As we bring attention and movement to our body, we release stuck energy. I can't tell you how many times I have cried during an ab workout. There was a lot of shame harbored in my belly. Shame for being "fat", not being good enough, attractive enough, for not being what society told me I should be. Allowing the grief to arise and giving myself the space to cry enabled me to release those emotions. And as I did, I got stronger.
A strong core is the foundation for your body's movements. It is the central focal point of attachment from which your limbs move. When the core is weak, the arms and legs lack stability. This is often how injury can result.
A strong core is especially vital for people with a small torso and long limbs. This is because they have a smaller base from which to stabilize their long levers (arms and legs).
All my life I have been plagued with knee and low back pain. Much of this centered on having a weak core and an unwillingness to address this weakness. Given the amount of emotion harbored in my belly, it makes sense that I would avoid training this area of my body, and instead try to compensate with the over-use of my hip flexors and low back muscles.
This is a common pattern in many people: there is pain in the body and we don't want to face it because, well... it hurts! As humans, we want to avoid pain and pursue pleasure. This is ok. There is no shame nor judgment. This is instinctive and adaptive.
And yet, in order to grow, we do need to go through the discomfort. They don't call it "growing pains" for nothing.
I believe in providing a safe and supportive atmosphere for my clients to face their discomfort and move through pain when it comes up. On the other side of pain is phenomenal strength and freedom.
As I have moved through my challenges, I have gained enormous strength to do and achieve things I have never thought possible. I can run now without pain or injury. I can rock climb and mountaineer - something I didn't even know I *wanted* to do until I tried it. I have a strong foundation from which I am free to explore and try new things and an inner sense of confidence that tells me I can handle whatever challenges might come my way.
The same is possible for you.