What is Stillness Through Movement?
Stillness Through Movement (STM) is a restorative therapy consisting of supported postures, breath awareness techniques, mindfulness and vibrational medicine. Together, these help to restore the body/mind connection.
What will it do for you?
The underpinning factor in any Stillness Through Movement class or individual therapy session is the activation of the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PSNS). Throughout the STM practice, the spine and the nervous system is enabled to switch out of the ‘fight, flight, freeze’ state and relax back in to the ‘rest, repair, digest’ state of being that enables natural healing of the mind/body system.
You are supported to unwind the accumulation of tension, deeply saturating the PSNS leading to an increase in clarity, energy and a renewed sense of connection to self and others.
STM is particularly beneficial for those times before, during and after major life transitions, such as the death of a loved one, change of job, pregnancy, fertility, hormonal changes, marriage, new baby, children leaving home, divorce, illness, injury or adrenal burnout. STM is particularly good for alleviating the stress of persistent pain and hormonal problems.
Who is it for?
STM is for anyone of any age and stage, however a group class does have the requirement to be able to get down to and up from the floor. Any physical restrictions are catered for in a safe, respectful manner.
How does it work?
Props such as bolsters and blankets are used to support the body to relax into postures that can be held anywhere between one and thirty minutes. Additional supports such as essential oil blends, aromatherapy and vibrational essences are offered to help support the unwinding, discharging and ‘letting go’ of the nervous system. Soft music and gentle voice guidance add to the practice.
How often to practice STM?
As often as possible. Postures can be replicated at home whenever you have 5-10 minutes to spare.
Sessions can be tailored to individual needs through one-on-one sessions. Depending on the needs and autonomic state of the individual these may be more movement based, stillness based or a combination of both. I encourage dialogue of specific needs and wants, seeking to serve all facets of an individual’s health and wellbeing whilst acknowledging my own professional limitations which are supported by an identifiable process for on-referral.
Your STM Facilitator
My name is Carey Semple and I am a facilitator of Restorative Practices.
I first came into this specialised field after completing a 200hr yoga teacher training whilst a Mum of young kids – yoga had made such a positive impact on my wellbeing yet I still felt a deep yearning for embodied respite from the busyness and overwhelm that my days presented. I stumbled upon the STM modality through reading books by Dr Libby (women’s wellness professional), my curiosity was sparked and I signed up for the introductory course. Over the next few years I immersed myself in STM training and the self-discovery and growth it opened up. My curiosity around the nervous system, and the area of restorative therapies continues my seeking and learning of new information and applicable skills.
The modalities I offer consist of a blend of Stillness Through Movement and trauma informed movement practices. These are practices that restore a sense of safety, ease and steadiness to the body and the mind enabling us to better meet the demands of daily life whilst maintaining a strong connection to our own needs and desires.