Then the stretch reflex kicked in big time on my left side. I used to have issues with my left hip as a ballerina, where it would feel as though it had popped out completely – it really hurt badly, and I think I learned to protect the left side by clenching my glutes constantly and keeping the left hip under strict muscle control. Well, half way through DVD2 the left hip area just locked up. Completely. I couldn’t get off the floor. : ) They don’t call me a “tough bird” for nothing though, so I clawed my way up to the kitchen counter, heaved the left leg up onto it (ouch!!!), and started massaging the glute, hip and hamstring with some force, all the while commanding the muscles in that area to LET GO of that nerve!!
I no longer “believed” that I had any kind of injury on that side, I just acknowledged that there were some muscles clamping down on (probably the sciatic) nerve, and told them to stop doing that. It took about five full minutes of hand to hand combat, but out of the blue the pain stopped, the clench stopped, everything just relaxed. So I picked up my left knee under my left elbow, and lifted it in one easy move to be straight next to my ear (in 2nd position).
I seriously, honestly, have NEVER been able to do that since August 1999. And it happened just instantaneously.