One of the things I love about working with Body Mapping is uncovering movement that is graceful and beautiful. Whether it be movement for music-making, flying through the air on the trapeze, in Pilates class or walking, I delight in movement discoveries. This fascination with movement fuels each day as I observe others along with the patterns I use.
What role does movement play in your day? Do you ever notice how you are moving? Do you observe movement quality when you exercise? while you perform daily tasks? Take a moment right now to think about all of the movements you use to complete tasks, do your job, and get from point A to point B. Did you realize how your life really does revolve around movement? To kick off 2015, here are some things you can do to uncover movement ease and fluidity within yourself and enhance everything you do.
Breathe More Deeply!
Most people breathe only enough to stay alive. We each have a much greater capacity for air in our lungs than we recognize. I challenge you to breath more fully beginning this year. Taking bigger breaths will uncover your breath capacity and stimulate underused breathing muscles. As you breathe, feel the movement of all 24 ribs moving up and out as you inhale and down and in on the exhale, the resulting abdominal movement, and the air moving across the tissues in your nose and mouth. Each full breath you take encourages healthy movement through your spine and the tissues throughout your torso. Not only that but, breathing also…
- reduces and eliminates fear, stress & anxiety.
- brings attention back into your body.
- oxygenates the blood.
- connects body and mind.
“Trying has an element of vagueness that gives you an excuse. It implies that you might not make it, ….” This description comes from Arno Ilgner’s book, The Rock Warrior’s Way. This year I invite you to stop trying, and fully commit to whatever task is at hand. Tell yourself, “Now I am going to _______________.” Harnessing this commitment along with the power of intention is key to immersing oneself in the process and sheer joy of any activity.
Let 2015 be the year you tune into movement. Besides the many health benefits of moving, you will have fun relishing in the playful sensations of virtually any movement. In our fast-paced, end-gaming society it is easy to become externally focused in pursuit of a goal, overlooking the important role of movement. Take a moment and think about how movement shapes body language and how others perceive us, as well as the fine motor skills of performing. How you ask? Tune into movement by including the kinesthetic sense in your awareness. This powerful sense allows you to experience movement real time. You can then learn to use the sensory feedback to refine movement for ease, freedom and precision.
Breathe, Commit & Move in 2015! Let us know your discoveries…