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 restore the body/mind connection.
STM is a process where you learn to align with your own true nature (consciousness/intelligence). 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 and be able to "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 one feels 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.
Meet The Team
Tracy Whitton ~ Founder of STM
Tracy Whitton is the founder of STM Stillness through Movement and a practitioner of restorative yoga, mind and breath awareness, meditation teacher and a feminine embodiment therapist.
She has had a love and devotion of Spiritual, Meditative, Ancient tantric Rituals and Yoga practices for over 25yrs. Tracy took on formal study and practise of Meditation in 2003 with firstly Ramesh S.Balsekar, then Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, the Kadampa Meditation Australia- lineage of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and Buddhist Nun Pema Chodron. They have all influenced and guided her own practise and teaching to what it is today. It was the blessing of these teachings that opened Tracy to her true nature.
It was after attending a week long silent retreat in 2003, that it became clear the path she would take to help others. It was not long after that, that she started classes in the teaching of meditation and awareness of the mind.
In 2006 Tracy underwent a powerful transition that led her deeper into mind and conscious awareness. The changes were so profound that life as it was could no longer be the same, as a deeper awareness arrived. This is where STM was born, ‘Stillness through Movement’.
Stillness through movement is a process where one learns to align with their true nature- consciousness/intelligence. Through breath and mind awareness one is able to let go deeply, allowing themselves to receive the benefits of the restorative pose, bringing the body/mind back to its natural state of peace and equanimity. Tracy says,‘Practising in this way we begin to align with the ease of life, without this awareness one lives in a permanent state of resistance and unease’.
In 2007 Tracy began more formal studies of yoga training with My Health Yoga School and graduated in August 2008. Tracy learnt from other teachers that have greatly influenced her own practise and the way she teaches and they are; Judith Hanson Lasater, Mark Togni, Cameron Storey and Kathy Mason. She has studied the teachings of BKS Iyengar and from 2006-2014 has studied the restorative asana practise through Judith Hanson Lasater. Tracy has studied the ancient Feminine Arts of Tantra through numerous teachers for the past 15years, which has included the practices of; Jade egg, esoteric womb massage and rituals, vagina and womb steams, prenatal, birth and post natal doula, feminine flow movement and feminine rituals for all the seasons of a woman.
Tracy facilitates workshops, retreats and seminars. She teaches Restorative classes and Private Meditation sessions at two of the leading retreats in Australia ‘The Golden Door’ and ‘Gwinganna’. Tracy is the founder of Stillness through Movement and Balanced Birthing. She runs teacher training for STM and mentorships for feminine practices on the Gold Coast, Australia.
She has produced two CD's, 2 Books- STM- Restorative Yoga for Stress related Conditions, The Four Pillars of Stillness and a Meditation Journal. Cds- One with Life ‘Meditation and Pranayama Made Easy’ and Sounds from the Heart.
Her practice of STM 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
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 in 2016 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!).
I come from a nursing background 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)
All of us at STM look forward to supporting you on your healing journey. Please email us on [email protected] or phone 0413 940 532 to book your session today!
Tracy and the STM Team