Understanding how your body works is an important first step in facilitating healing. Another important step? Having PATIENCE with yourself as you learn more about your body, what you’re experiencing, and how best to facilitate your own healing.
As a massage therapist for the last 20 years, I’ve definitely had to learn patience with myself. My education is ongoing and broad. There has been no *poof* “I know everything now!” moment.
My study of different bodywork modalities, my undergrad studies in bio-cultural anthropology, and my more recent deep dive into herbalism have taught me that learning about the human body is a marathon, not a sprint.
There is so much to learn about how each of our own little individual ecosystems or universes (aka our bodies) operates - not only within ourselves, but also in the world around us.
Obviously, being a massage therapist has meant spending a majority of my time learning how to help others reduce stress and anxiety through massage. But there is another huge benefit to bodywork that I’m happily exploring further through herbalism and that’s pain management.
My progression of studying herbalism has naturally led me to dive even deeper into the concept of pain management through natural healing. Part of these studies have reinforced what so many of us already know to be true - we are inextricably linked to the world around us, and this interconnectedness in all things affects our daily health, wellness, and happiness.
And who doesn’t want more health, wellness, and happiness?
Pain can be caused by a number of things:
Overuse of a muscle or joint
Lack of sleep
Inflammation in the digestive system
Immune or lymphatic system issues
An overly sensitive nervous system
Knowing how your body works - how you move, how injuries can occur, and how you heal - can be immensely helpful in preventing injury and reducing pain. Don’t forget the most important part of learning more about your body - PATIENCE!
Want to explore your body’s own healing abilities through bodywork, herbalism, and better awareness of our connection with the world around us? Give us a call and schedule your next visit today!