As I have noted in other blogs, for unknown reasons, my neck broke in November of 2011. My upper right arm and shoulder were paralyzed. In April of 2012, my cervical vertebrae, C4-C7, were fused. Much movement has returned, but damage remains. During the past year that I have spent trying not to feel like I was in the Twilight Zone, I have lived the paradox of looking into seemingly as many odd things that I can find for comfort. One of these “things” has been the meaning of The Matrix Trilogy. After all of this time, I just discovered today that Keanu Reeves also underwent a spinal fusion procedure in the late 1990s, and was still recovering in the early stages of filming the first movie.
Months ago I formatted a blog in regard to cervical spinal stenosis, but for a variety of reasons, I have opted out of posting in it. Part of that may be due to the fact that I have too many blogs going. It seems that each “about me” section could be unique. Anyhow, just to put the energy out to the universe for anybody who is living with a spinal cord injury (that and top-notch treatment):
Prior to the pre-production, Reeves had suffered two-level fusion of his cervical spine and his legs had been becoming paralyzed, so he had undergone a neck surgery. He was still recovering by the time of pre-production, but he insisted on training, so Yuen let him practice punches and lighter moves. Reeves trained hard and even requested training on days off. However, the surgery still made him unable to kick for two out of four months of training. As a result, Reeves did not kick much in the film.
The Dragon’s Journey
Neck Treatment for the Matrix star Keanu Reeves
Longy’s Neck Treatment saves the Matrix.
As the star, Keanu Reeves was required to undergo vigorous martial arts training, however a serious neck injury threatened to stop production of what was to be one of the biggest hit movies of all time. Longy’s neck treatments and training got Keanu Reeves ready for the strenuous fight scenes and the film went on.
As an aside/since I brought it up:
“The Matrix Trilogy Decoded” by Mark Passio was recorded on September 15, 2012.In this video Mark Passio breaks down the hidden meaning of the “The Matrix” movies. It would serve you better if you watched all three movies before and/or after watching this video.
This event was held as a fundraiser for the “Free Your Mind 2 Conference” coming up in April of 2013 in Philadelphia. It is a three-day conference featuring top-calibre whistle-blowers from across the country who will shed light upon our world’s problems and bring forward empowering solutions.