PAIN! And Two Ways to Work With It.

PAIN! And Two Ways to Work With It.

PAIN!! Especially LINGERING or RECURRING pain. No Fun!!!! Pain can really get in the way of doing stuff, eh. And of enjoying life.

And a few months back I broke out in a perfectly timed (for this video…) episode of SHINGLES. Yikes!

So, here is a video about pain – and two ways that you can work WITH the intelligence of your body to reduce pain.

The video also includes the URL for an excellent TED talk by a highly-respected pain researcher, Lorimer Mosely, called “Why Things Hurt”. In that talk, he explains what pain is – and how your body actually creates pain as a way to take care of you and keep you safe. It’s one of the best explanations of pain I have ever seen, and has really helped me to understand pain as something I can work with, rather than something that “happens to me”.

I personally used both the tips in this video, to help me get through my Shingles episode – and help my nervous system “re-set” as my nerves healed.

I offer this as an encouragement for any of you who are experiencing pain, in particular pain that is hanging around.

Key thing – pain is something your brain decides is needed, in order to keep you safe. It is like an alarm bell. And – it can happen either when there IS a threat – and also, when your brain thinks there MIGHT BE a threat so it creates pain “just in case” in order to be on the safe side.

So, some pain hangs around much longer than the actual physical threat. And – some pain may crop up even when there is no actual threat – but your brain has decided their MIGHT be.

I have found this understanding of pain to be hugely helpful for myself. And in the work I do with people and animals.

The two tips in this video have helped me and others with many kinds of pain. These two things help the nervous system to check out the pain – and whether it is in fact needed in order to be safe.

This allows the nervous system to consider whether it makes sense to “re-set” either to a lower level of pain or potentially let the pain go, if the body senses that is safe and reasonable to do.

So I wanted to share this – and share this personal journey with pain that I have just gone through with Shingles.

(As some nerdy additional info: Here are some things I never knew about Shingles: it is estimated that 1 in 3 people in North America are likely to get Shingles at some time… wow! It is the re-emergence of the chicken pox virus, which stays dormant in the body once someone has had chicken pox. And it can emerge when one is really run down… but this time it infects a sensory nerve complex. One of those weird things in life!!)

I hope you find this interesting – and useful.

Happy exploring –


About the Author:

Violet van Hees is a movement freedom specialist who works with people (and with horses) to release tightness and pain, and to transform body "stuckness" into something that you can work with. We then use what emerges to create new freedom and ease in your movement and in what you do, in ways that feel safe and reasonable - and that work - for you. Violet is a Feldenkrais® Practitioner, a Tellington TTouch® Equine Practitioner, and a BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders. She works with a deep interest in and understanding of biomechanics, neuroplasticity, body response to trauma, energy work, and how we learn.

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