Mel Collie | I’ve got tight hips though..she said..
Don’t think of a pink elephant
Did you just think of a pink elephant?
Now look around you for something blue, just blue. Take a few seconds.
Did you see something?
Now look around you in the same area you looked before, for something red.
Did you find something? Did you notice the red object when you were looking for the blue object?
Now tell your back its tight and stiff. Move, rotate, look over your shoulder, how does the back feel when you tell yourself its tight and stiff?
Now tell your back its loose, free, can move like its just been oiled, it has no muscles, its just the ribs which float around the spine.
The words other people tell us about ourselves , are powerful.
We listen, take them on board, and become them.
an image of a herniated disc can create more pain
an image of tight muscles can create more pain and tightness than we actually have
Our brains are remarkable
However, tissues and muscles have no pain. None. Its the brain that creates that pain.
Through words, memories.
So the next time you say you cant do something because you have tight hips, you are sending and reinforcing the message to your brain that you really do have tight hips, it will ensure that you move less, because it is only interested in your survival, in ensuing that you survive the next moment.
If that means it has to slow you down, it will. Even if that leaves your frustrated. It doesn’t care.
So, watch the words you use.
You will have danger words – like tight, stiff, rusty, inflexible, hot, too bendy
Or money, debt, diet, restriction, deadlines at work, meetings, budgets(yes, even every day words like those can create pain in the body)
Sometimes it can take a while to dig deep and notice what your danger words are, because they have become a habit over the last few years.
Scientists now agree that pain happens when the credible evidence of DANGER to your body is greater than the credible evidence of SAFETY to your body.
Safety words create pleasing images that help calm us, release tension and relax, which allows our bodies to move freely with less pain – the words are different for everyone – Oh, you want to know what are mine?
Lemon drizzle cake (mmmmmmmmm)
Manchego Cheese & Serrano Ham
Simple words like these, and theres a few more in my head, can help create a feeling of comfort, happiness, wellbeing, which creates good vibes, which heal and help movement.
Feeling frustrated, angry and tight…well…doesnt..let go of your danger words, and see what changes.
Do you get it?
Now try it yourself