Most of us have been taught our entire lives to try and get rid of pain as soon as we feel it, so we assume that pain is bad and to avoid it at all costs. I’m going to prove to you why we should shift our mindset and think the exact opposite. And when you do, good things can happen!
Let’s get back to the very basics of what pain is and where it comes from. Our CNS (Central Nervous System) makes up our brain and spinal cord. The spinal cord is the most important part of our bodies because it sends electrical impulses through nerves and connective tissue to the rest of our major organs, and limbs.
Your CNS will do anything to get your attention when it perceives danger.
It won’t stop until you can figure out what the danger is, and resolve the problem. This is true for major injuries and accidents to little tiny micro-movements we make on a daily basis without even thinking about it.
When we begin to feel pain, it’s our body's way of telling us there is something wrong...and to fix it now. However most of us have been conditioned to shut pain down immediately. And I’m talking pain in any form; physical, mental, or emotional. We often turn towards topical ointments, pills, drugs, alcohol, addictions, or distractions. We numb the pain, hoping it will go away. This can even be applied to natural remedies on some level. Are these things really balancing the body from the inside out. Are we really looking at and addressing the root cause of the pain?
When I woke up one day 4 years ago and couldn’t move my neck or arms, my body was quite literally screaming at me to STOP what I was doing, otherwise the damage could have been permanent. The years of lashing with a straight neck, forward head posture, and not taking care of myself when I wasn’t lashing was catching up to me. My body knew it, and finally yelled loud enough for me to finally hear...by immobilizing me.
My body forced me to look at what I was doing to it, and I had to make massive changes. If I had paid more attention to the warning signs along the way, and really listened to what my body was trying to tell me, I never would have had to get that far down the pain road. If I had paid attention to the pain, recognized it as a warning and got curious about it, things could have been different.
Pain should be your friend. You know, like the one best friend you have that’s not afraid to tell you when you have something in your teeth, or give you their honest opinion on those sunglasses you’ve been eyeing.
Make pain your ally because it’s the one thing you have that will let you know when something isn’t right. You can support your body through it, learn to find the root cause and let it heal. It wants to be happy, heal and allow you to live a life that feels amazing! Same goes for no-physical pain too. It takes the first step of recognizing it, and feeling it to fully face it and let it go.
Our society has been formed with the idea that the human body has different parts. Foot pain...go to the foot doctor. Feeling depressed, go to a psychologist. You get the idea right? Well what if I told you that your foot pain is really there because your hips are unstable so you have to use your feet and calves more to keep your hips and your CNS safe? Or you are so overly stressed out with your life that your Adrenal Glands can’t do their job anymore, and the hormones that would normally be there to help you feel good are depleted. Those are just 2 little examples of how much our body works together with itself, and how so much of what it does for us is interconnected.
So you might be wondering, if I feel pain and I get curious about it...where do I go to find help?
I have a few suggestions for you. The first one is education. The more you can educate yourself, the easier it will be to find the resources to help! It may be a process but that’s OK! I didn’t stop until I found what worked and made sense for me. I believe that eventually you will find the people or business that will be able to support you in finding the root cause of your issues.
I have shared all of the information I have learned along my journey in my online Lash Happy course, but in order to begin to get better...you have to start with being curious about your pain and not be afraid to keep asking why. It’s served me in more ways than one in my life and I’m grateful I’ve finally learned the biggest lesson of LISTENING to my body and what it’s telling me.
Here are some great resources for health education:
One of the experts in the Lash Happy course, Brennan Lau, is a Certified Level 1 & 2 Integrative Health Specialist. She has been certified by Dr. Stephen Cabral and his Podcast (The Cabral Concept) is amazing, you can find it here, or on Itunes.
Another expert in the Lash Happy course, Dr. Joe Betz, is a Chiropractor certified in CBP (Chiropractic Bio-Physics). His philosophy and work is about getting the spine back into it’s ideal position. You can find a certified CBP specialist near you with this link here.
If you are having health issues, I would highly recommend seeing an Integrative Health Practitioner, or Natural Medicine Doctor who can read blood work, with an extensive background in balancing the body naturally.
The online Lash Happy course is full of education to help point you in the right direction with your healing. Are you ready to pay attention to your pain, recognize it as a friend, and get curious? I hope so. Life is too short to not lash and #livehappy.
Malaena Kelson, is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist, Lash Artist, Speaker and Creator of the world’s most comprehensive Lash Artist Health online course. She teaches Lash Artists to recognize how their small actions over time can affect their mental, emotional, and physical health, so that they can learn to live their best life, and eventually teach others to do the same.
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