Times have been challenging on various levels for everyone these past couple of years, yes? I mean, who would have ever thought that one year and eight months later, we’d still be navigating this COVID-19 pandemic!
The heightened levels of stress have made even the healthiest and most grounded person become more mindful in the way they give attention to their self-care rituals during this time.
I’ve thought about what has kept me nourished these past 20 months during this crazy pandemic, and I’ve noticed that having embodiment practices in place has been the most important act of self-care next to eating, sleeping, and breathing.
What is an embodiment practice?
PositivePsychology.com defines embodiment practices as “using the body as a tool for healing through self-awareness, mindfulness, connection, self-regulation, finding balance, and creating self-acceptance.”
I like to think of embodiment practice as freeform movement while being present and aware of the sensations that are moving through your body.
Essentially, you allow the body to lead through somatic movements, which fully integrate your whole self (mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually) to promote further self-healing.
Why are embodiment practices so important?
Having an embodiment practice can help you balance out being in your headspace, where you may tend to overthink and overanalyze everything.
If you have a Type A personality, then you know exactly what I am talking about.
Allowing excessively worrisome thoughts to consume your Crown Chakra, which is the 7th chakra located at the top of your head and represents higher consciousness, can lead to energetic imbalances. These imbalances can sometimes manifest as frequent tension headaches or even migraines, feelings of anxiety, and not trusting your ability to make healthy decisions with confidence.
Thankfully, the human body has such infinite knowledge built into it that allows you and me to tap into our own innate healing at any time we need so that we may remember our own access to infinite joy and pleasure. And God/Goddess knows, we definitely need more joy and pleasure right now during this pandemic.
Having an embodiment practice remains one of my favorite healing tools during times of high stress and when I feel myself leaving my body. By that, I mean, when I start to feel energetically depleted, physically and mentally numb, stressed out, or tense in my body, a disconnect happens where I’m in my headspace more than I desire to be.
If you feel depleted and disconnected from your body and desire to feel more nourished and energetically aligned, then it’s imperative that you begin incorporating embodiment practices into your lifestyle.
How can you create your own embodiment practice?
One of the things that I love about creating your own embodiment practice is that there are no rules, so you can relax knowing that there’s no such thing as getting it wrong.
Creating an embodiment practice that’s specific to your needs will look and feel different for each individual, so let’s just throw perfection out the window right now.
Your embodiment practice requires your willingness to be present to the ways in which your body may desire to release frozen tension and stuck energy through subtle movements.
Embodiment practices also require you to release the need to want to control the outcome and be in flow with your body as it’s integrating your thoughts.
So what does this look like in a practical manner? I’ll share what it sometimes looks like for me:
- Doing circular hip movements to help move stuck energy in my womb area.
- Deep breathing and loud sighs to release tension.
- Slow Body Rolls – like the kind Beyoncé does, because we also must infuse some fun into this thing!
- Slowly arching my back while in a sitting position.
- Journaling what I felt at the end of my practice and noting all of the sensations I was able to be aware of.
What I’ve just shared with you is part of MY own personal practice. However, I understand that if you’re new at this, you may require more guided movements until you feel comfortable doing freeform.
Here are a few suggestions you can start with:
Also, if you have challenges that are different from a fully able-bodied person, you will want to modify any movements to fit your specific physical capabilities.
Now it’s your turn. Practice At Home
Start with putting some music on and allow your body to respond to it. See where the body takes you. The body is like a pendulum in the sense that it will start to create its own motion. As your body moves, become aware of what sensations you’re feeling. Do this for however long your body feels the need to. This could be 2 minutes, 20 minutes, or a whole hour, if time permits.
Creating your embodiment practice will be very unique to you. Don’t worry about how you look. The goal isn’t to look perfect or to be a professional movement therapist.
I’d love to hear what you come up with!
Share below in the comments – how will you use embodiment practices to develop awareness and feel connected so that you show up in the world as an empowered and wildly nourished being?
Simone Turner is a professionally trained Holistic Health & Embodiment Coach and a Reiki Level 2 Practitioner recently attuned and initiated through the lineage of the Usui System of Natural Healing. Empowering women to step into and reclaim their personal autonomy is what lights her up. She is passionate about supporting women like you to feel their best from the inside out – spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
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