Focused movement of the body, or movement therapy, can have a positive effect on body, mind and spirit. Movement therapy~
- Increases flexibility
- Relieves stress
- Strengthens muscles
- Improves coordination
- Reduces tension
A wide variety of mind-body techniques exist and practitioners often combine ancient methods with the latest trends in exercise, including:
Tai chi – Gentle movements with a centered, mindful focus are used in a series of flowing movement that is a calming, relaxing, effective way to let go of stress. Tai chi movements, woven together, create a mindful, peaceful, renewed state of being. Great for improving balance.
Yoga – Postures that enhance muscle strength and flexibility and help maintain energy and mental clarity. Yoga awakens the senses and helps one feel centered and energized.
Yin Yoga – A series of long, slow yoga poses held for three minutes or more to gently stretch, soften and relax muscles and connective tissue. Poses are all done on a mat on the floor.
Stretch and Strengthen: Guided Exercise for Recovery – Recommended exercises that can help with postural deviations and/or muscle imbalances resulting from surgery and/or treatment.
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A gentle yet powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination to aid in relaxation and healing. Guided imagery
- Uses words and often music to take the listener on an inner journey for a particular purpose
- Eases stress and encourages relaxation by shifting one’s attention away from the external environment
- Consciously engages the imagination to enhance well-being and creativity, bringing the natural powers of the mind into health and healing
Consisting of a maze-like path that takes people on a symbolic journey, spiritual labyrinths create space to unwind and think — in particular about our relationships with ourselves, one another, our planet and God.
A labyrinth is a single continuous path that brings the body, mind and spirit together through a walking meditation. The path leads to the center of the labyrinth. Its design is based on sacred geometry that helps to promote peace and inner knowing. People walk the labyrinth slowly, as an aid to contemplative prayer and reflection, and as a spiritual exercise. Generally, walking a spiritual labyrinth consists of three parts:
- An “inward” journey — letting go of things which hinder our wholeness and inner approach to God
- Finding your center — a space of meditative prayer and peace
- An “outward” journey (or relationship) with ourselves, with others and with the planet — seen in the light of our relationship with God