“Reality is the constant use of illusion” – Kahu Abraham Kawai’i.
We all have patterns of movement developed from the constant use of a particular way of how we hold ourselves during movement. When movement becomes limited from deep seated emotional tension
– this can include belief systems of what is the right way and the wrong way or a persistent fear response, which changes the structural support of our body (read -http://kahunamist.com/the-magic-within-reestablishing-healthy-gut-bacteria/) we eventually end up with all sorts of body discomfort and pain.
Changing unsustainable movement patterns is the long term solution to enjoying effortless full range of motion. Sounds simple and it is, but it takes a persistent shift in awareness from the external to the internal to change and sustain new patterns.
The Kahuna would say ‘your business is your body, your job is to take inventory of yourself – constantly’. If your pattern is to ignore the biological needs of your body to rest, recuperate and nourish, you’re going to initially find it difficult to sustain a consistent internal awareness of how your body is feeling, but don’t give up, there are steps you can take to get you started.
Firstly, you have to really desire change and be aware what patterns need changing. Also, be very clear about why you want to change; it needs to be for you. Be wholehearted; involve your entire being in your project. If you’re not fully present you’ll drop yourself and drift back into old unsustainable patterns
(a pattern in itself).
Regularly place yourself in a neutral position. Constructive Rest Position developed by Mabel Todd is my chosen method of neutral posture to ‘rest deeply and let that which needs to, unfold and become.’ It’s in the stillness and silence of just being, we become aware of our internal movement and it’s from here we can begin to change and refine old, unsustainable patterns of movement.
Persistence is the key. Never give up on you, be always with and for yourself.
The method – Lie on the floor on a foam mat and blanket with a folded towel under your head. Rest your feet flat on the floor hip width apart with your knees and feet aligned. Place a soft belt or scarf around your lower thighs to release tension in your pelvis and your legs. Spend the next 20 minutes observing the shifting movements your body naturally makes in response to your breath and the
release of muscular tension without changing anything, just observe.
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