Even knowing lots of concepts, one never really has all the answers. Such is human nature.
I got inspired by one of my clients to write about this article, because her situation applies to many people. When I met her, she lived absorbing the sorrows and miseries of her clients. She put herself down to please others. She is extremely empathetic, compassionate, sweet… and she walked with her shoulders down, a rounded back, slouching, bending over to the point I almost had to bend my neck looking for her face to meet her eyes. She was very wobbly on her knee and elbow joints, almost as if her joints were saying ‘sorry for being myself’, apologizing and saying thank you for everything to everyone, putting everybody’s needs first before hers. While being this empathetic is a great quality, it is not so great to not take care of your own needs first so that you can be healthy to help others. I can see that this sorrow (and fear) was stored in her cells and it affected not only her performance but also her progress in exercise.
We’ve all been there. Well… I’ve been there in some sort of degree.
What does it take?
If every person that I see passing me by on the street knew that exercise can help heal all their maladies, including, anger, sadness, feelings of unworthiness, broken hearts, indifference, anxiety, depression, etc. the world would be sooo different! Our emotions (e-motions = energy in motion – we need to move to release it!) are stored in our cells and systems, not only in the physical but also in their correspondent unseen layers, something really intricate and complex to decipher but easy to see when one understands how life works.
So what was the approach for my fellow client above? How could I assess her personality/emotional state and help her overcome her insecurities/feelings of inferiority with physical exercise? Firstly, I needed to assess where in the body those feelings were located, and then look for exercises that would activate, move the energy in those areas (hence why movement is a healer, because it unclogs energy). Our vital organs are the main storage units of our emotions, and we know from times unknown how popular expressions such as “you revolt my stomach”, “you broke my heart”, “having guts”, “being lily-livered”, “he’s a man of my own kidney”, etc. tell us that emotions live in the organs. But what interests me the most, for the purposes of this article, is how emotions are also related to body parts (muscles/bones/tissue), so that we can exercise them. Although there are several charts around that specify each area in depth, this diagram resumes my knowledge well:
Special attention must be given to the joints and the main belly of each muscle from different angles and ranges of motion, when mobilising/exercising.
After a few months of the right training program, focusing on joint mobilisation and core strengthening, you wouldn’t recognize my client: she no longer slouches, she feels much happier and she no longer apologizes for just being herself (and, in the process, she has toned up and lost some weight). It may sound like a miracle – and it is! – but it just happened with her consistency (self-will), a change of her food habits, and a bit of motivational support.
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