Podcast Thursday: When Your Body Speaks Do You Listen?
Posted May 28 2009 10:47pm
When your body speaks, do you listen?
Not long ago I presented a stress management workshop and concluded with a progressive muscle relaxation exercise. Upon completion, one participant sat rubbing her shoulder, a bewildered look on her face. Concerned, I immediately asked her if she was ok. She said, “For the past 6 months I’ve complained of shoulder pain. And I can’t feel the pain at all anymore after that exercise.”
I saw her again two weeks later and she was still pain free.
For the last 18 months I have been struggling with some shoulder pain. After practicing a combination of techniques like acupuncture, yoga and physical therapy I’m nearly pain free. The physical tension of sitting hunched over at a desk all day, combined with workouts and emotional stress wreaked havoc on my upper body. Over the past several years I’ve learned to tune in to my body. Now, when it speaks I listen, and I do something to help it heal. Like relax.
Sometimes (not always) the pain in our body is a sign to slow down and stop moving so quickly. We live in a fast paced, stressful society. And when in pain we’re quick to turn to doctors, medication and surgery for relief. These methods are not always necessary. I believe in many instances we have the power to heal ourselves if we paused for a moment to tune in to the needs of our body.
When was the last time you tuned in to the shoulder or back pain, headache or exhaustion? If it’s been a while, you might enjoy today’s podcast – a guided muscle relaxation. This has been on my site for a while, but I thought it a perfect time to bring it to the forefront. And I often read people recommending these techniques, without instruction on how to do it.
Relaxation works. Our bodies hold the stress, tension and negativity that surrounds us every day at home, work, the media. Do your body some good today and give those muscles a break. Let tension go, if even for a few minutes, by noticing how your body feels. When your body speaks, it means there is a message. Tune in and listen.