Stillness Through Movement’ consists of supported poses, breath awareness practice, meditation (training the mind in openness and kindness) and energy medicine. The technique helps restore the body/Mind connection.
Stillness through movement is a process where one learns to align with ones true nature. Through Breath and Awareness one is able to let go deeply, allowing one to receive the benefits of the restorative position, bringing the body/mind back to its natural state of peace and harmony. Without this awareness one lives in a permanent state of unease. When we practice in this way we begin to align with the natural flow of life.
With the use of aromatherapy and flower essences, one can relax and let go with more ease. The parasympathetic nervous system is activated during STM. The PSNS is responsible for balancing the body and bringing it back to equanimity. STM takes the spine and nervous system out of the “Flight, Fight OR freeze’ response, relaxing and calming the Nervous System, Endocrine System and over active mind.
To do this props are used to support the body so no strain occurs, yet you can hold any posture anywhere from 1mins up to 20mins. It is sometimes referred to as “active relaxation” says Judith Lasater.
In doing this we are alternately stimulating the body to relax and move toward balance and healing.
Some poses target a certain area where others have an overall benefit. All create specific physiological responses which are beneficial to health and can reduce the effects of stress related conditions. So in general STM practice is great for those times when one feels weak, fatigued, or stressed from day to day activities.
These poses are especially beneficial for those times before, during and after major life transitions like; death of a loved one, adrenal burn-out, grief, emotional tenderness, anxiety, insomnia,pregnancy, marriage, new baby, or divorce. Practicing when ill or recovering from an illness or injury, helps support the healing process.
Great for re-balancing hormones in women who have PMS, puberty, menstruating and menopause, and for men with hormone imbalance as well.
What’s so extraordinary about STM is this practice will support you in where you are right now, sharing everything that you need, right in this moment.
Personally I found this practice to be the tool of this modern society, where stress unfortunately is a daily part of people’s lives. I have had major events that had happened in my own life and without this practice I would have been lost. I have the deepest of gratitude for this healing practice.