Christmas is almost upon us. For some, it’s a time of merriment and coming together as a family or community. For others, it can be a time of stress and unhappiness. For many, it’s a mixture of both, which can leave little time for self care.
In stressful circumstances, I find that my breathing pattern can change and my breaths become shorter and quicker. My back and shoulder muscles become tight and ‘ready for action,’ my sympathetic nervous system is switched on and I’m drawn into the ‘go-go-go’ mentality.
When I feel caught up in that cycle I know it’s time to slow down and pause…
This can be as simple as taking time to stop and breathe. Completing one activity before starting the next. It’s the same approach as the mindful movements which we practice at the studio. After contracting your muscles (think: slow pelvic tilts where we arch and slowly lengthen the lumbar spine), pause to allow the brain and nervous system to fully sense the relaxation of the muscles and to let go of any tension before the next movement. This integrated approach allows the nervous system to fully absorb the movement pattern and to move without tension.
It’s not easy finding the time and energy for self care. Like most health professionals, I feel particularly challenged when it comes to taking time out and not being available for clients, and I appreciate your understanding as to why I’m taking a longer break this year than I’ve ever done before.
However, I know that if I adopt self care strategies then I’m better placed to be a more effective teacher/parent/grandparent/wife. Maybe some of this resonates with you too.
So, what would it be like if the next time you felt stressed you took a moment or two to truly slow down, pause and breathe? What if the next time you moved you really explored your movements in a mindful way? Instead of just doing the exercise with your thoughts somewhere else, you integrated both the mind and the body and moved in a more thoughtful way? What if you gave yourself permission to play and explore your movements? How nourishing a gift might this be to yourself?
I understand it’s not easy finding time for self care or to move a body that’s achey, stiff and heavy but to move is to become free from discomfort. The more you move the less you ache. Maybe we should think of self care as a discipline: a gift to ourselves and to those around us.
With this in mind, I’ve put together some workshops which are designed to work on all these issues. We will be using the Yoga Tune Up therapy balls, which I recommend to all my clients, along with some other tools and movements to release tight achey muscles and to ease busy minds.
Each workshop will treat different parts of the body. Please email me if you’d like to book. Each workshop will be held at the studio.
Spring 2019 Dates are as follows:
Saturday 9th February: Freeing the upper back, neck and shoulders
Saturday 16th February : Freeing the hips and knees
Saturday 9th March : Freeing the lower back
Saturday 16th March : Mindful Movement and breath work
Workshops: £30.00 or £25.00 if 2 or more are booked. Each workshop will run from 10am till 12 noon. Numbers are limited.
Gift Vouchers are available through the website, or contact me if you would like a personalised voucher in time for Christmas.
The studio reopens on the 14th of January 2019.