Stillness Through Movement (STM) consists of supported restorative poses, breath awareness techniques, meditation (training the mind in openness and kindness) and vibrational medicine. Together, these techniques help to restore the body/mind connection.
STM is a process where you learn to align with your own true nature (consciousness). Through breath and mind awareness, you're able to let go deeply, allowing the body and mind to receive the benefits of the restorative pose, bringing the body/mind back to its natural state of peace and contentment. Without this awareness we live in a permanent state of unease, so when we practise in this way we begin to align with the natural flow of life.
The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) is activated during the STM practice. The PSNS is responsible for balancing the body and bringing its response system back into equilibrium. STM takes the spine and nervous system out of the “flight, fight or freeze’ response, relaxing and calming the adrenal glands and endocrine system.
To assist this process, props and heavy weighted blankets are used to support the body so that no strain or striving occurs. Postures can be held anywhere from 1 minute to 30 minutes or more.
In doing this, we are sending gentle messages to the body to relax and move toward balance. We also use aromatherapy and shell essences to help relax the mind/body allowing us "let go" with more ease.
Some poses target a certain area, whereas others have an overall benefit. All create specific physiological responses which are beneficial to health and can reduce the effects of stress related conditions. So in general, this restorative practice is great for those times when we feel weak, fatigued, anxious or stressed from day to day activities.
This practice is especially 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 or adrenal burnout. It helps to rebalance hormones in women who have PMS/PMD, moving through puberty, menstruation and menopause, and also helps men with hormonal imbalances as well. You can also practice when ill or recovering from an illness or injury. STM is ideal for both men and women to help balance mental, emotional and physical well being.
What’s so unique about STM is that you don't need any experience, as the practice will meet you exactly where you are at and can guide you with where you need to go!
This practice is held on the floor and also on massage tables, depending on the style of class being offered. When there is more energy medicine being offered we are on the tables and when we are working more with the postures, breath, gentle strokes and holds, we work more from the floor.
Personally, I have found this practice to be the most supportive tool for today's modern society, where stress unfortunately is a daily part of our lives. I have had major events that have happened in my own life and without this practice I would have been truly lost.
The STM practice has been referenced in:
Rushing Womens Syndrome, Dr Libby, www.drlibby.com
Beauty From the Inside Out, Dr Libby, www.drlibby.com
Exhausted to Energised, Dr Libby, www.drlibby.com
Woman’s Wellness Guide, Dr Libby, www.drlibby.com
The Energy Guide, Dr Libby, www.drlibby.com
Menopause, Sam Beau Patrick, www.sambeaupatrick.com
Meet The Team
Tracy Whitton ~ Founder of STM
I have had a love and devotion of spirituality, meditation, ancient tantric rituals and yoga practices for over 25 years, and in 2003, I took on formal study and practise of meditation with Ramesh S. Balsekar, Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chodron and Kadampa Meditation Australia (lineage of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso). I am grateful to all of these teachers as they have all influenced and guided my own practice and teaching to what it is today.
In 2006, I underwent a powerful transition as a deeper awareness presented itself. The changes were so profound that life as it was could no longer be the same. This is when STM was born, ‘Stillness Through Movement’.
In 2008, I completed more formal studies of yoga with My Health Yoga School and also studied the teachings of BKS Iyengar. My practice today has also been influenced through study with Judith Hanson Lasater (restorative asana practice from 2006-2014), Mark Togni, Cameron Storey and Kathy Mason. Over the last 15 years I have studied the ancient Feminine Arts of Tantra through numerous teachers, including jade egg practices, esoteric womb massage and rituals, vagina and womb steams, doula practices (prenatal, birth and postnatal), feminine flow movement and rituals to support a woman as she moves through all of her seasons.
I am based on the Gold Coast, Australia and I’m passionate about sharing these practices with the community. I work with clients both in group environments (classes, workshops, training, retreats) as well as privately (1:1 intuitive sessions including mentorships).
Lauren Dionysius ~ Level 4 STM Therapist (400hrs)
I’m Lauren and I’ve been a regular student of STM since 2015. After a year of travelling several hours to receive both the group and private sessions that Tracy offered at the studio, I decided to move to the Gold Coast to continue my study of the practice.
I began the STM Teacher Training in 2016 for my own growth and healing and it was deeply transformative for me on a very personal level. I certainly never set out to be an STM teacher! However, as time went on and I completed the STM Practitioner Training, I knew I needed to start sharing this incredible practice with others. My passion for the practice only grew deeper and in 2018 I completed the STM Therapist Training.
I have tried many different modalities and therapies over the years, but I have never experienced the internal shifts and lasting transformations that the STM practice has unearthed within me. I now know in my heart that an important part of my life’s purpose is to share this powerful practice with others. I am deeply honoured and feel privileged to teach at the STM Studio, in the same sacred space that has held and supported me on my own personal journey (and continues to do so!).
My background is in nursing and I have been working as a Registered Nurse since 2001, mostly with sick and premature babies requiring intensive care. And while I continue to work as a NICU nurse, my evolving role at the STM Studio is where my true journey lies.
I am excited and honoured to share all that is STM with you and am committed to supporting you in any way I can, helping you to reconnect with yourself, to uncover that deep inner peace that already exists within you, and to experience “Stillness Through Movement”.
With deep gratitude,
Shelly Read ~ Level 4 STM Therapist (365hrs)
I first discovered STM in 2010 and quickly became a regular participant at the Studio. I was surprised at how different I felt after classes; I had often experienced a busy mind and through the practice of STM I noticed a quietening of my thoughts and a spaciousness that had been hard to access until then.
Over the years attending classes and retreats with Tracy, my experiences of STM evolved and have been quite profound. Through regular practice of quietening the internal dialogue, I have found that the body unwinds and there is space to be with whatever is underneath; be that physical tension or emotions, and the space to work with it. I have found that this creates not only a benefit immediately following class, but for me, has had a cumulative impact on bringing down the overall baseline of busyness and tension – leading to a greater sense of inner peace and well-being.
Over time, I became more curious about how exactly STM achieves such an impact. I decided to complete a module of STM Teacher Training in early 2016 to get a better understanding of the practice and loved it so much that I ended up completing my STM Therapist Training in mid 2018. I have now completed 365 hours and am in the process of completing the Energy Healing Therapies Module with Tracy (Module 7). My journey with STM has been life changing and I now feel very passionate and honoured to be offering this amazing practice to others.
I have also worked as a Clinical Psychologist since 2000 and have found a beautiful synergy between my work as a psychologist and that of an STM therapist. Both types of work aim to support people to live life with less suffering, greater insight and balance between all aspects of their health.
I look forward to supporting you with your journey.
Carey Semple ~ STM Therapist (240hrs)
As an avid reader and lifelong seeker of knowledge, I first discovered Stillness Through Movement through the books by Dr Libby. I was a new yoga teacher, interested in all things body-mind, and recognised the need for restorative practices to bring balance to our busy, yang lifestyles.
In 2016, I embarked on the Four Pillars of Stillness training with Tracy and felt a passion ignited within. Since then I have been committed to learning the full spectrum of Stillness Through Movement practices and bringing these back to meet the needs of my local community on the Surf Coast in Victoria.
I believe wholeheartedly that Stillness Through Movement and contemplative practices are what are required to see change in the world. By bringing stillness, love and compassion to our own body-mind we can bring a greater sense of ease, belonging, richness and connection to ourselves and to the relationships with our families, friends, neighbours and wider community. I have certainly experienced these things and started to get to know myself on a much deeper and more intimate level since beginning the life changing STM journey. My wish is to offer the practice so that others may have the opportunity to experience similar.
With love and peace,
All of us at STM look forward to supporting you on your healing journey. Please email us at [email protected] or phone 0413 940 532 to book your session today!
Tracy and the STM Team