It has been quite a while since I was initially trained in myofascial release and learned hands-on about the mind-body connection that can work for or against us in healing what ails us. In fact, it took me 2 years to get comfortable with letting go of my thoughts and staying in touch with my feelings by focusing on and listening to my body. So much in attempting to relax could be associated with monitoring your breathing, deep breath in through your nose, longer and slower exhale through your mouth. Many people use thinking to try to trick themselves into a state of better being. They will count to 100 or every part of their body and get caught up in thinking their way through meditation instead of focusing on their feelings and what their body is telling them.
When you get past the distraction of thought and start to approach your feelings, ironically you can temporarily end up in an unpleasant place. You become much more intensely aware of your pain, feeling sensations in your body, or the label that describes your particular condition. However, this discomfort is a good thing that announces to your brain that "I am having this experience and I am dealing with it". This is perhaps the most difficult and yet most rewarding aspect of myofascial release - letting go of your thoughts, feeling your emotions, sensation and releasing the stored up potential energy tensely stored in your body and transforming it into the kinetic energy of movement which we call unwinding. When you fully let go the body can locally or totally go into the state of unwinding, which has a very therapeutic benefits.
My practice is dedicated to helping other people get better, to look beyond their diagnosis and realize a better quality of life. Testimonials from my current and former patients speak for themselves but the fact remains that I cannot help everybody. Over the years there were many good people that I could not help. I have the skills to assist but not the transferable will to accept the power of feeling over thought and the healing associated with letting go.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, the widely acclaimed guru of mindfulness for pain management, demands that his patients do the exercises of mindfulness training without thinking of doing them but just doing them. It is in people's routine of mindlessness where mindfulness can thrive in an atmosphere of less thinking and more healing. So difficult to embrace, but understanding that you must be keenly alert in the awareness of your sensations and feelings to heal is the essential component of progressing toward a higher quality of life.
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