Drum roll please……… It’s Tai Chi
Tai Chi is the “Swiss army Knife” of Body Awareness. It embodies all the principles of Body Awareness, of what our bodies are communicating to us, in simple and effective way.
Because Body Awareness is most helpful when it’s a habit, it will, like any other habit, take practice in the beginning. Tai Chi can immerse us in body awareness through grounding us in mindfulness, in an easy and fun way. Plus, it releases our build up stress instantly!
Whether you’re taking a Tai Chi class or learning from a DVD, it’s sometimes includes a few minutes of standing. The teacher offers guidance so that students connect to their bodies, including checking different parts of the body, releasing tension stored in the muscles and really getting into connection.
Tai Chi also incorporates and connects the movement of the body strongly with the breath. The repetitive, slow, focused movements bring the mind and body into even deeper communication ′ala body awareness!
Boiling Frogs and Body Awareness
The boiling frog metaphor is a widespread story detailing a frog that gets gradually boiled alive!
The premise is that if a frog is placed in a pot of boiling water, the frog will quickly recognize “change” and jump out. But place the frog in a pot of warm water, slowly increase the temperature, the frog will fail to perceive the change and will cook to death. This metaphor is often used to warn people of gradual changes occurring overtime. Similar to those of us who remain unaware of the stressors that accumulate in our daily lives. We simply get used to it until..
“Similar to those of us who remain unaware of the stressors that accumulate in our daily lives. We simply get used to it until…”
What is Body Awareness?
Most people go about their day with no awareness of their very basic needs, feelings and other physical sensations of their body.
The mind is a filter that does not allow the individual to focus on all the information available at one time: pain, noise and discomfort can be endured and basically ignored many times. In a lot cases this is good to do and for our survival.
On the other hand, if should you unconsciously block out physical sensations (aka feedback) for such things as muscle pain, hunger or fatigue, it can be dangerous for long-term health.
Body awareness helps us develop a greater sense of focus. It is a simple tool that allows us to “take stock” of minor and major stressors and than act to mitigate or eliminate the problem in the a proper manner.
Simple things like tasting your food, really listen to music, and enjoy your body’s connection to the earth can be great Body Awareness activities that you can do anywhere.
Why Tia Chi for Body Awareness?
Tai Chi (TIE-CHEE) was originally developed for self-defense, but has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions including Body Awareness .
Tai Chi is often described as meditation in motion. It promotes and creates a relaxed state through gentle, flowing movements.
What exactly is Tai Chi?
Tai chi is basically an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is done as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
Tai chi is a noncompetitive, self-paced and is a gentle physical exercise with stretching and conscious breathing. Each posture seamlessly flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion and awareness
Tai chi has lots of different styles. Each style may have its own subtle focus on various tai chi principles and methods. There are also variations within each style. Some may focus on health maintenance, while others focus on the martial arts aspect of Tai Chi.
Body Awareness through simple things like Tai Chi or using sound vibration is another great health activity that adds to the quality of our lives!