The Alexander Technique and pain (again)
Lean into it
I am tired. I keep in mind the phrase “this too will pass” because I spend many hours per night awake. I lie awake because my shoulder pain is still with me. I experiment with many positions in the hopes I will find a spot where my arm pain can settle and thus I can sleep.
Yesterday, I got to lay on the sun lounger and fall asleep in the sun. I am sure I was never happier! The sun lounger is too narrow to find a place of comfort for my arm, which continues to catch my breath with the level of pain at times, and so my husband came up with a solution. He made a pile of several cushions to the right of me, and my arm lay on top of it rather regally, and the pain eased. I drifted off to the garden sounds.
The pain seems to have no pattern, it’s intense one moment, and doable the next. I save the analgesics for daylight hours though they don’t always do the trick. The Alexander Technique, hot packs, ice packs and TENS machine are also supporting me, plus exercise and imagining moving my arm (covert rehearsal).
There is plenty of non-doing in all of this. Sometimes all I can do is release to the pain.
Let go of any bracing.
Be with it. Lean into it. Embrace, not brace. Treat it with compassion. Offer it tenderness and kindness, like you might a lover or someone in need of comfort.
Open up your awareness and notice what else is happening. Sounds, sights, other sensations in the body.
For me I notice how spring into summer is a busy time for birds. I often notice them first. Sometimes that’s enough.
This too will pass.
“Be aligned with what is…if you are stuck in the mud somewhere, you don’t say, “Okay, I am in the mud, I have to accept it, and here I am. I’m not taking any action because I have to accept what is.” This moment is already always as it is, and there’s nothing you can do about that. That’s what you accept. By accepting the moment as it is, you create an opening. You can then choose to take the next step and that step will be much more powerful.”
Can you apply this to intense situations whether they be pain, emotions, relationships? Even to something you are reluctant to do? Let me know your thoughts.
Jane Clappison, Alexander Technique Teacher