To gain mobility and pain-free movement, we must work from a place of comfort and not pain. Only then will the brain relax, pay attention, and learn all the options at its disposal.
To be at peace with yourself in life doesn't mean there is an absence of chaos and storm, but rather that you can continue to walk your intended path in spite of them.
Have you ever woken up with a “crick” in your neck? When you didn’t injure yourself but it hurts to move, consider taking the time to be curious about your body’s message. Breathe and very gently and slowly move into and away from the pain, even a few millimeters, or visualize movement followed by periods of stillness, rest and listening.
The principles of healing with naturopathic medicine are based on the belief that the body has the capacity to heal itself, and all we have to do is remove the obstacles that are in it's way. What in your life would change if you trusted that your body knew what it needed to be healthy?
How you eat sets the stage for ideal digestion and assimilation of food. Before your meals, use your awareness and your breath (five-second inhale, five-second hold, seven-second exhale for a minute) to turn off the stress response and turn on relaxation. This will activate your parasympathetic nervous system and put you in a rest and digest state for increased absorption of your meal!
All emotions have neurological, pathological, and physiological effects on our bodies. Linger in emotions that make you feel good, while letting yourself move through and beyond those that don’t.
When we repeat painful or difficult movements, we are teaching and changing the brain. We are telling it, “I stand this way now and walk that way now. Forget all that other stuff. You can’t do it anymore.” An Anat Baniel Method℠ (NeuroMovement®) practitioner can help you gently experience the movements that your body needs. They can help your brain learn movements you didn’t know were available to you, or relearn movements that may once have come naturally.
A pile of broken bits of colorful glass can be made into a beautiful piece of mosaic glass art. How we experience life's moments can be based on our perspective. Try different ways of looking at a situation you encountered. You may be surprised by the results.
Most of us enjoy time for “zoning out”—perhaps watching Netflix after a busy day. But what about during a massage? On the contrary, research shows that body sense—“tuning inward” and feeling sensations (e.g. stretching, releasing, tingling) as they arise without judging them (e.g. "my muscles are too tight")—provides more health benefits.
Science tells us that happy people live longer and get sick less often. Society tells us to measure our success based on our job qualifications, the letters after our name, and the number in our bank account. What do you need to be truly happy, and how can you bring yourself a step closer to success?
Create a personal nourishment menu for your body and your soul in times of stress or boredom. It could be as simple as a walk in nature, engaging in a hobby, a massage, a visit with a friend, reading a good book, meditation, yoga, feeling sunshine on your face… In times of stress, choose one item from the list, and have a pause!
Pain is our body communicating that it is under stress. For example, every day we use our feet, but in a stress-free body, feet will not hurt.
If we try to maintain the ideal posture, the ideal gait, we are bound to fail, because there is no singular ideal. The ideal is the ability to vary and adapt how we move and stand depending on the conditions—to know what is essential and how to adjust the rest.
As much as we'd like to believe otherwise, our thoughts do not always factually represent reality. Our perceptions, opinions, and fears of what others think can greatly influence what we think and believe is true. Cognitive distortions creep in, leading to a downward spiral of negative emotions and actions. Talk to your counsellor if you feel your thoughts and emotional health are not as balanced as they could be. You may be quite surprised to discover new perspectives and ways of thinking.
People don’t think much about pain until they experience it. And when in pain, it can be difficult to stop thinking about it, especially if it is severe or persistent pain. Learning about the various components of a painful condition—the physical, sensory, emotional, cognitive, and social—is an empowering way to create space for healing.
Humans aren't meant to navigate through life alone, and we can't possibly be experts at everything. Life doesn't have to always be hard. How would your life change if you gave yourself permission to ask for the help and support you need?
For a restorative sleep, power down (disconnect from any technology including TV) one hour before snooze time. Then write all your worries down in a journal, and make a plan for your next day. This will free up your mind and energy to move into a deep and restful sleep!
We often think of the body and mind as separate. However, science has proven that they are inextricably linked. When we learn to move the body with greater ease, we inevitably feel greater ease in our thinking and emotions.
We are often the worst critic of ourselves. When you feel the weight of failure and guilt, examine what evidence there is from those around you that support your feelings. There's a pretty good chance you are the only one who indicted yourself.