Why is embodiment important for pain management?

Have you ever watched a baby move and play when they are content and just exploring their world? If you watch their fingers and toes curl and reach, the look of fascination on their faces, it’s pretty clear that the experience of being inside a body is meant to be a pleasurable thing.

So where does all that embodied pleasure go as we grow up and become adults?

As a person who has struggled with ongoing pain for many years, I have formulated many theories as to what happens to free enjoyment of embodied pleasure. Where do we lose touch with it? Why? And perhaps most importantly, how do we get it back?

Over the years I have devised multiple maps to navigate our way back to enjoyable embodiment in simple and achievable ways.

One simple and easy way to achieve this is by using myofascial tools, such as self-massage on a foam roller, for embodiment training.

There are so many ways to use these tools to relieve pain. A lot of them hurt, but you feel better afterwards (and I’m not going to knock that approach, because it does have its place!) but very few approaches talk about how to use a self-massage tool to gain access to a deeper quality of embodiment in general.

Why is embodiment important for pain management? So many reasons! But one key element is regulation of sensory inputs and our stored associations to them.

That’s a fancy way to say that we both learn and remember pain, and our experience of current pain can sometimes be a memory of past pain. But how do you know the difference?

Yup, you guessed it, embodiment!

Our survival-savvy nervous systems are wired to prioritize our attention toward inputs of potential threat or danger (and for good reason!). Which makes it very challenging to focus on pleasant sensations when there is ongoing pain.
But here is where the use of myofascial tools for embodiment training comes into play.

Because we can use deliberately placed props to turn up the volume on enjoyable sensations and to turn down the volume on painful ones.

Of course, it’s more complex than just this, which is why I have created a series of workshops devoted solely to understanding how pain works and what to do about it, so that you can enjoy being in your body again.
Come join us on January 28 & 29th to begin your myofascial yoga journey!


Dates: January 28 & 29 2023

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 1 pm live on zoom

Self Study Content: 6 hours self paced video, audio and other self study & practice guides are unlocked upon registration for each module.

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