Practice and movement theory

From my profession, as Masseur and Smart teacher I know quite a lot about attitude and physical complaints. Ismakogie is a posture and movement theory. We as teachers mainly look at body posture and do movements, many calm and gentle movements. We show the exercise, participate and pronounce the movement. You are going to feel. You ask yourself: ‘what do I feel where’ and ‘where do I feel what’.

Body language and attitude tells something about attitude to life

I already knew from the Ismakogie: our body language and posture tell something about our attitude to life. They show how you look at life. Psychic resistance is accompanied by physical muscle tension. This is stored by the body. And physical complaints can reveal themselves.

Body & mind Language

In our childhood you have probably heard it: “behave” or “do not act like that”. This reduces your life energy. Your body language and posture also adjust. Beliefs attach themselves to the body. If we have a (physical) complaint we will talk about this blockage or stagnation. It is known from the ESTIV that the non-verbal aspect is the most important in our communication. It is even less sensitive to misinterpretation than the use of words. Body & Mind Language sets your body in motion with interventions. A shift is being experienced. The client experiences that the stagnation does not mean the end station. This leads to an increase in flexibility, creativity and liveliness.


An exercise from the book ‘Body & Mind Language’:

In pairs

A lays down on the floor, on the back. B sits on the floor behind A’s head. A places the head in the open hands of B. The head of A is moved by B.

There are questions related to this exercise that you can answer for yourself, including:

  • Do you dare to let life take you into a stream of creativity and innovation?
  • Which of your beliefs are inhibiting for you?
  • Do you give a new idea a chance and do you dare to take a risk?

I thought it was a wonderful afternoon. I was touched at several moments by awareness and reflection in the body.

As a trainer and teacher, I see it happening every year. People come in and enthusiastically start a (new) sport or group lesson.Starting is fun, it provides energy and a good feeling. The reality, however, is that starting is easier than sustaining.

When perseverance is difficult

You only have to start 1 time, persevering and continuing requires an effort every time. Before you take the step, ask yourself: why am I going to exercise? Because it has to be (from the doctor, from your partner, from yourself), because you think it’s sensible (such a trap: “it’s good for me”) or, and now it comes: because it’s fun? I advise anyone who says to follow a sport / program only from the mind or from the must: stop immediately. Go do something you like. You read that right: FUN.

More happy and happier

Moving is fun, moving makes you happy, you get a fresh head, you become a happier and happier person. You don’t want to come home from the gym every time with the thought ‘I’ve had that again’. No, you can spend your time and energy better.

How do you move during the week?

Take a look at what you have in a normal week of exercise activities that you enjoy. Do you cycle to work or station every workday? Do children take the children to school every day by bike? Or secretly, if you think no one is watching, dance to an infectious music. Hoeing in the garden. Whatever it is, you will surely find a kind of sport in every activity.

Outdoors are an alternative to a gym

If you enjoy being outdoors, do not go to the gym, but consciously go outside more often to move. Find a buddy that also has fun in it or join a club. Sometimes the pleasure is a bit more hidden and, for example, it expresses itself especially during holidays. Then you do go swimming every day, or you do sprinting with the children to prove that you really are not that old yet. 
In short, be creative and put the fun first. Then you have already won the most.

Take it easy, the line won’t break

Another iron tip: build it up. Do not exercise for an hour two or three times a week. Even if you have chosen something that you find incredibly enjoyable. Start with once a week, an hour at most. There is a good chance that after a month or two the need will naturally arise to expand it. Changing behavior takes time. The calmer you build it up, the more chance of success. Then your body and system will not be shocked by a different rhythm and the new habit can sneak in ‘secretly’. Until you find yourself whistling at the gym!

Different shapes

You can move in many different ways. It does not necessarily have to be intensive sports, but also think of walking, cycling or dancing. These are things that you can do well outside. Getting a breath of fresh air is always good for relaxation. If you are a true athlete and are looking for more challenge, sports such as swimming, fitness group lessons and running are a good way to de-stress.

How moving helps

How come you get stressed out by moving? Exercise makes your body looser and more flexible with all its muscles. The muscles tense up due to the stress. This often so long that the tension does not just go away from the muscles. By moving you get muscle contractions that ensure that the muscle also relaxes after exercise. This allows your body to release the tension, reducing the stress that you experience. The stress that arises in your head affects your body and vice versa. This is an interplay of thoughts and physical exertion. If you want less stress in your head, make sure you move your body!

When you regularly move with others, you immediately get the social aspect. You chat before, after and / or while moving about things that take your mind away from somewhere else. For a moment you don’t have to think about all that stress and relax extra by not only being physically in motion but also giving yourself the space to relax spiritually.

A cheerful fabric

In addition, endorphins are released during exercise. This is a fabric that makes you happy and makes you feel more energetic. It provides a boost so that you see things more positively. You feel better in your skin and you will therefore have more energy to cope with life.

Patience is a virtue

Relaxing and de-stressing does not necessarily mean that you should not do anything. Sometimes it is good to make an effort and then to relax. This then applies primarily physically. Let go of everything spiritually and look for distraction. It is important to de-stress regularly. Sometimes it takes a while before you reach that point, be patient. Continuing to stress because de-stressing is not successful is not healthy for body and soul. It will become increasingly difficult to get into a relaxed state. Don’t let that take you away because life shouldn’t consist of just tension and stress. Move, relax and enjoy!

Move, relax and enjoy!