I have heard it said that when a sculptor works she takes away what is not needed; revealing exquisite form in space. This dynamic also applies to creating graceful, fluid movement in the human body.
Posture is defined as: the way in which your body is positioned when you are sitting or standing. However, we are continually moving from one posture to another. The manner in which we move our body becomes important, and I believe movement is more important than posture. Posture is static, whereas movement is dynamic.
When we experience pain in our body, often the originating cause is a misalignment in the way we move. A chronic neck pain could be created from constricting and tensing your muscles while doing common activities such as chopping vegetables. Jaimen McMillan, co-author of The Fourfold Path to Healing, explains, ‘Imagine a magnet underneath the board pulling the knife across the space between you and the vegetables… movement is a release rather than an effort…allowing the cutting to precede with ease.’
If we practice ‘movement as a release’ in our daily activities, then we too are sculpting a beautiful way of moving in the world. For more information go to http://www.spacialdynamics.com/whatIsSpacialDymanics.shtml
How is your body feeling?
I will be giving a workshop on Spacial Dynamics Saturday, January 31st, 9:30 am at Unity of Wilmington. To register click here.
Our bodies need to stay warm and dry with the weather turning cold and damp. When we are cold we naturally contract our muscles and tend to move less. This in turn creates aches and pains in our bodies. Staying loose and flexible becomes more of a challenge during winter.
Layering in our clothing choices becomes one solution, but how? If our clothes become too cumbersome we feel heavy and sweaty. We can even get a chill from trapped moisture and feel lethargic in thick wool sweaters and leggings.
Silk is a wonderful alternative keeping our body warm while providing freedom in movement. Benefits of wearing silk are: it preserves the body’s heat in the cold, it has moisture wicking properties keeping you dry and comfortable, it repels mold and mildew, it is hypoallergenic, and it is light and smooth making silk easy to layer under clothes.
“Silk contains natural protein and 18 essential amino acids. Studies have shown that amino acids calm the nervous system and fight against the effects of aging, especially on the skin. Silk also contains cellular albumen which helps speed up metabolism of skin cells therefore will reduce sign of aging. Silk pillows and sheets therefore are good for your facial skin and body.” For more information go to http://www.redkora.com/silk-fast-facts.html
And… when I am wearing silk I feel lighthearted!
How do you stay warm?
On Sunday, October 5, early in the morning a dear friend of mine died. We all had known for some time that Richard’s death was imminent and so many loving friends and family had literally been waiting for this news. And it came…
When I found out a huge wave of relief permeated my whole body and soul. I quickly resumed my schedule of activities for the day until subtly at first and then louder I felt in my body a demanding urgency to sit and be still! Now I could feel the pain and ache in my belly.
My friend Richard taught me about the power of silence in sitting and meditating. As I opened to a deeper awareness through stopping all activity and quieting my mind, something wonderful began to emerge within me. I now felt warmth spread out from my center – love. Tears began to fall.
Jack Kornfield shares in his book, The Wise Heart: A guide to the universal teachings of Buddhist psychology, ‘When we are lost in our worst crises and conflicts, in the deepest states of fear and confusion, our pain can seem endless. We can feel as if there is no hope. Yet some hidden wisdom longs for freedom…Awakening this inner freedom of spirit is the purpose of the hundreds of Buddhist practices and trainings.’
Now is the beginning of my next phase in Richard’s illness and now his death. Death is final but life is here, now, and I am experiencing this one breath at a time.
What is your experience with stillness?
In considering how to relieve constriction, pain (due to nerve impingement), numbness and possible muscle atrophy resulting from scar tissue, I use Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Scar tissue forms over the site of a wound or cut as part of the body’s natural healing mechanism. Scar tissue is connective tissue that is made of fibroblasts in newly forming scars and dense bundles of collagenous fibers in older wounds. Scar tissue becomes hard and can adversely affect the use of muscles and joints.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a slow, rhythmical, massage technique that enhances the natural flow of lymph and fluid drainage around the injured site. When used in combination with Swedish massage and applying vitamin E oil directly on the scar tissue the muscle’s normal movement is improved. Pain and numbness are reduced or eliminated and you are feeling better.
For more information go to: http://www.hometownfocus.us/news/2012-12-14/Massage_for_Your_Health/Scar_tissue_and_the_benefits_of_massage.html
How has healing from surgery affected the way your body moves?
So what are fascial adhesions? Fascia is connective tissue. It can be found superficially in the body just below the skin. It can also be found deeper in the body around our organs and muscles. Fascia gives support to the different body structures. Sometimes the fascia and the muscles beneath it stick together creating pain, burning sensations and reduced range of motion. When this happens, our muscles lack fluidity and we don’t feel free in our movements.
So what do we do?
Deep tissue massage to the rescue! Deep tissue massage is working between the muscle fibers. It can be uncomfortable for the client and good communication between client and therapist is necessary. I have found combining deep tissue massage for twenty minutes on the body areas that really need it along with Swedish massage and energy work to be highly effective. The beneficial results last longer and when you leave you are relaxed and feeling great!
If needed, soaking in a hot bath with apple cider vinegar or Epsom salts can deepen the relaxation and relieve any achiness. Putting an ice pack on the treated areas will also relieve any temporary discomfort.
For more information on deep tissue massage and fascial adhesions go to: http://www.transformationswellness.net/_articles/deeptissue.asp
What are your experiences with receiving deep tissue massage?