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If you don't know where to start, start with your intention.

Last night I was having a conversation with my husband about the knee pain I’ve experienced on and off for over 6 years.

Before I became more aware of how my mental and emotional states have influenced my physical pain, I’d been to countless Physios, Chiropractors, and Myoskeletal specialists, none of whom were able to get to the root cause of my knee pain. (This could be a whole topic on its own and I talk a bit about it in my story.) During our conversation, my husband pointed out that I hadn’t been following the physical program I had been working on with Dominik (My biomechanics coach). I started working with Dominik last year and stopped to focus on my explorations into Qi Gong and Somatics as methods of finding pain relief. As we circled through the different practices I’d been working with and ones he thought might be more supportive, I was reminded of the long and winding path that I had taken to arrive at this point. Because I’m not 100% pain-free now you might be wondering whether after 6 years of trying so many different solutions, I feel upset or frustrated. Honesty, I don’t. Because each step on this path has been absolutely necessary for me to arrive at this point with the level of awareness I have (and still have to learn) about my body. My journey began with focusing on my physical body because that was all I could perceive at the time, now six years later, I'm exploring my energy body and emotional body as I believe the root of my pain lies there. Once I take the next step on this path, closer to the root, I have a deep knowing that my body will re-balance and heal itself. This experience can be applied to any emotional, physical, or mental discomfort or challenge that we may face. We all have something we would like to shift ourselves away from to experience more ease, freedom, and relief. The first step is to plant the seed of intention. Who knows where it will take you, but if your intention is focused on your highest well-being, every step you take will bring you closer to how you want to feel.

Energy follows intention! If you’re experiencing something challenging right now and want to take the first step towards feeling better, start with what interests you and go from there. There are so many different practitioners who specialise in different areas of the physical, emotional and energy bodies - Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Somatic Therapists, TRE Practitioners, Coaches, Reiki Practitioners, Acupuncturists, Yoga and Qigong instructors, and many more. For me,

  • Physical therapy helped me understand and appreciate my incredible human body.

  • Somatic movement helped me release deep-held emotions and find the freedom to express myself.

  • Holistic coaching helped me find compassion for the parts of me that feel shame and fear.

  • Breathwork helped me realise my powerful capacity to self-regulate.

There wasn’t one magic pill or practice; rather, it was a combination of practices that I found interesting and was curious to learn more about, with the intention of focusing on my own well-being, that has led me here. I was willing to try anything that might support me on my journey and let go of everything that didn't. If what you’re experiencing right now feels complex and the next steps appear overwhelming, take it one step at a time. Try the practice that calls to your heart and listen to your intuition. Everyone has an idea about where to start, but the only idea that matters is yours.

P.S Seek out teachers, practitioners and coaches who are non-dogmatic, who see health and well-being holistically and understand that what works for one person might not work for you.


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