Imagine you’ve been working with your therapist – be it massage, physio, yoga or otherwise – and you’ve been incorporating movement into your treatment plan.
If you consider the sensations in your body as a sliding scale, those sensations can be seen as tools rather than nuisances.
If you learn how to read this sliding scale, you will better know where you are between feeling really good, and feeling really bad.
You will have the opportunity to choose whether you take a step back and do some self care to bring your symptoms back down.
You’ll also have the opportunity to choose whether to continue on your path and know that you’ll likely be sore later on, but that it was worth it.
Traffic lights can also be a helpful analogy.
The green light is when things feel great. I’m sure you know what that feels like for you.
The red light is when things feel awful – however that presents in your life and body.
The yellow lights, however, are the ones to really pay attention to. There can be many, many yellow lights in between green and red. Each one tells you you’re one step closer to feeling good or feeling bad.
Being able to recognize the yellow lights in your own system gives you options. They give you warning, and information.
In the beginning, you may think there’s only a couple of yellow lights, and one of them is so close to the red light that it’s hard to step in and change course…
But as you get better at listening to your body, and knowing it on a much subtler level, the yellow lights you didn’t know existed start to show up.
And this, ultimately, is the work I do with people.
I help them to feel their bodies. I help them to understand their unique body’s messaging system, and I teach them how to respond. I guide people to feel more confident in their abilities to get creative and exploratory, and to bring their own symptoms down.
I help people find their internal locus of control.
What’s really cool is that this concept of learning and listening to your yellow lights can be applied to many different aspects of a person’s wellbeing and life.
If this interests you, and you would like to feel like you have a little more say in how you feel day to day, I would love to work with you!
This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen resonate with, and 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.
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