How are your communication skills?
Movement is communication. Whilst still protected inside our mother’s womb we began communicating to the outside world by movement. When it was time for us to be birthed into this world we moved. Movement is our first way to communicate. Have you ever thought about this "The way we move or do not move our body can often be a metaphor for how we move and interact with life.” I first read this a few years ago, and found myself re-reading the line a few times, as it resonated with me greatly. I had never considered or been aware of this fact until that moment, but as I teach/ guide many ‘bodies’ I witness this time and time again. Over our lifetime we make movement choices. Maybe you are or have been a runner, a swimmer, a ballerina, a yogi, working behind an office desk/ computer, a beautician, wellness therapist. The natural patterns of repetitive movement manifest in the body and often become our movement tendencies without us even realising. Our movement tendencies often become unconscious, we are not even aware we are moving our body in such ways/ patterns. We also all build walls/ defenses around ourselves. We think it protects us from being hurt from the outside world, but really does it? Our bodies do not lie and when I em-pathetically observe another (human) body I feel and perceive things beyond the masks and barriers we ‘think’ we create. Movement is creative expression, bringing the unconscious to the conscious. Movement helps us to get in touch with our inner state. Through the power of authentic movement / self discovery and therapeutic movement we can deepen our knowledge about ourselves and better understand why we move the way we do. I believe who we are is reflected and manifested in our bodies. As a movement-in-depth lesson this week I invite you to imagine holding up a mirror to yourself and observing (without judgement) your everyday movement habits.
What is your body communicating to you about yourself? 1) How fluid or stiff are your movements? 2) When you move and transition from sitting on the floor to standing what happens in your body? 3) How much movement variety /whole body movement do you display each day? 4) Are you utilising the same muscle groups, joints over and over again? 5) What situations in your life cause your movements to become more robotic, spiky? 6) What situations in your life cause your movements to become more melodic, smooth? 7) Do you move with different speed (fast / slow) depending on a certain task you are doing? 8) Notice which tasks cause you to want to rush, or ‘get it over with’? 9) Generally speaking are you movements balanced, left & right, up & down, side to side, front & back? 10) Where in your body do you feel tension? 11) Notice your posture when you walk into a new unknown experience. Whether it be socially or at work. Does your body posture on the outside reflect what you are truly feeling on the inside? 12) What happens to your body when you are feeling stressed? 13) When you relax, what is the most comfortable position you make with your body? Gathering information about your body movement is such a beautiful way to get to know yourself on a deeper more intimate level. I recommend as a daily practise to take some time to journal about what you discovered about your movement habits. By first being aware of our movement repertoire we can then make choices to consciously broaden our movement vocabulary. This in turn creates more freedom and self expression and starts to bridge the space between our inner and outer self. Allowing the deep knowledge of the unconscious to manifest in movement and image. Movement = energy, time and space Let’s ‘be moved’ by the exploration of our inner self. . . If you enjoyed this post and feel it would help and benefit someone you know, please feel free to share the love.