This 4 min square breathing exercise helps reduce stress and anxiety. A train interrupts (oops!), creating a perfect distraction metaphor. See if you can hold the focus!
This 18 min lesson is an audio recording, because your eyes will be relaxing!
Therapy balls and rollers are game-changers for self-care. Using them turns our attention from the external to our own internal sensations, and works with the body in powerful, nourishing ways.
More effortless movement is possible, freeing us from daily aches and pains. Discomfort is not normal; it is a message from your body that it is time for support and treatment!
Creating health is not always about how hard we push ourselves. Our bodies also require gentleness. Staying active is important, but so is giving the body opportunities to reconnect, to recover, and to retrain old patterns. Gentle therapies speak to the body in important ways that high energy activities cannot.
Using the interconnection between mind and body, Mind Body Therapy uses daily practice of simple, gentle techniques to effectively treat specific mental and physical health concerns.
Mind Body Therapy is a therapeutic somatic or yoga practice, specifically designed to address your personal health goals. It can be compared to a cross between physical therapy, yoga, and meditation.
Low back pain treatments work with soft tissues and the nervous system to correct imbalances and address dysfunction. Bodywork, acupuncture, counseling, and somatics are all effective, and can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan to address the specific causes of your low back pain.
Restorative practice is a proven way to offer the body and mind opportunities for deep rest. This rest then turns the complex systems of the body away from stress, creating space for deep healing and rebalancing.
Restorative practices balance the effects of stress on the body. Stress serves an important role in keeping us alive through threatening circumstances, but it is also a complex biological response that is designed to be temporary and flushed out of the system when the threat has passed. Restorative practices are able to help with that after-stress reset.
Restorative practices use techniques that create space for deep rest in the body and mind. Often, the goal is to create conditions where tension can be released in layers, allowing the body to be held by gravity instead of internal force.
As physical tension releases, the heart rate begins to slow and the breath deepens. The nervous system begins to change modes away from stress and adrenaline responses. Digestion improves and the body sends more nourishment to tissues so that they can repair and heal. The more muscular tension releases, the more blood and oxygen is able to flow through the body.
Restorative practice also nourishes the mind. Deep rest resets the nervous system, which helps calm anxiety. Shifting the nervous system away from stress mode also decreases pain levels, as the nervous system is able to turn the volume down on the pain signals themselves.
Releasing stress and restoring the body and mind to a calm, nourishing state is a key to maintaining and creating health. Restorative practice can take many forms, including classes, bodywork, mindfulness, or other therapies. With enough restoration, we are able to prevent becoming locked into chronic stress patterns and the dysfunction they cause.