The pain isn’t where the problem is

The pain isn’t where the problem is

I have worked with people for over a decade now as a registered massage therapist, and I can tell you that more often than not, the pain that brings people in for treatment is not felt at its actual source

Now, if someone has fallen and landed on their butt, or taken a kick to the leg in a soccer game, then yes… The pain is coming from the point of impact. 

However, anything that has developed over time – even ‘secondary’ symptoms that occur after a couple weeks of limping from that fall or soccer incident – are usually a response to the original trouble spot. 

Think of it this way. There is an office in which 2 office workers are employed. Worker #1, for whatever reason, never gets all of their work done. Worker #2 finishes their own work, and then finishes worker #1’s responsibilities.

Which worker is going to show signs of frustration and burnout???

If you take this analogy and apply it to your body, it’s easier to understand that when one part of the body is ‘carrying the weight’ of another, it will eventually feel similarly to Worker #2.

As my yoga therapy teacher puts it, “the pain is merely an expression of a problem that exists somewhere else”. 

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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What does a yoga therapy session ACTUALLY look like?

What does a yoga therapy session ACTUALLY look like?

A one-on-one movement (yoga) therapy session is not a private Hatha flow class. 

It’s all about digging into your symptoms, concerns and goals, and checking out how your body is actually moving. 

Do the muscles and joints involved in your goal actually have the capacity to do what you want them to do?

No matter what your goal is – pain relief, symptom management, strength, flexibility – the body needs to be moving well. 

A lot of it boils down to making sure the communication channels between the brain and your body parts are working efficiently. 

Imagine someone desperately trying to wiggle their ears, yet the ears remain perfectly still while the rest of their face wiggles around. 

This same concept happens all over the body. 

You can’t change what you don’t know about, and that’s where these sessions come in. 

We will spend a lot of time breaking down larger activities and movements into their component pieces. 

I will help you learn how to feel your body and it’s signals on a much deeper level. 

You will begin to take a new level of awareness into your day, and you will quickly discover that you have the ability to know what your current limits are and to avoid injury. 

 

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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Are compensations bad?

Are compensations bad?

Compensations are not bad.

There are moments where we need our bodies to creatively help us ‘get the job done’.

The problems arise when those compensation patterns become our default way of moving all the time.

Parts of the body that aren’t meant for a particular task, or not meant to be the main ‘driver’ of the movement, get overworked.

This is where repetitive strain injuries get their start. 

Having said that, if we are working together and trip across some funky movement patterns, you don’t have to put a lot of energy into dealing with it.

If it doesn’t prove to be related to symptoms actually affecting your day, it’s not necessarily a priority. 

It can be handy to know about funky movement patterns though, so that if one day a new symptom develops in that area, you have an idea of how to start resolving it!

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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