This delightful cartoon tells an often unspoken truth.

Sure, posture contributes to pain and dysfunction. You've heard it from me a thousand times.

But pain can also be an expression of overall tension or stress. In that case, relief comes only when the underlying tension is recognized and addressed.

At such times, I rely on pacing and presence more than technique. You can too--thanks to something called entrainment.
Entrainment is when the pacing of one process follows the pacing of another, like cars in a train. For instance, heart rate follows breath rate, and breath rate follows emotion--but breath rate also follows external cues, such as slow massage strokes.
You can entrain yourself into a calmer state by moving or breathing more slowly; listening to slow, quiet music; or watching something that moves at a leisurely pace. I love to watch waterfowl until I feel my insides slow down to the pace of ducks feeding. My latest treat is the migrating loons visiting neighborhood ponds.
Massage and yoga are both effective ways to quiet the nervous system. Come visit!
Friday yoga 1:30-2:30 continues in my convertible office (except 10/25). It's designed for people who experience some stiffness or range-of-motion limitations, such as older adults or newer students. We start in a chair, move to standing at the chair or wall, then come down to our mats if able. What we do on the mats depends on what's appropriate for everyone in class. You complete a health history form so I can design a class that is safe and beneficial for you. Cost is $12 per class or, for your convenience, 6 consecutive weeks for $60 up front.
Your companion in healing, Leora   (608) 332-9581
437 South Yellowstone Drive (accessible building), Suite 105, Madison, WI 53719
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