BE YOUR OWN BODYWORKER
The following excerpt is from the personal growth
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.
While I know of no "official" bodywork that talks of doing it
by and for yourself, there is one body-changing possibility that
could well prove as successful as hiring a professional
bodyworker. Instead of having to continue to go back to a
bodyworker to cement the gains of the bodywork, this method
teaches you to do that process yourself.
The method I suggest is described in Egoscue's The Egoscue
Method of Health Through Motion. By following his directions for
self-diagnosis of dysfunction followed by exercises designed for
that dysfunction, you can realign and shape your body into its
optimal form and function. He emphasizes that our bodies usually
get dysfunctional through disuse of our muscular-skeletal
system, whose design craves much more motion than we give it in
today's technological society. He suggests very strongly that
many sports-related and work-related injuries such as shin
splints, carpal-tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow are caused by
poor alignment of our bodies before and during those activities
not by the activities themselves. If you have any pain anywhere
in your muscular-skeletal system, I recommend that you find and
read this book, as it shatters popular myths about our bodies.
(Also, if your toes are not directly in front of your ankles
when walking or if your shoulders and head tend to droop
forward, read Egoscue's book. For you are a prime candidate for
significant avoidable future bodily pain.)
|Success Tip: You will be more likely to succeed if you give yourself concrete praise every time you perform a behavior you are trying to acquire.
The one significant ingredient likely to be missing from such a
self-help method is the emotion associated with bodily trauma.
For some, such an omission is not that important, because many
bodily dysfunctions are just habits and may not have a
significant emotional trauma component.
If emotional trauma is present, changing the body to its proper
form by way of Egoscue's exercises will make the emotions more
accessible. Unraveling and straightening the dysfunctional body
is the same as loosening a strand of a trauma knot. The emotions
and words (the other usual strands in the trauma knot that also
need unraveling) can then be more readily expressed while doing
the exercises or during some talk therapy with a therapist.
|For most of us, reasonable fitness can be accomplished in 30 minutes a week.
More Excerpts This Chapter
IGNORE YOUR BODY, SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES
BE YOUR OWN BODYWORKER
TOUCHING AND BEING TOUCHED
COUCH POTATO BENEFITS
PSYCHOLOGICAL REASONS WHY WE DON'T EXERCISE
FITNESS IN 30 MINUTES A WEEK?
AN EXERCISE PROGRAM FOR THOSE WHO HATE TO EXERCISE
AWAKENING AND REVITALIZING THE BODILY SENSES
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