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Meditative Movements for Youth, Adults, Seniors, Assisted Living, Independent, Skilled Nursing

Are you looking for more calm, better sleep, increased confidence, less anxiety, and more energy? Are you wanting to improve your mental, emotional and physical health? If yes, you are in the right place. We offer you simple Meditative Movements™ that you can use throughout your normal daily routine to release stress when you feel it.

You will connect with your personal power in a new way so you can be healthier, happier and feel whole. The movements can be performed in your home, care facilities, office, school, gym, fitness classes and group sessions. Youth, adults, and seniors enjoy practicing the movements which strengthen their bodies, calm their minds and energize their spirit. Experience the I Matter Meditative Movement™ and see how you feel.

We invite you to check out our 30 minute streaming workout. We also offer teaching certificates that earn you Continuing Education Units (CEU).

 A New Year's SMILE Resolution!

Green Frog Smiling

How do you feel about a New Year's resolution that is easy and completely financially free that makes a huge difference to your mood, health and happiness? Ecstatic? Curious? Apprehensive?

First, a little background. When I went to a public event, I looked for an open chair amidst the already seated circle of eleven women. No one seemed to notice me. Feeling sheepish, I sat down, put my purse on the floor and turned my attention to the facilitator. This is kind of normal behavior in Minnesota. Yet when a woman with a baby sat down, everyone turned her attention to that child and smiled.

My first thought was, "What would our adult lives be like if we were greeted like that baby?"

Welcoming! The giver of the smile feels happy. They are acknowledging the other person. The receiver of the smile gets a sense of belonging and feels the good intentions. Smiles are freeing for both the giver and receiver.

Yes, smiling is simple. Yet I invite you to practice the I Smile Meditative Movement™ because it gives you an opportunity to pay closer attention to what a smile does for you and to you. You can mindfully explore this powerful movement that enhances your precious moments.

  1. After you read the instructions, close your eyes which signals to your body that you are focusing inward.
  2. Pay attention to the normal position of your facial muscles. Now practice your smile and hold your smile for a count of four. If any thoughts arise that critique what you are doing, let them go. Return your facial muscles to their original position. Do this several times until you feel that your smile is natural.
  3. Integrate your breath and notice any subtle changes. Close your mouth and inhale through your nose. Exhale through your mouth and smile. Can you hear your breathe being released? I recommend performing your smile three more times.
  4. Now align your thoughts with your body's actions. Inhale. Exhale as you say, "I Smile" and move your facial muscles into your smiling position. Hold the smile for a count of four. Now practice all three together (breath, affirmation, movement) three more times.
  5. Now that you've completed roughly twelve smiles, your facial muscles are all warmed up. Are you feeling good on the inside and outside and ready to give your smiles away? I'd love to hear how many you give away today.

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 2017 University of Minnesota Research Findings

The University of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Department feasibility research study concluded that Meditative Movements™ may be effective in reducing anxiety, depression, and fatigue, while improving emotional and functional well-being for persons with chronic health conditions. The findings suggest that Meditative Movements™ may be used as an alternative and complementary therapy or rehabilitation program for persons with chronic health conditions.

Chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems.

The prevention and management of chronic health conditions is a major challenge for the current health care system. There is growing evidence that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have beneficial effects for managing the many symptoms of chronic health conditions. Use of CAM to improve health and well-being has increased over the years (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2007). American adults are most likely to use CAM for problems such as stress, fatigue, and pain.

When asked what was most beneficial, research participants responded.

More calmBetter sleepFeel more positive about self Less negative attitudeMore confidence Less tired, more energy

SLACK Publication, Annals of International Occupational Therapy, APRIL 2019, Volume 2, Issue 2

 Annals of International Occupational Therapy

The Annals of International Occupational Therapy is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal that includes original articles that focus on research as related to the clinical practice of occupational therapy worldwide. To read their posted abstract on "Effects of Meditative Movements on the Symptoms of Persons With Chronic Health Conditions," click here.

Emmons T., Felts J., Peterson E., Mathiowetz V.(2019). Effects of Meditative Movements on the Symptoms of Persons With Chronic Health Conditions. Annals of International Occupational Therapy. 2(2) 57-67.

Reprinted with permission from SLACK Incorporated

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