Following up on last week’s post on the interconnections in the muscular system, I’ve also been chatting quite a bit with body workers about how many people are unwilling to do anything to further their own healing. For example, with so many massage therapists among my clientele in my movement classes, they’ve recommended to many clients—at least 2 dozen that people have mentioned to me—that they’d progress faster and get relief by taking my class. One person ever has signed up based on those recommendations.
They tell me they make all kinds of recommendations about stretches or changes that would assist the process and week after week people come back and admit they haven’t done anything – some don’t even recall that they were given anything to do.
My personal experience is that doing something like the combination of movements that trigger release and yoga that I practice on a regular basis between appointments can make a huge difference. I’m generally at the least able to hold all the releases that were achieved in the last appointment and sometimes he tells me I’ve actually opened significantly more than was open when I left the last time. Every student I’ve ever had who has had a regular chiropractor or physical therapist or massage therapist has reported back after 1-2 classes that the practitioner was amazed by how much had opened just from one or two classes*
I’ve also known lots of people who had doctors or practitioners tell them that they should avoid eating certain foods or make sure to eat more of some particular food because the foods either hurt their condition or help their condition. And the number of people who won’t follow the advice is amazing. I have to include myself up to a point because I’ve changed my diet radically due to such advice and yet I’m not 100% at all about following the restrictions.
The point is that healing – as opposed to just masking symptoms, as lots of prescriptions do – generally requires that the patient/client be willing to participate in the process. Acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, whatever the modality, it’s not that likely that a client is going to heal completely without taking herbs and/or changing diet and/or doing yoga, etc. And the puzzling thing to me is why so many people are not willing to do anything at all. Really, healing is a participatory activity! Do you have any practices or dietary changes that you know make you feel better but that you don’t do anyway? Any clients who constantly wish the pain would be gone or the healing complete but refuse to taking any action themselves (other than coming to you) to make that happen?
* “Much” is a relative term in this kind of thing and that can mean that things have loosened up enough for the therapist to notice but there may be so much that’s still tight that the student is less aware; and it may take time to get it all opened.
- Healing Journey Monday: Connections and your muscles (bluegrassnotes.wordpress.com)