Here is a big clue, when you walk into my office or into my yoga class, the first thing I do is size up your posture. Your posture is a reflection of how you are doing overall. Neuromuscular massage therapy and yoga share one thing in common, the health of your spine and the condition of your joints.
Are you able to stand up straight? Can you sit up straight? When you take a breath do you need to lift up your shoulders? When you move do you use more muscles than the task needs? When you concentrate do you hold your breath? These little things all come together and are part of muscle aches and joint pain.
So let's throw in babying the sore area? Unless something is broken or torn, the more you change how you use an area the worse it becomes. Think about it. If you hold your arm close to your body, it will become sore. Now do it for another day, and just see how sore it becomes.Just guess what follows your protecting that sore area, a change in your posture. Remember we are a whole and not just a series of parts.
Yes, I said my students my hope! Looking around at all of my students in my various classes I see transformation. The transformation I see didn't happen over night. It happened over several months for some and several years for others. The amount of time is secondary to the fact that these individuals created change within themselves that they didn't think possible.
Now just guess how I feel. Amazed is my first thought. Thankful is my second thought. And thirdly is believe or not non-attachment. The more I work with the human body the more it amazes me. The potential for change is beyond my wildest imagining. The can happen moment occurs in the briefest of seconds. And my most favorite student response is : I can't do it! (repeated numerous times while they perform the impossible feat.)
The hardest part in all of this transformation is teaching effortless movement link to the breath. In American we are trained at an early age to push and to push even harder if we first don't succeed. How foreign therefore is backing off and being present to the clues that we send our selves? My students my hope! To bring digestion from the gut up through the entire being!
Just food for thought!