Moving Meditations: Using a Daily Walk to Help Heal PTSD
One form of moving meditations utilize walking in combination with neurological stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system-your ability to relax.
I practice this and suggest it to my patients. Start a daily walk, even if it is for 5 minutes.
Throughout the walk, occasionally try these tips:
1. Tickle the roof/palate of your mouth with your tongue. This will stimulate your cranial nerves and increase parasympathetic activity = Relaxation
2. Contract the abdominals and curl the toes downward: this will initiate your system to “seek out” old trauma lying beneath the surface. The reason: when you go into fight or flight mode you contract your abdominal muscles and clench your toes downward to run from the problem or solve them. As you contract these two things, you stimulate your nervous system to uncover the memories or trauma that bring you into fight or flight.
3. Breathe through your stomach and diaphragm. This will increase your parasympathetic relaxation system. You begin to teach your nervous system to relax and not REACT even when old trauma rises to the surface. As bad stress comes to you, you are training your body to release good chemicals.
You will be surprised what emotions and old memories surface...and you won’t fear them, but learn to process them out! Give it a try and let me know how it goes.
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