Many people choose to do the Body Scanning as a D.I.Y health check because it requires little or no effort. In the exercise described below, you simply mentally scan your body for stress or disease.
- Sit down on a chair or lie on a bed and make yourself comfortable.
- Close your eyes and imagine that you are scanning your body. Some people like to imagine that there is a beam of light sweeping over the body, checking for ‘tense spots’. Others prefer to ask, ‘Where am I tense?’ Do whichever suits you best.
- Whenever you discover a tense spot, exaggerate it slightly so that it rises to the level of personal consciousness. If you do this several times, you will become more aware of where tension is stored in your body
It is important to realise and accept that no matter how stressed or sick you feel the body is constantly trying to find ways to restore natural balance
All we have to do is to relax, let go and be still. Sounds too simple to be true? Believe me, its not. No matter how stressed or sick you are, any form of relaxation will help to restore your body to a healthier way of living.
If you are stressed ask yourself what are you going to do about it?
Just for today, let us escape for a few moments and daydream. If you are feeling guilty about daydreaming why not give it posh therapeutic name and call it Visualisation Relaxation (V.R.)?
- Begin by imagining a relaxing scene.
- The peaceful scene can be a soft white beach; a glistening stream in the forest; a walk in the mountains; a calm lake; a cosy turf fire on a wet and windy night. Allow your imagination free rein as you become absorbed in the fantasy of your own making.
- Here is one example of a peaceful scene I have used it from time to time. Sometimes, I use the sound of the waves and seagulls in the background to heighten the effect. If you like I can guide you through it now.
- Let us begin…….
- You are walking along a beautiful deserted beach.
- It is a sunny summer’s day.
- You are wading barefoot on the soothing white shore.
- The sand feels warm and soft underfoot as you tread, gazing out at the beautiful turquoise sea.
- Hear the sound of the waves as they crash onto the rocks.
- Feel their hypnotic sound seeping into you, relaxing you, soothing you.
- Overhead, the seagulls are flying — their circular movements mesmerise and enchant.
- Gaze at the seagulls flying in the summer sun, their reflection shimmering against the pale cotton-clouded blue sky. The more you watch them, the heavier and more relaxed your eyes become.
- Inhale deeply, drawing serenity and peace into your body.
This scene is described in language that appeals to all the senses, including hearing, touch, taste and smell, as well as the sense of sight.
Using multi-sensuous language like this increases the potency of the scene, which compels you to hold onto the image for longer, and so enables you to experience it as if you were actually there.
Note to self
Have a great weeks you guys until we meet again Next Monday Morning
Look after yourself and each other.