I became counsellor qualified before I moved into the fitness industry, after some bad experiences with face to face counselling for myself, I decided not to pursue the career as a therapist but instead throw myself into fitness, as I saw that my ability to impact people could be greater in this space at that point in my life.
What I soon discovered, was that as people started to move, physically, pain start to unravel, the body would heal, evolve, then gain strength and power in movement. Clients were becoming empowered through awareness of their bodies, they were starting to tune into their own intuition and start to feel and listen to the messages that the body was sending them. They were able to tap into their creative side with play, they were being challenged in different ways, they had the power to direct what happened with the session when they tuned into what they needed, they were starting to deeply connect to themselves and with that came emotional shifts.
Clients would come and speak openly about things they had never disclosed to anyone, we would really adventure together, problem solve and find ways to help them move forward. Many journeys to healing have begun and continued when our client/coach relationship began. I am greatly honoured to have served as a part of people's journeys and grateful that they trusted me with their transformations on a deeper level.
I have come to realise that I have been combining my counselling and movement coaching for many years, without fully acknowledging that I have been gifted and able to be of service to my clients on that deeper level.
So how does movement allow you to break down the barriers that so many of us have up, ready and waiting to hold us back from any kind of emotional and physical change?
Here are my top three observations!
1. Movement Distracts the Ego
I can only speak from my experience working with clients, and my movement philosophy - as I do not know what you have experienced with other coaches/trainers. I have observed that movement distracts the ego. Your mind and body have to focus on something else other than protecting you from changing and evolving - which the ego likes to defend at all costs, because it feels safe with what it already knows. When you move, play and are challenged in a way that you need, you can unlock that feminine side - the creativity, a state where so much evolving can happen.
2. Movement Unravels and Shifts Pain
Like peeling away the layers of an onion. Physically and emotionally this is what can happen when we are empowered through tools using movement, layers are peeled away, pain, emotions and unresolved suffering will come to the surface ready to be healed and shifted.
3. Movement Allows You to Deeply Connect
As humans we need to connect to self and others in order to live a fulfilled life, often a deep connection to either self or others is missing, movement allows you the opportunity to connect to both. When working with a coach you can be equipped with the tools to learn to tap into your intuition, where you can learn to become aware of your body and your mind and what it needs. You can then move from telling your body/mind what you want (often the ego calling the shots, lack of awareness or moving with expectation of what you think you should be doing), which can lead to working your body beyond it's limits or suppressing unresolved issues. When you can tune into what you need you are able to move into a space of deep connection to self - you can become the observer not the dictator.
Next time you are moving take the time to observe what shifts are occurring emotionally, what your body is trying to make you aware of, so that you can continue to evolve and become empowered to connect with that deeper sense of self both emotionally and physically to come to love your body and your life! Let movement be a tool you can use to create change!