We’ve all heard a thousand times that working at a computer all day long is far from being ideal for your body, and who wouldn't agree with that? Hmm... us? Well, only half disagree anyway. Let us explain...
Wrong Body Position or Wrong Job Position?
Yes, sitting all day in front of a screen is definitely not ideal for anybody, and one should obviously be careful to avoid any strange postures while staring at a laptop or any other hypnotic devices. And yes, more & more people are believed to be suffering from what we call Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI). An injury that comes as a result of repetitive movements or of holding the same position for a long period of time. The most common types of RSI are tendinitis & bursitis, and of course let's not forget the good old lower back pain. Those pains are commonly explained by the physical activity, or lack of, as well as the positions we are taking in our daily lives, which to the human conditioned mind & eye, seems very fair and logical.
BUUUT, because there is a but (and a big one), has it ever occurred to you that maybe, those pains have more to do with the position you are taking towards this life rather than the position your body is actually taking on a daily basis? And that the real position that needs to be changed isn't the one your Body is taking, but the one your entire Being is occupying...? Yes, this would be hard to swallow, we know. But we also know for a fact that this realisation is, without a doubt, the shift in awareness that will most definitely help you to move forward with your pains and your life altogether.
BUUUT (again), we also know that we can't all change jobs in the flick of an eye - or can we...? - hell yeah we can! But that requires mindful thinking and some sort of "vision", which is another story altogether. So before we get onto that, and because we do have to deal with the physical pain that stops us from being fully operational on a daily basis, we are going to give you a quick recap of the ABCs of good positioning while working at a desk.
One straight back coming right up!
This one is a tough one. We all know it and yet we've all been guilty of intensive slouching every time we find ourselves sitting somewhere for a long period of time. Oh we do start off with some good resolutions "I'm gonna sit up straight today, I can do this, here we go I'm doing it", and 10 mins later, we don't know what happened exactly, maybe our back decided to mime our mental state, but as the pile of shite started building up in our inbox our mood started to go down and so did our backs. Either way, we end up finding ourselves with the shoulders rolled in, our neck hanging forward and a beautiful C shape back that says what a C**T of a job am I doing here?!
Two forearms on the table please!
And not one dangling under the desk and the other one half suspended up in the air. The spine is ideally speaking a straight line (with natural curves), so you can easily imagine what repeated angling on one side can do in the long run. Having your 2 arms firmly planted on the desk allows your spine, and obviously your whole body, to have a balanced position at all times.
Three mindfulness-alarms a day!
Three What now? Three alarms that you will randomly set up on your phone through the course of the day - let's say, every 2 hours and 33 minutes for example. And then what you might ask? And then, when the alarm goes off, pay attention to where your awareness was at - was it in the future worrying about tomorrow's meeting? Was it in the past resenting the check-out guy who was rude to you? Wherever it might have been, just simply bring it back into the present moment. Check-in with your body and see if you were not clenching your jaws, slouching or contracting your shoulders. Relax any areas of tension and bring your awareness inwards onto your breath, just for a couple of minutes. Then go on with whatever it is that you were doing.
So there you are, 3 simple things you can do every day that can help with your body alignment and your mind set. They are simple but efficient, especially the third one of course. This is obviously the most important one to work one - mindfulness & awareness of the bodily sensations.
Body Mind Set
Living with chronic pain should not become a fatality. It does not have to be part of your daily life any longer. You can make your reality change. Yes, you can. And we're not just throwing some cute but unrealistic words up in the air. We are actually saying that based on personal experience.
We personally went from having the same chronic injury over & over again for many years, going from one doctor to another, convinced that our body was unfairly failing us and begging every practitioner to do something about it - to NO MORE pain at all. How?
By making the change our body was begging us to do for all these years. This is how the pain went away, for good. By realising that we were not fulfilling our heart's true desires & life calling. By acknowledging that we were, more than anything else, emotionally in pain. Yes, the MRI did show a bulging disc, but so would 90% of MRIs taken amongst a group of random people. Yet only 70% of these same people will experience physical pain. And let's say these 70% are all from the same ethnic background, same gender, have the same age., and all show signs of weaknesses in the L5 area. Well there again, even though the pathologies might be the same, the description and localisation of the pain will be different from one person to the other. Why?
Because the pain experienced has more to do with blocked energy due to a personal emotional blockage than an actual fissure in the bone. We know very well how hard this might to believe at first, (we've been there), but the thing is, we also came back from it. This is why we can say today wholeheartedly that physical pains find their origin in the mind. Which is great news! Because it means that they can start to go away the day we realise our body is not failing us, but is instead desperately trying to communicate with us.
How can Massage help in the Process?
Our bodies are intertwined with our minds, our thoughts with our pains. Massage is the physical equivalent of spiritual introspection - the same way self-reflection goes searching deep inside for the roots of the mental aches so do massages by looking for the knots deep inside your muscles. Both therapies respectively alleviate the pains & the sufferings by getting rid of toxins and by re-energising the body & the mind. Massaging your body on a regular basis is not a luxury, it is a necessity. It is a choice that we can consciously when facing a remedial practice or a new pair of shoes for instance (unless you really really really needs those sequins shoes of course) ;)
The aches come & go as the Wave rise & flow