Health, Self-Discovery

Music, Movement, and Mood – Just Dance

I have always loved to crank up the music when I am in the car by myself. A few weeks ago my husband cranked up the music while we were working around the house. What I noticed was a shift in the mood. We all sang along with the music and moved to the beat was we completed our tasks.

Since then I have been exploring how music and movement can improve my mood. One of the things I discovered is that when I am sitting at my desk working, my energy seems to drain. When I add upbeat music, I feel more energized. Even better if I get up and dance, I can return to my tasks and be more productive.

Our bodies are meant to move

“In less than two generations, physical activity has dropped by 20% in the U.K. and 32% in the U.S. In China, the drop is 45% in less than one generation. Vehicles, machines and technology now do our moving for us. What we do in our leisure time doesn’t come close to making up for what we’ve lost” – designedtomove.org

Movement affects every aspect of our physical and emotional health. It helps regulate on hormones and metabolism, supports circulation & respiration,  aids in digestion, immunity and detoxification of the body. Movement that you enjoy improves your mood.

Just Dance

You don’t have trained to dance. Dance is simply moving to the music. That music can be audible or just in your hear. Dancing helps us connect our mind and emotions with our bodies.

“Dance is more than the exploring of different ways to make a shape or learning a series of steps to music; it is a way of moving that uses the body as an instrument of expression and communication. – http://www.camarilloacademy.com/2011/09/why-dance/

The benefits of dancing are innumerable. Here are a few of the reasons I think EVERYONE should dance.

  1. It allows self expression. There is no right or wrong way to do it.
  2. Provides a physical and emotional release.
  3. Improves Strength, Flexibility, and Endurance
  4. Improves your connection to your body which improves self-confidence and self-esteem.
  5. Improves mental functioning
  6. Improves balance and spatial awareness
  7. It’s fun!!!!

AromaDance Leader

I am a certified AromaDance Leader. AromaDance is an invitation and opportunity to dance to inspirational music for all ages and abilities. It is an opportunity to  Move, Release, Heal, and learn to use several different pure essential oils on your energy centers to open you to your Radiance. It awakening your senses, reconnecting with your body, and activating your light!

There are AromaDance Leaders around the world and I offer in person and a online AromaDance Experience. Email me for more information beyond.possibilities.ut@gmail.com

Body Groove is also a great place to start. It’s different than a dance class or workout video where you just mindlessly following an instructor’s moves. Instead, it gives you the basic choreography, it’s up to you to make each movement your own by adding exactly the style that you want.

It doesn’t matter where you start, just put on some music and move!

 

Essential Oils, Health, Self-Discovery

Learning to LOVE My Body and Myself

I never loved my body. I was always finding something wrong with it. I found things wrong with my eyes, my hair, my weight. I was taller then my older sister and I associated that with BIGGER, FATTER, and wrong. I have spent most of my life over the “NORMAL” weight for my height. I grew up seeing actresses and thought they were what you were supposed to look like.

It has taken me years to learn how to love my body. I am still a work in progress and will catch myself negatively talking about my body.

2004 to 2007 I was my heaviest and I only took pictures with my family. I was suffering from postpartum depression. I was scared. I was trying to hide from my x-husband. (I share that on Beyond Abuse Essential Healing) My weight was the way I protected myself and hid.

Family photo 2004
2004
Family Photo 2006
2006

Between 2005 and 2007 I was on fertility drugs and gained even more weight. I didn’t like how I looked or felt. We decided to stop fertility treatments. I decided to take my life back so I could play with my girls and do the things I love like camping and sports.

Team Strong Enough 2010
Most of Team Strong Enough After the Half Marathon

2009 Family PhotoIn 2007 I started making better choices with my food and working out daily. Then I started running, like really running. I started with 5Ks. In 2008, we were blessed with a son and I continued on my healthy path. Once he was born I got back in to running. I got back to doing 5Ks and then work up to doing a Half marathon. My first was as part of team Strong Enough with the Coleman Family and Friends in April of 2010. Ragnar 2010I aslo participated in the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay Race. This was definitely the healthiest time in my life.

Salt Lake Half Marathon 2011In April of 2011, I ran my second half marathon and even reached my goal for my finishing time. But I also tore the meniscus in both knees. This lead to a lot of pain and surgery. The knee surgeries made it impossible to ever run again. I never fully recovered physically or emotionally.

The weight packed back on and so did all of the emotional weight from my past.

In 2017, I had enough. I was tired of hurting and not enjoying life. After seeing 3 surgeons I finally found one that would do the knee replacements that I needed. And so my health journey began again with my first replacement done in July of 2018 and my second in September of 2018.

I also took a seminar that reminded me of who I am. It gave me skills to add to the knowledge I have as an Essential Oil Coach. I have taken this knowledge to start Loving my body and myself. I know thank my body daily. I talk to my body. I support my body physically and emotionally with essential oils.

This is where I am at today. Half way between my heaviest and my healthiest. I am grateful for my body and I love it!!!

I am passionate about helping others learn those same techniques. I want teach and mentor as many people as I can to love their bodies and their self. Follow me on Faceboook for upcoming training.