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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