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).
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!