We all know what it feels like to shake. Sometimes it’s because we’re nervous or scared and other times it might be due to some unseasonably cold weather. Shaking is a physiological response to information we receive from our nervous system, but did you know that shaking can be therapeutic? It’s true!
Simply shaking your whole body for 10-15 minutes a day calms your mind and releases energy trapped in your body. By activating the parasympathetic nervous system, shaking signals the brain to calm, relax and let go. It also taps into the lymphatic system of our body, which helps with detoxification. Personally, I like to engage in a little shaking meditation to release any residual energy from the day and I have to tell you, it feels great.
Shaking meditation sounds exactly like what it is. It involves simply shaking your body and there really is no technique or “right” way to do this. I like to put on some music that fits my mood – either energetic or soothing. I start seated on the floor on a cushion and shake from the torso up to the top of my head. When I feel ready, I stand and continue to shake with my joints soft and floppy and I just keep shaking. I let the vibrations be big and small until my full body is trembling and releasing. I fully let go. Then I rest.
Adding this practice into your daily, or even weekly routine can help you to feel more emotionally stable, grounded and connected to your body. Give it a go and let me know how shaking things up makes you feel.