Mind + Body
“The Body Keeps the Score”
Whether we’re at home, work, or play, today’s world is rife with stimuli and stressors that can make it difficult to maintain a sense of balance between our mind and body. The experience of chronic stress and burnout has become so common in our society that many people live their day to day lives with a feeling of persistent disconnection. They may feel unable to connect with their innermost thoughts and feelings, their bodily sensations, or both.
Experiences of emotional stress—whether chronic or acute—can spell trouble for our physical bodies, causing shallow or rapid breathing, and perpetuating the experience of depression and anxiety within us. When this happens, our bodies respond by tensing up in the shoulders, jaw, or neck. This can also lead to sleeplessness, headaches, dizziness, fainting, and a lowered immune response. We might find ourselves getting sick more frequently and overall feeling wiped out.
Our practice focuses on both the mind and the body, placing a special emphasis on appreciating and exploring how our bodies physically carry stress and tension. For many people, incorporating the body into the healing process can greatly enhance the positive effects of talk therapy. By paying attention to what your body is trying to signal, you become more able to tune in to your thoughts and feelings.
For many people, incorporating the body into the healing process can greatly enhance the positive effects of talk therapy.
For this reason, we often integrate elements of yoga, meditation, body movement, deep breathing, and overall body awareness in therapy sessions, when appropriate and desired by the client.
Ultimately, at Mindful Life Counseling, we believe that, by using the connection between mind, body, and breath during the counseling session, we can heal the body and harness the power of mindfulness to elevate the mood. Restoring mind-body balance can reduce experiences of stress, tension, and burnout, while leading you to feel more alive, inspired, and resilient.