As I sit writing this my very painful back is telling me that it hurts and is urging me not to move or bend or do anything!
In fact, my brain is telling me that my pain is in my back, and is cleverly putting into place protective measures like holding myself stiffly, moving with caution and pulling in all my supporting muscles to protect my back. Little does my brain know that its protective measures are doing more harm than good! Bad back...means "keep moving"!
Even though I keep telling my brain that the pain it is feeling is not nearly as bad as it thinks...I still can't seem to break through the brain pain barrier! There is currently a lot of research into pain and specifically chronic pain and how our brains can be our worst enemy (or best friend) in the fight against pain. I found this very humorous and informative talk by Lorrimer Moseley to be extremely helpful in dealing with, and understanding the pain in my back.
I know it will get better, and I know that my brain is reacting to an injury memory of many years ago.
I think that if you have had back pain you will know what I mean when I say that it is extremely painful! Sort of like a knife sawing through your nerves. Not only is it painful, but there are things that you want to do that the pain in your back won't let you do...simple daily chores, going to work, and getting outdoors. So the physical pain changes your mood because not only are you in pain, you are feeling frustrated by limited movement and jobs not done. Pain is more than the feeling...it effects your entire outlook on the world around you...your 'pain brain' limits you physically, emotionally and socially.
So why am I writing this? Simply because I do not want my 'pain brain' to prevent me from doing what needs to be done. Nor do I want to give in to pain that will get better with time...and I want to share with you just a little snippet about understanding why we feel pain. I think it is good to understand why we feel pain the way we do...It may not alleviate it..but at least we can understand it!
My final words to you...Keep moving and smiling! It actually does help!
I am so happy to say that I have a lemon myrtle range of bar soaps and liquid soap. I am so pleased with my finished Lemon Myrtle and Calendula soap bar! It smells wonderful and looks great. The fragrance of Australian Lemon Myrtle blended with Calendula from my own garden is a perfect combination in this bar soap. It gave me a lot of pleasure to plant and harvest my own Calendula for my soap.
I have also planted lemon verbena, lemon myrtle, lavender and roses to use in my Spring and Summer soaps. It looks like it is going to be a fun season for soap making!
I completed making a Lemon Myrtle Liquid soap which I think is amazing. Not only does it smell great..it feels amazing on my skin! I didn't realise how different liquid soap felt to the detergent based hand washes until I made my own liquid soap. The difference can be felt immediately! The texture is slippery, silky and sudsy all at the same time. I really like this liquid soap...but a caution to any budding liquid soap makers...Potassium Hydroxide is hard to come by. My nearest stockist is about 12 hours drive away! As it can't be shipped by post in Australia...it is very hard to get.
Both these soaps are available for purchase from my Etsy store. I will place the links here for you:)
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