In the early 90s I met a bodyworker who persuaded me to get a massage. Because of my childhood, I experienced non-sexual touch as painful and I found bodies vaguely disturbing ("oogy" was the word I used) but I let her work on me anyway.
Two months later I was handing Kleenix to a therapist. Six months after that I was in freefall. Everything I had so carefully put together - my marriage, my job, my home, even my identity was tumbling away.
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"The nerve scars hold an evolutionary potential. For them, the concept of time does not count ... Clinical quiet does not mean that everything is finished. Time does not exist for our tissues."
- Leriche, 1951 This article from the journal Brain (Oxford University Press) delves into the mystery of pain that comes or leaves years after an injury. Although it mostly addresses neuropathic pain linked to physical injuries, such as stroke, paralysis or amputation, there is this