Would you like to have a simple ten-minute program to help you relax while you gain body awareness and flexibility? This gentle practice is based on Somatic Technique, which has come down the line from Moshe Feldenkrais. It combines breathing and relatively easy movements for the front and back of your body.
Click here: Ten Minutes to Relaxation and Flexibility for a PDF file which you can view online, or download for your personal use. Read on if you would like find out why this approach can be so helpful.
How Does it work?
There are a few basic reasons why muscles become chronically tight.
- Anxiety or worry – what we usually call “stress.” See Stress Mastery for help with this.
- A loss of communication between the brain and the muscles
- A combination of 1 and 2
- A deficiency or imbalance of minerals like Magnesium, Calcium and/or Potassium
- Blockage of flow in the lymphatic vessels
- Blockage of flow in related acupuncture meridians
- Blockage of energy from an “interference field” (stemming from an old scar, injury site or hidden infection. The interference source isn’t usually painful itself, and is often some distance away – seemingly unrelated).
This simple routine works mainly with #2, but also helps with #1. It helps loosen tense muscles in four ways:
- It relaxes your mind by bringing your focus into the present moment
- It activates your diaphragm in breathing, which places your nervous system into relaxation mode (parasympathetic)
- Diaphragmatic breathing also calms the “fight-or-flight” part of the nervous system (sympathetic)
- It strengthens communication between your muscles and brain. Why is this important? If this link is weak, the subconscious mind takes over and places the muscles into default mode, which is, unfortunately, “tight!”
Click to view the exercise page: Ten Minutes to Relaxation and Flexibility.
To learn more about brain-muscle communication, please see Somatic Technique.