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Strength Training as a Therapeutic Metaphor

I recently been working on a new strength and conditioning certification at a friend of mine’s workout facility, Sunstonefit. Being a serious devotee of yoga for the decade, if felt great to learn some new things and yes, I was sore often for about 6 weeks since I haven’t even touched a weight in 15 years (because you occasionally need to learn new stuff)

Although I’ve learned lots of new things, I never considered combining this knowledge with my chosen field of endeavor… Hypnosis. Hypnosis and NLP has always my go-to when it comes to personal change, trauma and healing… until recently.

I’ve known for a while, that one of many reasons that people have such difficulty changing their lives is they MAY NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO. Here’s an example. I know that I’m reasonably intelligent, but I also know that it would be pretty stupid for me to jump into an airplane and try to fly it without proper instruction, right? Maybe they all these people need an example of what to do.

In my training, I’ve discovered that fitness has finally come out of the dark ages and now they are teaching exercises with all 6 of the fundamental human movements in mind. When I owned a personal training facility is was all about body part training, i.e. chest day, back day, leg day, etc. The new protocols are Push, Pull, Hinge, Squat, Ground Work and Loaded Carry.

I wanted to expand on these movements for a moment or two and in particular, I want to talk about the “Ground Work” movement called “the Get Back Up”.

Think of an infant. You know the one, small body, big head, few communication skills and zero muscular coordination. So everyday, this small person works on one thing learning how to get up. First they learn to turn over. Next, they begin to rock back and forth. All of these movements are designed to strengthen them until they finally mange to get up on their knees.

Once they can get to their knees… the process of grabbing something so they can pull themselves up begins until they can stand. They still have to hold on but not for long. Very soon they will begin the process of letting go. The first couple of times they will fall right back down to the floor but soon they have developed enough skill and strength that they can stay up for a second or two, maybe a minute. You know what happens next those first steps, more falling down and after a while they can stand unaided for as long as needed.

The final step is exactly that, those first steps. May be very wobbly steps, some more falling down and then success! The walking becomes running and skipping and then we promptly forget to continue using those skills. Once the child has learned to get off the floor he or she will spend a lifetime avoiding get back on the floor.

This brings me to my thought. When was the last time you got on the floor and tried to get back up?

Try this:

1. Lie down on the floor on your back and get back up to standing position

2. Lie down again on your right side and get back up to standing position

3. Lie down on your left side and get back up to standing position

4. Lie down on your stomach and get back up to standing position

Next repeat the same process with your right hand on your right knee. Keep the hand in place, on the knee without letting go throughout the whole process.

Finally, repeat the process with your left hand on you left knee. As per before, keep the left hand attached to the left knee, throughout the whole process.

What you’re going to discover is this simple movement is a lot harder that you may have realized. The biomechanics of these simple movements are definitely in there at the back of your brain, but really, when was the last time you did this?

Another interesting thing you may be noticing is that you may be tired or even out of breath. The body knows what to do but as in any skill you must maintain it. Watching people figure out what to do is a amazing thing to behold because you can’t tell them how to move they must figure it out for themselves… AND THAT is change work at it’s finest!!!

This brings me to my point of this article… If you are experiencing a loss (job, spouse, etc) or life has “knocked you down” perhaps you might consider trying this simple exercise of GETTING BACK UP. You may have heard the term “it’s time to get back on the horse” or similar analogies. Perhaps these aren’t analogies but actual instructions on how to facilitate your own healing.

Leaning how to get back up before you fall you will find it easier to GET BACK UP and live again. If you’re getting this message after you’ve been knocked down by life or circumstances… GET BACK UP ANYWAY.

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