I've been working the past few days helping a family move into their home. (I do some home organizing here and there.) The woman I've been helping has more than once mentioned her back and how she must be careful. And oh, btw, she says, the rolfing appointments have been very helpful. (Though it seemed to me she was in just as much pain later that day.) She's not a whiner, she was just explaining some of her limitations on lifting. This job has been very helpful on a couple of fronts. First, I realized how easy it is to get on the old cow path thinking and start chatting, 'Oh, yeah! I know what back pain is like…" And then you start comparing modalities and their effectiveness. (Or not!) I wanted to jump in and explain my struggles. But I didn't. I just made some sympathetic noises and didn't utter a word on my aches and pains. I honestly think that was a first for me. I'm not a whiner by nature but my empathic nature wants to demonstrate my understanding of pain. I realized how destructive this can be in reinforcing the pain script. And yeah. The aches and pains. They were definitely talking to me. So it was a great opportunity for me to press on through and tell my brain to knock it off. This job is very physical….I have a few more days. I never would have dreamed of taking on something like this pre-TMS awareness. And yes, it is pushing me. But I am very grateful for the lessons I'm learning to say nothing of the feeling of empowerment.