Why NO Pain, Means MORE Gain
Therein lies part of the secret to the NO Pain, MORE Gain philosophy of DSL Edgework. The therapy should NOT be irritating AT ALL. It should be as fully relaxing experience as possible for you. You should like or be totally neutral about what you’re feeling.
You, the Client, are ALWAYS in charge of how much pressure or sensation you’re feeling. And it’s NOT about what you can tolerate.
You should LIKE or be totally NEUTRAL about what you are feeling. …
You should be INVITING the sensations, NOT tolerating the sensations.
~ David Scott Lynn (DSL)
With a simple communication system you develop with your DSL Therapist, if you are feeling too much discomfort or ANY kind of pain, they will ALWAYS back off to the degree you want and ask them to.
(Intense sensations are fine, as long as they are not really pain. You’ll learn how to feel the difference.)
But YOU need to let them know in as Real Time as possible what you’re feeling, especially if it gets too deep. You do not want to push your “pain limits” too much at all. At least not when you’re just getting familiar with the DSL Edgework process.
YES, to achieve Muscle Pain Relief & Stress Reduction, you are responsible to communicate your needs, but your therapist will, to the best of their ability, always be watching & listening to see if you’re slipping into discomfort or pain, then they’ll adjust pressure or technique as necessary. But it is not always smooth going or easy to tell when a Client is in pain, and often, the client doesn’t even realize it. So ideally, it’s a two-way street.
Surprisingly, some clients are notoriously incapable of feeling for themselves where they are on the sensation/pain scale. In such cases, it is up to the DSL Edgework Therapist to figure out ways to make such determinations until the Client has restored their sensitivities to the point they can get with the program.
For those who “like it deep” and “can take a lot of pressure,” you’ll find that works for some things, but NOT HERE. Not in therapy where your nervous system and muscles are hypersensitive to the slightest increases of pressure, which are often unconsciously perceived as an intrusion and then defended against by increasing muscle tension, often without you noticing it AT ALL!
You will get FAR MORE RELAXATION & RESULTS if you respect and respond to these often VERY subtle and “quiet” signals from your body. The very subtle reflex pathways of the nervous system are often SO subtle, you cannot feel them when they activate, nor if they persist.
In fact, much of the results from The DSL Method come directly from the RE-sensitizing of those often subtle and widely varied messages of your nervous system, brain and mind.
RE-Sensitized ==>> Response-Able Self-Correction
Why bother to do all that? Why pay that much attention to what might appear on the surface to be an “automatic process”? …
Because the experiences and skills you learn in therapy transfer over into your daily life such as working out or doing your job, or even love-making.
This way, your bodymind becomes far more conscious of what’s really going on within you. And, gradually at first, you literally STOP tolerating many of the things you do that are not good for you.
In many cases and circumstances, your bodymind Auto-Magically begins moving away from negative movements and postures — the not-so-beneficial actions & activities — you find yourself doing on a daily basis. Your RE-sensitized and increasingly Response-Able bodymind becomes Increasingly Self-Correcting in a positive way, often before you realize you’re doing so.
(Counterintuitively, much of “self-awareness” operates well before, or “below and beyond” the conscious mind realizing what’s going on.)
You also learn to find those many brief moments throughout the day where you can instantly relax one or more muscle groups for brief moments, so as to prevent long-term accumulation of too much C.E.M.&.N.T.
QUESTION: When does the heart muscle relax? …
ANSWER: In between beats.
You, therefore, learn to relax your muscles for very short moments at a time in between the many movements you do throughout your day-to-day activities. Done correctly, THIS MIGHT even be more valuable, in the long run, than doing a half hour or hour stretching practice every day, as important as I think THAT is.
The two approaches actually work together, achieving somewhat different yet complimentary results.