Does pain keep you from engaging in the activities you love?
Do you suspect that your pain has roots in trauma from your past?
My clients come to me to heal from the chronic pain that keeps them from engaging in activities they love and leaves them feeling exhausted. They secretly suspect that their pain has roots in early trauma.
Let’s see if you can relate to any of the following:
1. You suffer from chronic pain. You experience constant aches, tension, and stiffness in your body that leave you exhausted by the end of the day. Perhaps you’re fed up with unexpected pain flare-ups that demand all your attention or you experience generalized weakness, tightness all over your body, or discomfort in a very specific area. Maybe your pain is triggered by repetitive movement, stress, anxiety, or another emotion. Perhaps your pain showed up out of nowhere or you have lived with it for years. Either way, you just want relief.
2. Your pain holds you back from engaging in daily routines or activities you love. Maybe you love yoga but your pain has gotten so bad that you can no longer take classes. Perhaps your weakness makes it hard to do physically demanding tasks around the house. Maybe your menstrual cramps or low back pain feel so intense that you have a hard time doing even simple things like washing the dishes or doing the laundry. You long to be able to go for a long walk, run, or a hike.
Whether you’ve had a stroke, a shoulder injury, a broken bone, or any other injury, you want to be able to do the activities you love without pain.
3. You have a hard time resting. You constantly feel the buzz of stress and anxiety. Perhaps you turn to food, alcohol, over-exercising, the television, or critical self-talk because that is the only way you know how to cope. But these strategies still leave you chronically exhausted. Or maybe you struggle to fall and stay asleep at night or have anxiety-filled nightmares. During the day, you might feel easily overwhelmed and have a hard time processing the stimulation of everyday life.
4. You experienced childhood trauma and have never felt safe in your body. You have lived through traumatic events. Perhaps you grew up with a neglectful caretaker, were in the hospital several times as a kid, or moved around a lot during school. Whatever the trauma, you sense that the pain in your body has something to do with your early experiences.
You notice that certain emotions can set off your pain: When you get angry, that nagging feeling in your low back shows up. When you’re stressed, the neck tension intensifies. When you feel anxious, the knot between your shoulder blades seems to get tighter.
You are ready to finally heal your pain and live a life of joy.
Imagine being able to do the activities you love without pain: taking a yoga or fitness class, going for a swim, hiking your favorite trail, dancing, playing on the floor with your child or pet. Imagine getting through your daily routines with ease: making your favorite meal, washing the dishes, doing the laundry, walking your dog, or going to the gym.
Of course, you’ve probably already tried a myriad of modalities to heal your pain.
Perhaps you have tried physical therapy, personal training, massage therapy, talk therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, yoga, or pilates. Perhaps you have modified the activities you love or stopped them altogether.