I want to conduct an experiment. Can doing nothing for 10-20 minutes a day for 30 days make a difference?
In Constructive Rest you consciously remove yourself from all activity, lie on your back with your head supported and knees elevated, and then do nothing…
Actually it may seem like nothing – after all you’re not exercising, you’re not working, you’re not talking – but you are in fact doing something very important for yourself, and you are awake – conscious, aware, thinking – while you do it.
When I first started taking Alexander Technique lessons because of chronic neck pain and tension, my only “homework” was to lie down in Constructive Rest at least once a day. I took this to heart and practiced religiously, and I always felt better for it. It became my life line – something I could do to help myself, even early on, when applying the Alexander Technique in my daily activities seemed for the most part beyond me.
I firmly believe that having a daily Constructive Rest practice can be hugely beneficial to just about anyone. It’s such a simple thing to do, however, it’s easy to dismiss it, but it is truly powerful.
Here are just a few of the benefits of lying down in Constructive Rest every day:
- it helps us improve our posture naturally and without strain
- we get a much-needed “time out” from today’s multi-tasking, ultra-stimulating life-style
- we give our muscles the chance to release unwanted tension
- our breathing becomes naturally calmer and deeper
- our spine gets the chance to decompress
- it’s calming to the nervous system
- mind and the body have time to quiet allowing us to think more clearly
- our digestive system is given the space to release and do its work more efficiently
- our energy and productivity improves during the rest of the day
Starting Friday (February 1, 2013) on my Facebook page I’m running a 30-Day Constructive Rest Challenge. If you’ve never done Constructive Rest before this would be a great time to try it out. You can find lots of information on my Constructive Rest page to help you get started. And if you’ve just got out of the habit of doing it regularly, this could be the incentive you need to get back into a regular practice. Each day I’ll post reminders and resources, such as audios you can listen to while you’re lying down, to inspire you in your practice. It will also be a place where you can ask questions and share your experiences.
So, join my experiment and to try Constructive Rest for 30 days and judge for yourself!
And if you already have a Constructive Rest practice, what difference has it made in your life? I’d love you to share some of the benefits you’ve experienced in the comments below. And of course, I’d love to have you join us too!