What moves you to keep moving? I love to dance, teach kids just enough, train my mindful personal training clients, teach my various Pilates and other classes, maintain my sexual health and wellness, reduce joint stiffness, travel wherever I would like to go, and increase my flexibility. I keep moving in order to do all those things. And now let’s take a quick stretch break together before I continue!
Please read this first and then do what it says. 🙂 Look up from your screen, sitting tall, and if you’re able to nod your head, do a slow motion nod “yes” two times then a slow motion nod “no” two times. Ok, there were some spots in my neck that feel like they need the oil can, but must move onto another area of the body. 😉
Once again, read first then begin moving. Raise your arms in front of you, palms facing in and moving with a connection to your shoulder blades/upper back, belly drawn in. If your shoulders don’t hurt keep going, arms overhead, turn your palms forward, and reach and hold for a moment above the shoulder joint, anchoring your sitting place in your chair and belly strong, for a total of 8 reaches, with a breathing pattern set to your movement perhaps.
Moving moves me. In a practical and literal sense, with much gratitude for being able to move how I need to most of the time. I am moved by the ability of my body to get stronger, heal, and keep moving. I am moved by dance movements, in contemporary dance, of the grace, power, and emotion that comes from them. Of the rhythm and precision that the body can produce, especially when tap dancing. Of the spontaneity and release that can come from contact improvisation. Of all dance forms where feelings are connected to moving resulting in embodied movement.
Helping others move better moves me. When I share moving better with others I am delighted in their progress. I see long lean lines of purpose develop in all sizes and shapes as my clients in mindful personal training and students in Pilates Mat commit to regular movement activities and exercises. Their lives improve as they get stronger and better understand how to move their bodies safely and effectively. They get to relax, focus on positive self talk, tweak what they know, and move with increased body knowledge that will always be with them.
Let’s move again. I’m going to rotate my ribs, then shoulders, then head, then eyes to the left, take two breaths in and out, and repeat to the other side.
I keep moving because it allows me to breather better, expanding my soft belly out when I breathe in and then activating my deep core muscles with a slow breath out. I keep moving because I need to be moved, both literally and emotionally, by all that my body and others are capable of. With an appreciation for however it is that you’re moving right now, I wish you a few good moments of reflection on what moves you to keep moving.