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Calming Fright, Flight, Fight reactions through movement techniques

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

Mindfulness through Movement

Observing people’s posture in standing and walking for the past 10 years has been educational.  I have begun to notice subtle posture nuances that clearly indicates ones state of mind and their physical and emotional well-being.  The most common condition I am observing in people is a separation between what one thinks and a connection to physical movement.

Generally I notice ones focus of attention is on interpretation of what is happening versus actual experience.  For me this means having a fixed perspective, opinion or belief.  If a physical ailment surfaces there is a fixed belief to go and have someone fix it or use tools to make physical movement easier.  Tools like a cane, walker, scooter, special chair and bed.    What’s missing is an easier possibility!  This is the exploration of how to move differently.  I am not referring to practices such as yoga, therapy, stretching or exercising as the difference is that you are following a limited structured pattern.  I am referring to increasing awareness of feeling how you move in the process of moving.  This includes increasing your ability to focus your attention on how each bone  and joint movement can be sensed.

When mobility increases I notice that there is an increase in coping.  The mask of fear, anger, pain and anxiety is replaced with a peaceful and open appearance.

Recently I wrote about settling the fight, flight, fright experiences of the Hippocampus from the perspective of communication.  I have noticed that another more effective way to settle these reactions has been through the application of Feldenkrais® Movement.

Working with three ways to settle ones flight, fight and fright reactions I find the application of Feldenkrais Movements the quickest and most effective for shifting and integrating change.  It engages more immediate functional connection between ones physical, mental and emotional states of being.  Many times I have experienced someone in a series of 6 classes for balance where after the first or second class someone has given up their cane.  They describe that they are less fearful to stand and support themselves.

This year a trend has been the lack of  connection to feeling one’s legs.  I had to purposely show  someone that they dragged a leg behind them when there wasn’t any physical reason for this.  It turned out this leg had been broken years before and this person forgot how to use this leg.  This resulted in collapsing. When life became too difficult to enjoy they requested an operation, however there wasn’t anything to operate on!

Recently I encouraged someone to consciously shift weight purposely into one of their legs and their reaction was to say that this leg couldn’t support them.  I asked them how they had walked all these years and suggested that this leg must actually be supporting them.  We spent a few minutes practicing shifting weight from foot to foot and their fear was tangible.  A short week later the leg that was not trusted appeared stronger and I smile as there was no hesitation in using this leg.  The fright, flight and fight reactions were not visible!

What is exciting as a practitioner giving guidance to explore patterns of movement is that there it bypasses the stories in ones mind and focuses them on discovering their movement process.  It teaches them ways to feel the movement.     It increases present awareness (being in the moment).

To other ways for calming ones state of flight, fright and fight can be through increased understanding of your emotional and intellectual functions and your environment.

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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication,  Empathy,  Values Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015

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16 Reasons why to  explore Body, Mind & Heart Connection @ Inside Awareness?

INTEGRATION, LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT

  1. Experience a deeper connection to self .
  2. Increase self-value and trust in yourself, knowing you are doing what’s right for you.
  3. Connect to your boundaries and learn how to voice them in a safe  way without conflict!  
  4. Stop compromising.  
  5. Learn how to have  choice.
  6. Improve your posture! Walk, sit, stand, sleep, breathe, think and feel better.
  7. Increase your understanding of your self image and how it is holding your back from success!
  8. Stop feeling alone & lonely?
  9. Turn abusive relationships into empowering experiences!
  10. Stop doubting yourself when it comes to decision making.  
  11. Learn how to transition from taking things personally by developing skills to translate difficult messages.
  12. Move through fear to build relationships and find love.
  13. Understand how to resolve differences.
  14. Improve your odds of finding partnerships where you are  valued.
  15. Ending your relationships with more ease, respect and  moving forward with less attachment!
  16. Becoming aware of the culture created  by your parenting style (or your parents and their’s before them).

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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015

Signs of “Stress”

Stress results from physical, mental or emotional conditions that cause body or mental tension.    It can be caused from an illness, the environment, a social event or be  psychological . 

Body reactions to stress

  • Hyperventilation (rapid, shallow breathing)
  • Sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Light headed
  • Tired and fatigued
  • Backaches
  • Neck pains
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Not sleeping
  • Heartburn and ulcers

Emotional Reactions to Stress

  • Irritability
  • Fear
  • Panic
  • Anxiety
  • Withdrawn
  • Lack of concentration
  • Forgetfulness
  • Biting fingernails
  • Grinding teeth

Mental Reactions to Stress:

  • Poor decision-making
  • Reactive 
  • Not thinking clearly 
  • Reacting from past events
  • Fear of the future

Tips for managing Stress over the holidays (other times too!)

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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication,  Empathy,  Values Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015

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Now until Xmas – most stressed out time of the year!

Do you spend now until Christmas filled with holiday stress ? (overwhelmed with tension & anxiety)  As so many do, December has become known as the Stress-Free Family Holidays Month!    Signs of Stress

Causes of Holiday Stress

  • Travel
  • Shopping
  • Money & bills
  • Family
  • Socializing
  • Hosting Holiday Events
  • Being Alone

Ways you can keep stress healthy

  • Check in to define what your longing for over the holiday (family, connection, community, giving)
  • Plan out how to achieve what you long for (set your intention)
  • Commit to checking in to ask yourself if you are meeting your goals or going off track
  • Exercise
  • Eat healthier during events  
  • Sleep more 
  • Relax more 
  • Schedule in ‘you’ time
  • Find an empathy buddy outside of your work and family for the season!  Someone you can talk out your tension with who will not increase your stress and will help you to remember what’s important
  • Meditate
  • Walk a ‘labyrinth’

Read Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season

Inquire about  upcoming workshops & webinars –  Are your intention and your holiday plans in alignment?

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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication,  Empathy,  Values Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015

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Taking treatments outdoors

Feeling the ground

Feeling the ground

Taking clients outdoors for a change of  environment has been  successful in ways of:

  • Increased calmness 
  • Deepened breathing
  • New interest
  • Accepting condition
  • Lowering anxiety, depression and pain
  • Less tension and more flexibility
  • Increased hopefulness
  • Relief of depression

As a client enjoys these differences they will generally bring up a thought, experience or worry that they have not voiced that could be closer the to source of their condition.

Some ways of working outdoors with adults and children:

  • Personal Movement/Cognitive Therapy Session
  • Empathy Coaching
  • Relationship Coaching
  • Increasing Focused Movement Abilities using Awareness building skills, ie. Walking
  • Contemplative Movement for cognitive Therapy and Connection (effective with children and painful relationships issues)

An example is my most recent success is with a centurion who has suffered sever anxiety and depression that keeps them in a state of tension and nausea.  Being outside resulted in marked improvement in their current state of mind and understanding of  the relationships between tension, anxiety, mental state, cognitive abilities, nausea and movement.

Their home that has become their prison of ill-health and getting outdoors changes their focus of attention.  It has changed the view, smell, sounds, temperature and has them feeling the ground.  It has shifted their focus of attention and became a distraction to expand their limited focus.

Connect with Renee @ Inside for more information or inquires on how to enjoy coaching and personal treatments outdoors!

     Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000
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Viewpoint and anxiety

People are disturbed not by things, but by the view they take of them.

Epictetus

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Anxiety, Depression and Mood

Feldenkrais® Method Research

Early research suggests that participation in a single Awareness Through Movement session may reduce anxiety levels, with increased effects after six to eight sessions. A study involving 147 female general curriculum and physical education teachers enrolled in a one-year enrichment program at a physical education college revealed improved mood after Feldenkraislessons. Feldenkrais lessons seem to ease depression and anxiety, and improve self-esteem in multiple sclerosis patients.

Kerr, G. A., Kotynia, F., Kolt, G. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement and state anxiety. J Bodywork Mov Ther 2002;6(2):102-107.

Kolt, G. S., McConville, J.C. The effects of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movementprogram on state anxiety. J Bodywork Mov Ther 2000;4(3):216-220.

Netz, Y., Lidor, R. Mood Alterations in mindful versus aerobic exercise modes. J Psychol 2003;137(5):405-419.

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