Emotional and physical pain
The way we deal with pain has a major impact on the duration and intensity of the pain. I can try to push the pain away, ignore it, react defensively or angry at it, avoid it, make myself hard in order not to feel it, or develop a protective attitude in order to be able to live well with the pain.
Another option when dealing with pain, is trying to listen to what the pain is telling me about my posture and being attentive to what the pain “wants from me". Pain is a recurring phenomenon in everyone's life, and yet we try everything to avoid it as quickly as possible, so that we don't have to feel it or only feel it for as short a time as possible. Understandable, because nobody likes pain. However, if we ignore the important signal of pain, then we not only risk that it becomes chronic or that we settle into a protective attitude, which in turn brings other problems with it, but we also take away the opportunity to actively change something, to be healthier and happier. Pain tells us a lot about ourselves: emotional pain makes us realize that someone or something is more important to us than we might have thought, that something is missing, or that something is happening that makes us sad and that it is important for us to do something about it to change. Physical pain tells us that we are staying in a posture that is harmful to our body, that we have a mental, physical, or emotional habit that is harmful to us, that we need rest, that we need exercise or rest to allow our muscles to recover, etc.
In body therapy, I support clients who suffer from pain to allow the pain through appropriate breathing and relaxation as much as possible without hardening or avoiding it, in order to give you the opportunity mentally and physically to find a different way of dealing with the pain, which in the best case can lead to the pain disappearing. Of course, you determine the limits yourself at every moment. Often, with mindful bodywork, the pain can disappear completely in a short time, become weaker or become a sensation that is no longer perceived as pain, and the cause also becomes more apparent.