The biggest part of my journey to become a coach was pain transformation. Many things contributed to that transformation and one of them was being able to be comfortable inside my body. To achieve this comfort, one tool I used was a body scan.
I offer my general body-scan audio as a suggestion for you to try; it’s on YouTube so anyone can access it! It helps us bring more awareness to our body in safe, guided ways. If any of the following scenarios apply to you, it’s a great time to begin this ritual:
One: If you’re looking for an intro to meditation and need a place to start.
Two: The body scan can be used for relaxation alone, and incorporates some nice deep breathing. I recommend it for those that simply need an easy way to maintain stress levels and grow self- awareness.
Three: If you have mild to severe chronic pain, this can help your mind to accept that area of your body with the pain instead of being angry or ashamed of it. It’s really hard to heal when we’re at war with ourselves or when all we try to do is numb the pain or band-aid it. This was my experience, please read my deep-dive blog post if you relate! I share a lot more insights on how it works and why it is a great tool.
Four: If you’re feeling really wound up, or tight in your body. This can be a signal that a chronic condition is preventable if you take action. If you’re starting to notice some occasional body pain (headaches, stomach upset, etc.), this can be a great way to help nip it in the bud before it becomes a chronic condition, especially if it’s related to stress. It’s free and only takes about 20 minutes a day. If you find it resonates with you, I would do this for two weeks straight and then drop to 3x per week. It will restore the energy you have recently felt waning.
Five: Advanced meditators that are experiencing pain related to stress in their bodies and need assistance navigating it can benefit. Listen to the audio once or twice and take it from there. The audio I made also ties in with the chakras, so you can visualize them as you do the body scan. It includes front body and back body chakras. I will have a post about chakras, and about how I purposefully made this body scan different than others to include them.
If you like what you hear, I also offer personalized audios. If you enjoy this journey and there’s a specific area of the body you want to spend more time exploring and loving, that part of the body scan can be extended to give you a deeper experience. This experience will help you feel like you can take your time. You won’t be rushed through your pain points or have to pause the recording to dive deeper. Connect with me if that sparks your interest!
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to treat, prevent, or cure any disease. The statements within are opinions of the author and are not to be used in place of a medical providers care. If you have a pain, please contact your medical provider. Please find a licensed medical professional that will support you on your healing journey.