I’ve mentioned this before but it bears repeating. The brain takes in the input from our nervous system – and this includes the brain. It is part of the nervous system. It houses our deepest emotions, our thoughts, and it processes the input from the periphery and analyzes it in terms of what it already thinks it knows and what it expects.
Breath in for a count of 4
Slapping all over our body brings attention to these areas. It also increases blood flow for a period of time. This gives us the ability to move. In this proprioceptive slapping video you can see how it is done. I recommend that you twist from side to side before and after to see how we can even increase our flexibility by slapping.
I love this because, just like breath work, it requires no extra equipment. It can be done almost anywhere. You can even watch some martial artists and Olympic athletes doing this. If you insist on spending money you can practice skin brushing. It will do the same thing! Focusing on what you feel and slowing down as you towel off after a bath our shower is very similar.
When a part of our body is not getting enough oxygen because of a lack of blood flow we instinctively move to allow blood to flow back into the area. This stops the discomfort. Until we need to move again.
I began doing this type of movement in 1990. I’ve probably taught it to hundreds. The video makes it seem easy but some times it needs to be done in steps. Many people need to just start with the breath work in this position. Then they add the chin tuck. The movements often need to stay small in order to be useful. If you the entire movement too fast can be irritating - so go slow. Slow is fast. Do it right. Pay back is sweet.
I hope that these 4 self help techniques will be of use. They may help you get by until you can get in for an appointment and they will certainly help you to stay better longer.