For the last 6 months I have avoided salsa after some major back issues and relapses. Though I have taken lessons and danced for 3 years without incident, I became convinced that salsa might be aggravating my symptoms and possibly causing them. The logic did not make sense, but I was terrified to dance. The worst part is I LOVE salsa to no end. It makes me feel alive and vibrant. It engages the mind and connects two people and whole room in a way not many things to do for me. Also, it is my main social circle in a small mountain town, so not attending has been downright depressing. After starting the TMS program recently, I have been doing real well. I decided to go to our weekly social dance last night. I wore a girdle sort of thing to keep my back stable and found myself really, really nervous. I had a fancy cocktail, started dancing and thought I thought I felt pain, but I kept on dancing and told myself it was nothing. I took breaks and took photos of people dancing (I am the appointed salsa club photographer) but went right back to dancing. I had decided to stay for an hour but stayed for 2. When I left, I was convinced BOTH my neck and back hurt, but I rode my bike home, relaxed a bit and went to sleep. Feel good this morning. I am going to watch the Sarno DVD again today. Need reinforcement I am OK. I was so happy last night but fear is pretty powerful adversary.