I've decided to finally take a bit more active role in changing my mindset. I started off by reading the book and really strongly felt aligned with the ideas after seeing the John Stossell 20/20 report on TMS and lower back pain. Primarily, my biggest area that TMS manifests itself is my lower back. I believe myself to structurally have anterior pelvic tilt (hyperlordosis). Basically, too much of a lower back arch (belly sticking out). I understand that regardless of whether this is true or not, it should NOT result in any actual pain. Logically, I do not have lower back pain all the time so of course it doesn't make sense that I should have it randomly here and there. For a long time I thought my lower back pain was completely related to basketball (since 16, now 28). I thought that the jumping up and down strained my back and that is what made my lower back pain really hurt. Nowadays, I rarely play much anymore and I still have back pain. Clearly, hoops was just one of my triggers as an emotional release. My main questions: 1. I am very inflexible. Can't touch my toes, can't sit comfortably on the floor, can't do the asian (laundry) squat. I really want to spend 30 minutes a day trying to do the asian squat (basically you just try to sit in that squat for as long as you can). However, I've heard that flexibility is simply not a real thing. That it is not that my fibers etc have shortened, but rather that my nervous system sends a pain signal and stops my body from making that movement. I do not want to disrupt the concept of TMS and try to physically cure my pain. However, I would like to become more flexible through this squat challenge (and possibly yoga in the future). Is there a way to tie the two in? Should I only work on stretching when I don't have lower back pain? Ideally, my end goal is that I am both flexible of body, and strong of mind. I'd like to be able to eat a meal sitting down on the floor (at my asian in laws house for example). I'd like to be able to disrupt the back pain triggers (sleeping wrong/poorly, sitting on a chair, playing basketball too long, coming down wrong when playing basketball, etc). It annoys me that I feel pain and can't do simple things like reach down easily to tie my shoes. I had an ACL tear about 3 months ago...and that is just another corkscrew in this crazy life journey. Look forward to actively participating on here with everyone else. Thanks!