All I can say is that I’m thankful for TV. My body is so stubborn I need to spend hours a day using the Backhealer balls to get it to loosen up, and episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer have helped get me through it. She kicks vampire butt while I’m kicking my own butt, figuratively speaking.
I just need to remember to keep breathing long, deep breaths, in and out, using my nose. If I don’t, then I won’t be able to retrain my brain to allow myself to have consistently loose muscles. The dream is to one day create enough space in my body so I’ll be able to do full-on yoga without the accompaniment of flashing images and prosthetic fangs.
This morning I spent one 40-minute episode releasing my left psoas and then another releasing the right. My back pain did go away for a short period until I did some unavoidably light lifting while grocery shopping. But it’s not an apocalypse brought on by the forces of evil, I try and tell myself; my world isn’t going to end.
Buffy, although a fictional character, is pretty inspirational. She saved the world at least seven times and died twice while doing so. Some people involved in the series say the show is really about a girl becoming a woman and the demons in it represent the trials that arise in life. For me, I like watching it, particularly while I’m using the Backhealer method, because I can relate it to my process of healing and overcoming an injury. Setbacks happen, and sometimes if you really want something (whether it be crushing a supervillian or simply becoming physically strong) you need to be mentally resilient and willing to put in the time and effort to get it.
I’m just glad there are seven seasons.
Jenna – A freelance journalist using the Backhealer method to recover from a herniated disc.