This springtime and a fortuitous post by Rolfer™Sandy Collins on our Rolfing® SI forum have caused me to remember the brave folks of my practice: the ones who come in with their jaw half kicked off from kickboxing, those who trek in Nepal against all odds, and those who bravely take a step to lower their rampant aging, even though it be a small step.
Why we must describe those slings and arrows of fate such as busted knees, backs and mental depression as aging, is beyond me. It is not “just” aging.
There is beginning to be more and more research around chronological age and biological or functional age. The forefront of the diet research is talking about caloric restriction. The forefront of the mental research is talking about exercise, both mental and physical, as important in slowing the so-called aging process.
In our own world, are we biologically old or young for our age, or just right?
We all have our own standards on this, and springtime provides a good time for a re-evaluation. Most of us, unlike Sandy, won’t choose 2 years in advance to go on a 15 day hiking trip in Nepal to a level of 17,000 feet. However, seems to me that Sandy made a life-changing decision when she took that on.
The choices we make each day to do a little more in the search of turning back the biological clock are fine, up to a point. However, that big decision, to go on a trip with our grandchildren rafting down the Grand Canyon, run that marathon, to walk for hours in the Bosque del Apache at dawn in search of some bird, can be a catalyst for what Sandy has called an alchemy of fitness in the mind and body to promote healing.
In Sandy’s case her 2 year training for the trip was admittedly not enough, from her writing of it, but it was enough to enable her to make the trip despite a bad case of giardia she contracted in Nepal. She got well from her various aging problems and toxicitys in the presence of the mountain, in spite of throwing up all up and down the mountain, the challenge.
Another awesome effort: Eiko and Minoru, a 30-something couple who had faced a lot together, decided to run the Philadelphia Marathon. When I treated them to carb loading the night before, they revealed that they had trained…but never to the marathon distance.
The next day, they made it. As they put it, a lot of healing took place. And, they didn’t have to be airlifted back to New York City.
So, do you have a challenge for yourself this spring?
BTW, you can find the Rolfer Sandy Collins, on www.rolf.org