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Exercise restores vitality, rejuvenation

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By PATRICE JOY MASTERSON

I had a client named Frances who was always tired. She came to me because she had lost her zest for living and seemed to just drag through every day.
I asked what used to bring her happiness and relaxation; she replied, without hesitation, music.
So, she agreed to use music and movement to help improve her vitality. I put on some flowing mood music with wind instruments and told her to slow her breathing – inhaling and exhaling gently to relax to the rhythm of the music.
Then I put on some lively music and told her to tap herself with her finger tips repetitively all over her body, concentrating on her thymus and on the soles of her feet.
We then put on some marching music and joined in marching to the lively beat.
I watched an inspiring change as her facial contour relaxed and body posture became more erect. Frances actually had a smile begin to shine out of the furrowed lines of worry.
Then I suggested that we reach our arms around our chest to give ourselves a hug and rock back and forth. We did this for about three minutes as soothing music played.
Next I lead Francis in a exercise I call “the rag doll.” Standing, we bent over like a rag doll, swung to and fro, then slowly began standing, raising slowly as though we were unfolding ourselves, one vertebrae at a time.
I suggested that Frances focus on her posture by sending energy through the soles of her feet – an exercise to restore balance.
We then rolled our shoulders and grounded by imagining we were a tree with roots deep in the ground and branches that reached up into the sky.
When we finished our rejuvenation practice, Frances commented that she felt lighter, calmer and somewhat relieved.
After the three weeks of this daily movement exercise. Francis reported she was more centered and felt more inner control.

Patrice Joy Masterson, MA, is a life coach, a certified holistic stress-management instructor, Reiki master and herbalist who lives in Bedford, Ky.