Move The Stuff Inside of You

The quiet time over the past year has allowed me to visit specialists who help me attain the same goals I want for my clients and students: to get stronger from the inside out to prevent injury. But we really DO have to acquire a better sense of who we are on the inside  in order to down-regulate the nervous system and generate healing. This can happen as we move throughout our day naturally. 

One particular physiotherapist mentioned people need to feel the air in their lungs, their ribs moving, and sense where they are in space and within their own body. If they can not develop a sense of themselves, anything he does for them will not ‘stick’. For example, if your Sibson’s fascia is released “you better be sure you made an effort to use the area now available to you”. The re-established space made possible via the manual adjustment needs you to sense it or the body will slip mindlessly into an old compensatory pattern and tighten up again. An image we can relate to is sitting in front of a TV eating potato chips mindlessly. Eventually the bag is completely consumed but the opportunity for enjoyment was missed.

A popular chiropractor suggested to his clients that if they can improve their breathing techniques, the T4 adjustments will ‘hold’ better and the patient will not feel an acute need to return to the table. Usually the reason they are there is because of bad breathing habits. 

An acupuncturist stressed that ‘people need to figure out what holds them up on the inside’ in order for those external muscles to not be so overworked and require needling to release their tension. Please take a moment to reread that last comment. 

A favorite osteopath remorsefully will not continue to work with patients if they do not make an attempt to improve efficient posture. He feels that they begin to depend on the monthly visits to feel better and lose their connection to their own thriving path that awaits for them to take.

My master instructors repeatedly point out that it is up to the client to FEEL something. There is a story of a ballet dance visiting Mr. Joseph Pilates and he supposedly let her stand in the room for one hour alone then asked her observations of what she sensed in herself before she was permitted to a second session with him. 

The body stores fear in the pelvis. Of course! The pelvis has one job – to hold you up and keep you together while standing. When we don’t pay attention to the substances inside us and the beautiful asymmetries inside us, the outside will become asymmetrical as well and we will start to feel pain. 

We would take our car to the mechanic if it steered us continually to one direction or had a flat tire or out of transmission fuel. But we don’t feel that in ourselves. We don’t sense the weight on one leg, the hip that is starting to wear out its capsule long before it sent pain signals, the back stuck in one position, or the spots that don’t glide over one another. But let’s be honest, this can be hard to sense but we all do it. 

When did you stop breathing with your breathing muscles and now push your organs in and out of your body, or bite on one side of your teeth more to hold you up, or tighten your back because you don’t flow. Use your team that you have to adjust your body and get it running well again, then do the work to maintain it. It can be frustrating, but it can also be 10 times more rewarding. The ancients knew this and each in their own way, tried to teach it to us.

Thanks for reading. If you would like watch a video taking you into a different and deeper sensations of how your breath feels here is a video link you can watch on its own. Or get the free week of videos to view the workshop:


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