In order to get out of pain, you have to get into it!
The temporary pain of breaking down and rebuilding
your posture reduces the debilitating pain of dysfunction.
Gliding is your personal joyful journey through the anatomy of pain.
The type of pain we seek is Shiatsu’s joyful pain.
It is often said that Shiatsu “hurts so good”.

Pain As A Teacher And The Pain Paradox
The Pain Paradox
Many Types of Pain
The White-Pain Teacher
Natural Pain Killers and Muscle Relaxants

The Pain Paradox

In order to get out of pain, you have to get into it—this is the pain paradox. This sounds like “no pain, no gain” (the idea of beating yourself into shape) but it is not! While Gliding, pain is a messenger that tells us where we need fixing, but we do not set out to do hours of tiresome, painful routines—we seek form, symmetry, ease of movement, to improve our posture and shape, and to increase our range of motion. Moving away from pain causes compensation, which is how we got out of shape in the first place. By listening to and moving into pain, I learn to work with it as a tool to fix my achy body, and use pain as a teacher.

Clues

Use the clues your own body gives you: diagnose your posture, observe your skeletal structure, and interpret what is going on in your own body. Look for dis-symmetry, foot turnout, and places where skin puckers.

Dimples are a sign of stress and holding patterns that result in locked muscle groups. A dimpled belly often results from holding in the stomach—the more you pull it in, the more it dimples. When my abdomen dimpled as a result of my injury, it told me that the pelvic muscles were in spasm, and so I did not attempt abdominal work that would have denied the affected part the opportunity to heal.

When I fell (1997), I heard a clunk in my pelvis at the moment of impact. During my recovery, the same clunk returned every time I made my feet active while doing “Tantrums“, which let me know that something was still wrong, and that I should abort that exercise. The clunk was my clue to stop.

A Stitch, a Kink

About 3 years after my accident, I awoke unable to take a good breath without feeling a stitch searing through my right scapula (I now realize that a stitch like this is a form of spasm). The pain was intense enough to shoot to the top of the Panic List. Convinced that there was something wrong with my lung, I asked for a lung X-ray, which revealed no problem. So, I consulted my internal detective, reviewing the last few healing crises.

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Pain As A Teacher And The Pain Paradox
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Pain As A Teacher And The Pain Paradox
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In order to get out of pain, you have to get into it! The temporary pain of breaking down and rebuilding your posture reduces the debilitating pain of dysfunction. Gliding is your personal joyful journey through the anatomy of pain. The type of pain we seek is Shiatsu’s joyful pain (it is often said that Shiatsu “hurts so good”).
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