What if the epic training montage from Rocky IV (YouTube it if you haven’t seen it) were real life? While we can’t all have a song like Hearts on Fire as our personal soundtrack or own an American Flag robe like Apollo Creed’s, we can still take some lessons from Rocky’s training.
Can you smell the warm weather coming? Ready to return to the comfort and serenity of the green fields? Imagine the feeling of the warm breeze caressing your face as you prepare to tee-off. Ready to embrace the club, your palms perspire with excitement. Your ears hunger to hear the sweet swoosh of the iron and the whack when it strikes the ball. During a period of seemingly endless silence, you watch the tiny white sphere sail through the air as it covers an expanse of emerald landscaping. Golf season is upon us. Will your game rise to an all time personal height, or will inflexibility, joint dysfunction and diminished coordination leave you buried in the sand traps?
This is where we start. This is not unique to me; on the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) webpage, the APTA describes Physical Therapists (PT's) as highly trained medical professionals that "understand how the body works and how to get you moving again." This boils down to "Movement = Life."
In this column, I will present a few of the negative effects of sedentary behavior (ironic to talk about this as I sit on my couch typing on my iPad with Big Bang Theory playing in the background) as well as the positive effects of movement (ok, full confession here: I am sitting while tapping my feet and marching – it's driving my fiancée nuts.)
Healing shame is a vital step toward realizing your full potential and can have many unexpected benefits.. For instance, if you are less controlled by feelings of shame, you may have more energy and enthusiasm to explore your creativity, find your passion, realize your purpose, and find fulfillment.
I create a profoundly shame free experience for my clients in part, because I’ve had a long, personal history with shame. It’s been an intense journey which continues to unfold to this day. The process of healing shame is, for me, on-going. But it does get easier.
There was a time when the shame itself evoked feelings of shame. Now I greet my shame with love and acceptance, with a tenderness akin to parental love. But that didn’t come automatically. I had to work for it.