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How does stretching help with grief?
Resistance Stretching - the form of stretching we teach at Bendable Body - targets unhealthy fascia. That alone will help release grief because your fascia is the storehouse in your body for all emotional and physical trauma. However, we can be even more specific than that!
Lung Meridian Association with Grief
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there are meridian channels running through the body. These channels are electrical currents housed in fascia. Each channel services an organ and is responsible for specific and universal physiological and emotional functioning in people. This includes grief. There is a meridian channel, running along the chest, the inside of the arm and to the thumb, associated with the lungs, that is where grief is 'housed' in the body. So when you get acupuncture in the points along this meridian, it will help you process grief.
Similarly, when you stretch the muscle-fascia plane where the lung meridian runs, you stimulate the flow of energy in the meridian and it will help you to process grief.
Why We Like Resistance Stretching Best for Helping with Grief
I can't imagine there is anyone out there reading this article who hasn't experienced grief at some point in their lives. It is a universal human experience. Instinctively and intuitively when it is happening to us or when we see someone else in the throws of grief, we know what they need to do... all indicated on the list of 13 above. The worst thing we can do is close in ourselves, isolate and do nothing.
Having said that, we have seen on numerous occasions with clients and experienced first hand ourselves, the grace and ease afforded to processing a difficult emotion like grief when you enter through the doorway of the body, like we do with resistance stretching. Yes, it's helpful to keep moving in a general sense. But you can be more specific than that by targeting the muscle group with stretching that houses grief in the body. When you do that, when you process grief directly in your body, it seems to be gentler and easier than processing it in the mind. The only challenging part is actually stretching. Getting up and doing it when you are struggling to motivate to do anything. If you can overcome that hurdle, the rest is fairly easy.
Stretching to help with grief can be done while you are actually feeling the sting of the emotion and also on an on-going and regular basis to deal with chronic grief.