The importance of physical release

Today Fe reflects on our physicality and why its important to take care of it if we want good mental health

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I often blog on the subject of bodymind, and my perception that body and mind are not two different things. I see them as metaphorical, a way of dividing up our experiencing so that we can talk about it and make sense of it. As I understand it mind can not exist without a body, and within a functioning body mind arises. Mind is not brain, it seems to arise from and be reflected in our whole physical form.
 
Oftentimes, when we are struggling mentally, we look for solutions that focus on mind. And yet Einstein reminded us, you can’t solve a problem with the same order of thinking that created it. If you could think your way out of mental distress there would be far less need for therapeutic practitioners, and far less mental suffering to treat.
 
To heal, we need to notice ourselves as a whole system, a bodymind. We need to intervene in multiple ways, acting on multiple aspects of our experience.
 
One particularly helpful theme I notice in therapeutic work is physical release. Be it from physically exerting exercise, yoga, chi gong, orgasm, stretching or another route, releasing tension in the body is incredibly helpful when you are suffering mental tension. Find the physical tightness and release it, and your over-thinking and mental taught-ness may lessen.
 
The busier you get, the more full on life is, the more release and renewal are important. Stress tightens us up, the body can begin to form armour that hardens us, reduces our flexibility, and lessens our ability to discharge emotion and to let ourselves be.
 
If you don’t have them identified yet, take a few moments to consider how you want to release the inevitable tension that arises as you move through your days and weeks. What does it for you?

Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.

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