I have always been a fish out of water. In my youth this caused me immense pain, but now I see it as a gift. One of the things that makes me different is my relationship to pain. Because of the loneliness and isolation I felt as a young woman, I struggled deeply with anxiety and depression. I share much of this in my book, The Power of Conscious Breathing. Physical pain became something that redirected my attention away from the emotional pain I felt. Cutting (a form of self-injury) is something I have never done, but completely understand as a way to redirect emotional pain.
Today, we are faced with so many competing stressors in our lives. Many of us are living with an unbearable amount of emotional pain. We are seeking relief from pain in unhealthy places like drugs (prescription and illegal), alcohol, sex, excessive spending, and the list goes on.
The most beautiful truth I have discovered for myself in my quest for pain relief is that pressure overrides pain. By moving into our physical pain on purpose, and staying with it, while attending to our breath, it changes the sensation of pain on all levels; mental, physical and emotional. Not only do I live by this truth, but it forms the basis of Fluid Isometrics and Block Therapy.
About that infected tooth
This week, I had an infected tooth that was tremendously painful, and my family encouraged me to take antibiotics and painkillers to get through it. I knew they were only trying to help, but I didn’t take antibiotics or painkillers for my infected tooth. Instead, for 5 days I performed Fluid Isometrics consistently on my jaw and infected tooth with my hands and with the Block Buddy. Eventually, the infection (and the resulting pain) both went away.
In my new video, “How to Give Yourself a Natural Facelift” (available Fall 2014) I teach you how to use your hands to increase blood and oxygen flow and melt through frozen fascia in the face and neck. This is the same technique I use on my patients and the one I used on myself to heal my infected tooth.
I am not suggesting that people do as I do. I am simply sharing what has worked for me.I have found that masking pain is never a solution. It simply defers the problem temporarily. Without the necessary pain signals to warn us that something is wrong, we also risk aggravating the existing condition. I believe that if you learn to make friends with your pain, it will change your life!
Breathe & Believe
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