So, it was after midnight my time on New Year’s Eve. . .well, technically, New Year’s morning and my family had finally gone to sleep. I climbed into the overstuffed recliner and threw a cozy blanket over me. The room was only lit with the white lights of the Christmas tree and the only noise was a few fireworks being shot off my some neighbors.
I settled into the chair and spent some time on the Basic Exercise. I looked to the left for 90 seconds and looked to the right for 90 seconds with my hands behind my head. And then I did the Salamander Exercise which is similar to the Basic Exercise. I never experienced a sigh or a yawn but I felt very relaxed and my neck and shoulders stretched out. I spent some time, before sitting up, moving my neck in circles and moving my head from side to side. I sat up and did some shoulder rolls and another stretch I just learned in a yoga video.
The room seemed a little brighter and I felt tired. Of course it was between 1-2 am and it had been a long day without my usual nap. But the pain that I constantly have in my shoulder (my trapezoid) seemed to ease a bit. This shoulder has been chronically in pain for over 20 years and despite Botox and trigger point shots has given me a lot of trouble. My neck moved more freely before I went to bed but as I moved it, the movement was jerky and awkward. Still, it was better range of motion than before.
This morning I woke up and had no pain in my should and for almost all of today, the pain stayed at bay. Today was the first day in months that I showed no sign of migraine and did not need to take a NSAID or muscle relaxant. Was it the exercise? I’m not sure. I plan to do them again in a few days but it was nice to start the new day off with no pain and a decent amount of energy. I’ve learned to savor these days because they are few and far between. Rosenberry has some other activities that I plan to do this week and will refer to them as I finish my posts on his book and the Polyvagal Theory.
So tonight, may you be free from suffering and the roots of suffering. May you find the grace to live with your problems but not be defined by them. May you have the good fortune to have a loving family and a deeply connected family of friends that stand by your side through the good and bad. May you be at ease and know pain-free moments.
These are my wishes for you.