• hwilliams1990

By Sharon Pegrum

Natural Movement is a term that is being thrown about everywhere at the moment. More and more people are cancelling their gym memberships and putting down their weights for a more holistic approach. The Natural Movement Centre [1] states that “Natural Movement is a study of practical, real-world movement. It is a rehabilitation, fitness, and lifestyle program grounded in the knowledge that healthy movement gets to the root of our problems.” Many Natural Movement experts focus on introducing practices into the lifestyle of people that move away from the structured, muscle isolating exercises that we have all experienced as part of a gym program. But there are many different ways to experience the benefits of Natural Movement. Nature/ Outdoors Based Class: the focus here is on using the natural environment. The bonus here is of course the connection to nature, in our technological age this is something we can always benefit from more of. Wild Movement Perth [2] provide these classes in Perth for both adults and children.

Gym Based Classes: if you prefer an indoor, more traditional gym experience this is for you. Across Perth there are plenty of fitness and physio businesses who are offering a more natural form of movement classes inside a gym environment like Ninja Academy [3]. At Home Practice: you don’t need to spend money and time on a gym. There is a vast range of information on natural movement exercises online, MovNat’s YouTube channel has a great range of exercises that you can start right now, follow the link below [4]. Yoga: a form of natural movement that has been around for a long time but many people see it as just “stretching”. Yoga focuses on taking the body back to how it should naturally move through postures. There are many forms of yoga and you can find classes that range from fast moving yang to slow yin practice all over Perth.

Pilates: a more structured form of movement, Pilates helps the body reverse some of those unhelpful postures we pick up in our lives sitting at desks and on couches. Pilates focuses on lengthening the body and aligning the spine. Everyday life: natural movement at its best is something that is incorporat Want to add a caption to this image? Click the Settings icon. ed into your life all the time. When we think about all the time we spend in unnatural positions, it is obvious that to balance it out we need to make real life changes. The Blog from MovNat [5] has some great ideas from the experts. Natural Movement is something that can be incorporated into our daily lives with incredible benefits. The trick is finding the type that works best for you and can be sustainable in the long term but with all these choices there is something for everyone. [1] www.thenaturalmovementcentre. ca/natural-movement/

[2] www.wildmovement. com .au

[3] www.ninjaacademy. com. au

[4] www. youtube .com/channel/UChgSKQAuBPZIBAfokctA33g

[5] www.movnat .com/8-daily-habits-good-natural-movers/

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  • hwilliams1990

By Sharon Pegrum

It’s no secret that our world is moving quickly, some days it seems like the hours are going faster every day. For many this can lead to increased stress and pressure especially in a world that glorifies busy and demands more.

We increasingly find ourselves searching for ways to reduce stress levels without creating additional obligations that just add to our workload. Of course, one of the best stress reliefs is regular visits to the float tank, but what else can you do every day to create a life that has more space and less stress?

There are many strategies you can use that will assist you to lower the stress in your life:

  1. EFT – emotional freedom technique also known as tapping is a great way to deal with stress in a short time, especially for those who suffer from anxiety. Tapping basically involves using verbal cues whilst tapping on various parts of the body to release emotions and stress. This technique works almost instantly and has increased effectiveness when practised on a regular basis. You can visit an EFT practitioner but you can also learn quite easily how to do the basics online, here is a great YouTube clip that will help.

  2. Stop multitasking – most of us know by now that multitasking is incredibly bad for productivity, even though it seems like the opposite would be the case. When we multitask we can’t ever focus solely on one thing and complete it to a high standard. Still, many of us attempt to multitask out of a desperate need to just get stuff done. Whenever and wherever possible try to do just one thing at one time. As well as reducing stress you may also find that this increases your productivity and output.

  3. Meditation – in particular breath meditation is very powerful for reducing stress right here and now. Whenever you are feeling stressed you can stop, remove yourself from the situation and slowly take five deep breaths. The important thing to note here is that you are purely focusing on your breath, a mantra of “I watch my breath come in, I watch my breath go out” can be particularly helpful here.

  4. Get moving – sometimes when your mind feels stagnant your body can also feel stagnant and a useful way to move past this is to put some movement into your day. Whether this is a relaxing walk, yoga session, or gentle exercise, your body will thank you and it may give your mind a chance to also unwind. Listen to your body with this, the goal is not to exhaust yourself or to lose weight, the goal is to just get some movement into your day. However if you already do a lot of exercise and you find exercising intensely helps then go for that.

  5. Get out in nature – whether it’s a walk in the bush or a visit to your local beach, think about the places that bring you joy and calm and schedule some time to get to these places more often. When we spend more time in nature we feel more grounded and relaxed and better able to cope with day-to-day stresses.

Each of these 5 strategies can be implemented daily and used alone or in combination. Committing time to reducing our stress levels is vital to not only our mental but physical health and can assist us to live a happier and healthier life.

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  • hwilliams1990

By Sharon Pegrum

For many people there comes a time in their life when they start to explore different ways to heal their spirit. This comes in a variety of forms – discovering religion, exploring healing modalities, working through issues with counselling….whatever forms the end goal is to live a more fulfilled and meaningful life.

But the one thing we discover along the way is that it is not about the end goal but more importantly about the journey and the layers we strip off along the way.

Whether you start this journey in your 20s or 80s we have all accumulated stuff along the way. Some of these are our own baggage picked up during childhood, teenage years and adulthood. There is also a theory that says we hold onto the limiting beliefs and behaviours of our ancestral lines. The science to back this up is outlined well in this article.

It’s no surprise then that whatever form our healing takes we are unlikely to be “fixed” immediately and in fact, the idea of a solution that corrects all our human tendencies learned over years, and perhaps generations is not usually possible.

In the start of any spiritual journey it is normal to start searching for an answer to all the questions we suddenly have. When we explore different avenues it can be disheartening to feel like these “solutions” either don’t have any impact or wear off after a while.

The thing is we are looking for a consistent answer to a human question and as we know humans are complex and ever changing. Therefore, the answer you seek is often changing and never simple.

I have heard this healing journey likened to peeling away the layers of an onion and for me that is one of the best descriptions. The only thing lacking in this description is change in the way you approach each layer.

I like to think of it more as your evening meal. Each evening you most likely eat something, the end goal is always the same – to nourish your body and assuage your hunger. However, if every single evening you prepared the exact same meal in the exact same way, chances are you would get bored pretty quickly. Even if it was your absolute favourite meal, there is only so long you will be enjoying that meal.

It’s exactly the same when we take a spiritual journey. Each time we peel off a layer we need to reassess where we are now and what we need. Each strategy that we use may last us for a week, a month or forever but there will always be things we shed that are no longer working for us and new things that we need to pick up and hold for a while.

So, how do we know when to pick up something new and when we should keep hold of something? There is a simple answer to that – ask yourself. One of the most powerful things you can do is take some time every day to check in with yourself and question what it is you need at the moment.

We live such fast paced, busy words that unless we purposely take time to consider our needs we can go long periods without actually connecting with our core self and listening to it.

When you are meditating on this question of what you need, it is useful to consider the current strategies that you are using in your spiritual journey. Just observe how each of these make you feel. You may discover that they are things that no longer serve you but you are holding onto them because they used to work or you feel committed to them in some way. Or you may realise that you need to commit to them more.

It is also a good time to just sit and let new concepts flow to you. It’s useful here to use the idea of “let go and let God”. This doesn’t have to be about religious faith but think of God as whatever universal force you believe in – the universe, mother earth, source…anything that is meaningful to you.

Take the challenges you are having in your spiritual journey and give them over to a greater power with faith that the answer is there and will come to you in time.

Along any spiritual journey staying open and receptive as well as connected to self and whatever universal power you believe in is vital. This requires space and time and a commitment to self as the most important thing in your journey.

We are all on a spiritual journey but each is unique and individual, it is important that you tread the path that is right for you, right now.

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