Our body heals through movement. It is a bold statement to print without backing it with references to studies, which would rather be my style and desire, but then there is something to say about the innate intuition of something that feels right (and of course there are tons of studies done).
All Sunday I spent in a seminar where my good friend and colleague Scott Kuhagen with Functional Evolution teaches a revolutionary way to heal tender muscle tissue and actually reverse aging of cells and thus slow down our own aging process. I know, now THAT sounds like a very BOLD statement without studies cited, but broken down into physiology it makes all the sense in the world. It does matter that the new tissue healing system has two specialized research and practicing MD’s who have helped develop the program.
In simplified language, our physical movement is our metabolism. When we move, we use energy in the form of nutrition, and expel toxins and waste products. That is what gives us energy to move. We are a moving, detoxifying organism just by doing what we were born to do: Move!!! So what happens when we DON’T move? Disease, depression, over and under weight, aches and pains in back, joints, and this accelerates the older we get. Not a fun story at all.
There is also a somatic response to emotional trauma, which resides in our muscle tissues. I have in my career encountered many incidents where the actual trauma of someone’s childhood has impaired their range of motion, and where psychotherapy together with movement therapy has made them live again. It is a studied fact, but we don’t need the studies to know that it is true when we feel it in our own life.
Let’s look at emotional release and as a natural part of the healing process. Can we let ourselves connect to our bodies and mind again, through allowing movement to be not only a guide, but a therapeutic tool? You may have heard of NIA, and Danza Terapia which are both movement systems used in cases of eating disorders and other types of body dysmorphic disorders, to help the individual learn how to trust their bodies again and, through movement and sensation, feel themselves and slowly heal.
Next time you choose to move, train, or workout, try to use all your senses, and just start exploring what is really going on. Maybe you will cry, maybe laugh out loud. I invite you to feel whatever it is, and start the healing process.
Live Life Loud!