Improve your stress levels with regular gentle movement
Tuesday 11 Apr 2023
Gentle movement, such as Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates, have a multitude of health benefits, that are not only physical but mental too!
What is gentle movement?
Gentle movement practices include any type of slow deliberate movement that also incorporates the mind within the process.
Gentle movement helps us to feel better about ourselves, increases confidence and self esteem, and can create a sense of inner calmness and provide a happy feeling that lasts long after you have finished moving.
Gentle movement can also help to tackle stress.
Being active can become meditation in motion
Have you ever noticed that the day's frustrations disappear while doing several laps of the pool or going on a long walk?
Focusing on a single task, such as winning the game of racquetball, can actually help you to shed your tensions through movement, as you concentrate on your body's movements, leaving you with optimism and energy.
What does Yoga do for your body and brain?
Click the video below to find out how the unique combination of activities that take place during a yoga practice can help to improve heart and lung function, flexibility and strength and even reduce symptoms of stress.
Why not come along to one of our Pilates or Yoga classes, and feel the benefits of moving your body?
Spending time in nature
Spending time outdoors in nature or bringing it into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing.
There is a strong connection between time spent in nature and reduced negative emotions which includes symptoms of anxiety, depression, and psychosomatic illnesses like irritability, insomnia, and tension headaches.
Why not try using a walk using the National Trust for Jersey’s free online walking guide?
While you’re outside, engage your senses!
Breathe deep, pause and listen to the sounds of nature and birds. Studies have shown that hearing nature, as well as being in it, can help to reduce stress.
Read part one of our Stress Awareness Blog here.
Contact us if you'd like to speak to our team about becoming a member or attending a class.