Photo Credit: Andrei-Lazarev
‘Moving your body is ways that you love’ is one of the key messages I work on with women in their coaching, counselling and psychotherapy sessions; it’s to help them get in touch with the feminine aspects and their soul self.
Many women are over identified with the masculine aspects of the self; this can result in relating to ourselves in patriarchal and oppressive ways. We may even end up tyrannizing ourselves through overworking, perfectionism, not getting enough rest or self-care, and by participating in punitive diets and punishing exercise routines.
One way to get in touch with the feminine and bring in more balance, is through listening and moving to music.
Listening and moving to music benefits us on the physiological, emotional, psychosocial, psychological, neurological, and spiritual levels of our being. It can help us to develop an enhanced sense of self-awareness and facilitates us to get in touch with the deeper and unknown parts of ourselves. It is a wonderful form of self-expression and can be used to release painful feelings and traumas that have been somatised in the body.
Part of my own recovery from disordered eating and body image concerns has been to engage in dance/movement classes and to attend retreats where movement and music are a part of the program.
If you are wanting to connect with your body and soul self on a deeper level – some examples of classes and retreats are BodySoul Rhythms®, Qoya, Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rythyms and Nia.
If you can’t get to a class or retreat, check out the music, playlists and inspiration I have saved for you on my move your body Music/Dance Therapy board.
Do you want to transform your relationship with food, body & soul®? Start here by clicking on the link for a copy of my free eBook, 4 Ways to Befriend Your Body.