Ramblings of a middleage therapist – mindfulness

Ramblings of a middleage therapist – mindfulness

Our body’s systems are enclosed in fascia: interactive, interdependent and interconnective tissues forming a complex network used in force transmissions, sensory functions and wound regulation; yet also enabling optimal functioning and resiliency, allowing the body to repair stress and physical and emotional trauma.

The body responds to disruptions to or in it, by creating tension points deep within the fascia that our bodies are then forced to maneuver around. These shortcuts become imbalances within the fascial system and can be seen as fascial shortening, or thickening, thus impairing muscle function and mobility which can be seen throughout the body.

We experience these functional and structural issues as pain, decreased flexibility, impaired movement or various diseases.

It is then how WE respond to this responce by the body that often dictates the path it takes on its recovery. And this is where mindfulness comes into its own. Its not just about Gratitude or Good Mental Health, maybe Daily Exercise or Good Diet; its a combination of all of that, along with manual therapies. Listening to your body. A good massage, lymph drainage treatment, myofascial or reflexology treatment does more than just relax you, it prompts the body to remember. Did you know that muscles hold memories? Its why we say rest, dont do anything strenuous for 24-48hrs. And why osteo/chiro practitioners despair of people who come in for an adjustment and then go straight back to work.

Manual therapies can assist and boost the body’s healing forces by easing tensions and restrictions along your fascial system, allowing your body to readily adapt to its environment. By treating one area you facilitate change and improvement in other areas. Like what I hear you say? Well, head aches, brain fog, Cervicogenic or referred pain, depression, increased cervical motion, improved sleep and quality of life, and even better mental clarity/focus. Manual therapies are non-invasive with positive results and almost no side effects.

Manual therapy is still beneficial years after the original injury and can maximise the potential for full recovery when used in conjunction with other treatments. You may see benefits in only a few sessions, although a longer lasting effect may need more frequent sessions. Rome wasnt built in a day as they say.

So what can you do to start things rolling? Well, maybe getting into a daily routine of gentle exercise if you’ve not done it for a while, having a treatment at least once every 6 weeks if/when you can, revisiting your diet to see what changes you might be able to make to help your bodies responce to everything that is thrown at it on a daily basis. Dont go all out gungho and do yourself a mischief in the name of getting stronger/better it defeats the purpose and will probably put you off longterm. Daily Body Brushing (doesnt have to be a body brush you can use a dry facecloth) to stimulate your lymph flow, Deep Abdominal Breathing and yes, Meditation all become part of a daily routine that puts you back in touch with yourself and gives the body tools to help its own healing process. Have a ponder you never know it could be a game changer.

Food for thought then this Easter Weekend. Go enjoy your chocolate its allowed that little bit isn’t going to do much damage short term, everything in moderation as they say. And we all deserve a treat now and then, its good for body and soul. 🙂 SF

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