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Mind Body Scan to Reconnect to You and Reduce Tension

Mind Body Scan to Reconnect to You and Reduce Tension

When you think about “reducing stress” do you dream of a massage, facial, glass of wine, day or week at the spa, watching a movie?  Often times the things we think will help us reduce our stress can actually cause MORE stress as its one more thing to schedule into our day or week.

The easiest stress reducers are the ones you can do anytime, any where.

Mind-body scans are now being taught in elementary schools as ways to re-connect to the body.  They take just minutes to complete and can be done anywhere.

School Age Body Scan

School Age Body Scan

 

By scanning the body you can identify areas of tension, pain, resistance or stress.  You can see where you may need to pay more attention during a workout, or breathe deep into that area to allow it to relax and release what is “stuck”.

How it works?

Lay down with your body relaxed. Starting at your toes and slowly working your way up your body, check in with yourself. How is that area feeling? Ask it to release any tension. Ask it to relax and let go.

Work your way up to the top of your head.

Then lay there focusing on breathing deep into your belly for a few minutes or till ready to get up. (insert photo)

I love the way I feel after a 5-minute body scan.  More energized and aware of what is going on within my body.  Areas that I need to stretch or that I’ve been clenching and need to relax that I wasn’t even aware of!

Body Scan

Body Scan

To learn more about body scan, their use in schools and to experience a self-guided scan, go here: http://www.mindfulschools.org/resources/explore-mindful-resources/

4 Steps to Setting Goals the Get Results…Every Time!

4 Steps to Setting Goals the Get Results…Every Time!

Its the ending of another year and as such many of us take time to reflect on the year that past.  What were my favorite memories?  Who did I spend time with?  Did I accomplish my goals?  Am I further ahead today than I was a year ago?  Was I a good mother, wife, friend…?Continue Reading

A Step By Step Guide to Weight Loss

A Step By Step Guide to Weight Loss

A nurse, nutritionist and personal trainer walk into a room.  Boy this is the start of a bad joke!  But just hang in there with me for a minute. The nurse says, “I know anatomy and how the body works.” The nutritionist says, “I know food and how it effects the body.” The personal trainerContinue Reading

The Right Support System to Guarantee Your Success

The Right Support System to Guarantee Your Success

I was having dinner the other night with a few close girlfriends.  One of them started talking about their personal trainer.  They said, they’re not seeing results, but they love how motivating she is at each session.  “She makes me feel like a winner who can do anything!” I laughed, knowing how I often messageContinue Reading

My 3 Top Coaching Tips To Staying Healthy When Life Gets Chaotic

My 3 Top Coaching Tips To Staying Healthy When Life Gets Chaotic

Teacher.  Guide.  Trainer.  Instructor.  Coach. To many people these can mean the same thing.  To me, they’re something different. To me, a Teacher instructs me in the process.  They teach me how to do something.  A guide, shows me the path or way to achieve a goal.  A trainer works in the medium they areContinue Reading

The Story No One Knows and How I Found My Way Back

The Story No One Knows and How I Found My Way Back

I can remember it as clearly as if it was yesterday.  I can remember where I was sitting, what the room looked like, but most clearly, I can remember how I felt.  Numb. I was 6 weeks postpartum. We were in the process of selling our home for a huge loss and moving cross countryContinue Reading

5 Ways Stress Can Make You Healthier AND Happier

5 Ways Stress Can Make You Healthier AND Happier

This past summer was one of the most stressful I’ve ever experienced.  We had moved from Okinawa Japan back to my home state of Massachusetts.  We arrived with nothing but a few suitcases, the clothes we were wearing and a few boxes I had shipped home. And so began weeks of: getting cell phones, cars,Continue Reading

How Your Weight Loss Goal is Like a Fairy Tale

How Your Weight Loss Goal is Like a Fairy Tale

With 3 little girls in our house, I think we have almost every Disney fairy tale imaginable in both print and on DVD. The stories are known by heart and each child has their favorite: Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and depending on the day, Snow White or the Little Mermaid. No matter how differentContinue Reading

Yoga…the Key to Your Best Run

Yoga…the Key to Your Best Run

Just place one foot in front of the other. I’ve repeated that phrase many times in my life during a race.  When my legs ache, feel heavy or I’m just tired.  That phrase has gotten me through till I start to feel better or the finish line comes into view. Just like a well-timed motivationalContinue Reading

Workout Nutrition Made SIMPLE

Workout Nutrition Made SIMPLE

Energy drinks?  Gu?  Bananas?  Water?  Recovery Smoothies? The list of things that are sold these days to help you: run better run longer fuel your workout decrease fatigue burn more fat increase your metabolism ….could go on forever! The real question is, do you really NEED all that stuff? I’m gonna help you cut throughContinue Reading