The Posture of Pain and How to Overcome it

the posture of pain

Pain takes our posture out of alignment

  • Do you suffer from pain?
  • Do you want to learn how to overcome Pain?
  • Pain comes in many shapes and forms, physical and emotional.  That pain can create habitual postures in your body. When the posture of your pain is addressed, you can develop skills to overcome pain.

“For the first time we can explain why people who may have the exact same initial pain, either go on to recover, or develop chronic pain,” says A. Vania Apkarin, Senior Author of a 10 year study into chronic pain published in Nature Neuroscience. The more emotionally the brain reacts to the initial injury, the more likely the pain will persist after the injury has healed. The study can predict with 85% accuracy, at the start of the study, whether or not a patient is likely to develop chronic pain, based on the level of interaction between the frontal cortex and the nucleus accumbens regions of the brain. The nucleus accumbens is an important centre for teaching the rest of the brain how to evaluate and react to the outside world. Apkarian notes that this brain region may use the pain signal to teach the rest of the brain to develop chronic pain.

What we notice, in working with people with Body Harmony is that the habitual responses of pain; the emotional triggers, the residual structure of an injury or the combination of these, have a pattern in the tissue which holds the pattern or habit of pain. Breath, movement, bodywork and awareness all help to separate out those contributing factors, and consequently reduce the emotional connections in the brain, and in the tissue. The posture or structure of the tissue producing the pain experience changes, as does the sensation of pain.

Pain has a very valuable use in the short term as a warning sign of something that has or is going to harm us. But pain which is still experienced long after that part of our body is healed sets up a whole gammut of compromises within the tissue.

My client broke her elbow in May last year. She had wire, pins and rods in to put it back together til it knitted. About 3 months later the bone was mended but because of her age they wouldn’t remove the pins. Over the ensuing 6 months she was getting more pain in her arm from the pins and wires placing pressure on the muscles and ligaments in her arm, until finally the pins were removed this week.  She came straight from Hospital to me. In the ensuing session she felt her arm starting to realise that the pins and wires were no longer there, and her bodily response was of a physical relaxation in her shoulder and arm, but not only that, we saw and both felt so many other parts of her body relaxing and realigning as a consequence: muscles lengthening, bones energetically reconnecting to her elbow again, like so much of her body had repelled from this foreign thing in her body, and now could reconnect. As she walked, she felt taller, her scoliosis straightened, her chest opened, the rotations of her shoulders were balanced where before they had been quite differently rotated. She felt and looked more confident.

So many times our bodies compensate for an experience, and when that experience has changed can still be acting as if it were still there. Muscles and tissues have “got into the Habit” of operating in a particular way, which may, or not be the easiest or most efficient way to move, and develop “bad habits” “as if..” the issue was still there. Body Harmony helps the tissue to adjust to the current situation rather than a historical situation.  My client felt that if she hadn’t had the session it would have taken so much longer for her body to realise the different environment. The session brought attention to a different possibility, a changed environment without pins and wire, allowing her to safely explore options from this new stance, instead of going on the same, and she then took the opportunity and ran with it… She is very happy now to have full use of her arm returned, without any pain.

Consequently, clients relearn how to experience life in present time, without an injury that is no longer there. They can recall an event without pain or an emotional response to the event. Similar events do not create a reaction out of proportion to the current event.

You too can overcome pain, or the habit of pain.

Book in for “The Posture of Pain, and How to Overcome It”

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In this class you will learn how to

  • Identify and recognise your posture of pain,
  • Differentiate various pain sensations,
  • Use breath, movement and touch to ease pain, and overcome pain.
  • Discover your pain habits and behaviours and how to create new behaviours that are supportive of you being pain free.
  • Increase your ability to recognise and expand ease and comfort in your body, and your life.



I would like to attribute the inspiration for this class to David Webb, a dear friend of mine and Fellow Body Harmony Teacher. David, a master antiques dealer, was still selling rare pieces of antique silver right before he peacefully and painlessly passed away last November. I had the privilege of working with him in the weeks leading up to his passing.

The title for this workshop came from our work together. Previous to it, he was in pain, his posture contracted, his movement restricted, – he had no energy. Afterwards he had energy, his posture corrected, he was free of pain and moving freely, – so much so we shared a meal and chatted away about all sorts of things.

No matter where you are in life, learning these skills will have a positive and a powerful impact of your health and well-being.


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