Finding the time to sit down and think about my profession as a specialized massage therapist and as a viniyoga yoga teacher and therapist sometimes brings me to a stand still. Writer's block is probably the proper description.
The more that I teach the more I begin to glance at the edges of understanding the complexities of the body electric. To begin to understand the many things that come together to produce problems in our bodies, be they trauma from a variety of sources, illness, lack of use or over use, improper use. All of these produce stress. Stress, we need it to survive, but as a steady daily diet causes mayhem in our body.
Did you know that pain causes you to be depressed or if you are depressed you may up your pain levels. No fair! Here we go again creating a vicious circle. And where do you turn to unravel the wicked web that we are blamed for creating. When pain is the primary focus of the mind, how do you change that? Sometimes the modern way doesn't always help. When you can't sleep, you will not improve as quickly as you have been lead to believe. Opps!
I realize that I may go against the grain when I stress : Less is more. For years, I'd plead for less pressure on my sore areas, and I'd get the response: Oh! That shouldn't hurt!
Well guess what it did hurt. I'd leave worse than when I started. So my personal experiences with pain did change my focus in massage and yoga. It took me about 2 years into my teacher training when I began to understand effortless movement. I couldn't always repeat the process but I had experienced that Ah Ha moment. It was from that point on that my focus in mastery was effortless movement. From there, I began to notice a change in my chronic pain levels reducing.
This week in talking with one of my clients about my work with clients, he raised a interesting point of view. I lent him one of my self help books, because I wanted him to understand the issues around his posture and how that effected his stiffness in his upper back and neck. He told that he felt a responsibility to take ownership of his illness. So both he and his wife would get on line to research the information that his doctors had told him. To improve his health, he wanted to be an active participant and not simply following what was told to him.
I have been seeing him for pain issues from a surgery that he had had 2 years ago. I come from the frame of mind that the more you know about the way the body works, the greater possibility you have of getting the desired results. If you are having issues in your treatment, then speak up. Ask questions. No question is silly. If you have been seen by a PT, do you understand what your homework is? If you aren't making the progress that you were expecting find out what may be affecting the progress. But, what works for one person may not work for you.
Healing is also a state of mind. The more pain you are experiencing the more depressed you will become. The vicious circle is now in an active mode. As the pain begins to recede so does the depression. Nothing about us is simple. We are not machines with replaceable parts. Healing does take patience.