A smiling, mature man stretching on a park bench, practicing stretching for pain care management and control

STEP 3: Body Awareness

A multi-colored diagram in blues and greens showing the first 5 steps of the Pain Care for Life program—Step 3

Body awareness is an important tool in recovering ease of movement

Listen to the short audio recording below—it is similar to breath awareness, but now you are paying attention to the subtle non-pain sensations of your body while you continue to practice calm breathing.

Pain can make this a very difficult task. With practice, you will improve.

Western medicine has only recently realized the impact of pain on body awareness, and that practising body awareness can change pain, and help you move with more ease.

Become a ‘pro’ at feeling non-pain sensations—become skilled at feeling non-pain sensations from your body, muscles, skin, … through every part of your body. Gain the ability to feel sensations of calm breathing, relaxed muscles, and quiet heart beat.

Practice this 3 – 5 times each day, starting from your most comfortable positions. Expect that you will improve your skill with this in 3 – 6 weeks, just as with breath awareness.

  1. It will be easier when you practice consistently.
  2. Many report decreases in their pain when they become more skilled at sensing the subtle non-pain sensations.
  3. If your pain changes quickly with this technique, imagine how much more it will change when you practice consistently for 3 – 6 weeks.

 


Move on to STEP 4 when you have gained some skill in combining breath and body awareness – the link is at the bottom of the page.

 


Ready to learn more about the power of breath?

Watch this video to better control your breath, lower stress levels and develop mindful breathing as a tool for reducing pain.


 

Click ‘Next Lesson’ to move one to Step 4.