I had been practicing yoga for about 4 years, when I developed a frozen shoulder. If you’ve had one, you know: badass pain screaming all the way down my arm with every movement.
I Thought Yoga Could Fix Everything
I was really surprised! I thought yoga could fix everything. Those classes right after work really made me feel so much better. I thought I was done with all those aches and pains and proudly patted myself on my back.
In those days, I was in “fix-it” mode. What else does a type-A professor do when something goes wrong. It’s just that the solutions I tried didn’t work.
I had been sitting at my desk for too, too long and a few shoulder-opening yoga moves couldn’t overcome the decades of sitting.
I learned two things and I want to share them with you!
- You must OWN your own path to healing.
- Pain responds best to breath before anything else.
You Must OWN Your Own Path to Healing.
I love getting massages, seeing a kick-ass chiropractor, trying out a new healing modality (like sound baths, for instance), or going to a great yoga class.
But, unless I’m really focusing on what my body needs, nothing else works.
That, my dear ones, is why I love my Roll Model Method® balls. I know, for instance, that after writing for a couple of hours, my traps will be crying for some love. I could go to a yoga class, but I could also spend 5 minutes rolling out my traps and feel great.
I can target just what I need. And, if I do go to a class, during that class I can take from it what I need, and not rely on the whole class that even a great teacher might have designed. (See the video attached to this blog.)
Pain Responds Best To Breath Before Anything Else
This was really, really hard for me to learn. I kept trying to “fix” my body: move my shoulder in new ways or try out new stretches.
What I didn’t really understand was the profound effect of stress on my muscles that came from short, tight breaths – especially if I was holding my shoulders up around my ears.
Did you ever hold a telephone headset between your ear and your shoulder? (Remember those?) I did that for hours at a time, while I talked and typed at the same time. Only now do I understand what damage I caused.
But the good news is that I have also learned how to heal that damage. I own this solution and I choose to roll out the stress and breath using my Roll Model Method® balls when and where I want to.
Healing is now in my hands and that’s where it should be! It can be in your hands as well!
Love and Gratitude,
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