lessons learned from having my back cracked
(and what you need to do so that you can reset + repair)
Hello dear reader,
Have any of you ever been to a chiropractor?
I started seeing one for the first time after a car accident and my GP recommended it as the best help for my neck. It’s a funny old experience, the first time with a chiropractor. It’s not quite the same as a massage, it’s not the same as physiotherapy. My chiropractor, Kate (we’re on first name terms now) is quite the presence. She’s kind, but she is also a tour de force: I do as I am told and let her work her wizardry.
You see, when you go to a chiropractor, (and for those of you that have, you will be able to concur with this) you have to co-operate. You have to work with them, let go, relax. If you’re going to get the best from a chiropractic manipulation – if your body is going to heal, release tension, repair – you have to relax. When you’re lying on your front, and your therapist is asking you to take a deep breath, and let it all go – it’s only then that you hear the crack.
And when I went to see her again the other day (she’s working wonders with my latest round body problems) she reminded me again of the need for me to relax in order for her to do her work.
I can be guilty of keeping on going, going, going and thinking that more and more will be available to me. That I don’t need to pause, rest, recuperate or let go. But this interaction with Kate reminded me that the deeper work of healing and repairing can’t take place if I am holding on tightly, if I am wound up like a rubber ball. All the tension stays wound up inside and no progress is made.
I wonder whether you feel like that at times. That you are holding on tightly to busyness and tension, and because of that you aren’t getting the rest and relaxation that you need.
It’s not easy, and sometimes you just need to stop and catch yourself in the act, and stop it. For example, sometimes when I am tapping away on my laptop, I find myself clenching my jaw, my shoulders are lifted and my tongue is stuck to the roof of my mouth. Tense. And now I am aware of this, I just stop for a moment, notice it, shake my shoulders, and let it go. Why don’t you do it now? And again a bit later on today when you’re busy with the work of your day. We are spending too much of our time in this wound-up state and not giving ourselves time to let go, reset and repair. It’s not healthy and we end up not at our best.
Over this month, as the pace around you changes, take moments to stop and let go. Release tension so that the repair and reset can take place in you.
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Yours, Hannah x