Movement for the Mind

Movement for the mind works by helping us focus on the way our body is affected when we are anxious or fearful. Focusing on how we feel in our bodies when we are stressed, or depressed, helps to identify issues such as physical sensations, or long-term symptoms of illness. I work with you one-to-one  using gentle stretching exercises, focusing on posture, to to help you to connect mind and body.

Exercise relieves stress and tension by releasing the feel-good hormones (endorphins), which give a sense of calm and lift your mood.I offer one-to-one sessions either in person or on-line.

Learning how to stretch and relax your body also calms the mind. Controlled breathing and focusing mindfully on how you are moving helps to prevent a ‘busy brain’ from worrying about day-to-day concerns. This can be part of on-going therapy, using techniques in your counselling sessions, if it would be of benefit to you.

Exercise helps you to feel positive about yourself, increasing your self-esteem, which is a useful tool in coping with life on a day to day basis. As well as improving your energy levels and improving sleep and digestion, the sense of achievement increases self-worth and lifts your mood, reducing stress and improving resilience to life events.

Learning how to stretch and relax your body also calms the mind. Controlled breathing and focusing mindfully on how you are moving helps to prevent a ‘busy brain’ from worrying about day-to-day concerns.

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