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Child's Pose

The Mind-Body Connection

A healthy physical body and a healthy emotional self are interwoven. On the other hand, Mental or Emotional dysregulation will often present as physical symptoms or diseases, and certainly physical problems can affect mental health. Recognizing the mind-body connections and using tools to improve your awareness and influence over the system that connects them will yield remarkable benefits throughout your health journey.

Getting In-Tune With Your Body

Notice the broad health benefits that come with becoming physically in-tune with your body movements and inner sensations throughout movement by experimenting with practices like: yoga, tai chi, qi gong, rhythmical drumming, or martial arts.

Rhythmic & Synchronized Movement

Thinking and moving in-step with other people is deeply beneficial for the nervous system. Take dance lessons, kickboxing, improv, self-defense classes.

Getting Grounded

One of the most powerful skills for long-term health, happiness and leading a productive life is being able to "get out of the mental space" and access the here and now, and be comfortable with inner sensations. Mindfulness Based Stress reduction (MBSR), Meditation, along with the practices outlined in the "Getting In-Tune" section are of priceless value.

Vagus nerve toning

Enjoy positive shifts in the nervous system and stress response with vibration practices like choral singing, chanting, vagal breathing.

Body Work

Having a professional therapist or healthcare provider restore healthy patterns in your musculoskeletal, myofascial or nervous system can be the difference between progress and plateau. Therapies like: rolfing, massage therapy, physical therapy, craniosacral therapy, chiropractic care, should be considered as part of your wellness journey.

Integrating Inner Experiences

Writing down difficult experiences, writing clips of your experience of a Practice outlined elsewhere, "free writing", and gratitude journaling are all shown to provide numerous health benefits to the writer alone or in conjunction with other practices.

Rest Practices

Rest is not just about sleep, naps, lying down, or zoning out. Rest is often about taking active, mindful pauses. There are many ways to practice Rests during the day. To help you get started, I highly recommend the book "Permission to Rest" by Ashley Neese. Here is a summary of Rest Practices from her book.

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