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Hello! And welcome to Move Into Coherence. I’m Pamela Stokes. Today is our second part of a three-part series on Anxiety. In today’s episode, we’ll be doing a motion that will help you to release anxiety from your body very easily and very gently, so let’s get into it!
Anxiety is the reaction of our body to a stressor, and this could be a thought, an emotion; it could be tension in the body caused by an accident from the past; a traumatic memory that gets lodged in the body somewhere, and there’s constriction. Basically anxiety indicates to our nervous system that there’s a problem, and we need to take care of that problem, and either get out of the way or put up a fight. So this is what we would call the Fight/flight Reflex,–part of the trauma response. And the symptoms that happen in anxiety are numerous, and they are all affecting the autonomic nervous system. That’s the part of our nervous system that’s just happening involuntarily—we’re not telling it what to do. Like digestion, for example, that’s part of our autonomic nervous system. The symptoms of anxiety can include challenging breathing. So it could be that it’s a shallow breath, or it’s hard to take a deep breath. I’ve heard someone describe it as stingy with their breathing. Or, the breath could also be shallow and rapid. Another symptom is tense muscles, or we may notice a trembling or shaking of our hands or head. Anxiety also includes the symptom of increased heart rate, so it feels like your heart is racing. And also because when we are in this state, our body produces some chemicals. Specifically cortisol, which tells our digestive system to hold on to calories, so we can gain weight around the middle. In today’s activity we’ll be releasing the thighs. And by doing this, we’re actually talking to that part of the body that I would call the first line of defense—the pelvic floor. When something is frightening, either in a thought, or a past memory, or an experience that you’re having, the first line of defense is your pelvic floor. It’s going to close up. It’s going to get tight. And there’s a reason for this. It’s protective. When we close it up, we are protected. And we won’t have to pee or poop. And we can stay alert. and we can do whatever we need to get away, or whatever the situation calls for. That pelvic-floor-tightening can be released using this motion. So let’s begin. Thanks for joining in.
Begin by sitting in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Lean forward and cross your arms over your legs so that your forearms are resting on your thighs, and hold each outer thigh with the opposite hand. Using about 20% of your effort, push outward with your thighs as you pull gently inward with your hands. And we’ll hold this here for about 3 seconds, breathing all the while. And then slowly release that pushing and pulling of your thighs—slowly, taking your time to let that go. And then let’s take a break here, and take a breath—a full breath— through the nose. Breathing through the nose like this allows the breath to go deep into the lungs, which is a very calming type of breathing. It’s helpful to breathe like this as often as possible. Let’s try that again, using about 20% of your effort. Push your thighs gently outward as your hands are pulling gently inward for about 3 seconds. Let’s try this together. And then slowly release the pushing and the pulling of your thighs and hands—slowly—and relax your hands, and relax your legs, and take a break, and take a breath. And let’s do a Sigh of Relief here. Breathe in small through the nose, and then a larger breath in, and then with closed mouth mmmmm. And then we’ll do this one more time. So again, with only about 20% of your effort, push your thighs outward gently while pulling in gently with your hands for about 3 seconds. And then slowly release the pushing and pulling with your hands and thighs, and then slowly bring yourself to an upright sitting position and relax your hands and arms. And let’s do another Sigh of Relief: small breath in through the nose, and a larger breath in through the nose, and then mmmmm. And notice how you feel. Notice the sensations in your body. Notice how you’re breathing. Notice how your muscles may feel softer now. Maybe you even feel more connected to the seat than you did before we started. That would tell you that your pelvic floor is softening. Maybe you notice your heart rate has slowed down a bit, and overall you may just feel more calm and peaceful. This is our natural state: one of calm alertness. It’s a peaceful state. It’s easy to be there. And this tells our nervous system all is well, so that all the functions that our body does naturally can take place. We don’t have to suffer with anxiety. We don’t have to just put up with it. And we don’t need to take a medication. It’s just something our body does naturally to help us to know there’s a worry, there’s a concern. Maybe there’s a tightness in the body from a previous trauma. Perhaps you’re just having a thought that is a frightening thought. We are in control. We can take charge of our well-being, and this Thigh Release is one way to do that. So I hope you’ll practice it whenever you feel the need arise, and let your body know in this moment all is well. I can be calm and at peace and soft in my pelvic floor, so that my body can function optimally. And I can take a nice easy breath. In this moment, all is well.
I’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to come to my website, MoveIntoCoherence.com & up for a free 45 minute session, where you’ll get to experience what Somatic Release is like. We can talk about your health goals, and we can find ways that you can help yourself, with my guidance. We can get the old traumas out of your body ,any kind of auto-immune condition that you may have been diagnosed with. I also work with people with concussions, even remotely, because we’re talking about electrical energy that runs our bodies. And this electrical energy can be accessed even from long distances. We’re using quantum physics—the quantum field—that allows us to connect. So, yes, even over Zoom, people have had amazing changes, very rapid changes. So I hope that you’ll go to the website and sign up for a free session with me, and let yourself find ease and comfort in your body. For your health. For your well-being. And, knowing that we’re all connected by this quantum field, when you feel better, others will too! We’re sending out ripples of information that says I feel good today. That lets the Field receive that information, and anyone within that field—which is everyone—can resonate with that. You’re not only letting yourself feel well, but you’re allowing others to feel well too. Thanks for joining in. And please send yourself some appreciation for doing so. This has been Moved Into Coherence. I’m Pamela Stokes. Take it easy. ☺️