A lot has happened in these past few weeks…I cleaned up my diet (always a work in progress I might add) but this led me to buy my meat locally from a grass fed farm in Iowa. Which I highly recommend because I first off scored major cool points just because it’s local and the meat is so darn tasty! I broke up with my scale, but I did take measurements. I got my hip to waist ratio. I will compare in a few days to see where I am at. I felt that I needed to break up with the scale because it became an emotional torture device. I’m feeling better and I look different and my clothes are fitting better. Isn’t that all that should matter?
Then I joined my local Crossfit. I will say that first week SUCKED! The last time I felt like that was at volleyball camp back in 1992! I decided to join Crossfit for several reasons. One was to build strength and stamina. The work I do as a massage therapist is equivalent to a construction worker, hard labor. I love what I do and I want to practice for a good long time. I also just wanted to try it for curiosity’s sake. I have read about it, it’s kinda main stream now . And you get to pick up tires, how cool is that? I also needed to have a winter season activity to carry me through until I can put my beloved skates back on and hit the trails.
So why is this post titled ” Now I can identify with PAIN”? Because I worked too hard? Yep! But not what you think. I did it not at my Crossfit, but while doing the work that I love. I basically over did it and my poor shoulder girdle was not happy. So basically I had 2 jammed packed days in a row. Thankfully a snow storm left me with non-massage clients for the day, I felt fine, my shoulder was sore but nothing significant. So as soon as I left to go home I felt it. My shoulder just started to throb. Like a slow downward turn to SUCK. I immediately scheduled a massage. After my massage I felt better for a moment, but I knew this was gonna take a few days, because my shoulder literally flared up at me. So I cleared my weekend.
That evening in bed I could not sleep. I sat up and moaned like I was in labor. I have had drug free labor and delivery and this pain in my shoulder reminded me of that. How horrible! I totally forgot about labor pain. But now I know. I have clients that experience pain like this and it was difficult to identify with them, but now I do. And I will do my best to help.
For me it was rest, chiropractic adjustments(x2) and massage. After massage better efforts to correct my forward head posture, stretching and mobility, more posture. I am on the mend, with a humble respect for pain and it’s ability to render a person helpless and depressed, and an Awe for our bodies capability to heal and restore if you listen to it and get it what it needs.