The Energy To Heal
BY LISA MARSHALL | Director of Wild Women On Top
"Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity" Hippocrates
I injured my back not so long ago and suddenly found myself living in an agonising world of pain where even sitting down was out of the question.
I was struggling with the daily tasks I usually took for granted, like lifting my toddler out of the car, carrying a pack up a flight of stairs or even just stacking the dishwasher.
I became depressed and very frustrated, driving to and from a succession of appointments with different doctors and practitioners who all gave me different versions of what might be wrong.
Everything came to a head when I was forced to withdraw from the 100km Trailwalker for which I had planned and trained for months.
Looking back on that now I can appreciate just how valid those feelings of anger and frustration were and how coping with those emotions was part of the healing process.
So many people in the world have to cope with pain in their lives. It is so hard for others to imagine it or feel it, it is a lonely and difficult journey for them. I don’t for a minute pretend to be able to compare to the suffering of others, but I do know many women who have dealt with injury and had to work through the feelings that come with that. I've learnt that I should channel those strong feelings in to the energy required to heal myself, much sooner, instead of drowning in the frustration.
I shifted my focus and energy when I realised that I had to take full responsibility for my injury and seek out new solutions. I connected with a friend of my sister's who specializes in back pain. She suggested that I had the power and energy within me to heal myself.
It was as simple as a change of mind and a new plan. I changed my daily exercise routine completely, enrolled in new classes to stretch and strengthen the parts of my body that I decided were in need of change and modified my other training and work as much as was possible. I gave up trying to lift my little boy in and out of the car at awkward angles, stopped lifting heavy weights and instead did body weight workouts, cleaned up my diet and walked.
Walking, in fact, was my saviour.
It was the one thing I could still do that allowed me time not only to think, but to heal and the opportunity to keep moving. I’m still working on healing and am constantly seeking out information and people who help me learn more about how to care for my body whilst taking on physical challenges.
During this time of rehab and refocus, I walked many miles and found myself reflecting on life: As women, we are all very busy going about our daily lives and we expect a lot of ourselves, putting our own injuries and worries aside to look after others and to get our work done.
But sometimes we need to stop and devote some of this amazing energy into healing ourselves. We must take full responsibility for our health and not expect others to do it for us. We are the experts in our bodies, their history, their strengths and their weaknesses. We must heal ourselves by learning from the experts.
So, if you’re carrying around a lot of pent up anger, frustration, fear or pain, gently turn that energy inwards and focus on healing. Seek out practitioners who believe you will heal and who will help you adjust certain aspects of your life, your movement patterns or your diet, to get through the pain and emerge stronger and with new found knowledge. It’s so worth it!
“We can reverse years of damage to our bodies by deciding to raise our standards for ourselves, then living differently. Old wounds heal, injuries repair, and the whole system improves with just a few changes in what we put into our bodies and how we move them.” Unknown