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Mental Stress, Physical Stress & Integrated Functioning

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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 Mind/Body Stress Relief & Integrated Functioning

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

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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 websitehttps://cecileraynor.com/

MUSICIANS, YOGA, and THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE

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Are you a musician and a yoga practitioner? Do you experience excess tension or chronic pain despite your ongoing efforts to be free from excess tension or pain? Would you like to understand why that is? Then keep reading…..

Most musicians consider their practice an integral part of their best performance, so they practice endlessly to be a perfect channel for the music they perform to their captive audience. This is especially true of classical musicians as they do not rely on improvisation at all.

As a result, it is common for musicians to experience chronic pain in their muscles or joints over time due to repetitive stress through repetitive movement. Some are even embarrassed to complain about it and bear through the pain till they no longer can which does not help their situation.

Classical Musicians

Luckily for musicians, there are modalities that can help them address their pain to feel better. Often, modalities focus on pain relief alone whether it is the manipulation of skilled therapists, a daily stretching or strengthening practice at the gym or through yoga. Another aspect of yoga that helps them is developing presence to their body and sometimes, with the right class, they get the meditative dimension of yoga.

This being said, all these modalities do not address what I call “Integrated Functioning” which is the ability to move from a whole-body perspective, in a way that benefits all body parts at the same time. As a result, it is often the case that people get addicted to their modality of choice, especially yoga!

3 Non-Integrated yoga practitioners

Yoga addiction is common and, it makes you feel good about yourself to practice daily and diligently. And that way to practice is a good thing until it becomes an addiction. If your excess tension or chronic pain return when you stop practicing, it means you have not tackled its real root yet, hence the addiction to your practice which is also affected by your non-integrated functioning.

A student receiving Alexander Technique instructions via words and hands-on

The Alexander Technique is a very impactful modality that can also relieve your symptoms. Only, embedded in it, is the potential to prevent your chronic tension or pain to come back by tackling the root of the problem bringing about your pain.

If you are healthy and experience chronic tension or pain, it is likely you suffer on account of how you use your body in a non-integrated way both on and off the mat. The Alexander Technique helps you to reclaim integrated functioning so all your body parts can function harmoniously together both in your daily movements and while you practice and perform.

As you discover and unlearn the unconscious habits that are feeding your pain, you learn about 5 essential key-relationships in your body that can hinder or promote your most natural good posture depending on how they are functioning in an integrated way or not. When functioning efficiently, like a well-trained orchestra, these 5 relationships work together harmoniously. Consequently, they allow you to reduce, eliminate, or even prevent excess tension or chronic pain in a sustainable way. All the while, you can perform at your best and feel good in your daily body as well.

If this work speaks to you and you are ready to invest yourself with its process to be finally free of excess tension or chronic tension fueled by the repetitive movements to play your instrument…..

Then, sign up for this one-time webinar I will be giving on April 26, 2022 by clicking on the link below. Don’t miss the Early Bird Special!

(Number of spaces is limited, so registration happens on a first serve basis)

https://cecileraynor.lpages.co/alexander-technique-for-musicians/

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 spirit 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 websitehttps://cecileraynor.com/

THE KEY TO SUSTAINABLE RELIEF FROM CHRONIC PAIN WEBINAR

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This is the title of a WEBINAR happening Online this Thursday, April 28, 2022 @ 7 to 8.30PM EST!

ARE YOU HEALTHY AND YET DEALING WITH
NAGGING NECK, SHOULDER, BACK OR JOINT TENSION OR PAIN?

Are you ready to understand why nothing has given you the lasting results you want and deserve?

We all have inherited some misconceptions around movement and posture which are affecting you right now! Yet, there is a way to activate your Body Intelligence to clear the chronic tension or pain coming from those misconceptions for you. Curious?

Join me this Thursday to understand and experience the solution to your challenge. Give yourself a chance to reclaim optimal wellbeing by clicking the following link to register: The Key to Sustainable Results from Chronic Tension or Pain

Neck tension is common and very avoidable

If you are ready to discover this missing link to your healing, join me tonight by clicking the link below: REGISTER HERE NOW

Hope to see you there!:)

PS: If you are interested but can’t make that time or date,
reach out to me by clicking my website link below…


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 spirit 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 websitehttps://cecileraynor.com/

HOW INTEGRATED FUNCTIONING HELPED A MUSICIAN WHO HAD TRIED EVERYTHING ELSE!

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She had tried so many approach without Gaining Sustainable Results!

Marion has been a lifelong musician and athlete. She plays the guitar and the mandolin among other things and she also sings.

She went from the guitar to the mandolin because it was a lighter instrument on her shoulders. Needless to say, she tired easily after playing her instruments although she would not consider stopping completely as it brought her lots of joy.

Also, she used to consider a day to be incomplete if she did not enjoy some outdoor activity.

Over time, however, she developed back discomfort, poor posture, and bursitis in her hip joint. Life did not feel so good at that point because she could not get relief, she could not walk more than 5 minutes before her hip joint would scream, and she could not sleep well.

Cecile's sketch of a guitarist
Cécile’s sketch of a guitarist!

She was becoming desperate … until she discovered Integrated Functioning!

Here is what she has been experiencing with her first handful of sessions discovering Integrated Functioning, (one in-person and 4 online session):

  1. She has been feeling better overall as her level of pain has clearly come down
  2. She is no longer comfortable slouching when sitting because she is discovering and progressively reclaiming a more integrated and comfortable way to sit
  3. She is finding it so much easier to hold both her guitar and her mandolin without feeling the strap pulling her down
  4. She is now able to walk 20 minutes instead of 5 which makes her so very happy!:)
  5. Integrated Functioning is the missing link in the world of fitness and in most modalities to help people reduce or eliminate pain. Integrated Functioning works best because an individual can activate his/her Body Intelligence on demand as unconscious mind/body habits are discovered and fading away.

Integrated Functioning is available 24/7 to those who are ready to explore and discover what covers it up and committed to let it go. Although it needs to be integrated into your daily life for sustainable results, Integrated Functioning can be experienced instantaneously, almost like magic!:)

So, if this speaks to you and you want to get a better understanding of it and more importantly a taste of it, simply sign up to my incoming webinar by clicking the following link to reserve your spot in this event with a limited number of participants!

Click Here: “The Key to Sustainable Relief from Chronic Tension or Pain”. 

Hope to see you then!

Cécile 🙂


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 spirit 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 websitehttps://cecileraynor.com/

PAIN-BODY CONNECTION to MASCULINE/FEMININE ENERGY?

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TWO COMMON APPROACHES TO PAIN & LIFE

Do you suffer from chronic tension or pain in your muscles or joints?

Do you tend to PUSH THROUGH PAIN & life, or do you tend to go with the flow of your habits and CATER TO PAIN in the hope it will disappear sooner or later? If yes, how does this work out for you?

Those two opposite behaviors in relation to pain and life are quite common,
but are they always helpful? They may be once we include an important distinction!

WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON?

Tensing through a strength display task

WHEN YOU PUSH THROUGH PAIN, you come from the extreme end of the “Masculine Energy” spectrum as you are trying to do a task, fix a problem, ignore it or bully it into submission. It may work on some occasions, but it is not an efficient way to deal with your pain because it includes a disconnect with the guidance of your body intelligence and often, it creates more challenges sooner or later. This is a behavior that we inherited from the bodybuilders who started Modern Fitness. They assumed that more was always better. But IS MORE ALWAYS BETTER?

The man in the picture above is very focused on accessing his strength. However, he is mainly relying on the strength of his arm and shoulder muscles while disconnecting from his whole body in different ways! As a result, he is totally straining and not accessing his whole-body strength which would be easier on his body and superior in its result all at the same time!

WHEN YOU CATER TO YOUR PAIN, you come from the extreme end of the “Feminine Energy” spectrum as you are trying to avoid triggering the pain and going with the flow of your movement habits. As a result, you may be overusing or misusing your body unknowingly. Let’s say you hurt your right foot, so you avoid putting pressure on it by using a crutch. It makes sense. Not a problem in itself. However, CAN THIS CREATE OTHER ISSUES?

As seen in the picture on the right, the man is overusing both his left leg and right shoulder. This creates excess tension in his compressed leg as well as his shoulder and upper back. It distorts his body alignment, the effect of which can be felt once he no longer uses the crutch, if not sooner.

Man using crutch

WHAT IS THE UNDERLYING TRUTH HERE?

NEITHER WAY FROM THE EXTREME END OF THE SPECTRUM is really efficient because both interfere with the best functioning of your body as a whole. These ways end up creating unnecessary muscle tension. Sooner or later, your body complains with excess tension or pain in muscles or joints.

So, what can you do to be more efficient and still challenge yourself physically or use a crutch when needed? 

HOW CAN THESE ENERGIES BE BALANCED?


BOTH ENERGIES are part of the solution when used in a balanced way and in combination.
What really matters is not what you do, but how you do it.
You can absolutely develop body strength without tensing your body and disconnecting from its intelligence. You can use a crutch, if you need to, without getting unbalanced in the process.

Recently, I taught a workshop for musicians and one participant had been experiencing pain in her left shoulder, arm, and fingers from playing her string instrument.

I could see she was working harder than she needed to, which is why she was experiencing pain. Due to the unevenness of the instrument, it was also affecting her overall postural balance. I made suggestions so she could still play without working so hard by allowing more integrated functioning. The following week, this more balanced approach to playing felt so much more comfortable, she came back to class with a big smile. 

When you function as an integrated whole,
all body parts and energies work together harmoniously and are in balance. 

Doing any activity with tight muscles and locked joints does not align with your whole-body intelligence. It comes from a belief that more is better, and ease is not productive. This is simply not true, and it has caused lots of unnecessary pain in many people.

EXPERIENCE THIS FOR YOURSELF

I am not asking you to take my word for it.
Try this simple daily task and see what you discover for yourself:

Next time you go shopping, soften your muscles while still carrying your bag. Notice that your body strength comes from your whole body when your muscles don’t work so hard. Practicing this in daily life and in specific activities can make you feel so much better.

That is precisely why famous actors and Olympic athletes swear by Alexander Technique work which allows them to perform at their best with optimal safety. 

Overusing your muscles unknowingly is only one aspect of this work. It is all about discovering and unlearning unconscious habits of mind and body that do not serve you, so that the natural way can take over, guide you to function in a more integrated way and increase your wellbeing. 

If you want to get a deeper understanding and a taste of “Integrated Functioning” to reduce, eliminate, or prevent chronic tension or pain, sign up for my upcoming webinar:

“The Key to Sustainable Relief from Chronic Tension or Pain”. 

Given the experiential nature of this webinar, the number of places is limited,
so make sure to sign up to reserve your space!

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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 spirit 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 websitehttps://cecileraynor.com/

THE SHADOW SIDE OF PERFORMING

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And how to handle it gracefully!

Whether you play the guitar, whether you sing or chant, music is a gift to you as the musician playing and a gift to those listening.


On some level, it can be a spiritual experience!
Through music, we access the present moment,
and often, we tend to get lost in it which can be a good thing.
I personally loose the notion of time when I practice.

However, there can be a shadow side to playing an instrument, using our voice as an instrument, sitting for long hours as a performer.

1. You spend lots of hours practicing to play, sing or chant the best way possible
2. Your body gets tired out, tense, or achy from repetitive motions, misuse or overuse of your body
3. Tension or aches tend to carry over in your daily life creating a chronic need to stretch your muscles
4. In specific situation, you may experience stage fright which enhances your level of body tension

Those are some of the reasons why many performers rely on the Alexander Technique to reduce, eliminate, or prevent their chronic tension or pain of both body and mind.

They swear by it because it helps them be a performer without the side effects often experienced by performers. This technique has been endorsed and studied by musicians such as:  Paul McCartney, Sting, Julian Bream, Yehudi Menuhin, James Galway, and Sir Colin Davis to name a few.

They also discover and appreciate the fact that the Alexander Technique helps their daily body function more efficiently as well.

As a result, this is what it can bring to you:

* Increased ease of movement so you and your instrument can be a channel for your music
* improved and effortless posture for efficient energy flow
* Enhanced wellbeing in both daily and specific activities

If you are “Alexander curious” or know other musicians who could benefit,
here is your chance to check it out with my incoming online workshop.

Benefit from a VALENTINE SPECIAL if you sign up by Valentine Day.…….

Limited # of space available, so click the registration link now to reserve yours!:)

Cécile can be reached by responding to this blog or by contacting her through her websitehttps://cecileraynor.com/ where you can schedule a free consult or sign up for events like her incoming workshop on Alexander Technique for Musicians
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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 spirit 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.

THE YOGA OF SHOVELING!

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Straight legs & round back promote getting hurt shoveling

Hopefully, this is the last snow this winter for us New Englanders. This being said, many of us need to shovel snow and sometimes slush these days. The way you handle your body shows up whether you are practicing yoga, whether you play an instrument, you rake leaves or shovel snow!

And if you experience excess tension in your daily life, 
the last thing you want is to enhance or trigger your tension level
 
which would easily manifest NECK, SHOULDER, BACK OR JOINTS TROUBLES.

Now, I am not saying that challenging yourself is not a good thing.
What I am saying is that there are different ways to do so. Some are beneficial to your whole body while others are detrimental to your wellbeing.

MUSCLING THROUGH SHOVELING IS THE BEST WAY TO GET HURT!

TRUSTING YOUR WHOLE-BODY STRENGTH
BASED ON YOUR MUSCLES & SKELETAL STRUCTURE WORKING TOGETHER

IS THE WAY TO MOVE SAFELY!
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HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO SHOVEL SAFELY?

  1. Allow your muscles and joints to be as relaxed as possible. You movements will naturally be more fluid and efficient. Your energy will be able to flow more easily throughout your body.

2. Keep in a state of skeletal expansion. Avoid slouching into yourself as you relax like the woman in red in the above picture.

3. Use your body weight whenever possible by pushing or dragging a shovel full of snow with your whole body strength to spare isolated muscles to overdo .

4. Stay present to your body from head to toes as much as possible. That is one way to avoid doing something that feels good or right for one body part while creating excess tension in other parts.

You will discover that your strength comes from your mind and bones more than from tight muscles. You’ll feel much better than usual after you shovel & can prevent your back to go out this way.

When you minimize tensing isolated muscles, you enlist your skeletal structure, and you access greater strength with less efforts. What could be better than that? Plus, it adds a spring to your steps.

So good luck with your shoveling and your way to moving in general!

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Cécile can be reached by responding to this blog or by contacting her through her websitehttps://cecileraynor.com/ where you can schedule a free consult or sign up for events like her incoming workshop on Alexander Technique for Musicians

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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 spirit 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.



POSTURE, PERFORMANCE, & LIFE

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Have you ever wondered
why are excess tension and poor posture in daily life such common problems?
Even with people who know a lot about anatomy and those exercising regularly.

The fact is whether you are engaged in daily life activities or whether you are performers or athletes, the challenge is you may be bringing your daily habits to any specific activity! 

Slouching is a common way guitarists misuse their body

The fact is that you can only be mindful of what you are aware of. And how people misuse their hinges is not commonly in their range of awareness until they hurt. I used to not have a clue myself and as a result, I was suffering from chronic headaches and muscle tension.

One of the reasons for this situation is a general lack of awareness around how all body parts are designed to function as an integrated whole.

Another reason is a lack of clarity about how to use joints appropriately even though it is the first step of functioning as the integrated whole that you are.

Common neck and back chronic tension are so avoidable, don’t assume otherwise!

Unknowingly creating “fake joints” causes much tension build-up in your muscles and a common habit to lock your real joints whether in daily life or when you exercise.

These habits become a vicious cycle and the habitual way feels more natural than the natural way which is quite misleading.

That is why
you may not always be doing
what you think you are doing!

As a result, you go from unknowingly stressing your muscles and joints to stretching them – till you run the risk of killing their natural tone.

Your fake joints (usually muscles) eventually complain that you’re giving them a job that’s not theirs to do. All the while, you wonder why your neck or back hold such a level of tension when you stretch regularly?

This is the vicious cycle that keeps your neck and sometimes your whole body uptight in daily life, even when you’re not even stressed out! Being stressed out naturally enhances this tension cycle.

Unconscious habits relating to posture creep up when you’re not watching but what if, like children, you could enjoy good posture without thinking about it?

FOR NOW, START TO OBSERVE YOURSELF. Next time you go about stretching a muscle, check if your overall body is in a state of expansion, contraction, or compression?

How can your energy flow through you if your joints are locked while standing, walking or in a yoga pose? Do you want freedom from chronic neck tension or overall excess tension? Do you want to learn how not to trigger neck tension or pain? Do you want to experience natural good posture (even when you are not thinking about it)?

I am happy to assist you in any way I can. It is my life purpose to inspire and guide you to dance the joy of wholeness.

There is nothing like a fresh perspective to promote the changes you are after.

YOU’VE GOT NOTHING TO LOSE 
in exploring this approach 
but habits that no longer serve you!

If you are ready to be free of chronic tension or pain lingering despite all your efforts, or you want to take constructive action to prevent this common challenge, schedule a Free Consult with me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

If you are a MUSICIAN using yoga to handle your aches and pain and you are not getting sustainable results, don’t miss out on my EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!

Then, sign up for my February 2-session workshop by clicking on the link below:
(Number of spaces is limited, so registration happens on a first serve basis)

Alexander Technique for Musicians

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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 spirit 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 websitehttps://cecileraynor.com/

TIPS FOR MUSICIANS, INTEGRATED FUNCTIONING & YOGIC EXPRESSION

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Like in many other expressive fields, playing music can be a technical skill that is acquired over time with practice or it can be a unique artistic expression when the musician and his/her instrument become one. Then, they both become a perfect channel for the music.

To reach this stage, the more your body functions as the integrated whole that it is, the more you can become a channel for the music you play and access the gifted musician within.

As a musician, if you focus mainly on the perfection of the music you play, it is likely that you disconnect from the guidance of your body intelligence, in the same way that yogis focusing on the perfection of a pose tend to be disconnected from their body intelligence. As a result, body “misuse” or/and “overuse” through repetitive movements builds excess tension in your body eventually promoting pain down the road.

Playing music as a yogic expression is allowing this synergy between your integrated mind/body/heart functioning, the integrated body of notes, and the integrated functioning between you and your instrument. This has the benefit to reduce, eliminate or prevent chronic tension or pain that is common among musicians, especially when playing professionally.

Playing music or practicing yoga works best as a true yogic expression when the energy can flow rather than when there is holding in the body.

Nice Poise and Nice Use of her Vision to support her Poise

TIPS FOR MUSICIANS TO PROMOTE INTEGRATED FUNCTIONING

1 – Stay Present to your Body as a Whole while playing: When you ignore your body or you focus on body parts at the expense of your whole body, you are not fully connected to your body intelligence and you may be building tension in areas you are not including in your awareness which can account for feeling uptight or tired after playing for a long time, or even getting hurt.

2 – Pay attention to how your body feels first then how you go about connecting with your instrument when you start playing: For instance, pay attention how connected and released you are within yourself first, then pay attention to how you pick up your violin to bring it up where you want it. As a pianist, pay attention to not carry tension in your body and arms even as you bring your hands and arms to the keyboard of your piano.

3 – Sit in a way that supports your skeletal structure rather than your muscles: It is common to slouch, hold up, or add support where we tend to get tired muscles. However, that does not necessarily help you sit upright effortlessly. Connect your sitz bones to a firm support and add support if needed behind your coccyx area rather than your lumbar region. The more you are supported in a way that keep your postural muscles doing their job, the easier it will become to sit upright effortlessly over time.

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If this work speaks to you and you are ready to invest yourself in its process to be finally free of excess tension or chronic tension fueled by the repetitive movements to play your instrument…..

Then, sign up for the 2-session workshop I will be giving in January by clicking on the link below:
(Number of spaces is limited, so registration happens on a first serve basis)

https://cecileraynor.lpages.co/alexander-technique-for-musicians-free/

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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 spirit 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 websitehttps://cecileraynor.com/

INTEGRATED FUNCTIONING AND THE VACCINATION DILEMMA

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I don’t know about you but the management of the vaccination controversy from many governments in the world is unacceptable to me because it has only fueled discord in people, stressing everyone out which is the opposite of the yogic path of union on all levels!

Many of the vaccinated people fear the non-vaccinated are spreading the virus and many of the non-vaccinated fear the vaccinated are the cause for the spread of this virus.

On account of the information they received and believe by the scientists and people in their respective world, each group is convinced that they are absolutely right and they know better.

What if they were both right in some ways and wrong in some ways? How can the vaccinated know for a fact that the vaccine is protecting them in any way? How can the non-vaccinated know for a fact that the vaccine would be hurtful to them?

Whether we will get sick or not with or without the vaccine is such a personal issue to handle! It depends on our lifestyle and the quality of our immune system. It depends on where we live and how many people we interact with. It depends on our mindset about sickness and health. It depends on too many factors to truly know without the shadow of a doubt what is right for us, let alone what is right for someone else.

Besides, many people on both sides do what they do for themselves and for the greater good! So, they are not so different since they want the same thing in the end.

That is why, I applaud the Japanese government for recognizing that, and to allow everyone to decide for themselves what course of action they choose to handle this unprecedented situation: change of self-care habits, treatment or vaccine?

Although the Japanese government encourages people to get vaccinated, they also respect and offer their protection to those who choose not to get vaccinated for their own personal reason. They state that they disapprove of companies firing their employees on account of their vaccination choice and they will protect all citizens whatever their choice. It touches my heart!

After Hiroshima, they have been very careful to not repeat people being hurt and their civil rights being disrespected by government actions. They are proving by their approach to this situation that they have not forgotten where violence leads, and they are determined to avoid it at all costs. Bravo for this humanitarian sensibility that is getting lost day after day since the vaccination controversy started.

In America, it all started and, underneath, remains to be seen by many as a political debate which is very wrong. It has gone way past politics by now, and it is all a complicated mess. Biden claimed that he would be the president of all Americans. That is what I would like to see happen. The Japanese showed us the way: common sense rather than narrow-mindedness, non-judgmental cooperation rather than entitlement and division!

Given that everything I teach is founded on “Integrated Functioning”, I can only see the division around the vaccination issue as “dysfunctional” and pregnant with more trouble to come if we do not wake up. Integrated functioning of body parts is what creates harmony in the body and prevents chronic tension or pain. Integrated functioning of mind, body, heart, and soul is what creates more joy and centeredness in the running of our lives, and integrated functioning of individuals in their communities and countries is what promotes peace on earth. It is in essence, the yogic path at its best!

So, let’s rethink how we work together towards a peace on earth goal. How can we promote peace rather than controversy? How can we question ourselves rather than others? How can we put ourselves in other people’s shoes to realize we have more in common with them that we think and that no one owns the absolute truth? How can we let Trust overshadow Fear?

Let’s be a little less afraid and a little more trusting and see how we can make a difference, one individual at a time!

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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 spirit 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 websitehttps://cecileraynor.com/