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In order to perform, recover well and function optimally – your body needs YOU to do your part

Have you ever been angry at your body?

Have you ever wished it would just play nice?

Have you ever blamed your body for the pain you’re feeling, the discomfort, the tension, anxiety or injury you just can’t seem to heal?

Well I have a confronting question for you:

WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR YOUR BODY?

I ask this lovingly and  fiercely 🙂 xo

Hey I went through YEARS of blaming my body, hating my body, wishing my body would conform to my desires and stop pissing me off with pain and discomfort.

The truth is, your body is on your side!

Your body is trying to HELP you.

Your body’s job is to alert you when you’re in danger. That means pain, discomfort, tension, and all kinds of unpleasant sensations.

Your job is to take care of your body.

Your job is to get to know your body so well you know what it needs to thrive in your relationship of life together…not at all unlike a romantic partnership!

You’re asking a lot of your body every day – whether you’re a desk jockey or professional athlete. Not moving is stressful on your body. Moving a lot without addressing your internal health (fascia/muscles/bones/nervous system) is stressful for your body.

If you want a healthy partnership with your body, learn to welcome all of its communications with you, including pain.

Be willing to take responsibility for your part in creating the pain you’re feeling. And then take steps to address it.

With diligence and commitment you can have a vibrant, trusting relationship with your body and adventure through life with confidence, unafraid of pain because you know what it means and how to take care of it.

There are many resources right here on this channel or blog that will help you take care of your body.

Share your commitment below and inspire someone else to do the same! It’s not easy doing what’s right, but it’s always worth it.

5 Comments

  • Hey, Elisha. Thanks. Another great video.

    I think I’m pretty lucky. I’ve never blamed my body and tried to never neglect taking care of it. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve played sports and been very physically active all my life and truly appreciated my body for putting up with me for all I’ve put it through. Sure, as a result of all the abuse I’ve dished out to it, I’ve had my fair share of strains, sprains, pains, breaks, dislocations, tears, and soreness. But, it never occurred to me to blame my body. I blame myself (in the metaphor of it being separate from me). I know a lot about nutrition and exercise for keeping the “car” running at peak performance levels. My only regret is that I only began learning about fascia less than a year ago.

    Now that I know a tiny bit about it and have proven to myself the efficacy of your techniques for healing and ongoing maintenance through fascia release, it’s my plan/goal/ambition to heal what I need to heal and engage in a life-long effort to use fascial release techniques as part of the fuel, oil change, tire rotations, alignment, tuneup, maintenance process to keep myself running at maximum capacity as long as I live.

    For the knowledge I’m gaining and the techniques I’m learning to put that knowledge to practical work for my personal benefit, long term fitness, and good health I’m grateful and appreciate your work and generosity.

    Best…

    Dexter

  • Mary says:

    Thank you for the reminder! I have been quite a fit and reasonably healthy person for up to 40 years with little to no injury. Five months ago I was knocked out with major lower back spasms. Long story short I am still a work in progress but am able to walk and sit when I couldn’t five months ago. However I still have a way to go and my journey so far has been of much frustration with my body but like you said I have never considered fascia and applying your techniques afterwards. Today I’m starting to apply this to my every day life. However I don’t feel I am in tune with my body and need to work on this and believe that my body wants to work with me not against me. Thanks again for your great videos and emails which I am enjoying and I helping me change my mindset.

  • Giles Hinchcliffe says:

    Thanks – I enjoyed the video which contains much common sense.
    I am now trying to take care of my fascia by rollering.
    My visualisation is that fascia is interconnected throughout the body.
    So that clearing one area of restriction should help the whole.
    But how many areas of restriction would you expect to find?
    They seem to be everywhere in me to some degree? (I am 72 and still sportingly active – tennis and golf).
    So does it make sense to have a fascia session a bit like a full body massage.
    I am not sure I could stand the pain !!
    Thanks and I hope you stay healthy and have settled in to your new home
    Giles

  • Linda says:

    Hi, Elisha,
    I know I’m the driver that is responsible for the maintenance of my body but I have been annoyed at it for a while now. It’s my fault it’s giving pain signals. Plantar fasciitis and a cranky mouse shoulder do not occur without my contribution! Like running a 25k trail race undertrained or sitting improperly at a desk in a new job. I dont have control over how menopause affects it but I’ve been adapting. Sort of.

    I’ve finally convinced myself that none of the pain is going to magically heal itself & go away. Your techniques help tremendously and I’ve been faithfully doing them for almost a week. I notice daily improvements, especially in the shoulder. There the pain migrates as one area gets better so then I know what spot to work on next. It’s a mess!

    I’ve told my pouting inner brat to suck it up, do the work and maybe, just maybe, we can enjoy a more active lifestyle again. Thank you.

  • Gloria Gardner says:

    Elisha, I’m 73 and have been feeling chronic pain for about 20 years due to an initial muscle strain while exercising, then 2 auto accidents. I have tried many therapies including myofascial release and more recently chiropractic, which set me back. I realize that I have been frustrated with my body and also out of integrity (as you mentioned in one video). Now I’m seeing a somatic therapist and continuing with myofascial release, but it seems that I can’t tolerate much, I think because of the fear I experienced during chiropractic sessions. Now I haven’t been moving much at all because of the feeling of pain and nervous system. Do you have any advice?

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