It’s tough to create change until we have an epiphany. We need to know what’s contributing to our health and how we would like to see ourselves grow. Whether Your goal is better wellbeing or healing discomfort it’s natural to distract ourselves or be so afflicted by discomfort that we struggle to pin point how to help ourselves.
As movement practitioners or people who just love movement, we certainly owe it to ourselves and our clients to recognize what the body is telling us through patterns, and carefully consider their presence. Helping clients achieve their goals is a result of allowing them the space and opportunity to be aware and then empower them to work with their body puzzle.
I use a sensory and emotional energy gage with my own body whether I’m dealing with discomfort or deciding how to exercise on my best days. My goal is always to offer growth to a client’s senses by providing training geared toward movement sensibilities and body awareness. We all have our areas of the body where muscles are contributing to postural patterns. At first glance, these holding patterns may present themselves as a skeletal misalignment that is actively increasing a lack of alignment. Or in the case of Scoliosis, increasing the visual recognition of rotations and lateral deviations of the body. However, if we are positive and mindful in approaching these noticeable alignments I have found I am continually amazed at how gently bring the breath to those areas of tightness and releasing areas of tension reveals a better alignment than I could have perceived was available.
My own body has taught me that while there are harder days than others, increasing my body awareness has enabled me to create change and increase the number of great days! Observing this in my clients has also encouraged me in this lesson. I always learn so much from each of my clients!
My main message in this entry is to prioritize empowering clients to sense their bodies well being. This provides growth in their ability to care for themselves & brings them an immense amount of joy outside the studio. It’s that joy and capability that I hope to keep sharing!
So whether your training as an athlete, or an average guy, or gal give yourself a chance to tune-in to your mind while you’re working out in the studio.
When it comes to Scoliosis this mentality is so useful because it reignites a positive relationship with the body. To me Scoliosis might be described as an intuitive condition. Not only does my body respond differently to movements, tension, and physical stress, at the risk of sounding too “woo woo” for some people, I am going to suggest that the mind and emotions highly effect scoliosis. And if this is true for those of us with scoliosis on a more readily visible level, then I would say it is just as present for everyone walking on this planet. So Why not embrace it? At this point in our very evolved history there is no need to ignore emotional stress while working with our muscles and movement of the human body. I’m not a clinician, so I will leave the major points of psychological study to the professionals, but I can speak on behalf of the people I have worked with, and my own experience. Learning to observe where The body is holding tension has been a game changer for my bodies well being.
I would suggest that when body scans are apart of a pre-pilates workout it is more likely to open the needed opportunity for physical changes. You don’t have to talk, but let those shoulder melt into the reformer ! Pilates movement is a time to tune in and take care of yourself, and this is a priceless gift. The focus it takes to train in Pilates offers confidence, stress relief, strength, coordination, balance and much more.
The self awareness I have cultivated in my quite home studio has come from learning to use body scanning techniques like this, I highly recommend trying body scanning as apart of your practice.
They usually include:
Acknowledging the breath and each part of your musculature. Then address your bones and alignment, sensing where you are and the heaviness to the floor. Affirm yourself and your body awareness as you breath and relax. Next, access your comfort level by asking myself how You feel, and taking long deep breaths. Then ideas flow to your mind for what your body wants to move or experience. This creates a gentle plan for movement and stretching tailored to your body.
If you listen , you’ll know what you need…
This gentle approach is my suggestion for reaching the emotive aspect of the muscles and cultivating your own Mind-Body work.
For my Scoliosis, It provides an opportunity to work with passive positions that allow release in tight areas of the body that need to relax out of their typically tightness patterns that I mentioned are contributing extra stress to the hypertonic muscles of a body of a person with Scoliosis.
Body scanning meditations are very common, you can easily find one to enjoy online.
Give it a try !