Trying to post the last couple of weeks has been an interesting process. In this time of transition I have SO many ideas swirling through my head, so many realizations arising; much of it is interconnected. Right now I’m struggling to sort my way through it all and my mind doesn’t seem to have its usual organizational abilities to sort through it all and create posts. Not to mention that much of it is still in process…
I will get back to J2P Monday again, but right now the one arena where I seem to have some coherent thoughts is about muscles.
Last time, I talked about how muscles intertwine, squeeze off energy and can take a long time unwinding. This time the exploration moves to the up and down process of healing muscles.
You see, no matter how much body work you get or how many muscle-healing exercises you’re doing, life is still going on. You sit with your head twisted to the side watching television and that’s twisting the muscles in your neck. You hit your head on a cupboard door and tighten a bunch of muscles in your jaw, neck and shoulders. Your boss goes on a rampage and you tighten your whole body. If you have really tight muscles, the tight ones are pulling the healed pieces back into tightness.
For a long time I found that at every massage appointment the first half — at least — was spent getting out the kinks that settled back in between appointments. Increasingly I tried to make sure to do yoga and/or soak in a hot bath before an appointment so I could work some of the kinks out on my own.
When I created my movement work, it was just for me and I practiced numerous times in between appointments, often achieving more releases. Sometimes my practitioners said I came back in even better shape than I’d been in at the end of the last appointment.
At this point I generally make appointments at a time when I can spend at least an hour-and-a-half beforehand on doing the release movements and yoga and then soaking at least 20 minutes in a hot bath. Very little time is wasted in my appointments on retrieving lost ground and the fact that I’m looser and in balance makes it easier to achieve some deep releases.
Even with these efforts, there were times when I fell or slept in an awkward position and lost some ground. With TMJ, even though the muscles in my face and jaw were unwinding, I clenched in the night and tightened it back up. Sometimes I had stellar spells when the movement seemed only forward. But most of the time the process of healing my muscles moved more like four steps forward, two steps back. Always getting better, but an up and down process…
The healing moved much more quickly when I developed the exercise sets that so deeply trigger releases in the muscles but still it has been kind of four steps forward, one step back. Always up and down.
When I say I’m almost done, I’m referring to the patterns of muscles currently in my head. There are still a few other places that haven’t let go. And I’m always aware, body work and doing my exercises is a life-time commitment because as long as I’m alive my muscles will ever be subject to sitting “funny”, bumping into things, tension, etc.
There is no such thing as DONE with muscles. If you want muscles that are relaxed, strong and healthy, it’s a lifetime commitment to taking care of them. Even when you’ve solved any specific issues you may have, you still have to work at keeping them healthy.