We all know “blind spots” from different areas in our lives, from the pain we get when we hit our head, leg or toe into something, or what’s out of our vision when driving a car. Using the car example, there are zones we can`t see when someone gets too close, next to us on the road. Luckily we got mirrors in the car, but even the mirrors can’t reveal all the blind spots we don’t see. And similar with us humans when we look at our own body in the mirror, we see a close reality on how we look, but mostly we see what we want to see- thereby missing out on our precious our blind spots.
Our blind spots truly reveals our potentials..
Blind spots negative and positive
When it comes to our human bodies look, postures and movements, our blind spots can reveal both positive and negative traits. Often other people see our positive traits more than we see it ourselves.
Personally when I look at different body types I have trained myself to see potentials, what’s in, and out of balance. As I look at different body shapes the potential is: often a heavier body type can reach more endurance, stamina and build muscles easier. A slimmer body type can often burn fat easy, achieve greater speed and master their own body weight – when it comes to training in these examples.
I also see potentials in our personality, the interesting traits and nuances that make up our character. Yet my job is looking for body patterns, shining light on my own, and others blind spots – our already gifted or potential improvements.
When we look at our own body in the mirror, one thing happening is often these self negative thinking: “if I just was a little slimmer” or “if I just had more muscles” etc, and we don`t see our amazing potentials.
The other thing, or blind spots we often don’t see is our muscle and tissues unbalances. These subtle blind spots causing unbalance makes the body and joints out of full alignment with gravity. These blind spots are not negative yet, cause we all have them. But these blind areas we are not aware of, are the ones that get us in trouble long term, so they have the potential to become negative. Mostly we are pretty neutral, have our positive qualities and some minor negative that can lead to challenges.
When the human body is not relatively well balanced, we create compensation patterns that can result in multiple negative health and performance outcomes. Addressing these “issues in the tissues” is the main purpose of mapping out our blind spots, to avoid overloads, damage, compansations and limited movements.
Finding blind spots
We have the same anatomy yet our patterns and habits are unique, and therefore respected. Respecting our story and the humble yet intelligent of the body- to respond to our minds’ wishes, even if it’s one day will cause us physical suffer. I get humbled when reminding me of these processes, and also very curious, so I want to know the underlying story the body is telling.
We have the right to our own perspective, and the ways we sense and filter reality is in a constant process, in many ways a constant change, at least we all have the potential of changing patterns for the better.
That’s why the longer we have carried unbalances the more integrated they become. The good news is that our body desires balance. So when we lay the right steps, in the right order, the body and mind naturally restores order in it`s chaos.
Finding or spotting these blind spots early enough can save us these upcoming suffering or challenges, and save us energy, time and money.
We can all dive deep into body reading and mapping our physical patterns. Movement Coaching specializes in these area, finding solutions to personal or the groups unique blind spot, and seeing how our patterns can improve.
In Movement Coaching we map out the main cause of the problem, and we all learn together. Understanding better how we process our information and how our body responds to our daily routines. This awareness of first knowing and owning our blind spots, is a valuable shift for us, in the process of changing patterns. We can then learn, integrate better routines and experience more personal growth.
Our blind spots can often challenge us, to take a deeper look at ourselves.
Why is blind spots so important?
If you have been reading from the beginning you might see that our unaware patterns can call for our awareness if things get too far out of balance.
So our blind spots in these sense, are basically the underlying reasons why pain, discomfort and damage happens to our body. It can be in so many ways, like how we can create limited thoughts and perceptions, how we posture and move our body during work, exercising and daily life.
It`s a miracle how we get shaped through life, as the nerve system, muscles and the fascial web respond to our stimulus from everyday life. If we start to see ourselves and our blind spots we can interact and make small changes for the better, and these becomes important for remaining healthy in so many ways.
How to change blind spot patterns
First we need to awake to our patterns, before anything can change. Becoming aware of how we are loading or holding ourselves, in so many numerous ways (walking, running, climbing, exercising, standing, sitting, laying down, eating etc).
Movement Coaching is exactly about making permanent change for the better, that’s why it’s important to take small steps, making micro habits as we upgrade our patterns over time. The story behind us has already taken time to form, and when it comes to unbalanced blind spots we need to pull them slowly out by its roots, to respect and integrate enofth impact that will sort out and fall into balance over time.
We most of the time are holding our body posture unconsciously of course, we are not thinking that we are now sitting with a forward neck and rotated shoulders (like in the picture above).
The interesting thing about changing patterns, is first that our brain is constantly listening to the gravitational loads we hold and move our bodies through. The brain listens and makes a map of how these feel inside, and adjust the tone of our muscles, fascial tissue and nerve signals to our pattern. This sense itself is called proprioception (“space awareness”) and is a trainable skill we can increase.
The second thing about changing patterns is that the brain is very lazy, and wants to not use unnecessary energy, so it keeps the memories that we have put ourselves into, and runs our posture and movements on autopilot.
And the third and final thing is to lay out and follow a good plan, that depends on how much time and motivation we have for change. This is where Coaching comes in and shines light or awareness of what is “invisible” to ourselves. And we always have invisible blind spots, nobody is perfect, yet we can always be in a perfect process – toward the change we ultimately desire.
Good news is our potential for training our proprioceptive sense (along with many other senses) that will help us to become more familiar to our bodily patterns, hence making changes to unload these tensions in the neck and shoulders (in the picture example).
The ways we change
The way we change is very individual, if we take the forward head and inwardly rotated shoulder pattern as an example. For some people changing these patterns is more a psycho emotional issue, related to uncertainties or fear mechanismes, like: “putting on a strong mask” to protect our “soft front body” (heart, digestive system etc).
For others it`s maybe more related to cultural or social adaptation, seeing our parents, caretakers, people in societies and unconsciously from small children adopting these patterns to simply fit in to the norm. And of course the combinations of physiologically and psycho emotional habits, in the ways we shape and form our individual patterns through life.
For some people if we dont change into a better pattern, it creates issues in the tissues leading to physical pains and symptoms that need to be addressed and restored for us to live a good life. While for others these compensation patterns happen differently (the force/loads distributed more evenly through the system) and can live the rest of their lives without or just with mildly physical issues.
As a body worker, Personal Trainer, Yoga and climbing instructor I have developed eyes to see and spot many different unconscious body patterns or blind spots. And I see everyday how our patterns may affect our health in large or small amounts. If by large amounts to the extent that we can’t do physical work or live a normal life, our issues need`s training and treatment.
Whatever issues and future cost to pay, its very possible to assist these even before they arise, as long as you have eyes to see, and hands to feel (palpate) what needs to be done.
Do we need to know our blind spots?
If our postural movement patterns just bothers us in small amounts it`s maybe a 50/50% chance that we may compensate very well, well eneofth to make it through life, or that we may have to pay the cost for the compensational patterns in the future.
Nobody really knows as we are moving with the change of time, and that may include change of habits as we move through life’s unpredictable circumstances.
Yet as life is unpredictable, consequences can be predicted in our patterns. So I would say it`s up to each person to understand how we can avoid physical and mental problems and determine what is the most important in our life now- and what type of future and bodily movements we desire.
We only have these life, in our body, and we are free to choose how we want these experiences of living. I always recommend to live fully and get the most out of life`s gifts- whatever that personally means to us.
If you don`t have these eyes and sense of feel (proprioceptive and interoceptive sense) you can develop these senses, or simply get help to map out your blind spots by someone who can tell and sense it for you.
We all have the birthright of a joyful mind, and a healthy postural and movement function for our body.
I will gladly help, physical or online to give your body more support, balance and freedom.
I do these through a unique combination of Personal Training, manual therapy, mindfulness, triggerpoints, calisthenics (own body weight), Yoga, meditation/ flow state (mental/emotional training), rehabilitation and numerous different methods with sensory and psychomotor treatments and all the possibilities within body working.
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Overcome the challenge – by finding the balance!
Kindly, Thomas Severinsen