Mindful Movement

We all have a body, and our bodies love it when we regularly get to move well; because movement is like medicine to our bones, muscles and joints. Good movement also greatly benefits the cardio-vascular system and the nervous system and even the digestion.

So learning how move well is great in itself, but there are many other positive aspects too, especially when self-awareness and movement are brought  together. The combination of both helps to integrate the systems of the body as we bring our attention to them, therefore making us much more flexible, functional and adaptable; enabling us to cope better with whatever life throws at us.

Practicing movement and self awareness together is a centuries old tried and tested method of integrating mind and body. Think of Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Yoga. The reason these practices have been around for so long is that they really work.

Bringing attention to the mind and body as we move helps us to improve physical skills including strength, balance, co-ordination, control and flexibility. But also it helps us train our minds to stay present and attentive, open and curious.

All of these qualities really help us to cultivate a sense of psychological safety. To be able to contact a sense of safety that is grounded in the body is such an important resource to develop and is one of the key skills in developing resilience. Building safety and resilience into our movement helps to educate the body to move without pain.

We appreciate that it’s quite challenging to start a movement practice on your own – we all need a structure or context to get us going. The best thing to do is try some established practices and see which one feels right for you. There are several practices that explicitly address mind and body integration.

Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Feldenkrais would be the gentler ones to try initially. For some simple Qi Gong routines suitable even if you have chronic pain please visit the Tai Chi & Qi Gong page of the website.

Alternatively, just talk to us and we can advise on the best way forward for you.

Paul Harrington specialises in mindful movement and he combines this with osteopathic treatment to help get your body moving in a safe and effective way. If you would like more information Paul is in the clinic on a Saturday.

Mindful Movement

Paul Harrington, Registered Osteopath, introduces mindful movement.

Other Movement Toolkits

You may be interested in our other ‘Movement’ chapters within the Mindbody Toolkit: