We live in a world where more is better. In the beginning of my career as a massage therapist, clients would often ask me to go as deep as possible, even if that left them wincing on the table.
I began to realize that when I applied more pressure, the more that person’s body pushed back or shut me out completely. Many athletes are conditioned to believe that withstanding pain is necessary for healing and that to feel better they must always do more (stretching, foam rolling, ice baths) in order to recover and heal. We bring our multitasking minds into our athletic endeavors.
Humans are remarkable creatures because our innate intelligence includes the ability for self healing. I’m constantly blown away by how the lightest touch, coupled with a healing intention can cause the entire body to shift and ultimately heal on its own. I see this happen every day with clients. Read More
We often associate pain with tight muscles or aching joints. We can point to where it hurts, describe how it feels in great detail and list what activities make it better or worse. We become so intimate with our pain. But do we really know it? How well do we understand it? What if the pain in our life actually serves a deeper purpose?
Our society values a quick fix. “Just make it go away,” clients will plead. The goal of my work is to reduce the pain in the short term while uncovering and addressing the hidden, deeper causes of pain in the long term. Not everyone is ready to address the deeper issue, but this is where the real work and healing begins.
In the spirit of April Fools, let’s play a game. Which one of these sentences is true?
- You must train hard every time you work out and feel sore after or you won’t benefit.
- Pain or an injury will go away if you stretch or foam roll enough.
- You must avoid moving into the position where you got injured.
You might be surprised to find that all of these are false. Let’s break down these commonly held exercise myths.
In the last post, I challenged you to begin to tune into your breath. Hopefully, you’ve started to discover what it feels like to shift your breath from a shallow chest breath and into a deeper, diaphragmatic one. If you’re still having trouble finding this more calming way to breathe, keep it at, revisiting the breathing exercise every day.
Do you ever feel like the day is a race?
It begins with the jolt of an alarm clock and doesn’t stop until our head hits the pillow.
We forget to stop and relax. Forget to breathe. Forget to find the pause.
Our bodies are brilliantly crafted to handle the stresses we throw at them. A cascade of chemicals kick in to get us out of harm’s way and perform incredible feats of strength when necessary.
But every high is accompanied by a low and we cannot run at this speed continuously.