There was a July article in the LA Times about movement therapy gaining more acceptance in the treatment of chronic pain. Not only do reports point towards a lessening of pain but an increase in general quality of life (not surprisingly, these two go hand in hand). Awesome!
The article focuses more on the helpfulness of slow movement. It reminds me that I haven’t posted any of my slower hoop practices – something I will try to remedy in the future. Unintentionally, my slower practices are often my most personal + emotional ones that I feel shy about putting out in the world.
Increasing the connection to your body brings awareness & presence to the activity. Concentrate on that sore spot, stretch out your spine, emphasize your movements all the way to the tips of your fingers. Take deep breaths & remind yourself that slow doesn’t equal bad.