Pain Free Athlete: Love Your Body This Month

Pain Free Athlete:

Love Your Body This Month

When was the last time you showed appreciation for your body and all it does to support and move you? If you are like many, recent conversations with your physical structure have had a more negative tone. Perhaps you’ve heard yourself expressing resentment for your pain, lack of flexibility, poor motion, uneasy balance, lackluster race results and on and on the body bashing goes.

February is the month of love and I encourage you to extend your feelings of affection and tenderness beyond chocolate and cards to include your body. Instead of lamenting your flaws, celebrate your skills and positive attributes. Your body is amazing! It allows you to perform basic actions such as reaching, bending and standing. And it enables more complex tasks such as dancing, skiing and swimming.

When in pain it is hard to find compassion for your body, which seems to have abandoned you. I have felt this way. Thinking that I was doing everything right to keep my body in the best shape possible only to be repeatedly knocked down with injury and poor performances. I had to change the way I interpreted my body’s messages.

Discomfort, muscle tightness and compromised sports technique are how your body tells you that something isn’t working right. Your muscles and joints can’t talk, the only way they can get your attention is through feeling. The physical sensation of pain is your body’s last resort mechanism to make you aware that something is wrong.

Rather than working against me, my body was doing all it could to allow me to continue my chosen activities. My body was trying to help me, despite its limitations. Ignoring my body’s messages, I rationalized that I was just having a bad day, continuing to push my body until it could no longer go on and made me stop and listen through injury and extreme agony.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

If you’re body isn’t functioning at 100 percent, take time this month to find out what’s going on and address your issues. Determine what your body craves and take action. Perhaps you’re not sleeping enough and your body can’t recover, stress has worn you down and your body desires some relaxation and pampering, your nutrition isn’t adequate for your lifestyle, stretching and range of motion activities need to be added to your regimen to balance your motion, or the strain of continuous exercise has taken its toll and healing therapies are required. Whatever you need, take the time and devote the energy necessary to love your body this month. You and your body deserve it!

Jessica Kisiel is local wellness professional specializing in injury recovery and pain management through posture alignment. She is an Advanced Exercise Therapist certified by Egoscue University®. Stay connected and receive free posture exercises for your favorite sport by signing up for her newsletter,