We all know that when we get stressed out that we need to breathe. Breathe deep. I’ll have more to coach you through in another blog where we get specific about how to take in healing and calming breaths, even energizing breaths, but for now, I want to explore an acronym that I was given that gives the skeleton map of how to connect the mind, body, and spirit and use the body as a way release the effects of trauma and pain from our bodies. You can use your body to release your mind.
So many of us live in our heads, playing the same records of self-doubt; filled with the jarring notes of stress and anxiety. we are cut off from our bodies and stuck in fight or flight, frozen in chronic tension. (This is where I was a year ago and I wasn’t even aware of it until I had a life-changing acupuncture session, but that’s a story for another time.) Often we are not even aware of this insidious soundtrack of our lives, but our bodies are taking these messages in very deeply.
In the “Use Your Body to Release Your Mind” workshop we learned strategies to become aware of these stress patterns and how to listen to your body and discover what it can tell you about your emotional health. We covered trauma-informed strategies for communicating with and calming the central nervous system with breath work, restorative movement, and deep body awareness. I’ll be sharing so much more in this series as we cover some of the work that we did in the workshop. My hope and goal is that you can learn (just as I am learning) to be transformed in your mind and spirit by the renewing of how you breathe, move and intuitively begin to sense your own body’s communication.
As we progress through this series, you will learn practical, hands-on tools to release stress and trauma from the body- freeing the mind and spirit to heal the nervous system with breathwork, restorative movement, and deep body awareness.