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Enjoying Moving Your Body: Relieve Everyday Aches and Pains

Do you enjoy moving your body?

The body is a peculiar place. One might assume that basic, practical principles we use in everyday tasks—like balancing on a seesaw, distributing weight evenly; layering a three-tier cake; bouncing a ball; or reaching for something on a high shelf—would apply straightforwardly to the body.

Movement is essential in daily life. Yet, many of us seem to view movement as somehow disconnected from logic. Despite countless exercise programs, healing practices, and therapies, we often treat our bodies as if they defy the laws of physics and basic principles of movement, surrendering control to others.

Somewhere along the way, we relinquished our power. Was it a gradual process, a quiet surrender? Perhaps we started believing that the body is so complex that we shouldn’t interfere. When our bodies give us trouble—aches, pains, poor posture—it’s easy to feel even more detached.

Even those who exercise daily can seem disconnected from their bodies. In the gym, movements become mechanical and regimented, leaving me to wonder if they truly enjoy moving their bodies.

At the heart of success with your body lies a genuine love for movement.


Observe small children—they revel in movement. They roll, lift their heads, reach, and jump with joy, naturally connected to their bodies. The idea of perfect alignment doesn’t enter into it because their nervous system is learning as it moves. Ours is as well. But when we move with such hesitation there is little joy because we have lost the trust that this body works, and much better than most believe.

As adults, bombarded by information and emotions, our bodies often become vessels for anxiety and fear.

It might sound deeply psychological, but it doesn’t need to be so complex. The challenge often lies on the surface. Some people possess a natural affinity, but many lose touch with the joy of movement when they relinquish control to others. Oddly enough moving your body can lower your anxiety, yet many of us who have anxiety develop fears that every movement is somehow scary, or can set up more unwanted sensations.

Begin to change the dialogue by noticing what you are doing, not so much a list of what you think you should be doing……whoever decided that.

Take a sincere exploration of your body. Notice where your head, feet, arms, hands, and rib cage are. Movement stems from connection.

It’s as though we isolate body parts, treating the hand as unrelated to the foot.

When playing an instrument, you wouldn’t disregard one note for the next. In cooking, ingredients blend; in gardening, relationships form. These concepts are intuitive.

However, observing people move reveals a stark disconnect from what is natural or connected to our bodies.

Allow me to leave you with two thoughts to ponder:

Exploring different thoughts and directions holds value because your body responds to them.

At some point, choose to do things differently. You don’t need to aim for Olympic feats or professional dance routines. Simply inhabit your body daily—it can be enjoyable. Begin noticing how you move. The Miracle Ball Method can help with that as it strips away much of the old paradigm of how to move.

Don’t strive to change how you move; simply observe it. Notice the relationship between your head and feet. Are you breathing as you move, or holding your breath? Feel the difference between bending forward and lifting up. What are the challenges? What feels different or difficult?

Realize that moving your body isn’t solely a mental process; experience it fully, like blending paint to create art. Your body is your canvas—move it.

Remember, not everything will feel good. Emotions can complicate our physical experiences. We often are convinced any level of discomfort means something is wrong or that difficulty will lead to injury.

Remember, your body is a circle. One well-executed movement can transform your entire body.

Think of your body as a circle rather than a collection of separate parts. The disconnect lies within the mind. Our thoughts constantly guide our bodies without our full awareness, often charged with emotions when we dislike what we feel. This impacts our confidence in movement.

Without movement, the body stiffens, anxiety rises, and chronic injuries may develop—signs that suggest we shouldn’t move.

Observe how you move without knee-jerk expectations that it must be a certain way, free from emotional interference. As you truly discoverer what you are doing, and the thoughts and emotions that go along with it, your body will, just like when you were a small child understand how to move differently. Trust that.

Join our next Free Webinar on August 24th at 1pm ET for an in-depth exploration of five key areas of the body often neglected due to tightness and accumulated tension. We’ll start with the leg joints to help you experience newfound freedom.

Go to to learn more about connecting to your body through your nervous system. Your body knows how to make adjustments, breathe freely and find key areas of the body to rid you of chronic aches an pain.

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