Spontaneous Dancing with Pain® Workshop

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

July 28th, 2009 • Dance for Natural Pain ReliefPrint Print

I went on a 10.5 mile awesome fucking ride to and on the beach path, and I saw the sun set! As soon as I was out and riding, my headache disappeared. By the time I got home, I felt invigorated. I danced and did free weights in my living room.

While I was stretching and watching the sun set on the pathway by the beach, a girl started mimicking my stretches, and we did them together. Then her grandmother, I swear out of nowhere, started telling me about her three herniated discs in her back, asking what she should do about them. Serendipity. I am focused on moving forward with my Dancing with Pain® workshops, and here we go.

So I asked her if she can sit without pain. She said yes. So we sat down, and I showed her how I started dancing – with my arms. And I shared with her the Dancing with Pain® principle – that you move what feels good and easy to move, and you never, ever enter your pain zone. Over time, the good and easy zone grows, and the pain zone disappears.

“Even when you’re making dinner in the kitchen,” I said to her, “put on music you love, and gently move your body to it.” She told me she’d been sitting and watching television a lot, because she feels she can’t move because of her pain. “To the contrary,” I said, “movement will heal your pain. Music, vibrations, spirit, the joy you feel from dance, all these things will heal your pain. Just never, ever move in a way that enters your pain zone.”

With that, she thanked me, and I biked off. Oh yeah, but before I did, I ululated at the setting sun and taught the granddaughter how to do the same.

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