When pain is short-lived and passes quickly, we experience it but do not suffer. When it is a constant presence or comes suddenly, it causes suffering: injury, constantly aching back, recurring headaches, hurting knees. Or it can also be experienced as the pain of failure, loss or separation. Then pain deeply affects our lives in terms of well-being, from our ability to rest and relax, to our capacity to work, enjoy recreational activities, maintain and develop relationships, being able to concentrate. Culturally, pain is regarded as an enemy, and we generally try to avoid it: becoming busy with something else, reducing our breathing and contracting our muscles in an attempt not to feel the pain. We force our body into set postures, responses and attitudes, and shape our attention to exclude it from our experience. We act in order to direct our attention away from pain. Often, we are unaware of those patterns: they are so automatic and habitual, sometimes for many years, we do not know that there is the possibility of choosing to react differently.
The Grinberg Method approaches pain as an experience that calls our attention to the fact our body requires a change or has a need. The Grinberg Method practices a methodology of attention; it correlates the suffering that results from long-term pain with the static way in which we relate to it and the efforts we invest in trying to avoid it. It teaches people to increase and focus their attention on their bodies and to gain control over the automatic way of reacting to pain. Instead of a repetitive response, the Grinberg Method suggests that through a change of attitude, and by applying our will and attention, we can transform the experience of pain. Its aim is to reduce the suffering, which can many times lead to the disappearance of pain, as the body can then heal itself ( From the Grinberg Method booklet “Transforming pain”, p.3).