After my assault, I developed massive sharp pains in my right foot. I went to the doctor and they told me my right leg was shorter than my left leg, so they gave me a ¼ inch lift. But the pain got worse, especially when I was traveling through Southeast Asia and walking a ton. I tried not to limp, but the pain was incredibly frustrating. I felt like I couldn’t walk more than 10 minutes without major discomfort. Then I went to a physical therapist who told me to take out the lift, and do a specific stretch. That helped tremendously, but after walking long distances it would still flare up.
This year I solved the mystery of this sharp pain. While doing a combination of Alexander Technique and Reiki, I realized that I had started a ballroom dance class the month after I was assaulted. I was being touched by strangers 20 times an hour, 3 times a week. My body freaked out. I started tensing in my pelvis, which carried down to my leg, which then manifested the full pain in my foot. Through doing Alexander Technique, I have learned how to release all the tension in my body, especially my legs and feet.
Now I know how to stay grounded without being triggered. Every step I take feels like a victory and a reminder of how far I’ve walked to be where I am today.