Mental Stress, Physical Stress & Integrated Functioning


Do you suffer from stress?
When you are agitated, do you experience excess tension in your body?
And vice versa, when your body hurts, do you find it hard to keep a calm mind?

Mental Stress brings about Compression
while Physical Pain brings about Guarding

When I was suffering from headaches, I could not get a thing done properly for work because the pain was taking all my mind attention and it was hard to think clearly.
Can you relate?

With the pandemic stress, many people have developed both mental and physical stress.

People tell me how they hold that stress in their neck, or shoulders, or back. And that is a common belief that stress can cause muscle pain. Do you feel that way too?

People attribute their pain and poor posture to stress and many other things.
Fair enough. So many factors can contribute.
And yet, there is a very common reason other than stress that creates or enhance
muscle or joint pain and poor posture – common but not known by most.
It has to do with how you use your knees and feet.

There is nothing wrong with stretching surface tension to feel good in the moment but it is not enough as a sustainable solution for deeper tension

Shoulder openers and stretching do feel good in the moment yet they cannot really change your whole posture because the minute you’re off the mat, your habitual body synergy reclaims its habitual way to be in your body and your shoulders have to hold or surrender

In truth, when it comes to poor posture, muscle knots and pain in otherwise healthy adults, it is often the result of a lack of integrated functioning. You may ongoingly feed that poor posture or those tense spots when misusing yourself.

Progressively you create “A Catastrophe Ready to Happen”. Then, stress goes up as it did with the pandemic and that catastrophe happens.

Stress turns manageable lingering excess tension that you may minimize and ignore
into extreme discomfort or pain that cannot be ignored.

What I eventually learned is that my headaches came from my tensed neck. It was my body telling me I had not listened to its whispers so it had to stop me in my tracks as indicated by this quote from many centuries ago:

“If you do not listen to the whispers of your body, it will yell out loud”
Leonardo Da Vinci

The fact is, when you are more in tune with your body, you can catch trouble before it blossoms into pain. And then, you have more options to reduce, eliminate, or even prevent such chronic tension or pain. Being more in tune with your body means being not only more aware of your body but also more aware of your integrated body.

Integrated Functioning brings about a Feeling of Being Whole

Functioning as the integrated whole you are designed to be means that all body parts are working harmoniously together more often than not.
And so are your body, mind, heart and soul!

It is not about perfection but expanded awareness in action….

If this speaks to you and you are ready to reach your next level of embodiment and experience less or no chronic tension or pain towards increased wellbeing,
you have lots of options:

1) Sign up for a “How to go from Pain to Ease” free phone consult

2) Join the next Experiential Webinar Freedom from Chronic Tension or Pain using 3 Unique Pathways

3) Join the Foundational “Activate your Body Intelligence” Online Course


Cécile Raynor has been teaching for 30 years, published the Wise Way to Yoga as well as numerous articles, and she was featured several times both on TV and on an “Expanded Awareness” radio show. Her blog has been read by thousands of people in over 100 different countries. Her work is based on the Alexander Technique, the best-kept secret of Olympic athletes and famous performers. They swear by it because it allows them to perform at their best with optimal safety. Although it is now commonly used by everyone. She also created the Body Intelligence Activation Process™, a mind, body, heart and soul work that affects her students in all aspects of their life as they experience increased wellbeing.

Cécile has been helping people with poor posture, chronic muscular tension and pain, joints issues and headaches reclaim their ease of movement, their natural good posture, and the joy and peace of mind brought by well-being. She has also been a mentor for many students interested in embodied and integrated personal growth.

Cécile can be reached by responding to this blog or by contacting her through her website

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