The invisible body - what body "facts" have you grown up with?
Yesterday, I examined one of the body facts that we all accept: the body will heal itself. The problem with this is that sometimes I see clients who should have sought help much earlier than they did. The recovery time frame would have been much shorter and they would have been able to do the things they wanted much sooner!
Today, I want to look at another body fact: ageing.
You grow up with the fact of ageing: you won't be able to do what you used to do: you find you can't run as fast as before, you can't touch your toes like you used to. When you mention these problems to others, you are told: "What do you expect? It's your age."
If you accept that ageing as a process of decline, you accept the fact that you won't be able to do what you used to do. Life seems to become ever decreasing circles of being able to do less and less. But wait a moment.
Your body adapts to what you do and for most of us that means slumping over our computers, reclining on the sofa to watch TV, sitting in our cars and driving for miles. Our posture is just a variation around of theme of sitting down in various slumped positions. The tissues in your body adjust to this posture so that when you stand up you start to look like you are sitting down! This short, tight tissue limits your movement so can't do what you used to do.
But what if you changed what you normally do?
What massage therapists and other people who do bodywork know is that your body tissues retain some elasticity and plasticity . Become more aware of what you are doing. Get guidance on stretching and posture, you can do more of what you used to do!
Massage/bodywork is a great way to increase your body awareness and to improve your body's flexibility. Put a spring in your step with massage!