I believe that flexibility builds resilience. The mind and body are so connected, my work on movement was inspired by our body’s connection to our emotional wellbeing. Implementing a daily routine of stretches and exercises you can shift your mindset. The movements in this book are functional and are also designed to target specific emotions, promoting a more resilient mindset.
In my eBook Reclaim Your Body, I equip you with vital stretching techniques and principles. Movement can be an important daily ritual, as our muscles are connected to our brain via the nervous system. The traditional Chinese medicine philosophy understands that our muscles are also related to our organs and emotional states. When we are stretching our bodies, we are also working on our mental wellbeing, personal power, our ability to let go of negativity and the sense of feeling stuck.
Mindful movement is an important daily ritual. The traditional Chinese medicine philosophy understands that our muscles are also related to our organs and emotional states. Our mind is connected to our bodies. When we are moving our bodies, we are also working on our mental wellbeing, allowing the body to process emotions such as rage, fear and sadness. Movement can also promote positive emotions such as joy, personal power and support.
Movement aids the body to detoxify the systems of the body and organs. It promotes mobility, strength and balance in your muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
Exercise boosts your energy and delivers both oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently.
Stretching is perhaps the most important stage of injury rehabilitation. It provides the foundation for your body’s full recovery. Not only that, but regular stretching also has a number of other benefits that include:
Relief of stress
Increased performance physically and emotionally
Balances emotional welling
Regular exercise is one of the best tools you can use to fast track your recovery. Though you might be tempted to use the excuse that you are time poor, studies have shown that interval training in small ten-minute bursts, 2-3 times a week, can be just as beneficial as daily exercise.
A great idea to keep you motivated and to make sure you’re doing the most beneficial exercise for your body and lifestyle, is to find yourself a strength and endurance exercise professional, such as a Functional Trainer, who can tailor a custom plan for you.
If you are recovering from trauma or an alarmed state, you also might want to consider a balance of strength & endurance vs. restorative exercise. Ensure you’re exercising all the different parts of your body as a whole rather than in isolation.
If you have mobility limitations, exercising in water is low impact and allows you to train muscles concentrically and eccentrically.
Less is more
The good news that is in some cases, doing less can actually be better because it can bring our body back to homeostasis faster. Particularly if you are in an alarmed state where vigorous exercise may lead to more stress and inflammation.
In a world where we are constantly striving to push forward and achieve more, we are under so much pressure, leading to both physical inflammation and worry, because the mind and the body mirror each other. This is why it’s so important to focus on exercising your mind, if not your body as a whole. Achieving a ‘yin’ approach by doing less and focusing on inner work can lead to a better state of mind, level of health and may even assist in weight loss.
Movement and mindset
By exercising your body physically, you are also simultaneously working on your emotional wellbeing, as your muscles are connected to your brain via the nervous system, which then communicate with your organs according to traditional Chinese medicine. Each of your muscle and organ groups is related to emotional states that we can go through, which can be identified using Kinesiology.
Movement fires recovery processes in muscles and neurones.
Move and stretch daily for a stronger mind, and integrated emotional health.
Movement is connected to :
Your biochemistry - hormones, cells, neurotransmitters, brain integration, gut health
Your physical body - fascia, tendons, ligaments, nerves, blood
Your Qi and energy - your meridians and the ability to connect to your intuition
Let’s take squatting as an easy example, I want to show you how you can simultaneously work on your mindset while moving your body.
Stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips and point toes outward around 300.
Inhale into your diaphragm at the top position and exhale as you slowly squat down.
As you descend imagine you are about to sit back into a chair, go as low as you comfortably can. Track your knee joints over the middle of your feet.
Hold your torso upright and maintain your weight between the balls and the heel of your feet. Look straight ahead into the horizon.
Great for feeling supported, supporting oneself and receiving support from others.
While you are squatting I want you to think of feeling deeply supported within yourself, receiving support from your environemnt and within your relationship also. The mind and the body are connected, so by working on your hips which structurally support you, you can boost the feeling of feeling supported within yourself, strengthening your belief that it is so. What you believe is what matters, so when you begin to believe you can support yourself, and that you are also supported by others, you will receive more support in your life. This will enable you to see your life with fresh eyes. What you are focused on on, your brain will seek more evidence in your environment to align with that. So focus on feeling supported and you will see more evidence of this around you. When you can believe in yourself, others will believe in you too and watch possibility open up for you in your mind, body and life.
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