The 12 Movements
A respite for the mind by bringing you back into your body through movement, breath and magic
The 12 Movements Practice is for any one who wants feel more at ease within their body. There is no prerequisite fitness level needed. If you can walk from your bedroom to your kitchen, you will be able to do this practice.
The wealth of knowledge and experience over 20 years in the health and fitness industry, ensures that Ruth gives you options or work arounds if something does not feel do-able.
You will be inspired to move, to love being in your body and know how to distill any chaos into the
grounded-ness of your physical experience.
In times of stress, upheaval and exponential change, the body reacts by going into fight, flight or freeze. This sets off a cascade of responses in the nervous system which prepare our body and mind to deal with what we are unexpectedly experiencing. However when the mind and body can't switch this off and return to a state of balance or rest, it creates illness, injury or fatigue.
Doing your HIIT at home or going out for a run, may well give you that feel good boost
that exercise can, but it does this because it ramps up cortisol and adrenaline, two hormones which we have plenty of in the current stressful times. This must be balanced out with a movement practice which brings you into your body, calms the mind and switches off the fight, flight or freeze.
Choose movement that brings you back into your body with awareness, grace and ease, to switch off the threat messages your mind is pumping out.
THE 12 MOVEMENTS PRACTICE
The 12 movements are specifically created to work on movement lines of the body, encourage flow in energy or chi lines of the body systems, create nervous system learning or de-activations and teach spatial and proprioceptive awareness for body and mind. A better connected nervous system and brain is a more robust brain that can easily tolerate stress from the environment.
Movement (intricate movement) is the best way to to build this nervous system tenacity. Focussing on the eyes, breathing, balance and co-ordination creates an intrinsic awareness of the smaller motor skills and movement connections gained by doing the 12 movements. As well as using big global movements of the body to allow for a whole being approach like no other.
The movements are all linked to breath work and incorporate what modern dance companies are calling breathography. Where the breath rhythm and sound is as important a part of the dance as the movement.
(don't worry if this feels or looks silly - you will be in the privacy of your own home.)
Each movement has a spiritual component too, allowing you to have a deeper focus for the movement if you so choose. However we only tap into the spiritual side of the moves in the final week, as it takes a while to learn all the moves and begin to feel the flow of them comfortably.
The 12 moves also correlate with the 12 attitudes / processes of the world famous AA 12 steps program. So for those who don’t relate to eastern or pagan style spiritual practices, the mindfulness focus can be more on the psychological side that AA uses in their programs.
And if you have seen the Netflix series – THE OA – we might even open a portal to another dimension by the end of it! HAHAHAHA.
WHEN & HOW
The 12 Sessions of this practice are hosted on a membership site. Once you have signed up, you will receive your log-in details and can work through the 12 sessions at any pace that works for you.
Investment is £25 for the whole program.
My intention is to make this practice as accessible as possible at this time. The toll that the stress, fear and uncertainty of these times has had on people's nervous systems, mental health and physical equilibrium, is likely to be felt for soem time to come.
Make the choice to find your body's equilibrium and restore yourself body, mind and soul with the 12 Movements Practice.
Once your paypal payment has gone through you will receive an online health form to fill in, anf then receive your log-in details to the online portal where the course is hosted (within 24 hours of signing up, so if you have not received it, check you spam folder or drop me an email!)