Posted on 11/12/2019 in Rhythmic
With a ‘to do’ list as long as your arm, plus all the usual work and home commitments, life around Christmas time is full on!
With this in mind, perhaps finding a moment to check in with our body and mind is just the thing that’s required at Christmas to find a moment of calm, to reach some clarity and see what needs to be done, without the blind panic!
Scanning the body requires mindfulness. Mindfulness seems like a strange word, implying the mind is ‘full’, and for people trying to empty their minds this may sound like the opposite of what is required. However, mindfulness is a form of ‘paying attention’ in the present moment. A mindful body scan is a useful technique to help you learn what your body does and doesn’t need in order to get the best from it. Body scanning can also give us lots of information about our internal worlds and the life we lead.
The body scan can also help us begin to understand how stress and anxiety takes hold.
What is Body Scanning?
• Working with the sensation of physical pain
• Exploring physical sensations and the emotions we feel
• Building awareness of physical sensations to help understand our emotional state
• Beginning to understand and use mindfulness as an approach to life
The Benefits of the Body Scan
The body scan meditation is a deep investigation into the moment-to-moment experiences of the body. By bringing awareness and acknowledgment to whatever you feel or sense in the body, the body scan can be very helpful in working with stress, anxiety and physical pain.
While you may have heard about meditations that create out-of-body experiences, the object of the body scan is to have an “in-the-body” experience. In the body scan, you bring attention to the body, beginning with the left foot and ending at the top of the head.
This is a helpful mental health tool for gymnasts of all ages, whatever their stage of development. It could prove useful before and after competitions and generally through daily life to manage stresses and challenges faced.
We will be exploring this subject in more detail as part of our on-going series supporting the mental well-being of our members.
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