What do you know about your body? I have already posted a short discussion on body awareness. There are so many aspects to this subject that I thought I would return to it.
One aspect that I find interesting is how your "body knowledge" translates into how you treat your body.
You grow up with the self-evidence that the body can heal itself: If you cut your finger, you know that although it is now bleeding, the bleeding will stop, a scab will form, and give it some time and the cut will be completely "gone".
Does this fact of self-healing, explain the delay in seeking help when you have a knock? You are forever thinking "yes, it does hurt, but give it a couple of days and it will get better". The problem is that the couple of days turns into weeks or months - but you still think it will heal.
As a massage therapist, I see this problem frequently. The thought goes through my mind "Why did you wait so long before seeking help?"
Yes, the body can heal itself. Sometimes, however, a helping hand is needed. The adage "the sooner tended, the sooner mended" is definitely one to bear in mind!
Tomorrow I will consider another body "fact" - ageing.