When I was a girl, my mother always used to say “some days you wake up and everything hurts, and you have two choices. You can pull the blankets over your head and feel sorry for yourself, or you can get up and get on with your day.” My mom always got up and got on with her day. I didn’t really understand it then, but now that I am closer in age to what she was when she would say this, I know that she was talking about the aches and pains that can creep up on us as we move through life.
As someone who has made a career out of working in fitness and health, I have seen over the years how beneficial movement is when dealing with chronic pain. Exercise helps, but there is something else that plays a role in feeling well in your body, and it has everything to do with your mind. Over the years I have noticed that slowing down a physical practice by focusing on breath work and mindfulness practices, can make you feel better when you are experiencing pain. I have personally used meditation as a modality for healing injuries and reducing the pain that one gets from overuse or too much repetitive motion.
Since we opened up Take Five Meditation, I have had a number of clients tell me that they came because they were hoping that meditation would help them with the chronic pain issues that they were having. All of them made it a point to tell me that it was working for them. It did not surprise me because it has been my own experience. Now science is stepping in to tell us that meditation and mindfulness practice are indeed tools that can help mitigate chronic pain. It can help the mind to build new pathways that effect how the nervous system communicates pain to the body.
This is all incredible stuff that doesn’t come in a bottle, we have the power to heal ourselves right up there in those beautiful minds of ours. At Take Five Meditation, we believe that well being comes in a whole package. The mind and the body, balance each other out, and when they are most in sync is when we are at our best. We look forward to being a part of your Mind Body connection and look forward to seeing you find your well-being on the cushions.
Check out this great story about how mindfulness can help reduce the need for opioids in pain management.