Ever get a sudden urge to move? Have you ever experienced a runners high? Has a solo dance party in your living room lifted the weight of a million tears? Wanna know why?
We hold our issues in our tissues. There’s a little book I’m madly in love with by Louise Hay called “Heal your Body” it’s a magical little take with you guide that reveals with every dis-ease (discomfort) we feel in the body there is an equal emotional equivalent and source. From there, she offers daily mantras to help reverse the pain and ultimately heal your body. Now I’m no Louise Hay but I can tell you that my therapy of choice has always been of the physical nature and sometimes the best, fastest and most effective therapy is in fact physical therapy.
Growing up as a competitive dancer, movement is purely second nature to my body. Together, they are like peanut butter and jelly. Ever ask yourself why you feel so good after a workout even if you were feeling super crusty before you started? Well, to quote the fabulous Miss Elle Woods ‘Exercise gives you endorphins,. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t just go around killing their husbands’. All movie quotes aside, endorphins play a role of course, but if you think about how we in fact ‘hold our issues in our tissues’ it all starts to make sense and the best way to explain it is that with every breath, every stretch, every jump and every lift there is a contraction, expansion, a rinse and a burn of negative energy that has been contributing to our emotional and physical stress which can finally be released and let go. We are literally shaking out the bad, feel not so good vibes.
Truth of the mater is this: you rest, you rust and motion creates emotion. We have fascia bands that run diagonally across our bodies and these little connective tissues act like little sponges for our emotional despair. That’s why yoga is so therapeutic. We match and link the breath and exhale (a point of release) with the lengthening and twisting of these tissues literally ringing out negativity, stress, anxiety and pain like a you would dirty water from a dirty dish cloth. When we can release old toxic emotions, feelings and thought patterns we create space to expand our energy field of feel good vibes.
Bottom line, fitness is your friend and you don’t have to make it super complicated. 15 minutes goes a long way. Run, walk, hike, jog, dance, swim, jump, practice yoga, play with your pets or stretch (Bonus Points: get outside for extra vitamin D) choose your remedy and you’ll turn your BooHoos into WooHoos in no time. When you feel good, you look good - it’s practically effortless - and in turn you do good too. It’s a win win if you ask me. Make it part of your everyday. Sending out all those feel good vibes.