The search has begun and a decision will be made as to what is the best way or best style or technique to help your situation. It is an overwhelming proposition to under take when your past is littered with decisions that didn't produce the desired outcome.
Allow for misdirection from well intended individuals. Breath more or you may end up screaming more. Actually I do both at times. Life just brings stressful situations. Luckily we are no longer running away from lions, tigers or bears. Unluckily we now have instant media and we can now witness the ails and hardships of the world. Is war around the corner? Will the Stock Market plunge all of us into a Great Depression? Will your smart car be hacked?What is the next epidemic to kill us all?This craziness will also taint your decision making capabilities.
Talking to others may help bring light on to that decision you need to make. For some of us, not making any decision may be the sure path we will take. Past failure becomes the stopping block.Fear,frustration and anxiety can be remedied eventually. Just keep looking, that is called research these days.
My profession requires me to continue my education. The longer I have been in the business the more you see someone's interpretation of someone else's work. We are always looking for the magic bullet to bring great relief to our client's issues. The bullet is constantly being redefined. Less force or more force, use this tool or table, the lotion or that spray is another dollar to be spent. If your client has this pain or that one use this or sell them that.
More money spent for less satisfaction can become today's mantra. Sign up for this newsletter to gain this insight to change your life. Today my free gift from one website I subscribe to was to a non functioning page and then to Mail Chimp. What is free is free for 30 days or less. I and you are always scrambling for the dollar to be well spent. Welcome to the age of Aquarius!
Just waiting for whatever to end...is that the pace that you follow in your everyday life? Holding on to each word spoken not realizing that you have been holding your breath?
The deadline is quickly approaching and the momentum is push but you are just plain no longer aware of breath holding.
Your night sleep is so hard to arrive and the agitation in your life continues to build.
Where is your breath awareness when you need it most? Is it tucked away is the back recesses of your mind? Just where does concentration come from? Your breath. Where does innovation come from? the breath of dreaming and meditation. Where does sleep come from? From the ever slowing and deepening breath!
And are you still waiting to breathe?
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!
When life gets going, time does fly by. As I posted last, getting sick pulls your life to a dead crawl. Time goes by without recognition that a week has passed. Everyone tells you to take care of yourself, as if you weren't. My path to wellness has always been my yoga practice. Please don't imagine that I am doing a vigorous vinyasana flow practice.
Yoga is the joining of energies. Yoga is about mental focus on stillness. It is about breath awareness. It is about personal awareness. Yoga is not simply a physical exercise program. It is about getting to know oneself through observation. It means backing off at times.
When I was hospitalized, I used apanasana to loosen back stiffness. Pointing and flexing my toes was to help legs stiffness and to maintain circulation. My very sore ribs from coughing just needed my stretching my arms overhead in bed. Even though I was coughing way too much, that didn't mean that I give up focusing on slowing down and deepening my breath. Sitting on the edge of my bed, started with pumping my feet up and down to get my bearings. Seated pelvic tilt was to help keep the stiffness at bay.
That was in April and here in June my sense of wellness has finally returned. Getting better takes long as it does. Thanks to viniyoga for keeping me healthier day by day.
When I get sick, the teacher and or therapist, my back feel like it is up against a wall with no door ways in sight. It makes me cancel massage appointments as well as classes. My body now makes me focus inward and not outward for others. But how can the champion become ill.
Okay, let me rephrase that last statement. I champion others in overcoming their hurdles with words of compassion and maybe inspiration. I praise a accomplishments whenever I see them. But as my own coach, I slack a little,I guess. A champion is like Norma Rae but that isn't my calling. I need refocus around this phrase champion.
I explore the balance between how much force is necessary on the human body. I recognize folks who are stiff because of their own flexible bodies. It may sound like strange but tissue that is flexible needs a more refined form of exercise. A form that is stabilizing more than increasing flexibility.
At times we may need exercise of imagination rather than anything invoking force. With this sinus infection, focused breathing in between hacking coughs was about as far as I can go. Pelvic tilts reminded me of the strength of my back. Just sitting up straight was an effort at times. The longer I can sit upright the better my health is becoming.
I just keep looking for that crack in the wall. The crack which will open to better health and self confidence.
Oh my aching....back,hip,knee,neck, or did I miss a part? Is this the start of your day? Is this how your day begins and ends? Holding tight around my aching parts doesn't seem to make me any stronger. Oh I know it is just part of aging! Nope!
In the land of growing aging bodies, joint replacement seems to be the panacea. It is meant to heal of those aching spots in our bodes! Nope! What is our attitude around those achy break y spots? What are they meant to tell us?
Okay, back in the day, we had gym classes, P.E. classes! What did we try to learn? Field hockey, softball, volleyball or even basketball or even the best way to stand, walk, or sit? So what physical education do our children or even grand kids get in the school system these days? Some actually do get yoga.
Yoga does not always mean stretching. If you are tight, you will feel the pull of stretching. If you are very flexible, your focus needs to be strengthening the muscles that support your floppy joints. Floppy joints can very easily become arthritic joints. Chronic stiffness can also become arthritic-like. How you use your back, especially your mid and lower back can also refer pain into other parts of your body.
Yoga brings another aspect of healing through the use of what I will call purposeful breathing. Viniyoga asks you to be aware of how you experience your practice. For some of us, we may not know that an area of our body is tight or stiff until moving into that pose and attempting to take a deep breath. The breath is the key to both stopping a pain cycle and to relaxing into the dynamics of the asana.
It is funny how the mind works and how it can affect our body. Think of the time a sudden move become a jolt of pain. That pain signal now has you on guard that it not happen again. If it happens again the body immediately begins to hold its' self away from the discomfort that you experienced. Part of that holding is also the holding of breath. Now the circle of discomfort begins. Does this sound familiar? Babying the area or slowly giving up moving increases the problems instead of removing them.
What is a poor body to do? Food for thought or a question to be answered!
Standing out in a community that is broad and diverse is always challenging. As someone who has been working with the public for most of my life, finding the balance of needs and desire is so hard at times. I am only a facilitator of change. My students and clients are the only ones to bring change to their person.
How easy it is to decide that I am the important one in the scheme of things, but I am not. Finding the means to allow someone to experience their bodies in a new light is such an amazing challenge. The more I work with the human body, the more I find it to be most amazing. I never assume anything because I have always been amazed how people find positive change. I am a witness to change.
I never thought that I would have my own yoga studio. I am now pulled in many directions as to what I am able to do and what I want to do. When I think about the path I have taken in regaining strength in my left leg, I know that change has it's own time schedule. Force has never produced what I desired. The change that I have seen in all of my yoga students fills my heart with such light of hope. It is hope for both myself and my students. I have learned to have faith in the human spirit to adapt to change and challenges.
I try to take my yoga practice into my massage practice. To be present in life and not distracted by the outside world. To have compassion for the fear and anxiety that comes with the pain of the body. I know what it is like to be told that I shouldn't be experiencing pain where I am. Trust is earned and not a given. Life is about patience around obstacles. Laughter is a necessary part of healing and diminishing self importance.
Peace to this body. Peace this mind. Peace to our world. Peace to all things. Peace. Peace. Peace.
Today, I have ventured into the wider world of complexity! Communicating with yet another mobile device and wondering if this new device will actually become a labor saving device or another time drain for me? The simple life appears to only exist in the movies or should I more correctly say media?
Lately my work focus has been driven by computer users. These individuals may be office workers, grad students, physicans or folks like my driven to keep up with modern expectations around busines presentation.
A device which now is expanding medical syndromes, is being pushed in media as common place in our modern life. The hand held computer is wowwing all of us. Then there is eye strain, neck pain, shoulder issues, tendonitis, addiction, just to name of few side effects to now deal with! What is a person to due? Let's not forgot the need for American productivity, that protestant work ethic which we admire so much.
To save time we now text one and other to avoid the complications of communication. To limit accessiblity we have to pay ever increasing amounts of money to have the service provided. Education is now being shifted to these devices. Have we asked the cost to ourselves and our children?
I see the unspoken cost in my massage practice as well as in my yoga students. For me,if I am to spend time in front of my computer I must stretch my hands continually. I must change the focus of my yoga practice to balance what this work does t me. In massage, I have to soften forearms and fingers just to get to rock hard necks and shoulders. Heads that constantly look down or are pulled forward, need to be pulled back into a more normal position.
Then there is relaxation or all the affected limbs. Should I continue? Am I being a pain in the neck? Or do you have a pain in your neck?