In the field of Physical Therapy, Pilates-based movements are often used for rehabilitation after a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). These types of injuries are caused from doing prolong repetitive movements causing damage to muscles and joints. Pilates is considered to be a practical option for physical rehab in these cases because it can not only work to stretch the area of injury with little to no impact, but builds core strength through focusing on moving in alignment. This stronger CORE results in fewer injuries in the future. For more information about how Pilates is used to rehabilitate RSI, please see the following link: Is Rsi Inflamed By Pilates? | LIVESTRONG.COM
Perhaps you have never experienced a physical Repetitive Strain Injury, but maybe you know what it is like to have a Spiritual RSI. Is there some area of your life where your repetitive movements or actions are causing you strain or injuring yourself or your relationships? Sometimes we have gotten into the habit of doing/saying things that cause us harm. Maybe we see this negative movement pattern and wish to change it, but we keep going back to the same “movement”, the same injury occurs….again. What can we do to rehabilitate ourselves to change the patterns that cause us pain?
Just like any physical therapist/doctor would tell a patient with RSI…If the movement causes pain—STOP DOING THE MOVEMENT!!! This is the first step to our Spiritual Rehab. Next, we need to begin strengthening our CORE by becoming AWARE of God’s Word. When we are able to become AWARE of the CORE of God’s will-his pattern of movement-for us and seek to maintain proper ALIGNMENT with it, we can begin to move again with protection and support without fear of strain or injury.
The following Psalm 119 (MSG) describes how aligning ourselves to God’s Will-his pattern of movement, heals our injuries and protects us from a future of pain.
25-32 I’m feeling terrible—I couldn’t feel worse!
Get me on my feet again. You promised, remember? …
My sad life’s dilapidated, a falling-down barn;
build me up again by your Word.
Barricade the road that goes Nowhere;
grace me with your clear revelation.
I choose the true road to Somewhere,
I post your road signs at every curve and corner.
I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me;
God, don’t let me down!
I’ll run the course you lay out for me
if you’ll just show me how.
We must ‘barricade’ ourselves from those movements/paths that harm us and seek to stay aligned- holding firm, grasping the CORE, moving with the One who heals us and supports us as we run the course that he lays out before us!