I am doing a little better (YAAAAAYYYYY). My neck is getting a bit better each day and a one on one Feldenkrais session yesterday helped a lot. I am getting a bit of my positivity back and finding focus to do things to lessen my pain and engage my mind. I started a new story today. I’m not sure if it will go anywhere, but I awoke with an image and so I wrote. Often I awaken with images that I’d like to capture in words, however pain and a lack of focus often stop me getting these down. It feels nice to have started something new and to have regained control of my emotions enough to feel motivated.
I am currently feeling inspired after reading and watching a couple of videos from Dancing With Pain. I wanted to share these with you. I love the way that Loolwa dances with only her arms, if her arms are the only part of her body able to move without too much pain, or just her upper or lower body, depending on what she feels that day. The way in which she describes listening to her body and finding ways to move through and release pain sounds so familiar. It parallels the mindset behind Feldenkrais.
Dance therapy for chronic pain is something that sounds very interesting to me. Dancing is something that seems so dangerous and risky, however I suppose I am always thinking about it from the perspective of how I would have moved in my old body. I don’t need to move that way anymore. I don’t need to move any way in particular. I just need to move. This is the same way I think when doing small Feldenkrais exercises. I am often moving my shoulders and upper body around when standing or sitting, it had never really occurred to me before that this is kind of dancing. All that’s missing is a little music.
You can follow Loolwa’s blog here. I hope that she inspires you too. Music is soothing and movement is necessary, I think that almost everyone could use a little dance therapy. I have often missed dancing. Thank you, Loolwa, for showing it to me from a new perspective.
Love & A Little Boogie,