How are you?

The last few postings may have made wellness seem like a very complicated issue. In some ways it is, and I’m constantly trying to find a way to improve my well-being.

But in another respect, wellness is very simple. The fundamental question is, “Do you feel well?” If the answer is yes, then that’s good. If the answer is no, then it indicates that something could be done make you feel better, whether in physical, emotional or energetic terms.

Wellness isn’t simply about the state of your body, it’s a state of being. So even if you are coping with difficult health issues, if you are happy and manage to have a decent quality of life, you might still feel well. Similarly, you might feel unhappy or “off”, even if the medical tests all turn out clear.

Know thyself

In my earlier blog postings here and here, I discussed how knowing the state of our own constitution is important to help determine which kind of tea is appropriate for you to drink.

Similarly, when it comes to food sensitivities, you need to become aware of what foods you react to and in what amounts. Keeping a food diary is one important way of doing this, and so is muscle testing.

It’s also important to be highly aware of your body in terms of movement. Today, I picked up a new book by Craig Williamson, Muscular Retraining for Pain-Free Living. He explains how many of his clients who were suffering pain lacked kinesthetic awareness, even those who were active sportsmen. Williamson developed his Somatic Integration method in order to train his clients to become more aware of their bodies, and he’s found this a very effective way of reducing pain.

I was curious to know what the many different body therapies that Williamson trained in were and which he later adapted and integrated to create his own Somatic Integration system. There’s nothing in the book’s introduction that mentions any other method, and there is no reading list or bibliography at the back either. However, his biography on the Somatic Integration website does tell us the story of his experiences

I was not surprised to see Feldenkrais and Alexander Technique listed there because these both emphasise body awareness. My own experience has been with Feldenkrais, and what Williamson teaches in his book seems extremely close to what I’d learnt from Feldenkrais already. I’ll have to read the rest of the book to see what more Somatic Integration offers over Feldenkrais. If nothing else, Williamson’s book is a much easier read than any writings by Moshe Feldenkrais himself!

Ultimately, food reactions and pain are all signals from our body. If we could pick up what our body was telling us before we pushed out bodies over the edge and they screamed out loud to grab our attention, we might suffer a lot less.

P.S. Don’t forget to see the Comments where Craig Williamson himself has provided some clarifications and interesting information.