Did you know that your brain controls all the muscular tension in your body? And that when you are having a massage, its not just your muscles and tissues that are receiving feedback, but the brain too!
I spent four days in October immersed in anatomy, breath work and yoga with my teacher Leslie Kaminoff, who came to teach at The Yoga Bank in Widnes. It was transformational and deeply fascinating experience for me and one which has left me contemplating what yoga is and how we teach it, along with the ways in which the stories we tell ourselves about our bodies shape our experiences of living in them.
Where in the body do you start working with whiplash?” Asked Ida Rolf of some of her students. They answered: the sacrum, the jaw, the arms, the lower back. “Wrong,” she said, “you start working whiplash at the big toe”
Chronic pain is pain that persists long beyond the usual healing time for an injury. Chronic pain can manifest in a multitude of ways including sciatica, pain from herniated discs, whiplash disorder, RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis and golfer’s elbow, frozen shoulder, restricted range of motion in the shoulder joint, sporting overuse injuries such as Achilles tendinitis, rhuematoid and osteoarthritis, TMJ pain, heads/migraines, fibromyalgia, IBS and chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic pain can also manifest as mysterious pain which is persistent and debilitating but has no diagnosis, despite extensive medical tests.