What’s causing the issues in your tissues?

What if the real reason you continue to be stiff reaches far beyond the physical

factors like prolonged sitting or lack of stretching? What if your psychological flexibility is affecting your physical flexibility without you even knowing it? Would all that time, effort and money invested into yoga or stretching sessions then be wasted if it didn’t bring you the results you’d thought you’d get? And what would make your tissues and muscles so tense and tight then?

Many people fall into the traps of the allure of quick and simple fixes. You can’t isolate and stretch a single muscle without it affecting others and in a similar way you can’t isolate the physical properties of your body as being shaped and affected only by the physical factors.

We are born into very flexible bodies and flexible, open minds. The most noticeable difference as we grow older is that our bodies become less flexible and less responsive. We collect a debris of tension, worries, stress, unhealthy behaviours, beliefs, thoughts and other issues which all seem to deposit themselves in our tissues (in the fascia) if you get too attached to them.

If you get too attached to your issues, they get too attached to your tissues.

We don’t spend as much time critising and analyzing our minds as we do our bodies. We fail to see that another noticeable difference as we grow older is that our minds become less flexible and less responsive. Our minds and its thinking become stiff. This can affect the stiffness in the tissues and in our body, specifically in the fascia tissue, which has been shown to have memory and is able to communicate with the brain.

Tension, whether it comes from physical or emotional places, can get stored in the fascia of your tissues if not dealt with. So what issues are you too attached to?

Do you have a rigid attitude to life, are you holding onto the past, do you need to be in control, do you buy too much into your thoughts, what are the breaks in your life?

What might be more valuable than doing repetitive boring stretches that don’t give you results is cultivating psychological flexibility. This means living fully and consciously in contact with the present moment, accepting the highs and lows of life, modifying your behavior in line with your values and being willing to experience undesirable thoughts and feelings in service of your goals.

This means asking yourself uncomfortable questions, being honest with yourself and finding ways to detach yourself from your issues. Learn to look AT your thoughts and memories, not THROUGH them.