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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The Holidays are upon us. I bet you have a lot going on. Don’t know which way to turn first. For many this time of year is anything but joyful. The Holidays can bring with them many demands that cause stress. Stress will not only put a damper on your Holiday spirit it can also be detrimental to your health. Don’t let stress ruin your Holidays and more importantly your health!
How do you deal with stress?
If you’re like most people, you probably have your set ways. Some are healthy, like taking a day off, taking a walk or getting a massage, and some are not so healthy, like eating sweets, a container of ice cream or drinking too much. Sound familiar? Which do you do?
If you chose the not so healthy way, I would like to ask you a question. Do you feel any better afterwards? I’ll bet you silently just answered NO! Of course you don’t.
What if there was a way for you to reduce your stress and feel better afterwards. Would you be interested? Did I hear you just say YES? Of course you did.
It’s something simple. Exercise. I bet you knew the answer all along! Exercise is one of the best ways to ease stress and anxiety while giving you a sense of confidence and mastery when other parts of your life feel out of control.
Now let’s take this one step further. I would like to suggest that Pilates would be an excellent choice.
Why is practicing Pilates ideal for stress relief?
When I first started Pilates, I discovered it was very different from other forms of exercise I had experienced through the years, and let me tell you I tried them all. I learned that in order to do the exercises properly I had to stay in the here and now. If my mind wandered I would not do the exercises as they were meant to be but also to the best of my ability. I learned the art of mindful movement. The connection between my body and my mind. The more I focused on what I was doing the better I performed the exercise and the better I felt. I would finish my session feeling relaxed, energized and yes stress free.
Pilates works for me. Give it a try it may work for you too.
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I would like to wish you and yours a Healthy Stress Free Holiday and New Year!
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