The Inner-Directed Movement
The Inner-Directed Movement is a fast and effective mental relaxation technique that removes stress on the mind, body and spirit; Using mindful attention to our bodies we become directed by and connect to our inner self, we become aware of our thoughts and feelings, and where in our body we have stored tension. This mindful approach allows our bodies to move how they want to, creating a deep sense of calm and relaxation.
Like meditation, the Inner-Directed Movement aims to have a stillness of mind. Allowing your thoughts to drift away as you focus on your feelings and sensations in your body will start to move how it wants to, express itself to unwind and find flow and peace as you let go of the stored tension within your body that you may or may not have realized was there.
The Inner-Directed Movement follows no timeframe or techniques, there are no movements to be learned. This is a holistic approach to relaxation, incorporating the bodies’ innate higher intelligence, and relying upon its sense of knowing what to do to restore balance.
Once the inner dialogue calms, there is an awareness of the body that enables greater attention to the imbalances within it, as you focus on what the body feels and senses, and how the body wants to move in order to unravel itself and offers the chance to realign the mind and spirit.
To start, stand with your feet hip width apart, let your hands rest by your sides and close your eyes.
Taking deep, long breathes in through the nose and out through the mouth, let thoughts drift away as you focus on the breath.
Slowly bring your attention to your body, you may want to scan it if you like, where are you feeling tension? When you find a tense spot, breathe into it, releasing the tension with each out breath.
If your mind wanders, gently bring it back to the breath.
You will find that your body will start to move, it may sway side to side, or in a circular fashion, whatever it wants to do it fine, allow it to unwind all the pent-up stress and tension that it has been holding on to.
When you feel ready, bring your attention back to your surroundings and gently open your eyes.
Penelope Espinoza Hallett, Naturopath
BHsc (C.M.) AdvDip. Nat/N.D, Dip. Aroma, Dip. C.H., Cert. R.M., Cert. R.M., Cert. SBM, mNHAA