong actual proof. Thanks for sharing.
      P.S. A note about your photo: Your mushrooms are absolutely huge! I do love to eat mushrooms and I am thinking yours are edible? What kind are they?

      • Lena December 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm

        Hi Vickie,
        Yes you are right – the mushrooms in the picture are edible and I like them very much especially when I have dried them first because that gives them an even more intense flavor. They are called Boletus edulis (in the “international language” which is Latin or sometimes Greek), I think you call them Cep, Edible bolete or Penny Bun in English/in the USA.
        Kind regards & A Happy New Rebounding Year /Lena

    • Charlie January 4, 2012 at 9:51 am


      It really is super to read your comments and about the changes you have experienced over the last few months with rebounding. My apologies for my late response, I was dealing with the stomach upset, but I’m doing better now! The changes you describe with the improvements in your back are super. I am so pleased for you. I know how it is to feel fragile and a little vunerable with a sore body and to have turned that around and feel stronger is so freeing. Yes there can be times where our bodies can ache a little, but overall it sounds like you are feeling so much stronger and that is really super, I am so pleased for you!! I also love the fact that you have more energy than you have had in years. Movement is so good for us, whether it’s a little or a lot, I strongly believe that keeping moving, as simple as it sounds, is the key to health and harmony within the body.

      It has been super to hear your progress with the rebounding. Thanks for sharing on the blog and inspiring others with your stories and progress. I love the plan you have moving forward and I know you can stick with it. Keep adding minutes on your long day, just 1 minute at a time will be fine, before you know it you will have got to 45 mins and be feeling great! My best to you for 2012, do keep us posted how things are going with your rebounding and mushrooms! Take care, -Charlie

  • Vickie Chiodo-Maung December 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I now have a firm commitment to rebounding because of this workshop. Even if I can’t do it for some reason (traveling, injury, etc.), I will return to right away.
    In general I feel that rebounding is a great way to be able to exercise in spite of rain or the very high, 90 degree, humid weather so often experienced here in Mississippi. I mostly only exercise outdoors at night (due to these temperatures) which concerns my adult children (about my safety). I love that I can be consistent and do it even if tired at any time I have free.
    I agree with Lena, that all lot of the fear about osteoporosis is gone. I feel I have a tool that I can work with to prevent and regain bone loss.
    I also agree with Dee that I enjoyed the first workshop more. I am not sure why. Maybe because people blogged more or the lessons were new. I do know though that if I hadn’t taken this workshop, I would not have been able to make the commitment needed to keep going.
    For now and through 2012: I plan to finish my mercury/lead detox, so I am not really concerned with increasing my time or vigorousness till it is done. I just found out that the area I grew up in is very high (or maybe the highest) amount of mercury poison in the air in the US. Anyways, it is good to get it out. Afterwards, I plan on trying my best to follow the idea from Charlie about 3 days low key, 2 days dynamic ladder or such and 1 long day. I do plan on increasing my time as well.
    I do want to figure out a way to exercise and do dance-type moves, as I love them and I am not a fan of pure exercise routines. Maybe I can incorporate some exercise moves into more dance-like ones.
    I did buy a Bellicon rebounder in November and I saw quite a difference from my high-quality, but still stiff spring based rebounder.

    For favorite photos: All of them were good. It was so nice to see everyone’s photos. Since I could only choose 3, though, I will go with, #9, 5, and 1

    • Sylvia December 27, 2011 at 11:04 pm

      Hi Vickie, You were one of our ‘Master bloggers”. Thank you so much for having taken the time to stay in contact with us so often and so intensively. I am happy to see that rebounding became a routine for you and that the workshops could take a way the fear about osteoporosis and could give you a tool to work for your health. Be well and perhaps we’ll ‘see’ each other down the road! Sylvia

    • Charlie January 4, 2012 at 9:38 am


      I want to wish you all the best for 2012. My apologies for the late response, I have had a slight stomach upset for the last few days and so lost some time with it all. Still, doing better now and wanted to say that it was great to hear about your progress with reounding and mostly that your motivation for rebounding has really increased through the project. I know you are working hard on your health right now and I do hope you can be finished with the heavy metal detox soon. Keep the bouncing commitment going as much as you can, whether it’s base time or your long day. Variety is key and I know that works well for you. If you want to dance, dance. Stomp, stomp… challenge yourself when you have the energy, mix up your effort. I look forward to hearing how you are getting on in the next few months. All the bestto you for 2012! Take care, -Charlie

  • dee December 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    The workshop added more exercises that helped provide incentive to vary my rebounding exercise. While I enjoyed the new exercises, I found that the prior weekly
    workshop was more supportive and inspiring because of the weekly session. Guess I got spoiled…… I continue to rebound for 15-30 mins. daily, but need new challenging exercises to keep me fully motivated. If I miss a day or two of rebounding, I notice my energy level drops so I know it will be a lifelong easy way to add more exercise into my life. Thank you Sylvia and Charlie for your support.

    • Sylvia December 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      Hi Dee, Yes this workshop was very different from the first one. The first one you had a new video every second day. That was hyper intense. The aim for this workshop was continuity and consistency. This is always more difficult but at the end it is worth a lot. It was a great joy to have you with us for both workshops and it is greta to see that you you bounce now up to 30 minutes daily. What an achievement! All the best to you, Dee, and perhaps we’ll see you in an even more advanced training in the future! Sylvia

    • Charlie January 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm


      My best to you for 2012. Yes keeping variety going with rebounding definitely helps with consistency. So whether it’s a favorite podcast, music or new rebounding location, do what you can to keep the consistency. It sounds like you can really feel the benefits of rebounding now and I do hope you can maintain your rebounding time into the months ahead. 15-30 minutes a day is super, hopefully you can pick a theme for each day based on different exercises to help keep the variety. All the best Dee, it was super to have you be part of the program and I look forward to catching up with you in the future.

    • Charlie January 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      P.S Dee – fun to see your rebounding picture of you outside. Looks like a very nice place to rebound and warm (unlike Colorado right now). Hope your cat enjoyed the rebounder!

  • Elizabeth December 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Participating in the Strong Bone Challenge has been a highlight of 2011 for me. I’m so grateful to be onto a good thing for my bones and whole being! I am so grateful to Sylvia, Charlie and all of you for your support and encouragement during this time. I feel I’ve managed to integrate all of the exercises into my routine andI will continue to rebound forever more I hope! I intend to increase my jumping time to a manageable 20 minutes or so and to spread the news about it’s benefits. Already many of my friends are curious about this thing I do. I hope to learn more so if there are any more challenges ahead please let me know!

    I like all the pictures but think I will go for 1,7 and 2.

    • Sylvia December 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, It was great fun to have you with us. Just the idea to have somebody from Scotland (I LOVE Scotland) is great and then you sent us beautiful photos. The best thing for me is to hear that you really integrated rebounding into your daily exercise routine. That’s really good news. And yes, I’ll let you know when we do the next level class. Would be great to have you with us again. For now I wish you well and happy continuous bouncing. Sylvia

    • Charlie January 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm


      Happy New Year to you! I wish you the best of health this year and fun times rebounding all year. I loved seeing the picture of you rebounding and the one with you dog in the picture! The stone wall in the background was so lovely to see, ahhh the great British countryside. I know you have worked hard to incorporate your rebounding into your schedule over the last few months while also juggling a few other challenges, so all credit to you for your persistence. I know you will continue to keep the consistency into January and beyond and look forward to hearing how your rebounding time progresses over the months ahead. It has been super to have you be part of the project. Really go for it in 2012, base time or more, keep the routine going. My best to you – Charlie

  • Tonya December 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    This project has been a wonderful experience, especially in developing a habit to rebound, at least 5 or 6 days a week. It has helped me keep to this schedule and record the time for each one. My goal for the coming year is to continue this routine, rebounding at least 20 minutes a day, 5 or 6 days a week. I look forward to increased strength and flexibility, while working to improve the physical conditions of osteoporosis and arthritis. The rebounder is ideal because I can use it even on days when it’s too cold to take a walk outdoors. Thanks Sylvia and Charlie. You’ve done a great job for us.

    • Sylvia December 26, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      Hi Tonya, Thanks a lot for your post. I am very happy that this workshop has worked for you and I am happy to hear that you are continuing rebounding on a regular basis and keep the consistency!
      Awesome. That’s the best award for me. Be well, Sylvia.

    • Roxy December 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      When I began the workshop, I thought that it would be so very great to have the ‘companionship via computer’ of like-minded people who also wanted to start in on/increase their rebounding exercise time for the reason of strengthening our bones. Little did I realize, due to several life interruptions during that time for me, that I would be struggling to be consistent in doing just base time, through most all of the weeks. That was frustrating and discouraging for me and I felt that my personal problems kept me out from fully participating with the group, so I am sad for the loss of that. (For the first time just yesterday, I was able to take my rebounder outside- I thought of those who were able to do that when during the program- but now I miss to be able to do and describe that together.) I was only able to start in with what I had intended to do, during the last week of the program, so at least I end on a more satisfied feeling.

      I am glad though, that I struggled and met doing at least base time of exercise for most days. Because I had also started a school program in which I had to commute/be seated at a desk for these past weeks, I found that even with base time, I ended up feeling a stiffness in my muscles and fascia that I have never ever in my life, felt before (I have always exercised in some fashion) so I am very convinced that I need to do more than just “base time” each and every day- “use it or lose it” is true…so I must never stop exercising, no matter how difficult the scheduling for it is, for it certainly matters even more so when older!

      I would like to wake up each day and do base time- I will have to leave extra early each day and to get to a yoga class before school. I will plan to do some more rebounding as soon as I return home, then another base time session before bed- this is my plan. I would like to do this during the days that I go to school, M-Th. On Fri., Sat. and Sun., I would like to do the increasing ladder exercises, for longer time.

      I would like to vote for Elizabeth, Emilie, Dee, Vickie for the photos.

      Thank you very much for the workshop, all the work on the videos, blogs and all.

      • Sylvia December 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm

        Dear Roxy, You are a very brave one and it is great to see that – although it was very often very difficult for you to find time – you still managed to put in some rebounding. Most probably you would not have done any rebounding or hardly any without the workshop. The easiest would probably be to not compare yourself to anybody else. For your setting you did a great job and I am sure that you will continue with rebounding as you have proven to even do it in difficult times. iI wish you all the best! Sylvia

    • Charlie December 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      It’s so great to hear that you have established such a routine with your rebounding overy these last few months. Consistency is the key for sure. Rebounding offers so many health benefits. ‘Making time to bounce’ as you have been able to do and will no doubt continue to do, is the bottom line – congratulations. When I first started I couldn’t do so many of the exercises on the rebounder, I was just not strong enough. Over time this has changed so I can now do some one legged exercises, something I never thought I would do without pain – perserverance has promoted change and now allowed me to be stronger at other activities once again too. I am so glad that you too have stuck with the program and are enjoying getting stronger. Imagine how you will be this time next year. The subtle changes add up and become significant – congrat’s on your new rebounding schedule!

  • Roxy December 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Hello everyone,

    Now that I am on break from school, it is so very nice to get back to more time on my rebounder. During the school session, I didn’t seem to be able to have the time to exercise all that I need to do in order to not become stiff and achy in my muscles. I suppose that it was from too much sitting and commuting and no exercise. I don’t like that stiff feeling at all- I have not ever had that before and I certainly don’t like it (of course, I have always had plenty of exercise before.) Hazard of older age and no exercise, I guess, but I am trying to work it out now.

    I hope you all have a very nice Christmas.

    • Charlie December 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm


      Hope you have been enjoying being back on the rebounder this holidays! It’s often the way when we stop doing something we can really feel that it actually was presenting more benefits than we realized. I can get stiff too when I don’t exercise, especially years ago, so I can relate to how you were feeling. I do hope you can find a way to keep some routine going with your work commitments, as even if it’s not every day, that commitment to ‘moving’ will pay off. Enjoy the rest of your holidays and best of luck for next year and your commitment to exercise. Keep us posted how you are doing. My best – Charlie

  • Lena December 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Merry Christmas to everyone !

    This year I do not need any gifts from Santa, because I already have a “wonderful gift”, the Bellicon and the knowledge achieved in Sylvias & Charlies fantastic “Strong Bone School” !!! It is hard to explain how much this mean to me but it feels like I can go on and live my life now, doing things without fear, knowing that I have a “secret weapon” to fight the Osteoporosis monster with…
    Thank you sooo much Sylvia & Charlie, and also Dee who encourage me to try.

    Before I end this post I have 3 questions;
    1. How do I know when it is time to change/buy new cords to my Bellicon?
    2. Can we look at the videos after the 31th of December 2011 ?
    3. Will this blog be open if we would like to post/share our future Dexa result?

    I wish you all the best – Kind regards /Lena
    P.S. Charlie I saw your post with tips about how to strengthen my knees – thank you very much for that! My knee has not troubled me at all for at least a week now. Please know that I will keep all my fingers crossed for you, hoping that your Dexa will turn out very good !

    • Charlie December 24, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Lena, Merry Christmas to you. It has been super to have you be part of the group and hear about your job, how you fit in your rebounding with your schedule and hear the stories of your progress with the bouncing. I remember back to the beginning when you were starting out, it truly has been great to hear your progress. It must be your afternoon on Christmas Eve with you right now, I do hope all prep is going well for Christmas and you got to bounce a little! So glad you have enjoyed the Strong Bone Commitment and that your knee is doing better. It’s all about challenging the muscles enough without over doing it. Of course every person has a different threshold with this, but getting to know your own limits, where you can push for more time or more dynamic exercises and where you need to hold back, is a great step in gradually promoting positive change. Keep changing up the exercises and length of time each day so you work all your muscles and keep getting stronger. I will let Sylvia answer about the videos and access into January, I believe she will work something out for a little while. Have a super Christmas, make rebounding part of it, maybe others too will try out your rebounder as before? Best wishes to you Lena!

  • Vickie Chiodo-Maung December 19, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Today I tired the video strong core, beautiful arms – #7. The first thing I noticed was that my posture is better afterwards.

  • Vickie Chiodo-Maung December 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    This last week I missed 3 days of rebounding due to lack of sleep from taking my finals, being tired from detox supplements and one day I forgot. The important thing is though – I noticed I am committed to rebounding and when I have to miss a day I just get back to it as soon as I can. I just do what I can for any given day and keep a long ranch view. Of course, being me, I am excited to do as much as I can, as soon as I can, but I don’t worry or feel bad when I need to do less vigorous workouts or even skip some days. I feel I can succeed overall and I will continue on patiently.
    Happy holidays everyone. I will be out of state visiting my daughter from Dec 22-29. I will miss rebounding those days, but will reconnect with you for the last 3 days.

    • Charlie December 20, 2011 at 10:07 am


      Finals are not always fun, glad you got through it! Yes the long term goal is the key, I have to remind myself of that too. I hope you can get a couple more days rebounding in before you leave for Christmas! Have a super holiday, look forward to hearing how you are doing when you return. It’s almost the end of the commitment – keep building everyone!

  • Vickie Chiodo-Maung December 16, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Tuesday I did 10 minutes and 8 of that was the ski lesson. I loved the lesson.
    My lower legs ached quite a bit on the outside afterwards. I am not sure if that is normal or I did not have the right form. Also, I was wondering how to shift when
    we go side to side. I wanted to ask Charlie – Do your feet do the pivoting or do we just jump up and move our hips at the same time? (I suspect that it is not the later, but I am not sure it is the first either).
    Wednesday I did beetle bumps and hip opener with a little experiment for 4 minutes in the am and then 10 of the coordination in the evening. Thursday I did 19 minutes of hip strengthens and relaxation. I needed to do the low key exercises due to driving long distances both days. (My shoulder had gotten a bit stirred up again and a little painful – not from rebounding. I felt I had reached a plateau with the chiropractic help in this situation- much had been resolved since my soft tissue injury in May, but some aspects lingered. My ND agreed with me – that acupuncture was a good next step to try which I did on Wednesday. It seems to be helping some and the pain is mostly gone. Thursday I had an appointment with the ND which I could not easily change due to her schedule and my holiday schedule. So between Wednesday and Thursday I drove 10 hours. In the future I hope to live closer to alternative care practitioners. I am proud of myself for doing any rebounding under the circumstances. In the past I would have skipped the day (which of course is wise if I needed the rest, but I felt I needed to rebound for energy and relaxation more).
    This is a very long post. I hope everyone is doing well or else on your way to doing well (health-wise and all).


    • Charlie December 20, 2011 at 10:03 am


      It sounds like you have really got into a routine with things. Awesome that you rebounded on the days with all your driving and great that you have been able to put in some solid time. With the ski exercises, do build into those as it is a lot of quad work – which is great – but adaption is a good thing here. Do you have a foam roller? It is great for working on the lateral leg muscle stiffness. To answer your question in regard to turning with the ski exercise, I like to turn in the air when going from side to side, that way the feet can leave the mat as normal and land more normally so the pivot would come from the momentum as you leave the mat and your hips. Keeping your feet landing in a normal plane, not pronating or supinating is the goal. I hope that helps.

      Hope your shoulder is feeling better!

      • Vickie Chiodo-Maung December 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm

        I am not sure what a foam roller is, but I do have a large inflatable exercise ball. Would that work? Or maybe doing the hip opening exercises?

        I did want to ask a question about the hip opening exercises (from last workshop class). I am not very flexible in my hips and so instead of putting my feet on the floor and then lifting one leg (which only goes about 40% up in the air, I put the foot that would normally be on the floor, on the bar on the rebounder so then the other leg can go more towards the 90% and is more comfortable. Do you think that is alright?

        I do have another, unrelated question. I do know that you are not a medical person, but I am only asking for your knowledge based on your own experiences or those of people you know. My shoulder joint and full range of motion is not 100% normal. It kind of flared up again but not completely. Other aspects of the May injury are much, much better and did not come back. Today, I read in my Acupressure Potent Points book, in the chapter called Arthritis and Nonarticular Rheumatism, that these points help joints, aches and pains. It says the chapter covers 12 anti-inflammatory points. I am think I am going to try doing this. Do you have any knowledge about what is good for soft tissue injures, joint pain, etc. – exercises or anything that helps? I think maybe heat or ice might help too?

        I know you must be very busy, so I hope that is not too many questions.

        Thanks for all that you have done for us during this course and the previous workshop as well.



  • Charlie December 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm


    That’s exciting that your ski season starts soon. It will be interesting to hear how you feel skiing this year and if you feel stronger and fitter. Do you downhill or X-country ski or both? Good to hear what you would like to see next in terms of rebounding exercises and other exercises to build into your rebounding time. The theraband is going to be one exercise option over the next few weeks which is always fun! Thanks for your info… Have a good week.

  • Susan December 12, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Hi Everyone,
    I’m enjoying the strength and balance workout, Charlie. Since ski season is starting for me
    next week, I hope to find that I’m in much better shape this year since beginning the consistent rebounding. Sylvia and Charlie, the instruction has been wonderful. I don’t have any questions on what you have done. Sylvia, I would be interested to see how you use the rebounder as a mini gym. Any stretches you do or perhaps sitting exercises. Do you do any upper body exercises using the rebounder, i.e. pushups with hands on the edge of the rebounder and feet on the floor. Just curious to see any way I might use the rebounder in my exercise routine.

  • Emilie December 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Dear people,

    The best effect I have from rebounding is that I feel stronger, especially my back. I also notice that I can more easily walk uphill.
    I think that after the rebounding I do before I go to sleep, makes that I sleep better: deeper.
    Rebounding has also stimulated my ” inner smile”.

    I found a You-Tube video were Sylvia very clearly explains how to place the feet.

    Charlie, could you maybe explain why pressing down on the mat is better then jumping?

    Sylvia, I hope you can tell me what the picture on top of the master blog is.

    Lena, I read somewhere that 3 times 10 minutes of rebounding is more beneficial than 30 minutes in once. I don’t know if this is true.

    • Sylvia December 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      Hi Emilie, That was my EVERY FIRST video I made!
      I love what you write about your ‘inner smile’. That is so true. And that has so much to do with our overall quality of life! A short comment concerning your question in pressing the feet down instead of jumping out of the mat. Pressing the feet slightly into the mat gives you the focus on ‘down’ rather than ‘up’. This means more stability, more grounding. A bellicon mat propulses you upwards anyway. So you don’t need to be concerned about the ‘up’. Have you ever seen a Massai African jump up? They jump several feet out of a standing position, just by focusing their entire weight downwards. With this grounding energy they propulse themselves upwards.
      The picture of the Master blog is an artwork inspired by a bone. Have a great weekend! Sylvia

    • Charlie December 11, 2011 at 8:50 pm


      So glad to hear that you are feeling stronger. That is a great change to note and something that I have experienced too with rebounding. I have just started x-country skiing for the season and feel notably stronger in my legs, hips and back so things like being able to snow plough is much easy and effective! I love that you notice that your sleep is better too. There is something to be said for moving the lymph in our body and our muscles and I think it all adds up to make our body more in balance. i believe that Sylvia answered your question regarding the pressing down on the mat. I believe that this has also enabled me to get stronger as it takes more energy to do and I find adds a little resistance which gives my bones a little more force I believe. Keep that inner smile going, so good to hear your progress.

  • Elizabeth December 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Oh wow! The skiing workout is so much fun. Still out of breath and I’m going to go back for more. We’ve just had 2 days of snow and this video couldn’t have been more appropriate. Thanks Charlie! Hope you didn’t get frost bite on your bare feet out there. Speaking of that, my feet do get cold when I’m rebounding. Does anyone know where I can get those special socks in the UK? I really like using the hand weights with these new exercises and it’s especially good visualising being on a slope even though I’ve never been skiing. Hoping to increase my time by at least 5 additional minutes this week–to 20 minutes. Hope you all have a good week.

    • Sylvia December 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, Isn’t that a great fun movie from Charlie?! I LOVE it, too. I, too get cold feet on the rebounder mat when I am outside (not in Florida but in California in winter) and that’s when I use my socks. You can order them with me. Shipping is not so expensive as they are light. Best, Sylvia

    • Lena December 6, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Elizabeth, I agree with you that Charlies skiing video is great ! Thank you Charlie ! Wouldn’t it be fun to have a video to watch at the same time as we do those exercises? The kind of video film where someone has a camera on their head when they ski down a sloop. I haven’t tried out these moves yet because Sylvia told me not to do them right now, to take it easy with my knee. Good luck with increasing your time on the rebounder Elizabeth, don’t increase to much … I think maybe my knee is protesting because I overdid it last week?
      Kind regards Lena

      • Charlie December 11, 2011 at 9:11 pm


        I thought about what you wrote when I was skiing yesterday!! Be certainly fun to do, just need a head cam… fun idea!

    • Charlie December 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm


      So glad you liked the ski exercises. I find them really fun to do and great for quad strength. Funny enough they do also simulate x-country skiing pretty well in terms of getting used to bending at the knees and having your weight downwards, which is also the goal of our rebounding – i.e. pressing down with our body weight rather than jumping on the mat. Do build into these exercises to give your quads time to recover inbetween before adding more and more reps.

      I hope Sylvia was able to get you some socks. My feet didn’t get cold in the least outside. It really was quite warm and just gorgeous to be outside. Since then the weather has got very cold and down to 0 F… which is very cold for a British person!! I have been rebounding inside the last few days!

      Glad to hear you are on the up and looking to increase time once again. Keep us posted how that goes. All the best, -Charlie

  • Lena December 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Hi everyone, for 3-4 weeks now I have been quite anti-social, I have spent a big part of the daytime walking in the forest and the evenings/nights taking care of my findings, both edible and not edible mushrooms. I am a mycologist so I am interested in the odd “little brown species” too :-) Today it is raining and I get some (involuntary) rest and time off.

    Thank you Dee for making me be more aware of and note the good effects of rebounding – I have noticed this:
    In the morning I often feel stiff in my back but if I bounce I feel like a new person (for me as little as 4min is enough to make a “morning” difference).
    When I walk (slowly) for many hours a day I used to get pain in my back, that happens more rarely nowadays.
    Sitting on an ordinary chair for a long time working with my mushrooms used to be impossible due to back ache, I can manage that for quite a long time now.
    In the evenings I used to have a bit of swelling in my ankles but that has diminished – I do the leg massage part of the exercise in this video every morning before I get up, maybe that has helped too.
    Another thing I have noticed is that my back doesn’t “protest” when I start bouncing, parallel, as it did before. I interpret this as my back is stronger now.
    One thing i had hoped for is loosing weight but that hasn’t happened yet…

    Vickie, with your outdoor story you have inspired me to rebound outside again – I will do that when it stops raining.

    Emilie, so good to hear that your pain is gone !
    Right know I am doing like you, slowly building back rebounding time and intensity because on Tuesday my right knee suddenly started to ache without me (knowingly) having done something to it – I think I have done a little too much of walking and rebounding last week.

    Sylvia & Charlie, two questions:
    1. Is it more beneficial to do for example 30 min in a row compared to 10+10+10 or 12min in a row compared to 4+4+4 ?
    2. Is Charlie leaving the mat easier than me because I weigh more or is my mat (cords) different or do I use the wrong technique.

    Everyone, please be careful with candles that many of us use this time of year! A Swedish friend of mine, her house burned down to the ground last weekend. I don’t know yet what caused it but it could well have been candles because that is a common cause this time of year. Thankfully all the people and their animals survived unharmed.

    Whoops ! forgot to look at the watch – way past bedtime… /Lena

    • Vickie Chiodo-Maung December 4, 2011 at 9:32 am

      Dear Lena,

      It is so good to hear from you!!!

      My daughter is a biologist. She has worked with snails and now with horse shoe crabs. She lives on the eastern shore of Delaware. She is involved in research to show that polluting waters with chemicals is harmful to the reproductive systems of sea creatures and that it’s effect extends to human as well and that it is adding carcinogens to our water. She often works in semi-isolation, at least mostly in very small communities.

      For myself, I was 95% introverted for many years. I am much more outgoing now, but am still about 40-60 or more percent introverted. I also didn’t grow up going to many social activities. My parents were very shy. I do need down time from people, myself to process everything and maintain my balance. I am also quite sensitive so it helps me refresh myself (being alone for a while). I enjoy reading the learning by myself too. I find it an enjoyable balance, but sometimes I think I need to stay around people more consistently (not all the time, but more than I do).

      At any rate, it is very nice to hear from you.

      I wanted to add something about your knee issue. This may not apply to you, but I thought I would mention it just in case. My right knee sometimes hurts me especially on the side facing the other knee. I do a lot of driving and the car pedal location makes it difficult to extend my leg to the right fully. I believe that is only a part of the problem, because, I learned that my hips (which have never been very flexible) are also not even. That is, one hip can open up a great deal more than the other. This resulted in one leg being a slight bit longer than the other ( I think about ½” or so) and I would get hip joint or knee pain. After adjustment from my chiropractor I am alright for a while. He told me I need to gain flexibility and strength in my hips to help maintain it. I did the hip strengtheners exercise from the last workshop recently to try to address this issue. (The chiropractor recommended yoga – he doesn’t know about rebounding that much, but I rather do the rebounding exercises for now). Your knee problem could be something unrelated to this, so please feel free to disregard this advice in that case.

      I do forget to look at my watch and often I am absorbed in something too long. I set the alarm on my watch or cell phone when I want to be sure to get to the next activity on time.

      So, good to hear your rebounding is helping you!


      • Lena December 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm

        Hi Vickie,
        Thank you for sharing what you have learned regarding your knee problem. My knee pain was/is, the same as yours, on the side facing the other knee. Maybe I need to gain flexibility and strength in my hips too? I will do some of the hip strengthener exercises. Kind regards /Lena

    • Sylvia December 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      Hi Lena, I have installed a new plug-in which hopefully notifies the author of the post when a comment is written. That means that you should receive now an email telling you that I wrote a comment to your post.
      I would like to answer to this part:
      “Sylvia & Charlie, two questions:
      1. Is it more beneficial to do for example 30 min in a row compared to 10+10+10 or 12min in a row compared to 4+4+4 ?
      2. Is Charlie leaving the mat easier than me because I weigh more or is my mat (cords) different or do I use the wrong technique.”

      Answer to 1: Both is beneficial: splitting the time is really good, because you need to give your body several times per day a stimulus for moving. Doing a bit score at one time (like 30 minutes at a time) is great for building stamina. I would vary it. Like our long and short days. On a long day you might do the long one time bouncing and maybe 3 or 4 times just a 2 minute bounce, in order to move your Qi. And on the short days, you can do several times 4 minutes.

      Answer to 2: It’s more the way Charlie bounces that lets her leaving the mat then her weight. She gives a lot of energy in the down move and with that she is propulsed upwards by the mat. This is not necessary but it is more dynamic and she gets more G-Force with that.
      Kind regards,

    • Charlie December 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      Hi Lena,

      First off, your job sounds lovely and very interesting! I grew up on a farm and love being outside so it appeals to me! I hope your knee is doing better. If you are having pain on the medial (inner) side then it is often beneficial to work on building up the vastus medialis muscle which is above the knee on the inside. Working on the last 30 degree of motion before straightening the knee is the way to build up that muscle. So, for example, sitting on the floor with your legs out in front of you and a small towel under your knees so they are slightly bent, then slowly straighten one knee and push down on the small towel and then relax it back to a 30 degree bend. When it is in the fully straight position work up to holding it there for a brief second so that it really fires up the Vastus Medialis muscle.

      Glad to hear your back is getting stronger through rebounding. That’s a great change and sounds like a very good thing with your job and all the walking you do. Interesting too about your ankles swelling being less, all that lymph moving is working for sure!

      My thoughts on your question about time are that there is a need for both the 4+4+4 example you gave and the 12 min example. The key I believe is to vary the stimuli with what we do so that we can continue to challenge our bodies to get stronger and fitter. As you have been being careful of your knee, then doing the shorter reps more often is a good policy. But once you have no pain and are getting stronger then mixing up the shorter reps with a longer rep will challenge different areas of your fitness and that is beneficial. I believe Sylvia answered you in regard to leaving the mat when bouncing. I do try and push down as I felt it really works my leg muscles a little more and I was keen to try and increase the force with my rebounding to try and stimulate bone strength. It is something I have built up to over the last 2.5 years.

      Always good to read your posts Lena. I do hope you knee pain has settled down. Do keep the exercises gentle until the pain has gone. I expect you are keeping good alignment and your weight evenly distributed when you bounce, plus your feet in a neutral position (i.e. not rolled in or out) all good things to remember as you know. I hope you had a good weekend and are enjoying the holiday season where you are. Have a good week.

  • Vickie Chiodo-Maung December 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I just tried the “new” dynamic ladder – video 4. What I did was warm up for 2 minutes then kept doing the health bounce during the slow instruction part of the video. Then I did 1 min of the dynamic part and then health bounce for 1 min., followed by 2 min of dynamic part with 2 minuets of the health bounce. I finished it off with 1 min of dynamic part, 1 min health bounce and another 2 minutes health bounce to cool down. Altogether I did 20 minutes. I found it quite vigorous. I enjoyed. I limited the dynamic minutes because I am on my mercury lead supplement today.

    Charlie, one thing I wanted to be sure I understand is about the weekly structure.
    On easy bounce days, we do either the base time or up to 15 minutes, but never go over 15 minutes. On dynamic days we build up to 30 minutes but never go over that. On Long days we keep adding on time infinitely. Is this correct? Also, do the long days need to be vigorous or it doesn’t matter?

    Another related question is that yesterday I rebounded a long time (36 minutes), but only 8 minutes were dynamic (I did the coordination video moves) and I would say it was not all that vigorous. So today I did 20 minutes and although only 4 minutes were the dynamic part I would say it was very, very vigorous to me. So am I mixing up the order of my days? Tomorrow I think I should do an easy bounce day. I can’t always follow the pattern because some days I am exhausted (I think from the detox supplements maybe).

    I know I have been writing a lot of blog posts lately, but I am so excited to be rebounding again.

    My last question is this – For the last few weeks, would it be hard or time consuming to give us a few dance moves that we could do? The cross over one is good. Would you know any others? I love modern dance or folk dance type moves. Perhaps these type moves are too advanced for us? I know this is the busy season, so I am not sure if it is a good time to request this. Just thought I would ask and see.

    • Charlie December 3, 2011 at 10:56 am


      Great to hear the dynamic ladder went well! In regard to the weekly structure, it is an outline for a week and can be adapted by each person as needed for sure. The amount of time for each day suggested is a guideline and dependent upon how many minutes you are comfortable with and what your longest day is currently. So, if it’s an easy day and you decide you feel good then going over 15 minutes is fine, but the key is to make sure that if you do that you are recovered enough to make the dynamic days truly dynamic and the longer day long! Varying the training stimuli is the best way to challenge all the systems of our body and enable change. With all of this, the question to ask each day before rebounding is ‘how do you feel today?’ That should take precedent over a pre-set structure. If you are exhausted then that’s a day for base time. Sometimes you don’t really know how you feel until you warm up and then you can decide whether to continue to follow your plan, or pull the plug and save it for another day. Making this decision after warming up is often very helpful as quite often one can feel much better having moved a little. In regard to the long day, my vote is that the emphasis is building time on that day, so less dynamic movements and more about increasing the time incremental. Certainly some dynamic work here can be fun, but generally speaking the movements should be slightly less dynamic so you can build time gradually and work on stamina as the focus.

      Take it easy when you are detoxing, base time would seem a good fit here to promote the detox without adding more stress. All in all though it sounds like you are getting back into a routine with the rebounding, super!

      • Vickie Chiodo-Maung December 4, 2011 at 8:40 am

        Thank you so much for your very helpful reply, Charlie.

  • Dee December 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

    A Warm Hello to Everyone,

    It’s been over a week since I’ve been on my rebounder. Just returned from a fantastic trip to Washington, DC with almost 60 miles of total actual walking noted on my pedometer. Got home yesterday, and took it easy with a day of rest. Today I look forward to getting back onto my rebounder, but I’ll take it easy so I don’t have any injuries!

    Charlie’s video of exercising outside in Colorado has inspired me to jump outside. I’ve gotten into a habit of leaving my rebounder in my TV room so I can exercise with music, or while watching TV. Sometimes I wish I’d ordered the smaller model for easier transportation, yet I really enjoy the larger size when doing the cross-over, and jumping jacks.

    I’m hoping to lure a few deer over to my rebounder, perhaps I’ll cheat a little and leave some fruit out to capture a winning photo?? For now, first things first and back to jumping after 10 days of absence.

    One last thought……..I believe my commitment to rebounding the past few months has paid off in very subtle ways. I’ve noticed that my resistence to colds, and the flu seeems stronger. I also notice that walking long distances each day in Washington, DC felt good. Every night I soaked in the tub because of achy feet, yet I felt strong and vital. Sometimes we’re not sure if the exercise we’re doing on the rebounder is making much difference,
    but I really believe our continued PERSISTENCE and CONSISTENCY are the keys
    to helping our bodies get stronger and healthier.

    Thanks to everyone for your postings, and maybe we can all share a little about the perhaps “subtle” differences we’re noticing in our bodies as a result of rebounding?

    • Charlie December 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

      Hi Dee,

      Glad to hear you had a good trip. That’s a lot of walking, superb! Love your thoughts about the subtle changes you have felt with rebounding over the last few months. Sometimes I think you notice what the exercise was doing for you when you miss it or stop doing it. Changes with exercise take time and can be subtle and so it’s a good thing to ask the question, how is this affecting me? It’s taken me a while, but rebounding has got me subtly stronger and stronger. When I think back to the beginning and the lack of balance and strength I have to now, the changes are significant. Rebounding has got my legs strong enough to be able to walk again for over an hour, something that was amiss for 4-5 years for me. Just one example of how the subtle changes have built and built to be significant. I too would love to know what others in the group are noticing and you are absolutely right Dee, it’s the persistence and consistency that are the factors that pay off. All those times where you think you haven’t got time to fit in your base time or more, but somehow manage to – they all add up to create positive change. And of course with our bones, we can’t feel the change, but if you can feel the change in the rest of your body, global change are a very likely thing. We are in the last month of the program… keep the motivation going, this group is all about establishing a commitment to our bones, body and health, one month to go to support each other, let’s make it a good one!

      P.s. Hope the deer like the fruit Dee!

    • Vickie Chiodo-Maung December 2, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      Dear Dee,

      I hope you can get a photo of deer by your rebounder. That would be so cool! I don’t know if you saw the e-mail from Sylvia where she asked if anyone still wanted to submit photos, but let her know you want to send one in, if you haven’t already. There weren’t too many people who sent her photos for the contest.

      About the subtle changes…My lower leg muscles are firmer and stronger. My upper legs seem stronger too and somewhat firmer. I haven’t been walking much lately so I am not sure about stamina. I do notice that my mood improves when I get on my rebounder within a few minutes. I believe that the rebounding aided the healing of my soft tissue injury. A little of that shoulder, neck, arm, joint soft tissue injury flared up a again recently, but the range of motion was not very effected this time. I was supposed to be doing certain exercises for it this new flare up this last week and a half. I only got to doing them on 3 days. I did about 2-4 hours of raking and pruning of branches which should have aggravated it, but didn’t. When I rebound my muscles relaxed and got energized so I think this has been helping it. I am being careful about how being aware how high I move my arms (when I feel resistance – soreness, etc.) when rebounding.

      • Vickie Chiodo-Maung December 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm

        And I forgot to add that I have been doing much more rebounding this last week so I think it did help me.

  • Vickie Chiodo-Maung December 2, 2011 at 1:31 am

    I read a lot of posts I had missed when out of town. My best wishes go out to everyone struggling with injuries and to all of our group members.

    Yesterday, I finished watching all the videos. Rather than start something new today, I worked on old materials. I spent about 20 minutes working on the Coordination video. I found I needed to keep my feet close to the mat for the alternating feet. I also did the hip strengthening video from the last workshop except the wrist part in the end. I felt my legs/hips needed it today. I then did the Relaxation video from the last workshop as well. Normally I watch the new videos one or more times and write down notes which I take with me when rebounding. Today, I took my computer into the same room and did the moves along with you, Sylvia. It made a huge difference. I noticed a lot of little things to keep in mind and did much better. It was also quite fun – as though you were really there. I was able to bounce 36 minutes in all today.

  • Vickie Chiodo-Maung December 1, 2011 at 3:24 am

    On Tuesday, I decided to forgo studying for the day. I took my rebounder and went to a rock formation I had visited once a few years ago. It is called Red Bluff and I saw online that someone had named it “The Grand Canyon of Mississippi”. Though not as extensive in size as the Colorado Grand Canyon, the colors of the rocks are just gorgeous and the shapes are so inspiring. It took me about an hour to get there. As usual, I got carried away with taking photos (2 hours worth).
    The humorous thing was that after driving all that way and taking so many photos, trying to convey what it would be like to rebound there by taking so many different views – I was running out of time to actually rebound. It was getting late – just 5:30 in the evening, but nightfall was approaching. I was concerned for my safety, but decided I had time for 10-15 minutes of rebounding. A local resident had come by towards the end of my photographing to to see what I was doing. I don’t think he had seen a rebounder before so I explained it to him and he agree to take my photo. He was also concerned for my being able to leave safety now that it was getting late. Out of consideration, I cut down the amount of time I was going to rebound. In fact, I only rebounded for one minute, but oh, my goodness!!!!!! It was such a rush. I do love trees, rocks and mountainous scenery very much, but rebounding made it all seem to come alive. It was no longer a beautiful, but passive scenery. I bounced up and down and all the gorgeous rocks and trees and the entire surroundings seemed energized and to be alive and moving with me. There was just such an incredible feeling it is hard to describe adequately. Definitely hard to believe I could have such an experience in 1 minute, but I did.
    Returning home, I put the rebounder into the garage for the night (due to the red dirt and all that I need to wipe off ). I left the garage door up and rebounded some more as I looked out into my yard and admired the trees which were still quite visible.
    What a lovely experience I had at the Red Bluff canyon and outside my home. It really took my rebounding commitment to the next level.
    I would definitely encourage anyone who hasn’t tried rebounding outside to give it a go whenever you can get the time and opportunity.

    • Charlie December 2, 2011 at 11:16 am


      A great story about your outing to rebound outside! The rocks sound lovely where you went. So glad you had fun with your trip, I am looking forward to seeing the photos! I love it to that you bounced in your garage also, there is something quite fun about being in the fresh air to rebound, so glad you got to experience that.

  • Vickie Chiodo-Maung November 29, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Today I reviewed 3 videos and picked up some great pointers. I was also able to figure out the dynamic ladder both from the video and the written info. I didn’t really understand it completely. I did my own versions of what I thought it might be before, but was never really sure about it.
    Today, however, I got the hang of it. I did the “holding steady on the ladder”, which is the least strenuous one (a dynamic minute followed by a very easy minute then repeated). I was surprised. I really didn’t think I would enjoy the structured timings mixed with the health bounce (ie clock watching and set movements vs improvising and no clock watching to let one’s mind relax and get creative). I thought it would be a boring and rigid workout, but it was not – I was wrong. It was actually very invigorating and enjoyable to me. I loved it.

    • Emilie November 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you Vicky, for your nice reply. I hope you can somehow find a way to bounce and also have your walk in nature.

    • Charlie December 2, 2011 at 11:20 am

      Great Vickie – glad to hear you liked the ladder. Sometimes it is fun to have structure and meet the challenges of the timing. Maybe you could introduce that once a week to your rebounding on a day where you feel structure would be good. Glad you have got to see all the videos. Keep it all going!

  • Emilie November 28, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Dear people,

    I am back on the track. The pain is gone. I bounced yesterday ( 9 minutes) and also this morning ( 5 minutes) . I am very careful, and only do a ” health bounce” as relaxed as I can be. Later I will try to catch up with the exercises.
    I have a question: what is the picture on the right top of the Master blog? I was hoping to understand it one day, but I don,t.

    • Vickie Chiodo-Maung November 28, 2011 at 11:31 pm

      I am so happy to hear that you are feeling a little better today and able to do some rebounding. :)

    • Charlie December 2, 2011 at 11:25 am

      Good news indeed. I do hope you have been able to keep it easy and relaxed this week. Would love to know how you are doing now a few days on. Good news that the pain is gone, don’t worry about the exercises for now you can always add them in later. Establishing some consistent time with the health bounce for now would be great, almost like establishing a mini-foundation again, with the emphasis on mini as your previous rebounder work will enable you to get back into your routine a lot quicker I am sure. Keep us posted how it is going. In terms of your question, Sylvia would know, but I think maybe it is some vertebrae? That would be my guess, I could be completely wrong though!! Have a good weekend, -Charlie

  • Vickie Chiodo-Maung November 28, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Now that I have just written a very long post, I realize I still want write something else – to ask a question. I do enjoy rebounding (except when I am very exhausted or tired). I do miss going for walks however. My question is, after I have made a strong commitment to doing rebounding most days, can I substitute walking for 1 or occasionally 2 days of the week. I would still want a day off of no exercise as well. Is this a good attitude/idea? What do you think?

  • Vickie Chiodo-Maung November 28, 2011 at 4:45 am

    I believe I mentioned that what ever I do, I like to do it full force. I like to really master and apply everything. For this workshop I have struggled a lot and not met my goals much. I couldn’t seem to get my motivation going. I also had a number of big (to me) challenges in my life. Also, while I am able to function on the outside and even feel joy while challenging things, I do have an element of stress and being overwhelmed.
    Lately, although my rebounding has not been consistent, I find myself feeling more and more committed to really conquering these videos and instructions and really put my whole heart into it. I am far behind on watching the videos and new techniques. I guess it weights on my mind that I haven’t gotten the arm techniques from the last workshop due to injury at that time.
    I have written down all the videos and steps I need to address. I also have a final exam coming up in my Spanish class (December 12) which I believe will be comprehensive. I have to learn 3 new chapters there. It does seem impossible to do it all, but I am going to give it a very good effort.
    One obstacle will be that I sometimes feel exhausted on the days I am on the mercury/lead detox supplements. Nevertheless I am determined to do my best.
    P.S. I can’t comment on what I want the rest of the weeks to be like since I am so far behind.
    On the positive though I definitely feel my commitment growing and when I do rebound I am having a relaxing and time stomping around in new patterns and such.
    Thanks to Sylvia and Charlie who are working so hard. I have not been the best student (not blogging so well, etc.) but I think I can improve a lot from now on. Hopefully I can do it. :)

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