Are you married to stress or just engaged?
By Stan Cohen
Are you one of those people who don’t quite “get it” when someone uses the term “relax” in reference to muscles and joints?
Think of it using this term instead: “disengage” I have found recently that some students who have been in class for a while are still holding too much stress and corresponding tension in their joints and muscles.
As much as I tell them they need to relax and soften up the arms, hands, shoulders, hips, thighs, knees and so on they seem to keep on keeping on with the same tension.
They appeared to be married to their stress and tension for better or for worse. I found out that they were not married to it, they were only engaged and did not realize it.
So, I used the term disengage with a few and voila! It was magical for them.
Think of these two truths (according to Stan)
- Movement is learning to disengage certain muscle groups and engage others in a coordinated and fluid method.
- Relaxing is learning to connect to the mental and physical parts of yourself that are actively engaged in stress and disengage them.If you are a high stress personality, work in a high stress situation or just want to relax, this form of movement and exercise may be prime for you and extremely beneficial to your overall health.
Body Mind Programs such as Tai Chi, Pilates and Yoga include this form of training as one of the core aspects of their gentle, controlled fluid movement.
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Mailing address: PO Box 182, Port Murray, NJ 07865
Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy
Ba da da da da da da, feelin’ groovy ~ Paul Simon
“Fast we can only do what we already know. That is how the brain works. To learn and master new skills and overcome limitation, the first thing to do is slow way down. Slow actually gets the brain’s attention and stimulates the formation of rich new neural patterns. Slow gets us out of the automatic mode in our movements, speech, thoughts and social interactions.” -Anat Baniel
Learn the practice of Pilates with slow deliberate movements. Use your mind to move your body.
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What is Pilates concentration & why it makes a difference.
If breathing is the physical key to attaining mind-body awareness, then concentration is the mental key. Concentration can be thought of as the conscious control of a movement or exercise which concurrently enhances body awareness. Proper concentration allows you to do a Pilates movement as you simultaneously focus on other variables of that particular movement/exercise – like being in the right position, having your shoulders in the right place or making sure your back feels OK. Concentrating on the full movement and all of its components.
In everyday life
By using concentration in order to make a strong mind-body connection, you become more focused on where your body is in space in relation to what is physically going on around you. This leads to more balanced, graceful movements and reactions.
Let’s be practical.
Say you’re standing while riding on a crowded subway or you’re in a mall that’s packed with shoppers. Creating that inward focus will affect your outward movement. You’ll find that you are able to withstand the bumps and jerks of the subway car without being thrown off balance or pass by other shoppers without being jostled as much.
Pay attention. Concentrate.
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