Okay I may be a little bit slow on the uptake, but I just discovered Napster — and with it, a never-ending soundtrack for natural pain relief. Napster basically works like cable television, supplying a vast selection of music, for a monthly fee of something like $11.
One of the best features is that you can create distinct playlists. To me, that translates into the ability to create a series of Dancing with Pain® classes. I’ve been putting them together for myself and, after a little more experimentation, I will begin offering them at local gyms and community centers.
The ability to download a seemingly endless supply of music has let me reacquaint myself with songs that I have loved passionately over the years. Here’s the chronic pain perk:
When I play music from my teenage years and early 20s, especially that which I have not heard in the past decade or two, the songs bring back physical sensations from that time. As such, the music takes on another dimension of power to heal — viscerally reminding my body what it feels like to be free of pain.