The two universal movements of flexion and extension are opposing forces that generate energy from friction as they move against each other.
Our body is set into motion by this universal principle aided by the opposing forces of gravity and earth rebound.
Our muscles move our limbs as they extend and contract and influence the tidal movements of our fluids, nutrients and waste.
When the bones of the body aren’t in aligned placement with each other, the muscles tense around the bones to keep the body upright and functioning. Long term, this tension that initially kept the structure safe, inhibits full range of motion in the joints and both external and internal movements become smaller and smaller.
As we lose range of motion, the parts of our body we no longer use regularly are disconnected from our movement circuitry and we lose feeling and differentiation of these parts.
In my own personal experience and understanding of how our body is interconnected to our mind, emotions and spirit, as we lose movement and sensation in the body, we become reduced on all levels.
Restoring full range of motion is possible if one chooses. Changing how one approaches the body changes the mind. To move inwards with gentle enquiry and sense the smooth elastic feeling of flexion and extension slows us down, brings calm.
It’s not about the actual movements we make or our intention, it’s the process, how aware we are of the feeling of motion and the body response. It’s not what we do, it’s how we do it.
Set aside some time and space to lay back upon the floor with your feet flat and knees up, close your eyes and start to notice the feel of your body in contact with the floor, what parts you feel and the parts of your body that aren’t touching the floor. Notice the feeling of your breath, how it comes in to your body and how it feels when you exhale, then notice where you feel the breath moving your body. Just lay there without trying to achieve anything, no intentions, just be and feel you being. There’s no right or wrong, no should or shouldn’t, just observe how your body feels as your breath extends and flexes your body.
Let the weight of your body drop into the floor. There’s no reason to hold it. The floor will support you and give your muscles the opportunity to let go and rest, the bones to shift and find a more suitable and comfortable position.
Your entire being wants to be in harmony, to be fully functioning.
Aware motion is a virtue that can restore the body’s natural self healing abilities and if one is interested in diving a little deeper, it can provide a safe pathway to one’s spirit and our organic energetic connection to all that is.