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Updated on August 30, 2017

Harmonic Movement: Stretching plus Energy: My Unique and Powerful Workout

Before becoming a facilitator of healing through energy, I was a massage therapist. In the early 90s, I was continually looking for stretches that would help my body so that I could stay physically healthy with the demands of my vocation. Overtime, I collected a rich assortment...a best of the best, of more than 10 modalities including Yoga, Chi Gung, Alexander Technique, Trager, Feldenkrais, Do-In, Electromagnetic Field Balancing, Polarity, Brain Gym, Chakra Balancing and more. As I learned energy techniques, I began adding them to the "soup." What really made these special techniques powerful, however, was the order and flow in which I did them. They became a complete head to toe work-out with benefits far beyond what I could have imagined.

In the late 90s, I began teaching small classes. I decided to share my own stretching with energy routine, which I called Harmonic Movement. People loved it and began reporting amazing results, including decrease in migraines, improvement in eye sight and eye problems such as macular degeneration, relief of back pain, greater hand mobility, emotional stability, improvement in hypertension and freedom from physical discomfort and pain.

Now in it's next reincarnation, I am offering it as a free eBook. Let me repeat that. This amazing routine is...FREE. All I ask, is that you share your stories of success with Harmonic Movement in the comments below.

In this lens I share 5 reasons why Harmonic Movement is so effective and more information about the different modalities that are incorporated into it. And of course, I share where you can get it! Want to skip all the info and get on with it...click on the link below. Or get more info about the different modalities used in the routine and THEN click on the link. Your choice!

An Exercise Mat Can Be A Good Tool - But don't let that stop you from getting started

Harmonic Movement Is Amazing Because...

It is simple and gentle to do.

Simple and Gentle Stretching Exercises - If it doesn't take any effort, can it be profound?

Yoga at the beach
Yoga at the beach

Some people have a hard time believing these exercises can be as profound for your health as I claim. "They seem too simple and are too gentle to be effective," the practitioners state.

Although each one is easy, it's the combination of all of them that makes them so powerfully profound. They are designed to align the body from head to toe and this helps prevent common injuries when you are working out.

Hips are aligned to each other and to gravity, the spine is stretched and straightened, joints are gently opened and muscles get "lubricated" or hydrated throughout this routine.

Prepare to feel good in your body!

Find Out More About Yoga

Almost everyone has heard of yoga. The yoga used in Harmonic Movement promotes balance, stretching of the legs and hips, arms and shoulders and of course...the spine!

Is Stretching An Important Part Of Fitness?

Stretching isn't really sexy. Lifting weights and "turbo" work outs are. But if muscles are only contracted, without stretching them out, then they can not truly achieve optimal health. When muscles contract and stay that way, they become oxygen starved and are unable to release their toxins. The remedy is that for all vigorous workouts that you do, you should do equal amounts of stretching.

Do you include stretching in your workouts?

Harmonic Movement Is Amazing Because...

It works accumulatively.

These Exercises Do More, The More You Do

Whether it's the energy that is part of the exercises, or the repetition of the routine, my students know that after about 5 days they are going to experience a HUGE difference in their vital well-being. It's hard to imagine it, but 5 times seems to be the lucky number.

It doesn't have to be five consecutive days either. You can do 5 sets in 2 weeks and still get that amazing leap of well-being.

Find Out More About Alexander Technique - One of the modalities of the Harmonic Exercises

In Harmonic Movement Exercises, an Alexander exercise is used for lengthening the spine and opening the hips. Based on how babies roll over.

Alexander Technique: From Stress to Freedom
Alexander Technique: From Stress to Freedom

This book explains the concept of Alexander Technique and why it's so effective.

 

Harmonic Movement Is Amazing Because...

It releases restrictions, constrictions and problems created by scar tissue.

Scar Tissue Distorts Structural Alignment

I am a virtual roadmap of scars. From cesareans to horse accidents with barbed wire, to car accidents, and Oh! my favorite...sitting on a broken glass Coke bottle, I have an abundance of scarring.

So I know how scar tissue can pull and distort the structural alignment of the body. It also impedes the flow of energy through the meridians and other energy channels.

These exercises break up the restrictions created by scars and help them become fluid and less bulky.

Find Out More About Do-In - Another modality used in the Harmonic Movement Exercises

Do-In is used for the hands, eyes, ears, neck, shoulders and arms.

The Do-In Way: Gentle Exercises to Liberate the Body, Mind, and Spirit
The Do-In Way: Gentle Exercises to Liberate the Body, Mind, and Spirit

Lots of wonderful exercises by one of the premier teachers of Macrobiotics.

 

Harmonic Movement Is Amazing Because...

It is so healthy for the Central Nervous System.

Creating A Healthy Central Nervous System

Many factors determine a healthy CNS, including a good flow of craniosacral fluid from the sacrum to the cranium, balancing of right and left brain hemispheres, balancing of sympathetic and parasympathetic systems and release of cranium and connective restrictions on the brain.

This in turns improves the endocrine system, our mental abilities, balance and agility and the enhancement of all of the organs and system of our body.

Find Out More About Feldenkrais Exercises

Along with Trager and Alexander, Moshe Feldenkrais was the originator of his own system of movement. In the Harmonic Movement, some of his work is incorporated for releasing the sacrum and hips.

Harmonic Movement Is Amazing Because...

It balances the majority of the energy flows throughout the body.

Balancing Energy Flows in Harmonic Movement

Meridians, grounding cord, hara line (the emotional grounding cord), the Aryuvedic doshas, chakras and other energy channels that run through the body also need clearing, healing and balancing and stabilizing. This helps eliminate pain and supports the health of the organ system, the emotional body, mental clarity and much more.

Adding this part to these classic exercises is what makes this such a powerhouse. And it's simple!

I've added two mp3 files on my blog for the two positions that include the most energy work: The Polarity Squat and balancing the Chakras at the end. The link for those files is further down in the lens.

Find Out More About Brain Gym - Another modality used in Harmonic Movement

Brain Gym exercises have been used with great results with children because they are so simple. In Harmonic Movement they help balance left and right brain hemispheres and establish that important connection between the right side of the brain and the left side of the body, and the left side of the brain with the right side of the body. This promotes greater coordination and balance. Brain Gym is also used to help center the energy into the central core of the body promoting peace and calm as well as releasing anxiety and overwhelm.

Brain Gym for Business: Instant Brain Boosters for On-The-Job Success
Brain Gym for Business: Instant Brain Boosters for On-The-Job Success

Brain Gym enhances the brain's ability to learn, stay focused and be energized.

 

Note: If You Have Bad Knees...

Don't do the Squatting Pose. Sit in a chair and just do the energy exercises instead.

Find Out More About Chi Gung - Another modality used in Harmonic Movement

Easy and profound, chi gung is immediately effective. It feels or looks like Tai Chi but it doesn't take a lifetime to learn.

If you only have 20 minutes...

Just do 20 minutes of Harmonic Movement. The next day start up where you left off and do another 20 minutes. Continue until you've rotated through the entire program...then start over!

Find Out More About Trager

Used to open up the joints and create an expansiveness through your being.

How Often Should You Do These?

For the first 4-6 weeks, every day if you can. But it's fine to do it only three times a week, if that's all the time you have.

Music to Enhance Your Harmonic Movement

This beautiful music by Paul Baker balances different energies including chakras.

Any questions? What results would you like to see happen? Share your stories with us all.

What Results Are You Getting?

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      magmasystemsfb 4 years ago

      Good one i like it..As always looking for better health..

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      NerTheGreatMom 4 years ago

      Stretching is a must. In fact, you should stretching AND strength exercises, If you must do only one -- choose stretching because it gives the results that mild 'strengths' give..

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Hi Gia... I'm always looking for better health. Right now I'm working on getting myself ready for a long backpacking trip. Stretching will help. Well, it does help! Love you, Gia!

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      last-mohikan 5 years ago

      Great lens to encourage everyone to keep active and healthy.

      Health and Wellness articles for many categories such as: Nutrition, Diet, Exercise, Addiction help, Stress help, Parenting help and more general articles coming everyday.

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      Chocolatealchemy 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Yes, stretching is so important too as we get older! Fabulous lens and you've shared so much info - thanks. I've added your Lens to mine (hope that's ok?) as I feel it offers another dimension to my Lens http://www.squidoo.com/massage-table-guide.

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      Chocolatealchemy 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Yes, stretching is so important too as we get older! Fabulous lens and you've shared so much info - thanks. I've added your Lens to mine (hope that's ok?) as I feel it offers another dimension to my Lens http://www.squidoo.com/massage-table-guide.

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      Bill 6 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I always felt that I had very little flexibility and blamed this on various things including past back and knee injuries. After doing a stretching routine daily including one hour long session as well as a 90 minute yoga session per week, I discovered that I could become quite flexible!

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      I always stretch, before and after exercising :) Great help to your flexibility!

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      momsfunny 6 years ago

      Stretching is really important before exercising and after. To prevent injuries. Nice lens.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Stretching is so important and feels so good! Blessed by a Squid Angel today.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Lovely and important lens. Angel Blessed, and lensrolled to Born to Be Angelic

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      Great lens! Stretching is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      ICanCook 7 years ago

      This truly is a lens I wish I'd made myself. I love yoga. I write this from my yoga place now where i'm sitting on the floor waiting for my class to begin. Namaste.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love the topic. I've also tried gigong workout it helps me a lot.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Awesome lens, definitely 5 stars for this lens. Oh by the way just to add on your very informative post: EFT is a method of energy healing that is swiftly applied, direct, versatile and readily measurable. For all these reasons, I would recommend the method for anyone interested in healing work.

      I was actually exposed to the method before I even knew what it was. While I was in a group having EFT training to absorb information faster I was taught a technique to release and eliminate the over-critical thoughts and behavior we engage in when trying to learn something new. This made the learning process itself a lot more fun, and naturally that sped up my comprehension.

      Much later, I was exploring different ways of dealing with emotional pain and inner resistance. I'd mapped out a few different things to try and one was, you might have guessed, the same method from before. Only then had I discovered the name.

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      gregdea 8 years ago

      Such an amazing compilation. I'm yet to read through it all, but sense right away its a great session of movements. Cheers

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      RinchenChodron 8 years ago

      Wow - you dedicated it to me??? Way cool - thanks! And Thank you for the e-book as well! I intend to download it and try this.

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      sisterra 8 years ago

      Fantastic lens!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Good stuff

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hmm, maybe this is something I really should try due to lack of exercise because of my mobility problems.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Interesting topic. I'll have to try this.

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      Great resource guide! Beautiful pictures too. 5 stars and lensrolled to my Free Healthy Habits Motivational Guide lens.

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      Lexi LM 8 years ago

      These exercises really work, I can say from personal experience. Good going!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens. I think though that however simple these movements are - they still take time and effort to do, which is one of the reasons they work :)