Do you have ongoing pain in your body? Is your chronic pain inexplicable?
You are not alone. Nearly 8 million people in Canada live with chronic pain. If pain persist longer than 3 months, it is considered chronic pain. It can occur after an injury has healed or a condition has been treated – or it occurs without a known cause. Chronic back pain, rheumatoid Arthritis, ongoing headaches or long-lasting muscle and joint pain (fibromyalgia) are examples of chronic pain. Chronic pain is an unpleasant sensory experience and affects people emotionally as well. Even though prescribed medication may bring relief, chronic pain often continues and affects quality of life.
Do you take medication, but pain is still affecting your day-to-day life?
Our health care system is not geared towards addressing the root of disease or chronic pain. The current medical system is excellent in treating acute issues. However, chronic issues are more complex and don’t get the attention they deserve. Most medical doctors look at relieving symptoms. Even though it is helpful and makes life more livable, it is limited: Health care for the most part doesn’t acknowledge the link between pain and stress, especially emotional stress. It doesn’t look at how body and mind are closely interlinked and that treating only physical symptoms leaves out possibilities of healing.
Reflexology is a complimentary therapy that recognizes body-mind connection.
When working with clients suffering from chronic pain, we don’t only address symptomatic areas. We include the lymphatic system, the nervous system and the hormonal apparatus to address different areas that may be out of balance contributing to ongoing pain. Over the course of a series of sessions, I frequently see clients sleep better, eat and digest better, and make better choices in their life-style. More often than not they feel better and start to have a more positive outlook on life. Moreover, stress and pain decrease as a result of getting into balance as a whole.
Alexander Technique teaches you to change habitual posture and movement.
Our daily movements affect the function of our whole body. We often move unconsciously in harmful ways which may create compression on spine and joints, increase muscle tension, and affect the functions of our organs. A restricted or slouched body doesn’t breathe freely, digestion or bladder function can be compromised. Rigidity and tightness may lead to chronic back, neck or shoulder pain, joint stiffness or even dysfunction of internal organs. The Alexander method helps to increase body awareness and connection to self. It teaches you skills to be actively engaged in reducing stress, finding more ease and alleviating pain.
Reflexology and Alexander Technique address chronic pain in a holistic way. They help to reduce stress, restore balance and help activate regeneration and healing.