Healing the body through movement
The body will always naturally gravitate towards healing. The second we recognize that there is an injury, our body has already started sending the blood cells and fluids needed for that area to begin to heal, we don't have to "think about it". There may be swelling, tenderness, pain, yet the body is busy doing it's repair work. What if we could enhance the healing with awareness of what we bring to it and with movement?
Many times when there is an injury people will choose to be "still", and often go into a "story" in their mind about that injury. ...and sometimes the story re-iterates as a similar story from the past, and it goes on and on. Our body and mind are connected and this impedes the healing process. The stillness may lead to a "protective posture" and inhibit movement around an injury, creating more stiffness and degeneration of muscle tone. Allowing movement of some kind, and especially movement that frees the emotions around the joints nearest to the injury is a way to work with the natural healing processes of the body, and can be especially effective at releasing trauma from the muscles.
Movement is medicine when it's done with awareness. Blind movement, throwing around body parts, or moving and just "tuning out the body" are recipes for disaster.... The body will whisper what it needs, then shout, then yell and then scream.....Learning to hear the whispers and respond can be an entirely different way of living. It's also empowering and healing to connect within and find the dialogue from the body verses going to outside sources. Very few people trust there bodies enough to really explore and respond. Developing this dialogue connects one with their body via sensation.
After an injury the connective tissue surrounding the injury can get amnesia, and forget how to move in a healthy way very quickly. This connective tissue hardens, pulls and puts tension on other areas of the body throwing it off balance. Hence the comments of "I have a bad back " or I have a "bad shoulder", which further creates pain and lack of movement. Re-educating the joints to move as they are designed to move takes effort, focus, commitment, and desire. It can be supported by pleasure and love. LIttle bits add up when done regularly. The pay off is freedom from pain, and the possibilities of sustaining joy and mobility over a lifetime.
In a Kai experience the participants are gently guided into their sensations and encouraged to move small if they choose too, activating and sustaining attention on the sensations coming from their body. Gradually, over time , increasing their range of movement and finding their potential. There is an emphasis on finding the sensations that are most pleasurable and to let those lead.( even if it's finding a movement that offers simply less pain)...not pushing through pain. There is also an emphasis on finding the movement possibilities that are often out of the "normal" types of movement that are repeated throughout the day. This creativity and space to follow what the body needs versus "keeping up" with a group exercise class make each Kai experience look very different.
The 21 simple movements of Kai ( shaking is one movement that is fabulous for releasing tight connective tissue and awakening sensation in areas that are "numb" ) are designed to integrate the body as a whole and allow for lots of creativity and exploration. Layered onto this is music that encourages movement and supports balance in the nervous system and an amazingly positive and supportive community of movers- many who will share astounding healing stories with you if you ask. Lots' of bodies moving freely and yet together, and everyone finding the movement medicine needed on any given day. What a blessing it is to share this work with the world. Let's heal together!