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Sciatica is a Pain in the Butt but Thanks to ART

I have been complaining about the pain in my butt six months ago. It was the pain I experienced in the middle of the buttock and it gave me trouble when I run,  but became more pronounced every time I do stretching exercises or when I bend forward with legs straight. The pain persisted despite having a regular massage or doing stretching exercises.

Then a fellow blogger Bob aka Cruise Control recommended to try Active Release Techniques (ART) by coach PJ Rivera.  Bob shared how his eighty-plus-year old Mom benefitted from the therapy session of coach PJ. There’s no harm in trying.

I, together with fellow running blogger Jared aka Supladong Irish Runner, decided to try ART last month. I thought it was my hamstrings that was causing the pain the whole time! Well, my sciatic nerve was the main culprit. Sciatica is a leg pain, which might feel like a bad leg cramp or a shooting pain that makes stretching impossible for the affected leg.  I think, in my case, what caused it was prolonged sitting in the office.  My bad. So glad I have my Fitbit tracker now to remind me to move.

Will not go to specifics on how my sciatica was treated,  but I did cry a bit (no tears, of course). So what is ART? It is a method to treat problems that involve muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves so one can perform better. Really thankful to Bob for suggesting it. The results are remarkable. I can bend and reach my toes now, my running stride is back, and I look forward to my upcoming ART session again. Introducing me to ART couldn’t be better! Super thanks coach PJ!

For more information and other details about ART, you may visit Active Release Techniques Philippines Facebook page.

About coach PJ Rivera and ART

First, he’s an International Triathlon Union (ITU) Level 2 Coach.  He is a certified provider of ART in the country for about two years now. He’s into sports at a very young age (since six). Chess and Yaw Yan martial arts are his first two sports. He has done running, powerlifting, dragon boat, triathlon, mixed martial arts or MMA,  and more martial arts. He has been part of the track teams of Lourdes School of Mandaluyong in high school and University of the Philippines Diliman.

Second, he has won multiple medals in track in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). Because of his active lifestyle, he suffered injuries left and right—pulled his hamstrings ten times and hurt his elbow, knees, shoulder, and ankles. He also broke his back in an accident. With so many injuries, he was also getting a lot of rehab. Though he was getting fixed, the fixed area felt weak. Because of this,  he told himself, “there must be a better way to treat [my] injuries.

In his pursuit of a better treatment, he bumped into ART.   Actually the person who treated coach PJ told him about ART.  Next thing he did was flying to the States to study ART.  The rest is history.

Send-off Party for the Philippine Athletics Team

Our Time is Now.

28 May 2015 — L TIMESTUDIO and VELOCI Time, two key players in the Philippine watch industry, partnered with Marriott Hotel Manila to wish good luck to the Philippine Athletics Team “Team Pilipinas Athletics” before they head to the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2015 in Singapore at a send-off, which took place at the posh Marriott Hotel Manila in Pasay City and was hosted by sportscaster Anthony Suntay.

PATAFA President Dr. Philip Ella Juico (Photo by RunningDiva.ph)

The event included an inspirational speech from the new Philippine athletics chief Dr. Philip Ella Juico whose message is full of hope and confidence that the 36-strong athletics team will do a spectacular performance owing to the renewed vigor within the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) and warm support of sponsors.  Vohne Yao of L Timestudio delivered a message of support and encouragement  reminding the athletes that they’re not alone in this.

Vohne Yao of L Timestudio (Photo by Running Photographers)

Hammer thrower Arniel Ferrera, the team’s representative, in his response to the message of the current president of PATAFA said, “Members of the team are more motivated to do their best not only for themselves but also for the country.”  The SEA Games will officially kickoff on June 5.

Hammer thrower Arniel Ferrera (Photo by Running Photographers)
Know the country’s ATHLETES PROFILE – Philippine Athletics Team.


Marestella Torres, Riezel Buenaventura, Katherine Khay Santos, Henry Dagmil, Mark Harry Diones, Donovan Arriola Jr., Tyler Ruiz, EJ Obiena

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Photo by RunningDiva.ph



Rosie Villarito, Evalyn Palabrica, Arniel Ferrera, Caleb Stuart

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Photo by RunningDiva.ph


Distance Runners

Mary Grace Delos Santos, Mary Joy Tabal, Jessica Lyn Barnard, Rene Herrera, Mervin Guarte, Christopher Ulboc Jr., Wenlie Maulas, Rafael Poliquit Jr. Roldan Verano, Eduardo Buenavista

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Photo by RunningDiva.ph



Patrick Ma. Unso, Junrey Bano, Clinton Kingsley Bautista, Eric Shauwn Cray

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Photo by RunningDiva.ph


Multi-event Athletes

Narcisa Atienza (Heptathlon), Janry Ubas (Decathlon), Jesson Ramil Cid (Decathlon)

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Princess Joy Griffey, Kayla Anise Richardson, Kyla Ashely Richardson, Archand Christian Bagsit, Ryan Bigyan, Joan Caido, Edgardo Alejan

Photo by Running Photographers

The Team Pilipinas Athletics is supported and powered by Veloci Time, L Timestudio and Marriott Hotel Manila. Yours truly couldn’t be more happier to be selected as one of the lucky winners of a Veloci watch. Many thanks to Eduardo Buenavista aka Vertek for drawing out my name from among possible winners.

On my right is long distance runner and two-time Olympian Eduardo Buenavista and awarding the prize are  Marnie Chua and Roy Chua of Veloci Time (Photo by Running Photographers)


Laban Pilipinas!


The Italian-inspired Veloci is customizable and are meant to complement and match the outfits of stylish young people who believe that only a few things in the world are as important as looking fashionable whether on Facebook, Instagram, or on a mountain summit, or while partying in a beach.  Veloci watches are available in L Timestudio boutiques nationwide.


Timepieces are no longer just a means to tell time.  It is a statement.  A statement of personality, lifestyle and individual style.  Building equity on ever-evolving brand selections since 2002, L Timestudio remains a game-changer in fashion and sport watches in the Philippines.   L Timestudio boutiques are located at various shopping malls nationwide.