Listen to your body before, during, and after treatment. Your body is communicating with you. Identify any areas of redness, tenderness, tightness, or tingling.
Allow yourself to soften your experience of pain. Instead of identifying with the pain, become aware of the “sensations” occurring in your body. Concentrate on the areas where sensations are present. Realize that pain is simply another sensation your body is using to communicate with you.
As you breathe, imagine that you are blowing air out of your body through the area that is producing the most sensation. This type of breathing puts you in touch with your body and thereby enhances your mind-body awareness. Allow your body to soften with each breath.
Allow your body to move during treatment. As movement occurs, fascial restrictions are being released.
The fascial system holds emotions in the body in the form of pain that may be preventing you from getting better. Repressing emotions can actually cause physical pain. Often with the release of emotions, the pain will decrease, and you will feel better.
Even things that seem silly or embarrassing. The therapist cannot help you if you do not talk honestly with them. Relay the messages from your body that come to you in the form of pain, emotion, sensation, images, or memories to your therapist. This allows the therapist to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment.
You may experience setbacks. This is sometimes part of the healing process. Keep focusing on your goals and the progress you have already made. Reinforce your intention to return to a pain-free, active lifestyle by giving yourself positive messages such as “I have taken steps to put myself on the road to recovery. Sometimes I trip on a rock, but I continue the journey. New improvements continue around every corner, and my healthy destination is within reach.”