Holidays may or may not be your thing, but when they roll around, they do tend to get us thinking about being loved, cared for, and feeling appreciated. Most of us want to be noticed in this world. And all those miraculous parts of our human body want to be not only noticed but also cherished and valued. Let’s welcome this opportunity. Through movement, we can perform acts of immaculate self-care and nurture every inch of our beings.
Immaculate self-care comes in many forms. It may be a consistent fitness regimen, annual check-ups, daily meditation, eating extremely well, going to bed on time, putting attention on work-life balance, or any number of practices that make you feel well taken care of. The definition of immaculate is “free from flaws or mistakes; perfect.” Get it? Any form of self-care can be perfect. But are you ready to experience it more deeply?
Whether you are an avid exerciser, a weekend warrior, or new to fitness, taking a moment to notice how many systems are affected each time you work out can shed new light on your purpose. Charlotte Selver, a pioneering teacher of Sensory Movement, once said “There’s nowhere, when you have to laugh, where you don’t laugh—or you are only partly involved with laughing. Nowhere, when you are crying, where it isn’t crying in you.” We don’t move in one place, affect just one muscle, or use one bodily system. With each move we make, we are awakening our whole self in some shape or form.
It’s an expansive realization to understand we have the ability and perfect way to send love to every cell of your being. Get started on giving yourself immaculate self-care through movement.
- Make a list. Write down all the amazing things you do for your body—include the tiniest of tiny things. Celebrate that. Now, ask yourself, “What are the areas of my body that go unnoticed?” Make a list of the “forgotten” parts of your body.
- Focus. Choose one of the “forgotten” organs, muscles, or body systems (i.e., respiratory or musculoskeletal system) and dedicate a workout to that part of your body. For example, if your respiratory system often goes unnoticed and uncared for, you may want to spend extra time on the treadmill, in an aerobics class, or simply learning and practicing a breath technique. Note what it feels like to pay attention to something that you may usually skip in your workout routine.
- Take the time. For the final minutes of each workout, imagine your entire body working in unison. Revel in the magic of your body and everything it accomplishes each and every day!