Do you take time to listen to your body? When working with clients at Rebalance Physical Therapy, our clinicians often discuss body awareness. As individuals, we are often hyperaware of where we feel pain but we don’t often understand where we hold tension. Our clients are frequently surprised when we perform massage or manual therapy on an area and they feel “tight.” Patients will often say they didn’t realize that they held tension in a muscle or a body part outside of where they were experiencing pain.
Do you take time to listen to your whole body on purpose? Below is a form of mindfulness which can be a very helpful to “check in” with your body.
This is something that can be done daily for as little as 1-5 minutes/day or for as long as an hour. The intention is to use this time to explore the host of sensations in your body. It could be anything from your breathing to your skin sensations, to the way your body feels as it rests on a chair or laying on the floor or on your bed. Let your mind peruse your body looking for tight or tense areas or just to notice where you are holding tension.
Here is a little sequence to take you through a body scan:
You can use this technique as a form of mindfulness and to help relax your central nervous system. Your daily body scan doesn’t have to be elaborate practice. Mindfulness can be simple so start small! Practice helps to improve the strength of your ability to gain more awareness of your body. When used regularly, this body scan practice can also help as a pain management strategy. If you are experiencing pain, tension, or tightness, please contact us at Rebalance Physical Therapy! Our clinicians can help you begin a body-mindfulness practice, as well as apply manual therapies and corrective exercises to help you manage aches and pains.
Written by Stephanie Muntzer, MPT, PYT, RYT200, CPI, SFMA, FMSc
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