Hi, I’m Elaine Petrone, the creator of The Miracle Ball Method™. I wish I could tell you that as an aspiring young dancer in New York City — happy, healthy, vibrant, and carefree — I awoke one day with the mission of sharing the secrets of my physical vitality with any and all who would care to listen…but that’s not my story. Instead, I awoke one day to the experience of a frightening and unimaginable reality: the right side of my body had started to go numb, over time losing its range of motion, and eventually deteriorating to a state of chronic pain that brought me to the point of immobility.

My life, as I had planned it, was gone.

As you might imagine, I was at a loss. A slow, gradual depression started to set in. What to do? Fortunately, by dint of habit and training I did summon the determination to seek help and try anything I thought might be of use. I found teachers who used balls, dance teachers who kept talking about weight, other amazing teachers who taught me to breathe in a completely opposite way from anything I had previously experienced. Still, after so much work, nothing really seemed to be getting better and I was basically done, giving up.

Then, the most amazing thing happened: while on the floor one day I truly ‘felt the weight’ of my body for a moment, and in those seconds the pain had gone away. It seemed so impossible, so illogical, but I knew I had felt it. There had to be some reason, some brain-body logic involved. I did something in that moment that was real and I had to figure out what it was.

Thus began 10 years of the rabbit trail that led me to find the directions to un-wind and unravel the knots of my body and my life, creating over time what became The Miracle Ball Method™. My healing came not from exercise but from feeling my weight and accepting gravity, learning how to let the mystery and brilliance of one’s own body do the work.

Getting out of our own way is the key.

As the stress levels, both physical and mental, abate, our freedom of movement will return, and with this our feeling of health restarts as the ‘stuckness’ we all carry becomes a thing of the past.

I am sharing this story for a simple reason: while our individual situations and conditions are unique, the existence of such situations and conditions is universal. We all differ only in the beginnings, locations, and intensities of our pains, stresses, and anxieties. My hope is that my story can provide you some comfort in knowing that you do not have to go it alone and there is a way to find relief.

Thanks for coming to our site and welcome to The Miracle Ball Method™. Tour the site to read more about who we are, how the method works, and how it can benefit you.

Here’s to your good health,

Elaine Petrone Miracle Ball Method

Elaine Petrone’s Biography

Elaine Petrone developed her method of stress and pain reduction from her own experience with chronic pain. Ms. Petrone is the author of the bestselling books The Miracle Ball Method™The Miracle Ball Method™ for Pregnancy and Portable Miracle Ball Method™, published by Workman Press. Her first book, The Miracle Ball Method™ has been translated into several languages and has sold nearly 2 million copies globally.

Ms. Petrone has also written for and been featured in a variety of magazines, including American Spa, ElleFitnessGlamour, Harper’s BazaarRedbookSelfTown & CountryVogue and Woman’s Day.

“A fascinatingly simple and effective way to relieve stress and tension from the body.”  – Vogue Magazine

“I felt like I had found Nirvana.” – Fitness Magazine

Ms. Petrone has consulted Fortune 500 companies in stress and pain management, as well as appeared on nationally syndicated television shows for Fox News, Lifetime, NBC and ABC news.

She has taught the method for over 30 years. Her method was part of a research program at Mount Vernon Hospital in New York for low back pain and upper body pain. She has given in-services to doctors and physical therapists at Mount Vernon Hospital and at the Sarner Health & Fitness Institute at the Stamford (CT) Hospital Tully Health Center. For the past 16 years, Ms. Petrone has been employed at the Sarner Health & Fitness Institute teaching her stress and pain relief programs.

Ms. Petrone has taught in the areas of rehab, post-op recovery, prenatal and post-partum, anxiety disorders, and rheumatoid arthritis to name a few of the conditions. Her specialty includes lower backache, neck and shoulder tension, sciatic pain and anxiety, all common conditions most people experience at some point in their life. She has trained doctors and physical therapists to use The Miracle Ball Method™ with their patients—to great success. In addition, she has developed a national certification program for instructors that has certified people from all over the world. Visit the CERTIFICATION page for more information. Ms. Petrone has also toured the country lecturing extensively on these subjects.

To serve those who are unable to get to the classes, The Miracle Ball Method™ website has information on the Method, how the Method works, and a shopping page where the books, balls, cds, and audio and video download versions of the Method can be purchased.