At Palermo we encourage the athlete to slow down and take control of their recovery. We also understand that not everyone has the resources or the knowledge to know where to begin. So we are starting a new series of short articles where we give simple recommendations that can be added to your daily routine to support your body, muscles and mind.
Some are common sense, some may be brand new and some will hopefully make you think about how you treat your body in a different way. Our aim is that every single one will bring a little relief to the body that carries you through each day.
To start the series, a fundamental Palermo belief:
Treat your body like a plant. Not like a machine.
We have developed a culture in which when something breaks we throw it away and buy a new one. This disposable culture has infiltrated most of our thinking, even of ourselves and our ‘self’.
Athletes, professional and amateur alike, push their bodies to breaking point, caught in the misconception that pain is the only path to progression, without looking at the consequences of injury. We have become our own throw away culture. We expect our bodies to perform and when they don’t we look to have someone else fix it for us like a mechanic fixes a car.
At Palermo we view the body differently. To us, the human body is a plant, not a machine. We as therapists are gardeners not mechanics.
For the human body to thrive it needs to be nurtured into a position of strength, mobility and stability and never forced, ignored or taken for granted.
You can’t force a flower to grow or demand that a tree recovers from being blown over in a storm. Nature takes time to heal and gain strength, and so, as part of nature, the human body takes time to recover. When we don't allow the body time, the damage can be scarring and permanent.
So, during periods of injury or stagnation consider this. The way to truly heal a body is to understand this need for time, and use it to build a stronger more tolerant body capable of withstanding the stress we expose it to in our racing and training.