Tuesday, March 22, 2016

How to Tell the Difference Between Exercise and Healing Movement

     "Put your body in motion and your psyche will heal itself. "  ~ Gabrielle Roth,  Maps to Ecstasy: The Healing Power of Movement

     It's no secret that I love to exercise!  I've got to bike or swim every day or I don't feel like myself. When I go on vacation (like this week), my first priority is to find a public pool and a bike rental place to work out the kinks and the stress associated with traveling.

     The health benefits of exercise like biking, swimming, working out in a gym or taking an organized fitness or exercise class are well-known and manifold. Research indicates exercise can be more effective in treating depression than medication, and can be an excellent treatment for insomnia, weight issues, and insulin resistance.

     However, if I'm feeling stuck, disconnected, ungrounded or unbalanced, rather than exercise, I seek out healing movement. Why? Because the repetitive movements that characterize many exercise programs can actually create stagnation by reinforcing held patterns in our bodies, thoughts and beliefs. This is especially true for stationary bikes and treadmills - a lot of effort to go nowhere! If you want to break through your patterns, you need movement that is intuitive, creative and playful.

Healing Movement

When we move and exercise, we aren't just moving our physical bodies. We are also creating movement in our subtle bodies, the energy structures of our body. This raises our vibrational level and balances our energetic and biological rhythms. Movements that emphasize the flower of energy rather than repetitive muscle movement are healing movements. Here are some examples:
  • Eastern movement arts such as Yoga, T'ai Chi or Qigong emphasize being rather than doing - a premeditative state of mind that requires one to be in the moment. Practicing Eastern movement arts can enhance personal growth by heightening intuition, increasing awareness of energetic movement, building "inner" strength, and balancing energetic flow. 
  • Western movement arts such as Pilates or continuum are educational in nature, increasing body awareness and helping us break free from habitual and limited movement and thinking patterns.
  • Dance Movement Therapy uses movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual - as defined by the American Dance Therapy Association.
     You can also utilize healing movement on your own. However, this requires that you:
  • Trust your intuition in how to move.  More about trusting your instincts here
  • Let go of judgement of how you move, no matter what.
  • Give yourself permission to move any way your body wants to, even if it feels initially awkward.
  • Approach movement as play.  More about that here
  • Try listening to some music with your eyes closed and follow how your body wants to move  When I do this, I will get mental images of ways to move.  
  • Be willing to go out of your comfort zone.
  • Let go of inhibitions and enjoy! More about that here.  

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