Down the Ladder

Down the Ladder

We mostly pay attention to odd sensations in our bodies once they’re annoying enough to be worth noting.
And we tend to procrastinate actually doing something about them until they’ve become bad enough to stop us from doing something altogether.
We, as a society, are very good at pushing through.
But pushing through just leads us further up the ladder towards injury and repetitive strain!
Being able to recognize things progressing and feeling confident about your options to intervene and give your body what it needs is crucial to good management and injury prevention.
Imagine getting to the point where for the most part your symptoms are completely resolved! You’re comfortable most days and you’re not feeling limited in any of your daily activities.
Now imagine being able to pick up on very subtle shifts in your system telling you that you’ve stepped onto that first rung of the ladder…
And being able to step right back off…
This level of self-awareness and intuitive body listening is something you can learn and hone.
It’s a lot of ‘brain-training’ – getting your brain to pick up on things and also being able to clean up movement patterns.
And this is where working with the groundwork of movement therapy is extremely effective!
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If this intrigues you and you’d like to be able to recognize your body’s subtle signals AND feel confident in what you could do to turn things around, I’d love to work with you!

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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It’s amazing how many people don’t breathe.

It just happens, automatically. The not breathing.

Which is ironic considering breathing is an automated function in our bodies!

But breath holding is about as helpful as turning down the volume in your car to help you read the street signs.

Ya, I’ve done that too…

I incorporate breath work into movement by having people pace their movement with an inhale, and then an exhale.

This serves a few purposes.

1. It helps you remember to breathe, plain and simple.
2. It ensures you are breathing evenly.
3. It helps you to slow down the movement, lest you hyperventilate.
4. And finally, it encourages you to make the movement as smooth as possible. Inhaling (or exhaling) into the movement, and then exhaling (or inhaling) out of the movement.

If traditional breathing exercises feel uncomfortable or awkward for you, give what I’ve just described a try.

Besides, as you’re going about your day, how often are you stopping and doing those breathing exercises?

I personally feel it’s more useful to retrain our bodies to associate movement with breath so that it happens more naturally as we move through our tasks and activities.

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If you would like to practice syncing breath to movements that are relevant to your life while cleaning up said to prevent repetitive strain injury, I would love to work with you.

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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Relief Vs Belief

We both know that you can get relief.
 
A temporary reprieve from the worst of your symptoms – if not all of them.
 
But do you truly believe that you can maintain that long term?
 
More importantly, under your own power? Not dependant on someone else ‘fixing’ you?
 
Have you resigned yourself to this just being the way your life is now?
 
Understanding more about how your body moves and how joints and muscles work in isolation and coordination is a game changer.
 
Being able to give yourself relief at home through simple movements, breathing and stillness is empowering.
 
Having your symptoms slowly get less intense, less frequent, or less long lasting because you’re not ‘poking the bear’ anymore is huge.
 
And that all comes from creating space and suppleness in your body.
 
It comes from awareness, mindfulness and trust in yourself.
 
It comes from the unconscious parts of your mind knowing it’s safe to move.
 
It comes from having a variety of ways to move so that repetitive strain injuries are less likely.
 
And all of that comes from intentionally working with movement and restorative positions.
 
And THAT is why I blend movement and massage therapy.
 
Relief ~ Retrain ~ Retain
Learn your body’s language
If you would like to believe, I would love to work with you.

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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Quick to Forget

Recovery from an injury and management of a chronic condition is not a straight climb.
There are peaks, valleys and plateaus.
 
Some days are good.
 
Some days suck.
 
But the fact that you’ve HAD good days, means you can have more of them.
 
To have more of the good days for longer is a process, and it takes work and consistency.
 
But you can get there.
 
It takes a support system and guidance, and compassion and patience for yourself.
 
It takes being willing to try different things and see what works for you and what doesn’t.
 
It takes being curious and exploratory.
 
~ If you’re ready to get curious, and you’re wanting to have more of the good days, I would love to work with you.

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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Poking the Bear

Unpleasant sensations like pain can stir up a whole lot of stuff once triggered.
 
Muscle tension. Spasming. Pain referrals. Headaches. Tingling and numbness… All sorts.
 
At the same time, challenge brings about change.
 
But challenge doesn’t have to hurt…
 
Soaring past your current capacity (or ‘poking the bear’) is more likely to intensify your symptoms, and trigger coping mechanisms and compensations.
 
Generally speaking, when trying to actually resolve something, you’re trying to decrease your symptoms and get away from relying on coping mechanisms and compensations.
 
Being able to approach your limit, brush up against it for a bit of challenge, but then back off before you poke the bear can have a huge impact on how you feel later.
 
If you don’t like pushing through pain – it’s ok. Don’t poke the bear.
 
If you tend to push through pain, but wind up paying for it later – Give not poking the bear a try.
 
Approach the bear. Don’t poke it.
 
If you need help learning how to do this, I’ve got you.
 
Learn your body’s language.

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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We mostly pay attention to odd sensations in our bodies once they’re annoying enough to be worth noting.And we tend to procrastinate actually doing something

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