If you're anything like me, you probably feel like you need to hold yourself together - ALL. THE. TIME. It may be hard to ask for help. It may be hard to receive support from others. It may be hard to let go. It may be hard to stop *doing* all the time and just rest. Making time for relaxation and renewal is critical for our whole-self wellbeing. Living in chronic stress is unhealthy and impacts our mental and emotional state, and takes a toll on our body.
I have come to love the practice of Restorative. Since there's no 'doing' in Restorative, it was very challenging to begin this new practice at first. I felt like I was wasting time, just lying around 'doing nothing.' But I quickly learned that this practice held many benefits for me.
Restorative forces me to slow down and rest. The various props help create a supportive environment for complete relaxation of the parts of my body that are used to holding themselves up. In allowing these areas to soften, I can completely relax. Full relaxation creates space, expansiveness and openness that allows the physical, mental and emotional tension to melt away and invites a sense of ease and calm. Creating an expansive space also allows trapped emotions to rise, so they can be processed and released. I see that I don't have to hold myself together ALL the time - that it's okay to let go.
When was the last time you allowed yourself to completely and deeply rest... with no movement, no effort, and not worrying about your to-do list?
If it's been awhile, reach out and let's explore how I can support your relaxation and wellbeing needs through Restorative and other practices.
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