It's been awhile since I've blogged. I hope you've been doing your SMR, Corrective Exercise menus, staying active, eating good healthy food, getting lots of quality sleep and living life to it's fullest! I know that when I adhere to all these goals for myself I feel and perform my best in mind, body and spirit.
I'm sure we all aspire to do it, but face it. Some days are just harder than others. Life can be challenging at times to implement all these things. Or perhaps you're in physical and/or emotional pain, stuck in a rut of inactivity with a body and mind that aches. Where do you even start?
We've all been been there. It can be very challenging to overcome the inactivity cycle, change your lifestyle and make time for yourself a priority. It can be even harder if your body is hurting and you have chronic pain. And yet the everything that helps turn things around both mentally and physically is moving your body.
If you have chronic muscle or joint pain and that is what is keeping you from feeling your best in mind, body and sprit, the best advice I can give you is to begin correcting your posture and body mechanics and start moving.
I can tell you from both professional and personal experience that you can break the chains of pain, low energy, poor posture and general inactivity. And it starts with MOVEMENT and working toward correcting your POSTURE.
A body that moves with freedom due to good biomechanics and postural alignment can and does act as switch that affects our emotions. It's from this premise that I organize my services here at Pain Free Posture MN.
With coaching and a willingness to change thoughts, actions and habits, a very high percentage of our clients accomplish their goals by implementing corrective movement designed to get the body back to it's original design and function.
"Posture functions as an on-off switch that activates emotions;
... it allows you to optimize your health without the need for increasingly common major-medical intervention driven by experts, many of whom operate on the sincere but erroneous assumption that the body is fragile, makeshift and prone to break down." [Pete Egoscue, Let's Lighten Up, Chapter 8]
This concept is echoed from many well known educators in the field of chronic pain relief. Dr. Perry Nickelston of Stop Chasing Pain also wrote a very similar statement.
"Instead of thinking positive thoughts to feel better, try positive moves instead.
Let the movement change your emotional state not the other way around.
For example: Instead of positive self talk before public speaking, drop down and do push-ups. Even 1 will do it.
Movement changes emotion."
My favorite explanation of how movement created emotion can be found in an excellent blog called How to Get Out of That Funk. Intentional Leadership author Michael Hyatt writes a candid post about his personal experience of being stuck in an emotional "funk" which clearly illustrates the emotion/motion connection.
Hyatt was keenly aware of his low emotion. He knew it and yet felt emotionally stuck. After seeking counsel with his wife for help, she simply told him to go for a run. Wisely, his wife knew that movement (running) would change his emotional state and redirect his focus and attitude. After heeding his wife's advise, Hyatt reported feeling "upbeat, focused and alert with a "can-do" attitude".
Preach it! "Emotion is created by motion." Hyatt writes:
If you want to change your emotional state, often all that is necessary is for you to change your physiology. I have experienced this first-hand again and again.
Don’t believe me? Try this:
If you are like me, almost immediately you will start feeling down—maybe even a little discouraged. As it turns out, discouragement and sadness have specific physical manifestations.
But so does joy and confidence.
This is why you can look at someone and say, “You look like you are having a difficult day.” Or conversely, “Wow. You look like you are on top of the world!”
So true! Hyatt completely connects the posture, movement and emotion connection and goes on to include 5 Steps to Help Get Out of That Funk - all of which are excellent and I encourage you to visit his blog and read more.
What timely words and advise for us all. Emotion is created by motion, and our posture functions as the on-off switch.
So what's the moral of this story? We were born with a blue-print design and function. Our bodies not only need to move to stay healthy and functional, but they must move to make us emotionally well.
If you are stuck in a emotional rut - try working it out! If you are in chronic pain, the best place to start is with a Corrective Exercise Program and partner with someone who will empower YOU to make the changes needed in your daily posture habits and movements.
And if your body is in balance, meaning you are NOT in chronic muscle or joint pain, then be sure to incorporate centering movements such as SMR, Corrective Exercise, Pilates, Yoga, Foundation Training, and then get out there and move (go for a walk, run, swim, bike, or whatever floats your boat) and let us know what happens.
I promise. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you! Questions? Comments? Leave your thoughts below or reach out. We want to hear from you!
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Author: Deb Preachuk is a Certified Foundation Training & STOTT Pilates Instructor, Corrective Exercise & Posture Alignment Specialist, and the founder/owner of Pain Free Posture MN.
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