Yoga, meditation and mindfulness have been taught to increase self-awareness for centuries. This ancient tradition provides movements and techniques to support the growing demands of modern life. These powerful practices can be used preventatively to increase self-awareness as well as rehabilitation of the body and stress reduction for the mind.
I use mindfulness meditation for patients with musculoskeletal pain and research has shown that it is effective at changing a patients’ relationship to their pain.
What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present and self-aware of our own emotions. When you bring awareness to your experiences through your senses, thoughts or emotions, you are being mindful.
Helps us shift from a sympathetic state ‘fight, flight or fight’ to a less stressful parasympathetic state ‘rest and digest’. Slow deep diaphagmatic breathing can connect you with the present. The following technique can be used anywhere, anytime.
Start by breathing in slowly and deeply, allowing the ribs to expand, pushing your stomach out filling your lungs with air. Try this for 4 -10 counts.
Hold your breath briefly
Exhale slowly for 10 counts thinking “relax and let go"
Repeat the entire sequence 5 - 10 times
The key to taking a mindful walk is to leave your phone at home. Slow walk, don't rush! Start to tap into your senses; notice the sounds and colours around you; appreciate the light and shadows; feel the air temperature against your skin.
Remember mindfulness comes in many shapes and sizes. It can be practiced via a formal daily practice such as a body scan, sitting meditation or mindful movement such a Pilates or Yoga.
Contact one of our physiotherapists who can assist in your mindfulness journey on 44542309.
Be In The Now. Be Mindful.