Hi, well you can probably gather that as I haven’t published this Monday that maybe something is up or you aren’t bothered or haven’t noticed – lol !
Anyway what I am actually doing is taking a course of Ortho-bionomy® training to become an instructor. In order to teach this amazing therapy to other practitioners. This modality challenges a lot of the preconceived ideas about “pain and gain”. In fact it completely throws it out of the window. Here’s how it works: We know and naturally prefer comfort, the body will generally shy away from pain unless you really want something done, eg: vaccinations, piercings, tattoos etc. However generally we don’t want pain. I don’t think any of us say “woohoo back pain fantastic” right? Or something like: “yay chronic pain from whiplash, how I love my headaches….” SO Ortho works on the principle of comfort and going towards ease. The logic is that if the nervous system (this tracks and controls EVERYTHING) is put into a place of comfort then it will release the particular muscle and allow in its own timing to completely relax. A bit like:- its Friday evening, it’s been a hell week and you have just sat down, cracked a beer or slurped a cuppa and gone “ahhhhhhh, hmmmmmm” and the weeks busyness starts flowing out. So this is what the nervous system does when we as practitioners of Ortho helps facilitate a position and allows the space for the body to figure it out and let go. We know we have our own innate system of healing – we break a bone and it heals, we cut our skin, bleed and it repairs. So what we trust is that the ortho facilitates this and helps you do it. It’s about listening how your body wants to relax and release. There are no set protocols, instead we listen to your body and follow how it wants to heal. If instead you have deep tissue massage, what this does is stimulate the nervous system, it often hurts and the nervous system hangs on and tightens up because it hurts as a protection mechanism. Often the facia (tissue interlaced within the muscle) tightens up and holds on as it registers that whoever is pushing is perhaps a threat to itself.
Similarly the IT band (the muscle/tendon that goes between the hip and the knee on the outside of the leg), physios often say roll something to force the release – what it actually does is shred the fibres of the muscle and tendon, releases endorphins (which stops you feeling the pain) gives you a sense of elation and you feel better. However the body then has to go back into repair mode and this causes a stress to the body. A self-care exercise to do instead to release is: Lie on your back on the floor. Put the foot of the tight IT band (eg right) up against the wall and then shuffle your body right so the IT band has no tension in it whatsoever. The ankle is now angled. The phrase is “fold and hold around the tender point, then wait for about a minute or two, come back out of the position and recheck. More often than not it’s released. If not try again. SO much less painful than the rolling – ouch!
Have a good week. :)