Anna Torstrop Worsley and I have been getting to know each other this week, swapping stories of pain and healing. As those of you following my blog know, Anna and I both intuitively discovered dance as a method of self-healing from chronic and debilitating pain. The first time we danced together, last Friday morning, it was a mind-blowing experience. Anna and I both felt as if we were dancing with our twin or in front of a mirror.
The more we talked, the more we came to realize that our stories both reflect and complement each other. Coming from Sweden, a country with free and universal access to health care, Anna was over-treated by doctors and encouraged to become totally dependent on the medical system in general and pharmaceuticals in particular. She was advised to settle in to a reality where she would not work again, but rather, where the social system would pay her way through a sedentary life.
Coming from the USA, to the contrary, I was under-treated by doctors — denied critical tests, undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, told the pain was a psychological symptom, advised that I was a hypochondriac, and blacklisted from physical therapy (becuase I was “disabled” and therefore “unable to rehabilitate” — read waste of money.) I was left alone with a young body and life falling apart all around me, and over the years, I had to shell out over $.25 million in out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
In both Anna’s and my cases, the healthcare systems failed to inform us of or support our bodies’ inherent ability to heal. And in both our cases, we reached a point where we said, “Fuck the healthcare system,” then set off to find our own answers and create our own methods for self-healing.
Each of us had a mystical experience, albeit a slightly different one, where we intuitively began dancing the parts of our bodies that could move without pain — filling up those places and movements with light, love, and healing energy. Each of us also experienced a dramatic physical transformation within a matter of days. I’m still learning more about Anna’s transformation, but in my case, I went from barely being able to walk two blocks to being able to tear up a dance floor — replete with leaping and twirling — within four days.
Once Anna and I discovered our own paths to healing, we began spreading the message about this method, eager to help others self-heal as well. Anna wrote two books based on her experience. I developed the Dancing with Pain® method and wrote articles. Both of us launched blogs on natural pain relief.
I hope that as Anna and I get our stories out there — both individually and together — we will encourage others who have self-healed to share their own stories as well. And I hope that the more we assert that yes, you can heal yourself, without a medical degree or other healthcare alphabet soup, the more people will trust their bodies, stop fighting their pain, and start dancing with it — launching a journey of self-love, self-discovery, and self healing. Inshalla. May it be so.
Check out Anna’s blog, 365 Pain-Free Days!