How to Avoid a Lifetime of Chronic Pain with Erin Burch – Ep. 205

How to Avoid a Lifetime of Chronic Pain with Erin Burch

“When it comes to your body, you’re either in the driver’s seat or you’re in the trunk. Unfortunately, most people are literally in the trunk; in other words, they’re in the dark, they don’t know what’s happening, and you don’t know how you got there. If you’re in the driver’s seat, you’ve got access to feedback and you’re listening, look, and learning as you’re going along. If you arrive someplace you don’t like, you’re able to change it because you understand how you got there.” – Erin Burch


For today’s podcast, I had an amazing discussion with the Founder of The Burch Method, Creator of Core Container™ System, and proclaimed, Body Whisperer by her clients, Erin Burch. With 38 years of physical therapy, yoga, Erin uses an inside-out approach that has not only healed others but herself as well. To find out more about her work and receive weekly insights, you can go to her website and subscribe to receive her Body Whispers – Love Notes from Your Body emails.

We also answered a question from our Open Sky Fitness Podcast Group on Facebook about collagen powder for joints to help with arthritis. Check out our answer and learn about the best natural sources of protein to help naturally heal inflammation in the body such as in the hands.

Preventing Lifetime Chronic Pain

According to Erin, we need to pay attention to signs that our bodies are already distorted. That means you may have to shift your radar from where the pain is to where the tension is located in your body. You can help avoid a lifetime of chronic pain by redirecting tension from where it doesn’t belong to where it actually does belong in the body.

Afterall, tension is there for a reason. As Erin says, tension is there to hold you together but the problem is that it starts to glue together the moving parts of the body. What keeps us young and healthy are moving parts.

When we have pain, our first reaction is to respond to it but we need to dig deeper into the sensation so that we can learn from it.

Scar tissue will start to attach to structures nearby and far away like a strong spider web taking control of our movement.

Common misconceptions and misbeliefs about scar tissue

  1. It’s benign
  2. It tends to be local
  3. It tends to be finite


Preventing Chronic Pain Today

To help us get started on preventing chronic pain today, Erin advises that we should:

  • Use our consciousness to sink into the tissues and shift to a partnership place where we’re really listening to our body.
  • Pay attention to the impressive ability and power that our connective tissues have.
  • Focus on the importance of listening to the tension in our bodies.
  • Realize that we have the ability to be wired to connect to the body which will always help us heal.


“If you can feel it, you can heal it. Our bodies are truth machines and they’re telling us way more than what most people notice. How you strategize your movement and how you hold yourself is a lot about how you’re going to age. Just ask yourself how older people with poor posture got the way. A better question to ask yourself is, ‘How to avoid getting that way too?’ ” -Erin Burch


Work with Erin

To work with Erin, you can schedule a personal consultation or one of her many offerings from Mom’s Workshops to Athletic Screenings.

In fact, later this month on June 23 she is hosting an Embody the Goddess event. 

There is no doubt that we are living in extraordinary times, where the Feminine is Rising and there is a Reclamation on many levels and Empowerment of that which has been struggling to be seen. Embodiment is a huge and necessary piece of that Sovereignty.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Experience your True, Designed, Effortless and Goddess-given Posture
  • Feel taller, look 5 lbs thinner and appear Regal, Graceful and Elegant
  • Learn how to move and walk in that way so that people will be amazed at your Feline Grace
  • Claim what it’s like to Never Be A Victim Again with nothing but your Alignment and the Power of your Body Language
  • Experience the powerful feeling of your engaged and functional Core Container™ and how it is a complete Game-Changer for staying younger
  • Explore how tension can be re-directed into the Core Container™ for an ungluing of your moving parts to reclaim the feeling of freedom, lightness and floating
  • Discover the difference between the Movers (the muscles) in your body and the “System” (Core Container™) that was designed to Hold, which will create an important distinction when it comes to unravelling unwanted tension
  • Be given tools to sustain this

To register, email Erin at


About Erin Burch

Erin Burch, PT is a pioneer in the field of Mind Body healing and passionate about helping people perform at their highest. She has worked with Hollywood A-listers, professional athletes, rock icons and network executives, helping them to be on top of their game.

Creator of the Core Container™ System for living without pain and aging with grace, Erin has lived this work in depth. She is a testimony to what she speaks about, after healing herself from aggressive, scar tissue, chronic pain and limited movement.

She speaks passionately about how to create a painless, ageless, radiant body!



What You’ll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

1:30 Check out last week’s show: OSF 204 – Cardio vs. Weightlifting: Which Is More Important As We Age?

2:30 Update on our current Sky Fit Challenge participants!

3:15 Question from our Open Sky Fitness Podcast Group on Facebook about collagen powder for joints.

6:00 How you can get to the root of arthritis and inflammation.

8:00 Exercises you can do to help with arthritis in our hands.

14:40 Natural sources to consume collagen from bone broth and salmon to pumpkin seeds to snack on.

16:20 Join us early for our Transition Challenge beginning June 18 to prepare for the next official Sky Fit Challenge starting July 16.

19:45 Introduction to Erin Burch

20:30 Her method and how she can tell what our body will be like in the future just by watching how we move.

22:10 How she became dubbed the Body Whisperer and how she started this career journey.

26:00 Her own healthcare scares and the physical changes she began to notice in her body that needed help.

28:00 How much the body and level of compromise it can take until your muscles can rip.

31:30 How we can begin to assess where our bodies are at in the present moment.

33:20 Some things we’re potentially doing now that can lead to chronic pain the future.

38:00 Rob’s example of how he feels a tension in his pelvis when doing squats and Dr. Burch’s solution.

43:50 Common misconceptions and misbeliefs about scar tissue

44:50 Self-care Rob can do for his hip tension.

59:00 Closing comments with Rob and Devon

1:01:55 Open Sky Fitness Closing






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