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COVID19 – Welcome to Life Limitation Paradiso!

By |2020-04-29T10:30:53+10:00April 28th, 2020|About, Living|

I've been waiting a while before writing about the current state of the world and its effect on me, my life and the chronic pain. I've been feeling quite confident with a kind of 'meh' attitude about the daily routine. I've been sleeping like a baby and if I remove the financial stress from the situation, I'd have to say, I'm having a jolly time! As the silence began to build outside a few weeks ago, I found myself listening to the news hourly – that was about the only thing that changed for me when COVID19 stopped the world. It'll be dawning on you... I've had a lot of experience with 'isolation'! I've been living a scaled-down life for much of my last 13 years. Living a life within a 1-3 km radius and not seeing family, friends or living as freely as I like has been my PhD study topic! Profession: Isolation specialist and physical distancing Queen. In fact, without the physical demands of working, seeing family, friends and socialising, my physical ability has increased and the pain levels have even dropped a little! I walk twice a day! And I'm also sharing puppy training duties as well. Yes, we welcomed Olive to our home – a medium size Labradoodle (pictured with me being picked up). This decision to welcome a new fur child is evidence of mine and Theo's isolation experience. Did someone say, 'plan to stay home'? We've got this! Theo's and my conversation went like this; 'Honey, given we won't get to go away this year and it's going to be financially impossible to afford a holiday, why don't we move our plans forward to welcome a dog?' 'It's a great idea, we'll be distracted and it's the perfect time to train a puppy too'. We know what it means to tuck in, stay tucked in and to have to occupy yourself for a very long time.

Buy a Leunig – I’m Donating Profits to Pain Revolution

By |2020-02-02T11:32:57+11:00February 1st, 2020|Advocacy, Blog, Events, Learn, News, Professional Resources|

I’m sure you’ll all agree my advocacy for chronic pain has been extensive in my 13-year lived experience. I’ve learned a lot about who to trust, who I should collaborate with and which message is worthy of me sharing my [...]

Pain Revolution FREE Seminars from Geelong to Gippsland

By |2020-01-08T11:24:03+11:00January 7th, 2020|Help, Personal, Professional|

FREE Pain Education events are coming to your town! If you’ve been following my blog, you would have read that this year I’ve decided not to look into research so much. I’ve decided I’m going to ‘sit with my confusion’. [...]

Bitter Sweet and Still Confused

By |2020-01-03T16:31:16+11:00January 3rd, 2020|Blog, The pain|

That was my endnote for 2019. As life evolves within my 3km radius, I find myself looking back less and less and looking forward more and more. Bitter, defines the heartache of not being able to see loved ones as often and the missing perks of our previous city life. Sweet, is being defined by new friends, the gallery, our new home and the sea that surrounds us. As for confused, another year has passed and I still don't feel anyone can quite define what's going on with my body. Does it matter heading into a new year?

FeetUp (Then Take a Seat)

By |2019-12-12T21:04:45+11:00December 12th, 2019|Help, Professional, Tips|

My endless efforts to find a way to get back into regular yoga practice keep falling on their head. Pardon my pun... but I am hopeful FeetUp may help with that problem. Prior to living in the land of pelvic pain, I lived in the land of bliss practising yoga regularly – four times per week! For 45 minutes I was part dog, part warrior, a cat, a cow, even a pelican at times. I became a tree, saluted the sun and enjoyed many various poses. To end my routine, I'd slide up into shoulder stand (8 minutes), then send my toes passed my head in plough pose (for another 8 minutes) before unravelling to a corpse in Savasana pose. That was before I went for a walk!

It’s Official! It’s ok to Treat Injured Workers Immorally and Unethically

By |2019-12-09T10:15:56+11:00December 7th, 2019|My rants, system, Work / System, Workcover|

No one within the system has fear of prosecution - not even a fear of a single penalty! No one within the system has been or will be called to explain their actions and held to account. This makes my blood boil! I haven't even heard the support will be returned to workers who were delivered unfair decisions and had to walk away from their support. But I want my money back! Where are my years of wages after having a decision overturned unfairly at the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service (ACCS) by the Agent? And the rest...?

Foam! I Found Foam!

By |2019-11-09T21:09:56+11:00November 9th, 2019|Learn, Personal resources, Tips|

Foam! I Found Foam! Am I excited today! As I progress this path of pain, I retain my non-negotiable pointers – one of which is my need for my custom made seating aid. I would love to ditch this damn thing from under my backside and from my clutch every time I go out for a seated event, but it's just too valuable for my capacity. Figuring out the big 'dangers in me' (remember we talked about DIMS and SIMS?) has been key to my pacing forward.