I am 32 and suffer from chronic pain. My chronic pain greatly affects what exercise or even regular daily activity I can do. With the superficial awareness, one tends to hold on and try to lock or shut down parts of the body, unconsciously, and that does not help – it may actually make the pain worse. It has been amazing to experience with Alex a practice based on very gentle breath and movements as it helps me to feel myself and move in a way that does not increase the pain but rather most often reduces it. Gentle exercise has shown me the value of being connected to my body and how I can choose a quality of gentleness that supports me. I can feel various muscles work and stretch out and more space in my body and that feels great. I am able to move the joints around areas where the pain is mostly concentrated, very gently in a way that not only does not add pain but rather releases it. I may never be free of pain. But with the help of such sessions, I am more accepting of my pain and I have more freedom to be with unfavorable circumstances on a day to day basis. I have learned that “bracing myself and just getting on with life” is not going to make things better in a long run. However, being respectful of my body and connecting to what is going on at a deep level may shift my problems at their roots, and hence it can bring healing to my body.
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About Donna Nolan
Donna Nolan has a love of supporting people to reconnect with their body through yoga, meditation, massage and the Esoteric Therapies. With over 16 years experience as a practitioner, she is dedicated to true health and wellbeing.
About Alexandra Plane
As a complementary health practitioner, yoga and meditation instructor Alexandra Plane is known for her gentle nature, love for people and deep integrity. Alexandra’s love and dedication is towards bringing deep care back into people’s life and the community.