Have you been experiencing tension, pain or a tired feeling in your back for a long time when standing, sitting, lying or moving in any other way?
It is possible that your nervous system once developed a pattern of your muscles which now causes too much tension in your back.
Because the back and usually other parts of the body (such as your pelvis, shoulders, etc.) cannot move freely due to the tension, they loose their natural flexibility, resilience and agility and become stiff. They are actually overburdened and put under tension all the time, which makes them exhausted and vulnerable to injuries.The body then communicates that it wants to move differently by signals such as fatigue and pain.
Many people then assume that the abdominal muscles need to become stronger or that the back muscles need to be stretched in order to solve their back problems. However, the one-sided excessive tightening of the abdominal muscles and excessive stretching of the back muscles usually exacerbate the problem.
I believe that you have to learn to move differently. And that goes beyond stretching and strength training. It is about re-training your nervous system and becoming aware of and reviewing your movement and emotional habits as well as your self-image.
In my online program “a happy back, a happy you’ I help you to discover a new way of moving that feels good for your back and gives you reborn vitality in your daily life. Not by strength or stretch exercises but by feeling, listening and looking at the collaboration between the muscles that have the bending as their main task and the muscles that have the bending as their main task to help us to stand up ‘straight’ and all parts of the body that are also involved such as your skeleton and organs. You will learn how to educate your nervous system in such a way that you have a relaxed, agile back and enjoy moving through your life.
The body as orchestra
I think an orchestra playing a symphony is a nice metaphor for how all our body parts have a relationship. In the orchestra there are a number of sections of instruments that have something in common with each other (such as the muscles, organ systems or the skeleton. Within these, each instrument has its own character and function as does each muscle, joint, organ; each cell has its own function within a larger whole. Together, all these instruments with their tone and music make the symphony by supporting, amplifying, lifting each other and giving space and ground to each other. And because all musicians cannot possibly keep an eye on each other all the time, there is the conductor.
The conductor guards and directs this process by tuning in to what is happening and keeping an eye on the total sound picture. In the body the nervous system is like the conductor. If the conductor does not have the complete picture or does not listen carefully to the instruments in the orchestra and the surroundings or has a black out, then the symphony will most likely sound bad or it will become chaos and stressful in the orchestra and everyone will play at the same time and interchangeably, so that no single instrument will come into its own.
In the same way, the nervous system can develop an image of the body and its surroundings through all kinds of past experiences – and especially fearful experiences – which is no longer in tune with reality nor accurate. If the nervous system then controls muscles with opposite functions all at the same time with the message to tighten, chaos and tension will arise in the movement symphony and the participants of the body orchestra – the other muscles, organs, bones, joints, etc- will stress out;. Especially the muscles have a tendency of overshadow each other and do not give each other the space to function properly.
The body communicates this as pain, tension and fatigue and makes us feel emotionally extinguished and quickly stimulated. Our mind can’t think as flexible and resilient under that pressure and starts to produce negative thoughts. And the muscles react to this and so we end up in a vicious circle where not feeling well, thinking and moving keep each other going. The nervous system sees no other possibility at that moment than to play the same programme again like a needle stuck in the groove of a record.
In my online programme ‘a happy back, a happy you’ you’ll learn:
– How to enter into a dialogue with your nervous system and how you yourself can help your nervous system to get an accurate picture of your body and its environment now.
– You will discover how your body parts can move together in such a way that they support each other, strengthen each other and give each other space. In addition, in this series you will investigate how your body can move from the support of your natural environment.
– You will learn how you can teach your nervous system how to make the muscles move in such a way that they support each other, strengthen each other and give each other space.