Before I continue, I want to thank Lena Schroyens for sharing an article with me that got me thinking (read it for yourself and see what thoughts it starts for you). The article got me thinking about barriers/boundaries. My boundaries have been crashed through many times as I have not always done the best job displaying them in a way that others respect them. Why am I speaking about this? Simply because I have found another instance where Osteopathic Principles are legitimately principles for all life on earth in all ways.
The Barrier Concept in Osteopathy states that you DO NOT go past the barrier – you approach it with respect, you gently touch it, and then it will change. Aggressively approaching a barrier appeals to the sympathetic nervous system and you will not achieve the proper adjustment as the physiological response will be protective. If barriers are not respected they will not change, if they do change it will be in the direction opposite to the desired result.
I see disrespect for barriers/boundaries in so many facets of daily life. As an aspiring sprinter I was exposed to a masochistic view of training where if you were not able to produce the desired work you were not going to progress. The great thing about being a sprinter in Toronto was the presence of Charlie Francis and his recognition of the fact that athletes DO NOT progress if they are pushed too hard – he respected their barriers. My training consisted of progress when respecting my own barriers and stagnation when impatience saw me search for faster results through too much work. Sprinting seems to be one of the few sports where there is a general acceptance of the IDEA of respecting boundaries and allowing proper time for recovery. Most other sports I see training that is always related to GUT CHECKS and how hard someone can work as validation of their worth in their given sport. Athletes are constantly called INJURY PRONE when, in my OPINION, they are being pushed harder than they are capable of working – they have tighter barriers with regards to work capacity and they break down because they just can not handle it.
In personal life I see people being pushed hard by the expectations of their significant other. One party is not living up to the expectations of the other and there is frustration that sets in. As a result of the frustration one person pushes the other with the aim of having their expectations met and is so focused on the end result that they fail to respect the boundaries.
There are countless other examples that may be given with regards to barriers in every day life that anyone can express. The important things to note are:
– Changing barriers takes a deep understanding of how to approach them and PATIENCE in applying the appropriate methods
– If barriers are not respected in the attempt to achieve an end goal the opposite of the desired result will be the outcome.
Osteopathy is the way that I am tapping in to life’s deepest levels and I know that there are countless other ways to achieve the same thing. Respecting barriers, being patient, and paying attention to the results of your actions are all important parts of effective change.