It’s funny how most of us know very little about the place in which we live — our bodies. Chances are, if you are not in the health and well-being business, you don’t know much about the ins and outs of this miraculous structure and of its constant ability to adapt, regenerate and accommodate to the demands of your lifestyle. Today we’d like to change that — starting at the top and working our way down to the tips of your toes.
We’re often taught to break things to their smallest components to understand them, like the structures of the head and neck of the human body include the brain, bones, muscles, blood vessels, nerves, glands, nose, mouth, teeth, tongue, and throat. We tend to think of our bodies (if we think of them at all!) as parts, rather than a whole. The purpose of this next series of blogs will be to help you think of your body as a whole. Coming to realize that the actions or lack of actions in one part of the body eventually affect the whole.
As massage therapists, we work hard to help you to develop a more solid body awareness by asking questions about your pain, tightness or injuries to help you make the connection between your actions and your body’s reactions. When you come to us with a complaint we often ask things like, “What has changed since the last time?” These questions allow us to bring your awareness to the possible source of the new problem.