- Are you the person that waits until you are in great pain before you decide to do something about it?
- Have you ever thrown your back out while brushing your hair?
- Do you experience neck tension because you are so overwhelmed with all that you are carrying?
- Did you pull your groin while bending down to tie up your child's hockey skates?
- Do you find yourself clumsy and feeling out of sorts?
- Did you push your body through an extreme workout, spending no time stretching, to then wake the next morning with muscular discomfort?
You may have a different story, but one common denominator is lack of self-care. There may be a time when you find yourself in a waiting room of one or many different healthcare professionals because of the concern or discomfort that you are experiencing. Then later, you realize that the situation could have been treated earlier or possibly avoided if you had listened to your body and practised self-care more intently.
This is where I can be of some assistance. I am a holistic practitioner, and I am here to assist anyone needing treatment. Part of the individualized care program that I provide is to inform people about health and wellness, how to take preventative action, to listen to your body and to make positive self care choices.
Shiatsu is a preventative type of treatment that is one small portion of self-care. I stress to my clients the importance of self-care between treatments. It is what "you" do between treatments that make the difference.
Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. The biggest obstacle for people seems to be time and money. It is time that you must take for yourself and it doesn’t all have to cost money! You make the choice.
Make the time to check in with yourself and see where your resources are. Balance can exist and is ever changing, but it takes constant awareness.
Yesterday, I took my car into be serviced. I was thinking how similar a car is to a body. The car requires fuel, fluids of sorts, tune ups, oil changes, carwashes, spray guard, different tires depending on seasons, a good mechanic who understands the type of car, scheduled services etc. It can over heat, or not start because it is too cold.
Our bodies require food (fuel), water (liquids), check-ups (doctor), hygiene practises, clothing (protective wear), treatments/therapies, counselling/professional advice, love, rest and so much more. The body can overheat and this can be very dangerous. It can also be cold and stagnated.
A car and the human body both have life. “The life of a car” and the “Human Life.”
A car will be on the road for many years or limited years, depending on how it is cared for. If the car has been cared for throughout its economic life, then parts can be salvaged. If a car is used and abused, it will likely find its final resting place in a metal graveyard.
A human body will live a life for many or limited years, depending on how that individual cares for himself or herself. A person can also donate organs living or as an organ donor. The best-case scenario is that the person who is donating organs chose to live a healthy life and practised self-care. If the human body is used and abused, it will likely become weak, ill, and wear out sooner.
We drive our cars through mild to extreme weather, various road and terrain conditions. We ask it to perform, and it does without question. We demand a lot form our vehicles, so we must continuously service them and do whatever it takes to keep the car safe and on the road for as long as possible.
Everyday, we demand the same greatness from our bodies and put them through all types of situations. How do we expect our body to maintain a state of balance ie homeostasis, if we don’t do the self-care practises along the way. These practices allow for replenishment of resources, rest and repair. The body is amazing, and it can handle many things asked of it, but it also has its limitations and warning signals like a car.
The car and the body will communicate to you when they are running low on resources, and indicate what requires attention. The difference is the car will quit working before the body will. But why would we cause such grief to either.
Self-care doesn’t have to feel like work, or an inconvenience to you. Life is amazing and so is the body, so make your life the best it can be and treat your body with more grace and gratitude giving self-care to your mind and body everyday.