Winterville, GA - 706-742-0082
Have you ever sat on the wide open beach at Jekyll Island?
My son was running in a Cross Country meet there last weekend with 40 other schools and I was sitting out on the beach the evening before the race. The kids from one of the schools came out on the beach after dinner to horse around and started playing ultimate frisbee (hands down my favorite sport to play!)
These kids had to run at 7:15 am in the morning and they did not have a care in the world besides the game they were playing with their friends right then.
They weren't thinking about spraining an ankle, they weren't thinking about being sore the next day, they weren't planning out their strategy, they weren't inside laying out their clothes and gear, they weren't in their heads.
They were playing with their heart and with abandonment, they were laughing, and truly in the moment just having fun!
It was a JOY to watch (and so hard not to ask if I could join in!)
How long has it been since you were able to PLAY like that and feel confident in your body?
When we're in our heads and trying to "protect" our bodies, we're at a higher risk of having an injury and feeling pain. Our bodies are amazingly smart and functional if we'd just get out of our own way! We think by tightening our abdominals, holding our breath, and bearing down, we are protecting our backs...WE'RE NOT.
We think if we tense up a part of our body where we feel pain before we move, we will protect it and it won't hurt...NOPE.
When we avoid doing exercises or moving in a certain direction, we think we're protecting that area...UH-UH.
Each time we do those things out of fear of pain or injury, we send a message to our brain that there is danger. When the muscle gets that message, they go into protect mode and tighten up even more which keeps us having pain and trigger points.
When we tighten our abs, our breath can't move in the body like a piston which means the pelvic floor muscles, the transverse abdominus muscle, and the multifidus (our core) can't fire normally. When we avoid a certain motion or direction, that muscle gets weaker which puts us at a higher risk of injury.
It's important to listen to our bodies when we have an injury, but instead of trying to lock our body down to protect it, just find a different way to exercise (temporarily) and stay active!
If you still have pain or fear that is keeping you from playing or exercising with heart and abandonment and living in the moment then
Contact Me for a Discovery Call!
As always, Our Bodies Are Made To Move, so let’s keep moving,
Tess Vaughn, PT, DPT, COMT, OCS, DN
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