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What is the body mind connection?

As we start the new chapter of 2022, it’s important to declutter old negative patterns in order to step into new experiences with a fresh and positive outlook. Like a system reset, letting go of past negative feelings and patterns is a part of maintaining both mental and physical wellbeing, the ability to take care of ourselves by aligning our body and mind.

What is a body mind connection by femble

HOW TO BUILD A BODY-MIND CONNECTION?

Our thoughts alone can change not only our mental but also our physical wellbeing. Indeed, altering thinking patterns can yield astonishing results for changing physical outcomes we may have previously accepted as personality traits. For the first weeks of the New Year 2022, we’re talking self-care, mindfulness, and body postures & expressions. Here are some tips for you to look forward to the new year with focused intention, hope, and the keys to unlocking your greatest potential by aligning your body and mind.

The body mind connection is a near-universal concept that has been accepted in many cultures around the world for thousands of years. Eastern philosophy has traditionally seen the body, mind and spirit as a whole, and takes a holistic view to the prevention and treatment of disease. By comparison, until recently Western culture has traditionally viewed the body as machine-like and objective, separated from thought and emotion.

This view is changing as more studies prove the strength and breadth of the mind-body connection. According to these studies, there is a cyclical effect between the two dimensions, where change in one affects the other through the nervous system and other energetic channels. Effects circulate form body to mind with subtle but cumulative influence on our long-term health and well-being.

In a simple’s manner, work that happens in the body impacts the experience in the mind. Our thoughts beliefs, and attitudes have an impact on our biology. And vice versa our bodily sensations directly influence our mind. This is the basic principle of embodiment and embodied work – breath, meditation, movement, and nutrition.

People drew maps of body locations where they feel basic emotions (top row) and more complex ones (bottom row). Hot colors show regions that people say are stimulated during the emotion. Cool colors indicate deactivated areas. Image courtesy of Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari Hietanen.

1. Self-Care to align body and mind

Harness the body mind connection through warmth

Research shows temporarily elevating your body temperature can ease depression and ward off future anxiety attacks, possibly by altering neural networks that regulate mood.

Emotions adjust not only our mental, but also our bodily states. This way they prepare us to react swiftly to the dangers, but also to the opportunities. Awareness of the corresponding bodily changes may subsequently trigger the conscious emotional sensations, such as the feeling of happiness. A hot water bottle, or a warm blanket wrapped around our shoulders on a cold day, translates from a physical sensation of heat to an emotional feeling of happiness and security.

The Power of Warmth - the moon-pad® by femble®

Did you know that heat therapy is one of the oldest remedies to boost wellbeing?

The practice of heat therapy was popular in the Chinese and Japanese empires as early as the 16thcentury. Individuals would use hot stones to treat conditions including urinary tract infections, arthritis & rheumatism. These stones and therapies we are also used as a remedy for respiratory and digestive issues.

Stress and tension go hand in hand through out the body. The heat will help to alleviate the stress in these muscles. Heat therapy is known as a fantastic way to relieve pressure by calming the body. The warmth gives the affected area extra comfort and a calming feeling.

The easy way to do heat therapy at home is to soak in a warm bath or use a hot water bottle or warm blanket. It does it all; Warmth is therefore a remedy that targets mind, body, soul and emotions. The moon-pad® harnesses exactly those benefits and helps us to access higher states of wellbeing.

The great thing is that if we feel warm, our body produces Oxytocin, a hormone which accompanies warm and connected feelings associated with kindness and compassion. So the moon-pad® is not only good for us, but also for the people around us.

"As a fact physical states influence our mood, but I always wondered how I could harness these benefits on-the-go, especially when my menstural cramps hit again. At home I got plenty of options, the moon-pad® now gives me a feeling of comfort away from home." - Lina (Co-Founder of femble®)

2. Breath

According to Prof. Ikuo Homma (President, Tokyo Aiake University of Medical and Health Sciences) there is a rhythm in breath. It is different in the morning, evening, and with different emotions the rhythm of breath changes. For example, when we are happy and smell a pleasant incense, our inhalation is slow, and strong, and the exhalation dissolves. But, when we are frustrated, our exhalation is stronger.

There is also rhythm in the emotions, thought patterns. The rhythm of the breath changes with different emotions; it is different when there is fear, anger.

 

The Power of Breath by femble®

1. Notice your breathing throughout your day.

2. Let your breathing be easy, pleasurable, and full.

3. Every now and then, take in several big, long, deep breaths.

4. After each in-breath, hold it for a few seconds. "Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders." Andrew Weil, M.D. 3

5. Then slowly let your breath out.

As we connect with this stillness within our thoughts will naturally calm down. This space gives us the opportunity to listen to the inner voice of our soul and intuition that guides us.

3. Meditation

We are all engaged in a continuous internal dialogue. While the mind is constantly flitting to thoughts of the future and memories of the past, the body lives in the only moment that truly exists: the present. One of the best ways to relieve stress is to tune into your body and to tap with our mind in the calm rhythm of our body.

Here are 3 ways how meditation can positively influence our body:

 - Decrease in blood pressure

Studies have linked regular meditation with decreases in stress hormones that cause inflammation and other physical problems. Meditation activates our bodies’ “rest-and-digest” functions, which counteracts our “flight-or-fight” responses. Integrating the practice into a daily routine has been linked to lower heart rate and blood pressure, which may lower your risk of heart disease.

- Less fatigue

 By discovering and mindfully reflecting on what drains our energy, we can begin to reschedule our lifestyle, or reduce our intake of energy drainers:

■   Too much stress

■   Overthinking

■  Too much sugar

■  Skipping meals

■    Negative people

■  Sloppy boundaries

How to use mindful meditation to increase energy:

Sit down and feel the gentle rhythmic sensations of your own breathing. As you breath in, imagine you’re breathing in nourishing, fresh, energising air into your body. As you breathe out, imagine toxins being released out of your subtle system. Breathe out anything that’s troubling you, and let go of negative thoughts, feelings and emotions. With each breath you take, feel more energized and uplifted. Imagine your body as a container of energy, interchanging with the energy all around. Feel the exchange of energy with your surrounding – both a give and take process, a symbiosis, a positive cycle. Notice your transition into a normal, wakeful state.

 

- Strengthens the immune system

New research suggests that mindfulness can have benefits for health and performance, including improved immune function and enhanced cognitive function.

Essentially, when we’re practicing meditation – paying attention to the present moment without any judgment – our body naturally responds by calming down. That enables our immune system to do what it needs to do to take care of our subtle body.

A picture of femble which shows how you can leave your comfort zone through a mindful routine.

4. Body posture and expressions

Body postures and expressions are not just reflections of our minds –they can influence our moods.

Standing tall gives ourselves confidence and sends signals to those around us. Being mindful of our facial expressions has positive effects on our wellbeing. Our brain uses expressions as cues to feel emotions. Smiling can actually make us feel happier. And joyful states help us metabolize negative feelings and heal into positives and we access innate feelings of awe.

The Power of Smiling by femble®

It is important to remember as we are bringing more consciousness into our daily life our, we show up with a settles nervous system and our body starts to recreate the security we feel in our minds. We become the channel for our unique intention, values and beliefs reflected in our body and mind!

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