Movement therapy for mental wellness
Movement therapy is like medicine for your mental wellness. Did you know that moving in sync with other humans makes you feel better because it brings parts of your brain back online?
Movement helps to prevent underlying medical illness e.g. high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer, and it also has positive effects on your mental well-being by releasing feel-good hormones called endorphins.
But you don’t have to run a marathon to feel better. What if you could move your body in gentle, natural ways that invite energy and life force into all areas of your body and release tension?
Theories of somatic (body) psychotherapy were developed by psychiatrists Wilhelm Reich, Alexander Lowen and John Pierrakos. They based their theories on the idea that emotional and psychological tension can get trapped or held in the muscles of our body and can be released through breathing, movement and expression.
The idea is that we can impact our mental well-being by moving.
If you are anxious, you can take steps to ground yourself and bring your mind into the present.
If you’re depressed and unmotivated, let’s do some breathing and movement to increase the amount of oxygen and energy available in your body.
We use the following formula to help you let go of this withheld tension:
Tension – charge – discharge – rest
These gentle grounding techniques are some that we might do at the beginning of a session to get you more present in your body:
The longing position or reverse waterfall is one of the poses we often use at the end of a session. It helps your body to release tension and let go.
The movements are designed to reconnect you with your body, release tension (both emotional and physical) and enter a state of deep relaxation, so that you can feel more like yourself again.
(You can find more videos on the Anxiety page)
You are learning how to ground yourself in ways that feel good to your body – you’re the expert on that.
- Ground you in your body
- Deepen your respiration
- Release physical and emotional tension
- Promote deep relaxation
- Enlarge your self-expression and promote self confidence
I offer private 30 minute movement therapy sessions for $50.
Please give me a call on 0450 22 00 59 if you would like to chat about this.
Or alternatively you can book in online (choose “Private Release Class” from the Service options.
Please note that I need 48 notice so that I can prepare an awesome playlist for you.
Release: Chakra movement classes – new venue in inner north Brisbane coming soon!
Come home to your body. Learn how to release the tension in your body and mind through breathing and movement. Freeing up more energy to live your life.
We’ll stretch, ground ourselves, invite movement and breath, shake and shimmy up the chakras, laugh, make some noise, and then finally relax and rest.
In this class we’ll focus on connection with the body-mind, gently bringing movement and energy to all areas of your body, inviting more flow back into these areas, and into your life.
- moving towards pleasure not pain
- moving in YOUR body’s way
- connecting to a sense of universal joy.
I call this class Release because it helps you:
- Reconnect with your body
- Release tension and stuck energy, increasing your life force
- Relax and integrate all you’ve done, so that you leave refreshed and renewed!
Investment: Cash only.
Parking: On street (please be mindful of the neighbours).
Wear: Comfortable clothes you can move in. Yoga clothes are perfect. Please think “comfort” rather than glamorous.
Bring: Water and an open heart.
Call or SMS Sarah on 0450 22 00 59 if you have any burning questions.
This class is ideal for any body shape, any level of flexibility and any age over 18. (Sometimes we may make a lot of noise so it’s not for the younger peeps – we don’t want to scare them).
It is your choice to move as much or as little as you want. For example, I have clients with shoulder, knee and hip replacements who work within their own limit and adapt movements to suit their own body (or just don’t do that particular movement). Please remember to move towards pleasure not pain.
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Different forms of movement therapy will also help you regulate your nervous system by either calming you down or letting out excess energy. Even 5 minutes of gentle walking has a very positive effect on your mood. I’ve written a blog post about the different kinds of exercise that are beneficial for anxiety and depression.
Nia is a movement class with a difference… It focuses on self-healing through movement and engages your body, mind, emotions and spirit. It’s playful, it’s gentle on the body and it brings me to a state of sheer joy! It is inspired by three forms of dance, three forms of martial arts and three healing arts (Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Jazz, Modern Dance, Duncan Dance, Yoga, the Alexander Technique and the work of Moshe Feldenkrais®).
Nia was featured on The Great South East recently – have a look!
Like a grounding class, you will connect with your body and shake off the stress and tension, but you’ll also gain cardiovascular fitness. The beauty of NIA is that the 52 moves are designed to be in harmony with the natural movement of your body. The fundamental principles of Nia are dynamic ease (moving in a way that gives you pleasure not pain), and choosing the sensation of universal joy!
What’s more, in a Nia class you are actively seeking to have FUN. YOU choose the level of intensity you want to work at. Nia is non-competitive. Nobody cares if you go the wrong way or do something different. What I do care about is that that you have fun and that you leave the class feeling better than when you went in.
Nia is suitable for all ages, both male and female, and all levels of ability.
A regular class will be coming soon. To register your interest in a weekday/week night class in the 4017 area please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0450 22 00 59
Sarah’s Depression and Anxiety Counselling Services
In addition to Anxiety Counselling, Sarah’s North Brisbane psychotherapist clinic offers: