What does it mean to trust what you sense and feel? That’s a great question!
Consider, we’ve all had our experience invalidated in some way, at some point. You know how it feels, you speak up about something, a need, a desire, something you notice in the world around you, something you are feeling in your lived experience. . . you speak up, and you get shut down.
Sometimes nicely, sometimes not so nicely.
However it is done, in that moment, your opinion, your need, your desire, your sense of self is invalidated.
Why is it important to learn to trust what you sense?
When our trust in what we sense and feel is questioned and invalidated often enough, we learn to stop trusting our own internal sense. We learn to stop speaking up about our needs or wants. We learn to trust the answers and opinions of others more than our own. Until we can no longer distinguish our own voice. Or our own needs.
One of our goals here at Release Works Myofascial Therapy Clinic is to help shift this sense of relying on others to tell us how we feel. Or what we should feel. We want to help you find a better relationship with your self, a better understanding of and interaction with your lived experiences, and a better relationship with the world around you.
In short, we start to help you find and then trust, again, your internal sense of what your body needs.
When you are in your office, we trust what you sense and feel. So you can start to trust what you sense and feel.
How we help you start to trust what you sense
Some of the ways we do this is with questions. Sometimes frustrating questions. Things like, “What does your body need today?” Or, “what is your body asking for help with today?”
Those aren’t always easy questions to answer, especially when your experience has been one of trusting others will tell you what you need, looking to others to tell you what you need.
These can be difficult questions when you have lost sense of your own internal voice, lost the ability to connect to the innate, internal wisdom that will never steer you wrong. We are all born with it. Many of us have had it conditioned out of us.
Asked differently and a bit more bluntly, if you don’t know what your body needs, who does? We aren’t generally that blunt, the point of the questions is certainly not to frustrate or confront you. It is to start to awaken your ability to trust your sense of things. And it is worth considering, if you don’t know, who does?
Again, we trust what you sense and feel. So you can start to trust what you sense and feel.
Notice what you feel and don’t judge or dismiss it
We might wonder with you what you are noticing in your sessions. Often times what you notice may seem unrelated to the troubles you are seeking help with. That’s okay. It sounds cliche, but everything in the body truly is connected through the fascial system.
Sometimes the immediate answer might be, “nothing” or “I’m not noticing anything.” Trying hard to notice something, or searching around for what might be the “right” thing to notice, though, is a quick way to miss the subtlety or simplicity of what is there. This might include noticing the temperature of our hands, the texture of the sheet or the table underneath you, the quality of your breath (whether it is deep and full, shallow, or fast), the weight (either light or heavy) of your body on the table. You might notice a tension or pull in your body. This might be right where our hands are or somewhere far away. This is the short list.
And again, the answer might be, you don’t notice anything. That is also okay. We might ask what that means to you? Or, what is familiar about that?
Invite your awareness into your body
We might not ask anything at all and simply invite you to bring your awareness to where we are working, to slow your breathing, and start to quiet your mind.
There really isn’t much to do other than breathe, soften, and notice. What you feel is valid. It always has been.
Want to find out more?
Why not book a free Phone Call or 30-minute Discovery Session to talk directly to an experienced Myofascial Release Therapy practitioner at Release Works in Salt Lake City? Find out exactly how we can help you. There is no obligation to book treatment after the call. Instead, we’re here to help find the right treatment for you.