AWARENESS = HEALTH
The human body is a miraculous system. It has an innate ability to heal itself if we just pay attention to the messages it sends us. Some messages are easier than others …when we are hot, we sweat; when we are cold, we shiver but when we feel pain, it might be hard to figure out why.
What is the best way to pay attention to the messages that our body is sending us? Be aware. It may take a little practice because we are busy, we are overworked and overstressed, we are stoic and we brush aside feelings, experiences, pain, as well as the good stuff because we have things to do. Well, until we can’t do them anymore. Because we didn’t heed the signs of things to come, we didn’t experience the pleasures or the pain…we were unaware.
Pay attention to your pain. Is it sharp or dull? Is it constant or brought on by certain movements? What time of day is it? Be aware. At Pain Free we are posture people. We understand that joint pain is the body’s message that muscles are out of balance and are pulling the skeletal system out of alignment. When we are out of alignment, then some muscles get too tight and painful, some atrophy and joints no longer line up properly causing them to wear down compressing the nerves. Ouch!
If we automatically take pain medication, then we lose important information that our body is sending us. We are no longer aware of movements that change or decrease the pain which makes it impossible to correct the underlying cause. The Egoscue method provides awareness techniques that enable you determine what is going on in your body and help us create a program to get you back to optimal alignment and out of pain. These are techniques you will keep for the rest of your life!
Practice awareness in all aspects of your life. Focus on some simple things – as you are walking outdoors, feel the wind in your face, feel your leg muscles tighten, feel the rhythm of your arms swinging; when you are getting ready for your day, really feel the hot shower water hit your body, take a deep breath and let your muscles relax in the steam; at the end of your day relish each bite of food at dinner and if you are sharing dinner with someone, listen, engage in conversation, enjoy the company.
Instead of rushing through everything to get to the next thing, slow down and experience, enjoy, listen, and feel this amazing life – including the pain. Awareness is the first step to becoming pain free, reclaiming health and living your life to the fullest.