Sitting on the exam table, I listened carefully as the physical therapist gave me instructions for the next exercise.
This one, a stretch.
I was to let my head to fall forward as far as it would go, take a deep breath in, and on the exhale allow the weight of my head to give a gentle pull and let it hang there for a moment before lifting it back up to neutral.
By about the third time, I started to notice that my neck was allowing my chin to go further and further with each exhale. Breathing into it, relaxing deeper, and allowing encouraged my neck to let go so gravity could help out.
And just like that, a little bit at a time, my neck allowed my chin to get closer to my chest than it has in the last 13 months.
I marveled at the power of the breath, of relaxing, of allowing, and the results they created.
Not trying to MAKE it happen.
THOSE were the things that made the progress possible. Wow. Pretty profound for physical therapy, huh?
I’m now doing my best to apply this in all aspects of my life and healing journey. Here’s the mantra.
Breathe. Relax. Allow.