Day 23: Balance!
- Feb 8th, 2017 at 12:34PM
I am loving the balance postures this week. I enjoy the focus required. I love getting into a posture and then, a couple breaths in, taking a moment to break into a wide smile. It channels my breath and my energy. It feels good.
This past week I backed way off all shoulder-involved movements except those prescribed by my PT. After 8 PT sessions, we noted last week I was still experiencing pain, and not seeing the progress she'd expect by now. Instead of taking the "gently use your shoulder to keep up good blood flow there" tack, PT advised me to chill out. No snowboarding. No downward dogs or sun salutations. Major bummer.
But, by Day 4 of subbing in my PT exercises where the sun salutations should've been, I noticed the dull day-to-day passive ache in my shoulder disappeared. Shoulder pain stopped waking me up at night.
Back at the PT's office today, she noticed my lower trap muscles were firing (which had been underutilized for quite some time due to my injury), and although it meant there was a painful knot in my bag for her to dig into a bit, she urged me to view it as marked progress.
And so, I will continue to practice balance. Mental balance as well as physical. Sometimes doing less is actually doing more. I hope!