There’s this thing that happens with chronic shoulder pain. Over time, it’s not so physical anymore and it becomes an energetic problem. It doesn’t have anything to do with your slightly torn rotator cuff or your previous shoulder dislocation. At this point, it has everything to do with the lower vibrations of your heart center. Something doesn’t feel right inside, something is just slightly off. We can’t name it because no one taught us how to connect our life experiences to our physical bodies. But I’m beginning to gain hope. The wise master teachers are rising high on the healthcare plane; we’re starting to hear the whisper of their voices because we’re finally starting to listen.
Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life highlights mental thoughts and how they form physical experiences. Our Emotional Pain Chart lays it out beautifully! In her book, the shoulder is represented by one’s ability to carry out experiences, in life, joyously. We unknowingly make life a burden by our attitude, which unquestionably makes me think of Yogi Bhajan. His belief that tightness within our body is just an accumulation of attitudes is truly spot on. Our mind really does have considerable impact on our human frame. The disconnection of love definitely hurts us.
As a physical and energetic therapist, my body detective archetype kicks in, and I do a light investigation of the musculoskeletal system and a thorough spiritual analysis. I gather my data through the tone of one’s voice, their natural postural habits, and their perspective on life. I’m interested in the way they tell their life story, the key players involved, and how they interact within their relationships. I want to know why they do or why they don’t protect themselves. I’m interested in their level of self-confidence, self-worth, and how they value life overall. Are they living their dreams? Have they found their light? Do they feel loved? Are they grateful?
My goal is to redirect them on their life path. Immediately.
By the time I evaluate the longstanding shoulder pain, the client has limited mobility and an overall decrease in the use of the arm. It’s affecting their daily life and most certainly has taken a toll on their freedom. The heaviness of the arm breeds sadness and flickers of depression typically enter one’s mind. What we don’t realize is that the sadness has been sandwiched between shame and anger for quite awhile. The intellectual form of the body is searching for understanding, lesson and purpose through dormant emotions.
One of the major emotions that, I believe, sits deep in the capsule of the shoulder is grief. We experience loss all the time; loss of a parent, loss of whom we really are, maybe even regret that we aren’t living the lives we dream. Perhaps we’re bitter because we can’t find the courage to carry out life the way we hold in our mind.
The right side of the body represents the masculine as the left side represents the feminine energy body. The right shoulder could be holding issues with a man in your life, as a woman maybe carrying too much masculine energy or we are over giving. As for left shoulder problems, it could be issues with a woman in your life – maybe you lost your mom or you need to reconcile with an estranged loved one or there is a heartbreak that is need of healing. The body doesn’t lie. Even if you think you are over the pain, there might be more to mend. Physical pain is emotional pain.
Our shoulder carries the burden of where we are not receiving the love we need, we feel defeated and yearning to feel lighter and feel lifted once again.
My initial treatment typically begins on the table where I work on the shoulder from a physical perspective using joint and soft tissue mobilization. I’m searching for a pain-free pattern so their mind can find a glimmer of hope. I usually have them lay on a foam roller with arms stretched out to the side so they can make a connection with the pain and what it could be representing. I encourage to reframe the thought into a positive manner and release the emotion. As we move through that clear range of motion the client can establish a positive pool of energy within the heart line and start to dissolve the depression that’s been draining their soul.
And this is where I begin my energetic treatment. I assist in cutting cords that they’ve been tethered too, whether it’s people or things in their lives that no longer serve a purpose. The body craves this type of healing because the emotional experiences, which have been stuffed down, surface to release the pain. I find that it illuminates the soul. And, it leaves an indelible imprint that renews the heart full of love and passion for this thing called life.
It’s time to open up and release the pain.