My walking plan for this visit has been askew and for no particular reason, after having done some walking prep in KY first, I failed to take any sort of walk for days after I got here. I’m not used to walking hills as daunting as these so I have a straight uphill walk that I start with for a few days. Once I can get all the way up with reasonable ease I start making longer forays. As I struggled uphill from my house sit yesterday I started paying attention to my walking and realized I was holding my hips stiffly. I also noticed after 5 minutes or so that I was experiencing some dawning low back pain, which has become a sadly normal part of walking for me — and from comments I hear from others, it’s fairly common to many people.
Once I realized I was walking stiffly (like the straight up and down walk of the lady in the picture), I took a deep breath and concentrated on allowing the flow I’ve worked so hard to achieve get going (see previous post about getting the flow). My hips began to sway and I felt my shoulders rotating separately from my lower back which had it’s own movement in between hips and shoulders. And once everything began to move the way they’re intended to move the back pain disappeared.
Just a little healing observation for today. Let your body flow and it’s less likely to feel discomfort from movement.
- Healing Journey Monday: Flowing body, flowing life (bluegrassnotes.wordpress.com)