Helen Brister

Helen Brister

A channel for divine light and love energy and sound healer, writer, speaker and intuitive guide specialising in assemblage point alignment, chakra energising and balancing, removal of energy blockages within the physical body and aura causing illness and preventing us from being well and moving forward in life.

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01923 268 046
helen@helenbrister.com

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The Power of Mindful Movement

Each day we try our best not to exacerbate aches and pain by altering our movement, unfortunately when we do this repeatedly it becomes habit which can stay with us for life, unless we decide to do something about it!

Incorrect postural habits and unbalanced muscle patterns can be corrected by practicing balanced, coordinated movement each day to help eliminate stress, aches and pain. Just as a day of rushing around becomes habit as it becomes a regular occurrence each day and before we know It, we have no idea that we are rushing all the time, this activates our sympathetic nervous system, fight or flight mode and we become out of balance and unable to stop unless we consciously take time to totally relax and balance again, so many people confirm this to me as they tell me they had no idea how much they were rushing even when there was no need to.

Incorrect postural habits such as standing with one leg bent builds strength on one side of our torso whilst the other side is relaxed, creating imbalances within which makes us weak, just as carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder, initially we notice the discomfort this causes, but we ignore it and then stop noticing, so the need to raise our self-awareness through movement to instinctively straighten up is necessary to stop further deterioration from these bad habits. Muscles need to be relaxed and balanced within and if they're not we overuse some muscles and not others, causing further wear and tear on our joints and ligaments. By regaining balanced muscle patterns, muscles become strong, coupled with moving in a balanced coordinated way and breathing from our core, we have strength and stability.

It does not matter to the brain the size of a movement, it is a movement and that's it, but when the movement is tiny and mindful whilst picturing the body part being used, the detail of the movement can be the best possible, unique to us and working deep within the torso. For example, I notice many peoples spines move as if they're 3 vertebrae, a block at the top, middle and bottom, but thinking of each individual vertebra moving controls the speed of movement and gains the detail needed, rather than the quicker bending of the spine which happens when we are listening to music or watching someone else to copy them... Picturing the perfect spine with large fluffy disc is informing our mind this is how they should be, our bodies only want to be well and painting perfect pictures in our mind enhances our innate healing ability, in actual fact, painting pictures in all areas of our life is creating a journey towards what we want to happen and how we want life to be, then couple this with a mindset to reflect this, POW, amazing things can happen. We generally hold our stress somewhere in our torso and this can create an area where our energy becomes blocked and is unable to flow as it should, healing is then reduced, just as, for example holding the left side of our lower back or shoulder still to prevent pain creates stagnation. Detailed tiny, mind led movement can prevents this and allows our energy to flow freely and also highlights to our brain there is an area of injury which needs healing without the concern or worry of damaging ourselves further. Tiny movement taps into our parasympathetic nervous system which relaxes and slows us down, a definite need with today's fast paced life, so we stay connected to our gut feeling, intuition, 6th sense, spirit (whatever you want to call it) to gain clarity and insight to guide us, taking us from beta to an alpha state, providing further healing and knowing, a state I can now tap into immediately.

We all know our body heals itself, we break a nail it grows, we cut ourselves it heals, the body is renewing itself all the time and by harmonising mind and body with movement, which needs to be experienced to really understand what it means, incredible healing can take place. On a scale of one to ten, if we have movement of five out of ten that's all our mind has to work with but with practiced detail movement each day our mind can work us to best of its ability, coupled with greater self-awareness, again this needs to be experienced to really understand what's possible and suddenly, instinctively we notice that bending one leg and leaning awkwardly is uncomfortably and we automatically straighten up and then naturally engaging our core when we bend forward, to avoid any strain in our lower back which can cause discomfort, aches or eventual pain. Mind led movement enhances our Self-awareness so we discover how we're living our lives and the damage we can be causing ourselves. Taking a little 'me' time each day we start to notice and then to question our observations to change/improve them to move forward better equipped than we were before.

Pain can be present because of emotional issues and with a calm mind and body, we notice our gut feeling and can make changes to do what we feel is right, rather than what we might think is right. Go with the flow of life, rather than resist it for living life free of stress, tension, aches and pain whilst becoming happier and healthier as we empower ourselves and regain control. Life is for living and the possibilities are endless when we connect to the power within and all it takes to do this is a little 'me' time each day to start a new journey in your life for you and you alone, a journey that will evolve perfectly when you continue to trust in yourself and the power within. We need to be well to help others and this means making ourselves our number one priority and not the one we tend to neglect; you do deserve that, don't you?

Are you standing or sitting in an unbalanced way?

I'd had in mind that I must write about the way we stand and sit which affects our physical wellbeing and I know when I have an intension in mind, when the time is right I act and it is usually because something comes along which has given me what I need to do that, a little snippet of info which enables me to make the right decision and this happened again recently, I was contacted by a lady called Meisha from Top Nursing Programs website, Meisha asked If I would link to an illustrative diagram on their website. I took a look and it turned out to be on this very subject I'd had in mind and provided a wonderful diagram covering all the points needed to be able to stand and sit in a way which does not lead on to tightness, tension and eventual back pain, hip pain or shoulder/neck pain, a diagram I wouldn't be able to create myself without expert help.

Chair

 

I remember when I started to work on my movement system to help myself with my back pain and hip pain, I found as my own self awareness increased, I became more immediately aware,  rather than later when I had an ache or pain and with this discovered how my environment was also causing me problems, which of course is great news, as it provides an opportunity straight off to act. I use to sit diagonally at work and because of this my left shoulder was raised as I would rest my left arm on my desk, whereas my right arm was relaxed by my side. Each day I could feel tension within my left shoulder blade something that had never been prominent in my mind as my back pain took precedence and with one small change of moving my screen to look straight on, I could relax my left shoulder and eliminated this tension, it has not returned since 2008 and this is why we need to be aware of our environment and the damage it can be causing us.

This picture shows a great chair, the arms, height and back can be adjusted to suit us, so we sit totally supported in our middle back for our natural curve of our spine to be as it should, shoulders relaxed and our spine relaxed not slouching, upright but not rigid. We really can sit without causing any tightness and tension and the link provided below will help you further with this. The key thing is to ensure our shoulders are relaxed and adjust the height from there, this may mean our feet do not touch the floor and then a foot rest is needed, always ensure knees are hip level or lower and then notice the difference this makes. My 'listen to' clips provide the knowledge of how to find our sitting bones and when we sit straight up from them we are in our neutral position. Play around with this way of sitting, lean forward to notice tension created in our lower back, this is very common thing to do as we get engrossed in our work, so consciously keeping our torso and how it feels in the back of our mind is possible as we stay in the present moment, practice makes perfect or just draw attention to the way you are sitting from time to time and consciously relax and check out the link below for the full details.

  

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