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
Tracy Whitton ~ Founder of STM
I'm Tracy, the founder of Stillness Through Movement, and I wear multiple hats as a dedicated practitioner of holistic disciplines. My journey encompasses restorative yoga, mindfulness and breath awareness, meditation, trauma-informed coaching, vagus nerve release methodology, and expertise as a feminine embodiment therapist. Moreover, I extend my support as a pregnancy, birth, and postnatal Doula.
My background is deeply rooted in somatic psychotherapy, with a rich history spanning over two decades. I have devoted myself to exploring spiritual, meditative, and ancient tantric practices, with a specific focus on Shakti and Shiva traditions. These encompass transformative practices like vagus nerve release, techniques for nervous system regulation, the art of jade egg usage, esoteric womb massage and healing, breast care, womb and vaginal steaming, tantric soul gazing, and feminine somatic movement.
In addition to my somatic psychotherapy expertise, I hold formal training as a certified yoga instructor from My Health Yoga School. My journey of knowledge has been enriched by studying under esteemed spiritual mentors like Ramesh S. Balsekar, Eckhart Tolle, Judith Lasater, and Pema Chodron.
As the heart behind Stillness Through Movement (STM), my mission is to help individuals reconnect with their inner selves through the channels of breath, body, movement and mind awareness, leading them to a profound state of peace and equilibrium. I'm particularly driven by my passion for working with women, and my dedication extends to leading retreats, offering teacher training, mentorship programs, and producing a range of educational materials such as audio recordings, books, and online courses. I'm honored to have my work referenced in several books by Dr. Libby.
Through my teachings and guidance, my aim is to empower women to embrace their wild, undomesticated nature and discover authentic self-love and self-acceptance within themselves.
I look forward to supporting you on your healing journey. Please email me at [email protected] or phone 0413 940 532 to book your session today!