We recently introduced the PainResource audience to Esther Gokhale, creator of the Gokhale Method, which teaches improvements to posture that can result in less pain and easier movement of the body. In the first post from our interview with Ms. Gokhale we explained how her method came about and how it works to help people with pain.
In this excerpt from our recent interview she offers tips on how to use her approach in your daily life, which for most of us means relearning a healthier way of moving that we instinctively knew as babies and very young children:
PainResource: Is it hard for people to relearn how to move in the way we once knew?
Esther Gokhale: [This way of moving] is something relaxed and natural and because it’s natural–even if it feels strange–it’s strangely familiar. … We have a six-lesson course that we teach in cities all over the U.S. and abroad, and we see people completely transform their bodies. Very often results come in from day one. They’re learning to sit with traction in their body using external objects. It’s rare for people not to feel better and more optimistic about their future. We teach using intelligence, visual, and kinesthetic cues. Having these different prongs helps students learn faster and retain better.
PR: Our audience is obviously people experiencing all kinds of pain. Can you talk about the connection between posture and movement and pain?
EG: It’s a paradigm shift and it’s revolutionary. It’s a method that really needs to reach people in pain. That pain is there to tell them how to do things differently; that’s where we come into it. Why do people come [to our website and workshops]? It varies a lot. Some people come because they have a lot of pain, and some come to improve posture and want to avoid pain. It’s true that the most common [group] we have is women ages 30 to 60. … But we’re getting more people in the computer industry and also the elderly.
PR: You list a lot of types of pain that your method can help. Where have you seen the most dramatic results in healing or improving?
EG: We find a lot of magic with back pain. Foot problems–it’s an area where the [method] has worked very well. And we’re very effective for … hip, knee, and neck problems. And then also general fibromyalgia pain. When we improve circulation and the baseline processes of the body there is quite remarkable improvement. We see a lot of people who are not supposed to get better. There’s no age limit; it’s never too late to improve one’s structure and reap the benefits of that. Older people are expecting to be in decline, and suddenly they have a tailwind and their whole outlook on life changes. It’s wonderful to witness.
PR: Are there types of chronic pain that the Gokhale Method probably won’t do much to ease?
EG: There are some kinds of pain, like intestinal [pain], but even there, improving the [body’s] architecture improves the digestive system. But acute injury, accidents, might need help from bodyworkers or medication or going to see the doctor and, on a rare occasion, surgery.