Check out these quotes from leading scientists

Not feeling is associated with pain, anxiety and major health issues:

‘Some of the most devastating medical and public health problems of our time – depression, substance addiction and intractable pain – are centred on pathologies of feeling’

Damasio A and Carvalho GB (2013) The Nature of Feelings: Evolutionary and neurobiological origins. Nature Reviews Neuroscience Vol 14, Feb 2013, 143

Feeling is hard, our brains can create a disconnected, virtual body:

‘We don’t need a body to feel a body.’

Melzack R, and Katz J (2013) Pain. WIREs Cogn Sci 2013, 4:1–15

You can learn to feel more:

‘Your interoceptive awareness is key to everything … It can be trained.’

Craig AD (2015) How Do You Feel? Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press. Check also

Learn to feel lots of detail:

‘A strong, refined, detailed and coordinated representation of information from any given region of your body is, by its fundamental nature, anti-pain’

Merzenich M (2013) Soft-Wired. Parnassus Publishing. See also Merzenich M (2012) Dr. Michael Merzenich on Neuroscience, Learning and the Feldenkrais Method. accessed 2013-05-01

Focus on feeling safe and try to avoid worrying about intense sensations:

‘Over the past few years, studies revealed that non specific low back pain is characterized by sensorimotor impairments at the lower back.’

‘Compared to healthy individuals, patients with non specific low back pain showed decreased brain activation during the processing of tactile-proprioceptive signals from the lower back, and while imagining daily life activities’

Studies ‘suggest that individuals with non specific low back pain are over-responsive or over-attentive towards sensory inputs that potentially signal ‘danger to the lower back’ and require action to protect the spine.’

Science backed goals for working with back pain:

  • Develop skills to feel more connected to the body
  • Learn to feel safe with intense sensations
  • Learn to feel safe to move more

There is a paradox for people in pain of not being aware of the slow-background tone of body sensation (interoception), and, at the same time, being hyper-sensitive to potentially threatening sensory inputs.

Steve Haines has been working in healthcare for over 25 years and as a bodyworker since 1998. Understanding the science of pain and trauma has transformed his approach to healing. He has studied Yoga, Shiatsu, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE). He is a UK registered Chiropractor and teaches TRE and Cranial work all over the world. His treatments now use education, embodied awareness and light touch to help people move more freely and be more present. Steve lives and works between London and Geneva.