Body Movement: Raising Whole Kids

One of the easiest ways to release body blocks and reconnect the mind and body is through stretching.

Intuitives can appear less graceful than others. They may consider themselves to be down right clumsy and accident prone. Often they can find bruises on themselves from constantly running into things unaware of the solidness of objects and their proximity of their own bodies to these objects.

Grounding and body movement are important steps in helping your child be in touch with their physical surroundings. Using these methods daily can help curb the need to move into fight, flight, or freeze. It will also reduce your child’s need to overreact or take on an unreasonable amount of responsibility in regards to others.

Spinal Stacking

Sitting or being stagnant and not moving puts a lot of pressure on your spine and spinal cord. Try re-stacking your spine to release unwanted pressure, tension, and stagnation.

Practice: From a standing position, feet about a foot apart:

  • Raise both hands high over your head, stretching up.
  • Keeping your arms straight, bend at your waist, folding your body in half so your arms meet your legs.
  • Release the hold of your arms and upper body and allow yourself to dangle loosely with a slight pivot at your waist.
  • Keeping your body loose, begin to roll up from the base of your spine. You are lifting your body weight up from your legs and back using as little of your upper body muscles as possible.
  • Continue to roll up, restacking each vertebra one on top of the other.
  • As you approach your standing position, head still dangling, roll your shoulders slightly to raise your head up to a forward position.
  • Your head lightly settles down on your neck.
  • Lower your shoulders down, back, and away from your ears.
  • Take several deep abdominal breaths before resuming your activities.

Purpose: This simple spinal stretch and re-stacking of your vertebrae is an excellent way to open up your nervous system and release stagnation.

Standing in Place

Similar to the practice of Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Standing in Place allows you to release body tension that often goes unnoticed.

Practice: Standing in place with your feet together:

  • Breath in and out through your nose, slow, even breathes. Use a 4 or 6 count inhale. Keep your exhale even and comfortable.
  • Become consciously aware of the muscles in your legs.
  • Stand this way for thirty seconds or more.
  • Pay attention to what muscles are flexing in your feet, legs, and abdomen to keep you standing in place.
  • Throughout the entire practice breath as smoothly and evenly as possible, aware of how your balance interacts with your breath, how it pulls or pushes your breath as you stand in place.
  • Continue to hold your breath as smooth and even as possible while focusing on your muscles.

Purpose: This practice connects breath and muscle tension. Holding a smooth and even breath encourages the tension to leave the body. The brain’s attention on the muscles further encourages release.