Conscious Movements with Buffy Owens https://consciousmovements.com Merging The Feldenkrais Method & Health Coaching For Lasting Change Tue, 27 Jun 2017 02:39:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 https://consciousmovements.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/cropped-Conscious-Movements-Favicon-Grey5-32x32.png Conscious Movements with Buffy Owens https://consciousmovements.com 32 32 5 Tips For A Sustainable Home Practice https://consciousmovements.com/5-tips-for-a-sustainable-home-practice/ https://consciousmovements.com/5-tips-for-a-sustainable-home-practice/#respond Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:14:02 +0000 https://consciousmovements.com/?p=24646 Read On... 5 Tips For A Sustainable Home Practice

5 Tips For A Sustainable Home Practice by Buffy Owens One of the most liberating aspects of exploring Feldenkrais® and Mindfulness is that you don’t need fancy equipment or a designated building, or an expanding field of wildflowers to practice. The practices are incredibly accessible and they meet you where you are— as long as you […]

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5 Tips For A Sustainable Home Practice

by Buffy Owens

One of the most liberating aspects of exploring Feldenkrais® and Mindfulness is that you don’t need fancy equipment or a designated building, or an expanding field of wildflowers to practice. The practices are incredibly accessible and they meet you where you are— as long as you are willing.

Living in the Capital Region of New York, I know that it’s not always possible to make it into a studio for a class. Truth be told, there aren’t a lot of studios in this area that offer Feldenkrais or Meditation. Thankfully that’s slowly changing. And now with technology,  we all have bountiful access to classes.


Developing a home practice and committing to it is a profound tool for transforming how you move through life.


As a Feldenkrais Practitioner® and a long-time student of the Meditative Arts, I love to move into stillness with others. There’s something powerful about coming into a space that’s pulsating with a shared intention and experienced practitioners. It’s visceral!

However, it’s often not possible for me to practice with others.  So here are some tools that have helped me in my own home practice and that I’ll be sharing in my On-line Courses.

#1 Check-in with how you feel and what you need.

There are thousands of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons and there’s a whole array of ways to practice Mindfulness & Meditation. Getting to know the impact that each practice has on the way that you move, think, sense and feel are key to being able to do what you want— when you need it.

For instance, some Awareness Through Movement lessons can leave you feeling energized and centered while others can leave you feeling fully relaxed and ready for a nap. The same is true for Mindfulness & Meditation. There are some practices that leave most people in a similar state…while others are completely individual. I know that for myself if I am feeling really overwhelmed then I need to turn inward and sense my breath. However, if I’m feeling a bit dismal or slightly depressed then tuning into the environment (like the sounds of the birds chirping) has the biggest impact.

#2 Require a minimum of practice for yourself each day.

Even if it’s just 5 minutes, fully commit to 5 minutes of practice. That’s your practice – just that – everything else is bonus time! Start small and nurture your practice with the positive feelings that come when you stick with your commitments.

As a brief side-note on the 5-minute practice, I once had a meditation teacher say,

“You wouldn’t leave the house without brushing your teeth. So why would you leave without giving 5 minutes to attending to your emotional health? We owe it to ourselves and to all those who we come in contact with! Nobody wants to smell your foul breath, or catch a whiff of your foul emotions.”

#3 Sanctify your practice.

Create a spot in your home that is specifically reserved for your practice. You don’t need an entire room for movement & meditation, but you do need enough space to be able to easily lie down with your legs long and have an arms distance out to the sides and above your head. If you don’t have that kind of square footage just waiting for you to make your own, then see if you can find a room where you can easily move furniture out of the way when you’re ready to practice. The family room is often the most accessible.

Keep any minor props you need nearby. For instance, you may want a movement blanket, a few towels tucked away in an ottoman or chest, and maybe a meditation cushion. Add a piece of art, a beautiful plant or candle to mark this as a sacred space for intentional practice.  Honor your practice time as sacred and important. Turn off the phone, music, television and computer. If you are in a house with other people, you may need to set some boundaries by having a conversation with them in order to protect your uninterrupted practice time and space.

#4 Use your resources well.

If you are feeling a little stuck in trying to create a practice all on your own, then find a bit of motivation by reading a book, exploring videos & audios online, or take an online class. Then when you explore a new lesson or meditation, take note. Make a brief outline of the practice that will help you to remember the nuggets and also get clear on how the practice made you feel.

The more you practice consciously, the more your confidence will build. Over time you’ll be able to tap into what it is that you need in the moment to sustain you.

#5 Move with others.

Occasionally, give yourself the gift of working with a teacher and connecting with others. Go in for a few classes, take a workshop, or attend a retreat. This will keep your passion for learning & growing alive, your curiosity thriving, and provide you with new inspiration & motivation. Plus, taking the time to practice with others is IMPORTANT— even if you can only manage it once a month or once a year. Just being in the room with others who practice can deepen your experience in a way that’s hard to generate on your own!

 

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Images of Aging The Feldenkrais Way https://consciousmovements.com/images-aging-feldenkrais-way/ https://consciousmovements.com/images-aging-feldenkrais-way/#comments Sat, 06 May 2017 12:11:05 +0000 http://c55.1b9.myftpupload.com/?p=5909 Read On... Images of Aging The Feldenkrais Way

Images of Aging The Feldenkrais Way by Buffy Owens We have all been told that aging brings with it aches, pains and loss of function. Many of us have even accepted the fact that joint pain is inevitable and that we will someday have to give up doing those things that bring us the most […]

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Images of Aging The Feldenkrais Way

by Buffy Owens

We have all been told that aging brings with it aches, pains and loss of function. Many of us have even accepted the fact that joint pain is inevitable and that we will someday have to give up doing those things that bring us the most joy.


The joy of discovery is certainly the liveliest that the mind of man can ever feel. -Claude Bernard

 


But what if there’s another way?

Recently a growing number of people are finding another way. They are finding their way to the Feldenkrais Method®—a type of somatic movement that incorporates small, intentional physical movements with mental visualization to teach the body how to move more efficiently and effectively.

I recently had the honor of speaking with Elizabeth Beringer, founder of the Feldenkrais Institute of San Diego. I asked Elizabeth about her experience with the Feldenkrais Method and its impact on the aches and pains we experience with age.

“In my 30 years of practice as a Feldenkrais Practitioner, I have seen many, many people with joint pain. There is a very interesting difference between people, for example, in their 30’s with joint pain, and those in their later years. Most commonly, a younger individual assumes that they have pulled or twisted something and expects to get better quickly. Older people, with fears of arthritis and degeneration breathing down their necks, will often assume that the pain is the result of aging, and thus start out with a very different sense of their potential for healing.

In fact, many older individuals with new joint pain quite likely have a minor injury from which they can easily recover. Now surely it is true that as we age, we have more aches and pains, and are more likely to really have arthritis and other troubles. But that does not mean that any particular joint pain falls into that category. In my experience, the gap in perception is much greater than the real differences in recovery time.”


Let me just reiterate that last line:  

…the gap in perception is much greater than the real differences in recovery time.

 


Now it seems to me, that those gaps are an interesting area to explore. Those areas that are unclear to us are often BIG contributors in our getting injured, to begin with, but they are also fertile ground for getting to know more of ourselves and to living a full life. Elizabeth went on to describe her work with a woman we’ll call Astrid, who was in her late sixties:

“Astrid came to me because she wanted to be able to walk more comfortably. In our second session, we worked with the action of turning. I had noticed that she was very tense in her shoulder area and helped her feel how she could release some of this through some simple movements. I also worked with my hands on her ribs helping her feel that her rib area could be more flexible and move independently from her shoulders. At one point she commented that she had no idea the ribs on her side could move like that.

At the end of the session, I had her turn to look behind herself in the sitting position. She turned easily to look over both her shoulders and commented with pleasure about how much easier it was than usual. Then suddenly she started to cry. I was surprised, but also curious. After a moment she told me that she’d been having trouble turning to look behind her while driving for some time and she’d been feeling much less confident driving partly as a result of this. She said tearfully that she’d just assumed that it was just a part of getting older. Then she made a comment that I’ll always remember. “Now I’m wondering what else I’ve given up that I didn’t have to!”

In fact in Astrid’s case, her trouble turning came from an unconscious misconception in the way she moved. She had gotten into the habit of keeping her shoulder blades fixed to her ribs. Once she learned how her ribs could move more independently from her shoulders, she had significantly more range.”

After speaking with Elizabeth, I was left wondering, “What have I given up that I didn’t have to?”

A Little About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Beringer has been involved with the practice and development of the Feldenkrais Method for more than 25 years and is one of the foremost Feldenkrais teachers and trainers. She studied directly with the founder of the Method, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, in both the U.S. and Israel between 1976 and 1983. She has maintained a private practice, teaches in Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs around the world, and is currently the Educational Director at The Feldenkrais Institute of San Diego. To find out more about her work and her training’s visit: www.feldenkraisresources.com

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Do You Have Hip Joint Confusion? https://consciousmovements.com/hip-joint-confusion/ https://consciousmovements.com/hip-joint-confusion/#comments Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:27:36 +0000 http://c55.1b9.myftpupload.com/?p=16802 Read On... Do You Have Hip Joint Confusion?

Recently I have been a little obsessed and bewildered by how many people really don't know where their hip joints are. Now I get it. The hip joints don't take up a ton of real estate in the ol' sensory motor cortex. They don't require fine motor skills or other subtle interactions with the world. Heck they don't even fully form until years after we are born.

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Do You Have Hip Joint Confusion?

by Buffy Owens

Hip Joints!   Hip Joints!   Roly Poly Hip Joints!

So what’s with all the hoopla about the hip joints?

hoop·la   \ˈhü- plä\
: talk or writing that is designed to get people excited about and interested in something

Well, recently I have been a little obsessed and bewildered by how many people really don’t know where their hip joints are. Now I get it. The hip joints don’t take up a ton of real estate in the ol’ sensory motor cortex. They don’t require fine motor skills or other subtle interactions with the world. Heck they don’t even fully form until years after we are born.

But hear me when I say, what you think of yourself will impact how you move! So let’s take a closer look at these ball and socket wonders and see if we can clarify things a bit.

Musings on Figure & Form

The hip joints are the second largest weight bearing joints in ye ol’  body. Anatomically, the hip joint is formed by the ball on the upper end of the thighbone (femur) rolling in the socket of the pelvis known as the acetabulum (as″ĕ-tab´u-lum).

Now perhaps it is because the hip joint is so large, or maybe it is due to the fact that it is capable of a broad range of motion, then again maybe it is the combination of the two that cause the availability of movement to take more than a year to unfurl and many years beyond that for the shape itself to fully take form. Our personal Hip History (a.k.a. development) is a complex process that involves genetic unfolding, an intimate interaction with gravity and our environment, and our unique movement experience.

How freaking cool is that?! Think about it, our early experiences help to lay the structural foundation for the rest of our lives—the way that we literally take form is directly impacted by our movements!

As we mature, the movements of the hip joint can be elusive and yet feel very intimate—as if the movement is coming from a place deep inside of us. If you have read my post on Movement & Emotions, then you know that our emotions can be closely intertwined with our anatomy. One thing I discuss in that post is this idea that emotional patterns can be both global (i.e. similar across a population), but also individual and rooted in our experience. So it makes sense that this joint, this functional juncture that seeks a sense of stability within mobility, may still be in the process of developing when we experience emotional intensities or trauma.

We’ll muse more on the hip joints and emotions at a later time …but for now, let that seedling of an idea sprout. Just think back on everything you experienced before you were 12-14 years old (the average age of Triradiate cartilage closure).

A Quick Road Map

So how to find this elusive space inside? First, let us begin with a little skeletal anatomy and some common misconceptions as to where those glorious joints reside.

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Misconception #1: Greater Trochanter

I would say that this is by far the place and space that people identify as their hip joint. The greater trochanter is actually part of your femur (upper leg bone), but it’s not the part of the femur that makes of up the ball and socket of the hip joint. It is a large & strong process that is located toward the top of the femur, facing outward. You have probably experienced this bony protrusion when lying on your side on a hard surface.

You can find the greater trochanter in standing by placing your thumb on the side of the iliac crest and reaching down the side of the thigh with the middle finger. When you internally and externally rotate the leg, you should feel the greater trochanter move beneath the middle finger.

NOTE: This hip joint misconception is likely due to the fact that you can feel it move when you internally or externally rotate your leg.
Finding Your Illiac Crest

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Misconception #2: Iliac Crest

The iliac crest is the thick curved upper border of the ilium, the most prominent bones of the pelvis. The ilium bones are highlighted in blue in the image. You can see that you have both a left and right ilium. You can feel the iliac crest by pushing your hands on your sides at your waist, feeling for the top of the hip bone.

NOTE: Over the years I have had dozens of people share with me that they thought that this was where their hip joints were located.

 

Many people, and maybe you are one of them, were instructed in their youthful gym classes to put their hands on their hips. Often the teachers (not all) demonstrated by putting their hands on the top of the hip at the iliac crest.

For many of those that learned this in their youth, they carried it over into adulthood. The iliac crest became self- identified as the hips. So with this as their self-image, when ever they think about moving from the hip joints— this area acts as their reference point as to where to move from and what to attend to.

Now grab your britches! Because I am about to tell you that the top of the iliac crest coincides with the L4 spinous process or the L3-L4 or L4-5 interspaces (1). The ‘L’ stands for Lumbar portion of the spine and you can even catch a glimpse of that in some of the photos here. The point is, that bending from this area isn’t bending from your hips at all! But it is a whole lot of spinal action. So tell me, what does that do for your self-image now?

Finding The Hip Joint

With a little anatomy under your belt, finding the general location for your hip joint is actually quite easy. However, embodying that anatomy can take a bit of time. Here is the how on locating those holy hip centers:

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Step One: Find Your A.S.I.S.

The Anterior Superior Iliac Spine (A.S.I.S.)  is a bony protuberance in the front of the pelvis. If you have ever seen a picture of a super model in swimsuit lying on the beach and noticed the bony points in the front… those bones be the A.S.I.S.

To find it simply locate the iliac crest by pushing your hands on your sides at your waist. From the top of the hip (iliac crest) at the waist, follow the curve of the bone down and to the front until you reach the ending point where you feel the prominent points in the front. This is your ASIS.

 

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Step Two: Lay the Line

Once you locate the ASIS, let the base of the palms of your hands rest there as  your finger tips rest on the Pubic Symphysis. The outer edges of the pinky fingers will rest on or be near the crease of the hip.

This is a nice way to lay the line. You can trace to about half way between the ASIS and the Pubic Symphysis, in the hip crease (pinky side). Directly back from that half-way point is your hip joint.

Try to bring your attention here a several times throughout the day and while exploring various movements. You can even bring your fingers here as a reminder of where to bring your attention, awareness, and where to explore sensations of movement.

What’s Your Experience?

Do you know where your hip joints are? Did you before or have your beliefs about where the hip joints are changed because of this blog post or your learning over the years?

If so, I would love to hear from you in the comments below! What you were told or what you thought and what shifted in your experience when your perception of your anatomy (hip joints) changed?

 

 

References

  1. Robin Chakraverty, Paul Pynsent, and Karen Isaacs, et al. (2007). “Which spinal levels are identified by palpation of the iliac crests and the posterior superior iliac spines?.” J Anat. Feb 2007; 210(2): 232–236.  Click here.

 

 

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Want More Love? Take 5 at Sunrise https://consciousmovements.com/attention-a-love-take-five-at-sunrise/ https://consciousmovements.com/attention-a-love-take-five-at-sunrise/#comments Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:00:43 +0000 http://c55.1b9.myftpupload.com/?p=6965 Read On... Want More Love? Take 5 at Sunrise

Want More Love? Take 5 at Sunrise by Buffy Owens Did you know that conscious attention can actually change your brain and your whole life experience? You see, your thoughts create patterns and images in your mind that directly influence your body and vice versa.  It’s all a  matter of what you attend to. For […]

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Want More Love?
Take 5 at Sunrise

by Buffy Owens

Did you know that conscious attention can actually change your brain and your whole life experience? You see, your thoughts create patterns and images in your mind that directly influence your body and vice versa.  It’s all a  matter of what you attend to. For instance, a focus on a beautiful experience that is happening in this moment, say a view of the horizon or the feel of the ground beneath your feet,  is going to produce a completely different chemical reaction and inspire a different physical stance than if you focus on what you lack or what is wrong.

Everyone has an inner dialogue that runs day and night— signaling what to do, what to say, and how to feel. Most of the time, people just go through the day unaware of the impact their inner thoughts have on their everyday behavior. Many of these subconscious stirrings are often habitual and nearly all of them are directly related to the stance or posture we take in that moment. According to Dr. Daniel Amen’s research at the Amen Clinics, you and I probably experience about 60,000 thoughts a day. But here is the beauty of it of it all—the mind and body are not separate but part of a whole, so you change one thing and you change it all. So remember, it all begins with just one thing.


 Attention is the most basic form of love. Through it, we bless and are blessed. -John Tarrant

 


The general practice is to become aware of the present moment—by giving attention to sounds, your experience of your breath, the sensations in your body, or your thoughts or feelings—and to observe without judgment and without trying to change what you notice. You see, over time this practice can change the very structure of your brain. But today, it can provide you with the ability to become aware of when you are in the habit of ‘negative thinking’ and gives you access to changing that experience by shifting your attention to other familiar, and more pleasant, sensations. Now, can’t you just feel the LOVE!
 

Before you get out of bed, before you even open your eyes, try this nifty little exercise:

Take 5 at Sunrise

  1. Resting on your back and take support from the surface below you.
  2. Place one hand on your heart and the other on your abdomen. Begin to attend to yourself lovingly. Feel the breath moving beneath your hands. Sense how the breath moves forwards, backward, up and down, and in all directions.  Feel how the rib basket,  gently cradles your heart with the breath of life and how your belly rises and falls.
  3. Do not intentionally change your breath. Rather allow the quality of your attention to be to explore what is and to discover for yourself what your breath is like in this moment. What areas of yourself move first? What areas move next? Where is your breath most alive to you? Are there areas that seem to be outside your awareness?
  4. If you find unnecessary effort or holding, let it go.
  5. Do this for 3-4 minutes and then simply notice how giving this gentle attention changes your experience of your breath and the changes in the act of breathing itself.
  6. As you move through your day take a little time to return to loving yourself by tuning into your breath. It can be as simple as pausing for a moment when you sit down at your desk, just before you walk out your door, or answer the phone.

As always, I would love to hear about your experience as a woman or a lover of life. So, please join Conscious Movements Facebook Group and share your experience.

 

 

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Chipotle Paste https://consciousmovements.com/recipe-chipote-past/ https://consciousmovements.com/recipe-chipote-past/#respond Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:44:20 +0000 http://c55.1b9.myftpupload.com/?p=6221 Read On... Chipotle Paste

Chipotle Paste by Buffy Owens This condiment is one of my trusty staples that I keep on hand for a dash of pizzazz. It’s one of those key ingredients that can make any meal delicious. If ya’ wanna know a wee little secret, I kind of pride myself on being able to make a fantastic […]

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Chipotle Paste

by Buffy Owens

This condiment is one of my trusty staples that I keep on hand for a dash of pizzazz. It’s one of those key ingredients that can make any meal delicious. If ya’ wanna know a wee little secret, I kind of pride myself on being able to make a fantastic meal when it seems there is nothing in the refrigerator. And this Chipotle Paste is one of my secret weapons! Plus, it keeps for at least a month…longer if you freeze it.

Chipotle Paste

Pep up your next dish with the deliciously heated condiment. 

  • 8 Dried Chipotle Peppers
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 2 Pinches Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 – 1/2 Cup Walnuts
  1. Place the whole chipotles, place them in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and let cook for 30 minutes, adding more water if you need to. 

  2. Once they have cooked, reserve the cooking liquid and remove the stems from the chipotles.

  3. Add 3 Tbs of the cooking liquid and all the ingredients to your food processor and blend, baby blend! You may need to add a bit more liquid to get your desired consistency.

  4. Refrigerate the paste in an airtight container and it should keep for at least 1 month.

Some Great Ways To Enjoy This Chipotle Paste…

There are so many ways to use a bit of this Chipotle goodness to spruce up your dish and make it delish. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use it…but honestly it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

• Add to Mayonnaise for a Chipotle Aioli
• Add to beans, soups, and sauces of all sorts
• Garnish your Kale & Eggs with Avocado & small dollop of Chipotle goodness
• Try some in your guacamole

   So much more…

 

 

 

 

 

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Can Stress Make You Healthier? https://consciousmovements.com/can-stress-make-healthier/ https://consciousmovements.com/can-stress-make-healthier/#comments Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:55:30 +0000 http://c55.1b9.myftpupload.com/?p=14784 Read On... Can Stress Make You Healthier?

Can Stress Make You Healthier? I was so flipping happy to find see this video about the stress response on T.E.D.! As a Kinesiology Major in college, I spent quite of bit of time looking at the stress response and recovery as a sign of health! So for me, hearing blanket statements of stress being […]

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Can Stress Make You Healthier?

I was so flipping happy to find see this video about the stress response on T.E.D.! As a Kinesiology Major in college, I spent quite of bit of time looking at the stress response and recovery as a sign of health! So for me, hearing blanket statements of stress being harmful to your health has been a bit like fingernails scraping slowly along a chalkboard. If you read my blog post The Power of Stress, then you know that I have a lot of respect for positive and negative aspects of the stress response.

In this video, Kelly McGonigal does a wonderful job covering some of the research looking at how our beliefs about stress change our physiological reactions to stress and how the stress response has a built-in social aspect. She discusses three studies that shed new light on the stress response, and how our beliefs and relationships to stress may actually improve our health.


Feldenkrais TweetChasing meaning is better for your health than avoiding discomfort. -Kelly McGonigal


The Stress Response
Three Things You Should Know

#1

 
Change Your Mind About Stress, Change Your Body’s Response To Stress

The first that Kelly mentions followed groups of people who experience varying levels of stress over several years, and then tracks death records to correlate how stress impacted health. Not only does it show that the people that believe stress can kill die at a much higher rate; but also it shows that the people who had a high level of stress but did not believe that stress was harmful had the lowest risk of dying of anyone in the study.

She explains that the dangerous part of a chronic stress response is in the vascular constrictions that occur while the heart is pumping at an increased rate. However, this vaso-constriction is reduced when people perceive the stress response as helpful. This physiological response resembles the response of joy and courage.

So what does this teach us? We need to shift our relationship to stress. Our beliefs about stress have a direct impact on how our physiology responds to stress.

#2

 
Stress Facilitates Social Connection

The physical stress response has been shown to release the neurohormone oxytocin. Heard of it? If you follow this blog you may have heard it in reference to birth, bonding, and happiness. Studies show that the stress response increases the release of oxytocin. According to Kelly:

“When oxytocin is released in the stress response, it is motivating you to seek support. Your biological stress response is nudging you to tell someone how you feel instead of bottling it up. Your stress response wants to make sure you notice when someone else in your life is struggling so that you can support each other. When life is difficult, your stress response wants you to be surrounded by people who care about you.

Oxytocin doesn’t only act on your brain, it also acts on your body. One of its main roles in your body it to protect your cardiovascular system from the effects of stress. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory. It also helps your blood vessels stay relaxed during stress…Your heart has receptors for this hormone. And oxytocin helps heart cells regenerate and heal from any stress related damage. This stress hormone strengthens your heart. And the cool thing is that all of these physical benefits of oxytocin are enhanced by social contact and social support.”

#3

 
A Helping Hand For A Healthy Heart

The final research presented followed about 1,000 adults in the US. The study looked at how they described their level of stress and whether or not they spent time helping people— be it be friends, family, or community members. This study also tracked death records of the folks in the study. The results are inspiring:

“For every major stressful life experience, like financial difficulties or family crisis, that increased the risk of dying by 30 percent. But — and I hope you are expecting a but by now –but that wasn’t true for everyone. People who spent time caring for others showed absolutely no stress-related increase in dying. Zero. Caring created resilience. And so we see once again that the harmful effects of stress on your health are not inevitable.”

 
Something To Ponder

In the Feldenkrais Method®, we work a lot with reducing parasitic effort—the unnecessary effort most often observed in the strain or activation of the muscles. However, I do believe that there can also be parasitic effort in other areas of our physiology, such as the vascular system, and even in the mind itself.

Seemingly, if we could start to differentiate the experience of stress from that of excitement & courage, then we could have a great foundation in understanding our individual response and grow our capacity to reduce the parasitic effort as a whole — from the skeletal muscles to the vascular system.

So I invite you to take this week to explore your own self-image — both in movement and moving through life. How do you relate to stress? How could you relate differently? What are some of your physiological cues that let you know how you’re relating to stress?

If you gather a bit of insight and want to share it, then please pop on over the Conscious Movements Community on Facebook. 

 

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Discover More Of Kelly McGonigal’s Work

* Please note the links below are affiliate links and I’ll make a few pennies if you use them to purchase your book or audio.

Her Books:

  1. The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good For You, and How To Get Good At It
  2. The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It

Her Audio Program:

  1. The Neuroscience of Change: A Compassion-Based Program for Personal Transformation

I would just love it if you would share your thoughts in the comments below on this video and/or on your experience with stress.

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