Is it true that movement is ‘medicine?’ The answer is YES.
Movement plays a significant role in your physical and emotional well-being. That is why any slight movement can encourage the body to relax, the blood in your veins to flow well, and the mind to open.
Therefore, whether you are healthy or unhealthy, making movements could bring tremendous healing benefits.
About Courtenay Turner
Courtenay Turner is the perfect example of people who have experienced the movement’s power. She was born with Congenital Rubella Syndrome. This condition affects the embryo and causes significant mental, emotional and physical challenges throughout a person’s life.
Growing up was not easy for her because the syndrome left her with bilateral hearing impairment, hypotonia, stunted growth, unilateral blindness, heart complications, asymmetrical bone development, and visual-motor impairment.
However, Courtenay did not allow her disabilities to bring her down. Instead, she worked through all odds exploring the human psyche through academic pursuits and movement for self-expression and healing.
The Body-Mind Connection
Courtenay’s childhood experiences made her use her congenital condition to explore her body and the potential of physical expression through movement. She points out that movement helped her to alleviate some anxiety and depression. Why? Because what is experienced in the body also participates in the mind.
The mind-body connection is essential. Once you realize that you have a mind and live in the body, you can access a more detailed picture when you pay attention to what both have to say about an experience or a situation. Courtenay states that when you follow the flow of movement in your body, you can use it as a path to create a lasting change and can transparently express yourself.
Through his What Is Movement(WIM) program, Courtenay inspires people to inhabit their bodies and connect to movement styles that reverberate for them.
WIM interviews athletes, performance artists, movement artists, athletes with disabilities, and anyone who loves to move. They explore different ways movement heals physically, emotionally, spiritually, or mentally to outline how movement intensifies other aspects of life.
Emotional, Physical & Mental Healing
Courtenay is a speaker who inspires people to connect to their bodies and use movement to heal physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.
According to her, life is in constant motion and when you connect to the motion, moving through your body connects to healing gifts that move through you. Besides, movement is an art through how you feel, whether angry, sorrowful, or joyful. Hence the body you carry is worth honoring. Start moving your body, and soon you will notice the abundance in everything, including peace, creativity, and resilience.
If you are looking for emotional, physical, or mental healing, the movement of your body is the antidote. When you engage your body to movement consistently, the feel-good chemicals known as the endorphins are released by your brain and flood your body to provide a detectable boost in your mood. According to Courtenay, movement fuels your health, increases your resilience to stress, enhances your mood, and improves your sleep.
Movement can positively impact your overall health and make you feel good. It is essential to start slow before doing a more active routine. Lastly, listen to your body and determine how much movement is proper for you, especially in treatment.