Part 1: Impact Injury
Part 2: Movement as habit
Part 3: Emotional and Mental patterns
Part 4: Diet
Part 5: Toxicity
Part 7: Case studies and conclusion
In my work as a body therapist, and NLP coach, I am often asked the above question. It is usually followed by “Can it be fixed?”
The usual issues that raise “The Question” are neck, back and sciatic pain, whiplash, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel/rsi or tennis elbow, headaches and migraines. The un-usual issues that raise “the Question” are those frustrating pains that come and go, move around, or are in odd places.
The basic principles of health and happiness are really simple:
I can almost resist the temptation to fill out those four principles, but not quite, so look below for the briefest I could be…
But you know this, as every body and most magazines have endless advice and good ideas to tell you what to do, so why arent you doing it all? Simple.
Lets face it: if you do everything you have been told you should do, you would be through your morning routine, including the skin brush, and the tongue scrape and the pushups and the healthy breakfast and the sauna….. by about tuesday of next week. Not feasible.
So you have to choose. This means a bit of research, and then experimenting on yourself, by trying something out, and noticing the effects on you.
This is where your inertia/momentum of current habits resists any change, and yes you will have to carve out a little bit of time to try something – one little thing – new. Your body is unique and the lifestyle patterns that work for you are too. I would go so far as to say nobody can tell you what is right for you, though they can definitely make some useful offerings for you to fine tune.
Make or break habits
We tend to make assumptions about what is negotiable or not in our lives, and when we get embroiled in busy-ness or overwhelm we lose perspective on what we can or cant change.
A useful question is, could someone else in your situation handle it differently? If so, there is hope for you to learn what you need to, or find the courage to change something in your circumstance, and start investing in your health.
What to do:
Jam some time for you into your diary. Just to reflect, for a start. Prioritise it. Even just a couple of half or one-hour slots to start, in a suitable place for time out. Maybe plan some sessions by yourself and time with someone to give you some TLC, healing or objective feedback and advice.
Notice what demands come up to prevent you actually taking that time when the day arrives! That will give interesting information about what needs to be balanced…
Use the time to decide what is the first little thing you want to start with.
Its like saving, too much at once is overwhelming, but a little bit often will reap eventual rewards, and making the first step has to happen sometime.
I of course recommend some bodywork – particularly a modality that I offer and love, Zero Balancing – or NLP coaching, both will help with your clarity and relaxation, and help with the motivation to move ahead.
Start now, and good luck!
Craig Love is an NLP Coach and a certified practitioner of 3 body therapies: ConTact C.A.R.E, Ortho-Bionomy, Zero Balancing, and is part way through adding the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education to his toolbox. He works in and around Auckland, New Zealand with animals as well as people, helping with issues as diverse as whiplash and back pain to phobias and anxiety, and with “labels” from Fibromyalgia to Crones Disease.