Essential to an effortless life is to be free of pain and discomfort.
The path to an effortless life lies in learning how to resolve pain and discomfort, and optimize functionality. Most pain and discomfort is due to poor functionality. We habituate poor functionality due to injuries, trauma, and a culture that systematically encourages us to disregard what we feel in the body.
The stories clients relate tend to blame the object or activity for the pain, such as sitting at the computer, too much texting, an injury doing an activity, soft beds or chairs, gardening - you name it. If the object or activity is to blame shouldn't everyone be in pain? Lots of people use the same objects and do the same activities, don't they? Hmmm, if the object or activity is not responsible, what is?
It's the way they are using the object or doing the activity.
A couple years ago a relative developed plantar fasciitis. He could no longer go on long hikes or walks and it interfered with his golf game and skiing. Then an old shoulder injury started acting up and he could no longer play golf at all, go to the gym, or ride his bike. He sits around a lot now and complains of his ailments. He still tries to hike and play golf, but then he is in pain for days or even months after. He goes from doctor to physical therapist, back and forth. He may resort to surgeries soon to 'fix' the problems. Then he will be faced with yet more limitations post-surgery, and will develop new pain resulting from still more limitations.
If you adjust your lifestyle to be less active because of pain then you are headed toward a life with more limitations as you age. Less movement has many health consequences that tend to lead to more rapid physical breakdown as we age. If we choose to disregard the brain messages letting us know of our dysfunction and continue trying to do activities that exacerbate it, we cause pain. It seems to be a catch-22, or there is another option?
The answer to dysfunction is within you. Learn to reconnect with what you feel within your body as you move, and respond appropriately to what you feel to resolve pain and regain compromised functionality. Science recognized the eighth sensory system (interoception) about one hundred years ago. But until recently it was not studied in any significant way. Today, with so many neurological conditions such as parkinsons, MS, autism and more, science has been compelled to try to find ways to mitigate the effects. Its attention is currently focused on challenges related to autism, such as when to go to the bathroom, or when you feel hungry, or feel full. So far little attention is being directed toward the source of all interoceptive sensations - how it feels to move.
Fortunately, you don't need to wait for science to get there because there is an approach that will help you learn to resolve pain and regain compromised functionality. The approach identifies five foundational elements that, when integrated into all functionality, naturally resolves dysfunction, pain, or discomfort. The prerequisite to integrating the five foundational elements into all you do is to reconnect with your interoceptive system and learn how to respond appropriately, the way your brain evolved.
Clients have resolved pain and dysfunction to garden, run, bike, ski, horse ride, work at the computer, hike, swim, play an instrument, play golf, dance, and so much more. Others have resolved pain and regained functionality from conditions such as stroke, cerebral palsy, plantar fasciitis, dislocated shoulder, sciatica, back, hip, knee, and ankle pain, migraines, headaches, high blood pressure, acid reflux, carpal tunnel, elbow pain, and frozen shoulder.
Don't end up like my relative needlessly suffering pain and dysfunction, and be deprived of the effortless functionality that makes for a great quality of life.