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“Change the change” through friendly emotions

Many people respond to change processes in companies or in their personal lives by looking at data, facts or lists of pros and cons. To make the change process successful, it is also important to coach people’s emotions to enable them to face their new future on a stable footing. The wingwave coaching method can help to establish the best possible emotional balance for change processes in line with the motto “change the change”, and this fast-acting coaching can contribute towards successful or satisfying change processes, not only with regard to stress management but also by increasing enthusiasm, confidence and decisiveness.

One example is the phenomenon of the well-known “change puzzle”. Here we are dealing with positive, pleasing goals in life – there seems to be nothing to stop you turning them into reality but people still fail to accomplish the job: a modernisation, a new way of behaving, a decision. Successful coaching here takes account of the special structure of the adult brain: even neurons which are far apart are now extensively “hard wired” and nerve pathways have established good insulation which has increased the transmission of stimuli nearly a hundredfold by comparison with a child’s brain (Spitzer M. , Wie Erwachsene denken und lernen, 2012 als Audiobook/ Spitzer M., How Adults Think and Learn, 2012 as audio book).

As a result, an adult’s brain becomes increasingly self-absorbed. New external stimuli are treated less as an opportunity to learn but rather to make associations as in: “I’ve seen that before!” or: “I know all that stuff!”

People always think new experiences could be something positive – and for children this may well be true as they are still curious. They experience novelty, the unexpected as a “positive tingle” as their brains crave new structures; they are still “under construction” – i.e. not yet in their completed mode. The “finished adult” on the other hand experiences the emotion of “surprise” increasingly as a nuisance, and this feeling of discomfort can be overcome by the specific coaching of emotions. Wingwave coaches help to bring about a state in which new experiences can have a stimulating, exciting effect on their subjects’ emotions and be seen as a positive challenge.

Body Change: even a small self-coaching exercise taking in bodily perception can help. Because the mental blockage in the change puzzle is in reality a blockage of our entire organism, and in this case the body “talks” because the brain naturally belongs to our body as an organ. To show this, just do a simple test: fold the fingers of your two hands together, including your thumbs – one of the two thumbs is now on top if you look at your interlaced hands. Now disentangle your hands and fold them again the other way around – so that the other thumb is now on top. Now listen to your feelings, what do they tell you? “Strange, funny, unusual”, is the frequent answer. We have no established brain cell links for this way of folding our hands, and we will not do it like that again because of the strange, unusual feeling of something different that it gives us; we will stick with the “ingrained” version. That is what the self-coaching exercise is based on: “body change”, carried out in combination with the wingwave music. The wingwave music relieves stress and relaxes, making you creative and open to new experiences – even for new ways of folding your hands.

  1. You simply listen to the wingwave music for two minutes. The music continues while you go through the next steps.
  2. You think about a sensible change which is imminent or which would be good for you – but somehow the flow of change is blocked.
  3. Now fold your hands “the wrong way round”, explore the strange physical sensation and continue to think about the change you wish to make.
  4. Concentrate on your feelings, and experience how the strange feeling in your hands gradually gives way to a physically friendly feeling, as the “new experience” is now accepted and the neural paths start to develop new connections.
  5. Now think about the subject of your change and see for yourself how your familiarity with the new experience of your hands gradually spreads to your overall thoughts and feelings.

Tip for May: Positive thoughts from “Happy Walking”!

Working with the effects of the body’s “success switch” is based on a principle that is classified under the term “embodiment” in psychology. “Embodiment” is a psychological approach that describes the resonance of our physical awareness with our emotional experience and our cognitive performance; there are many interesting studies on this subject. One of them also looks at different motions and it was conducted under the leadership of psychologist, Prof. Dr. Johannes Michalak at the University of Witten/Herdecke. He investigated how the cognitive powers of students was affected by their gait. He asked one group to let their head and shoulders droop while walking, i.e. to creep around in a deliberately “depressed” manner. A second group was requested to portray a “happy gait pattern” with their head raised and an upright posture. Although the subjects enacted the two “gait modes” deliberately, in a way that was almost “superimposed”, there were clear distinctions in a test that was subsequently carried out.

Demonstrable connection between body and mind

The students taking part in the trial were given positive words (e.g. “brave”, “attractive”) and negative words (e.g. “boring”, “stupid”). They had to decide whether these words chimed with their mood. Then after eight minutes, a test was conducted that had not been announced, and the results speak for themselves: subjects who walked in a “depressed mode” remembered more negative words while those that indulged in “happy” walking retained many more positive words. Johannes Michalak commented as follows: “This  shows that the way we walk affects whether we tend to process information positively or negatively. There is a connection, therefore, between the body, in this case the gait, and the mind, in this case the information we retain. Results like these could be used in future to develop treatment options for depression which work by changing physical processes”. The result reveals that our body also sends signals to our mind and psyche – so the resonance also works “upwards” from the body to the world of the mind and not just “downwards” from our thoughts to what our body experiences.

Motion training support with “happy wingwave walk”

There is a simple exercise to train your movements to support this insight: walk “happily”, sit “in a good mood”, run in a deliberately “exhilerated” manner. Even if it seems artificial and contrived to you, your body will send positive signals to your brain through your posture alone, and this will improve your mood. Support this training with the wingwave music; we call this combination the “happy wingwave walk”. The wingwave balance training can also help you to work this method into your everyday life. You will find wingwave coaches and wingwave trainers at www.wingwave.com.

Source: http://www.uni-wh.de/universitaet/presse/presse-details/artikel/unsere-art-zu-gehen-beeinflusst-was-wir-uns-merken/, seen on 05.05.2015 at 13:37

Your Return to the Pleasure of Movement

The days are warmer again, nature lures us outside. It could be more sport yet again, however, many people have the right intentions, but not the right actions. Children, on the other hand, –automatically love movement with ease, without any strings attached. They romp around and play when they can – it’s just fun for them. You go through a natural rhythm of relaxation, concentration on a particular toy, and then joy of motor activity. We’ve all experienced this natural joy of motion in the first years of life as a daily companion. From the beginning of school, the body receives the systematic command to “sit still” or it says: “the child cannot sit still, it still cannot go to school.” What do children think – even if they are not a “Zachary Philip”? “I am big, I can sit long – I must go to school!” Sitting is associated with this, even at the tender age of classroom success and career. Overall, our society has an ambivalent, almost divided attitude to the subject of movement. Of course, movement is healthy. On the other hand, it is regarded as an ornament of civilization, that man can sit for a long time: at school, at the dinner table, in the conference. This silence is rewarded by dominates it as polite and cultured referred. Children are so often reminded not to move around or to fidget, to be not so ‘wild’. So, movement is even linked with pejorative terms.

Every healthy person has 656 muscles, where they account for 40%, with the woman about 23% of total body mass in men. These muscles, through a well-developed muscle memory, are stored in the brain, in which more than 10,000 movements are represented. A simple example are processes such as riding a bicycle, which remain with us our entire life as “Flesh and blood”. Our muscles store various “commands” to harness, rest, relax and organise them reliably, at the unconscious level. We are talking here about muscle memory.

The prohibition of movement from childhood can block us in adulthood in terms of the phenomenon of “Muscle memory”. Many people in our society would love to move more, but are still blocked by a ban in doing so from childhood. In this respect, many people are not lazy, but only the urge to move is solidified at the unconscious level. This phenomenon in hypno therapy is called “Katalepsien”. Hypnosis can change the stored commands in the muscles and you remember again the fun and enjoyment of active movement. So, the return of movement pleasure can be achieved and “it works again!”. Sport, jogging, walking feels easy and good, long periods of sitting only create excruciating boredom. This works  at a unconscious level, naturally and automatically. Support with self-coaching is offered by the wingwave-Music, for example.

“There’s something fishy”

I travel from Linz after a brief stopover in Hamburg directly to Spain in the beautiful, colorful city of Barcelona. There I will give in the Institut Gestalt as a guest trainer wingwave seminars. Although, I have been teaching now for the fourth year in a row in Barcelona, something seems to me pretty much Spanish. “It seems Spanish to me” is the German saying for “there’s something fishy”. Of course there´s nothing “fishy”, but the proverb comes just to my mind. There is a German book of my friend and linguist Dr. Corina King Linek entitled “das kommt mir Spanisch vor” which means translated “It seems Spanish to me”. It deals solely and alone with Spanish proverbs in a humorous way and shows what happens, when they get translated literally. Great fun! Of course it´s similarly with English and German sayings. Germans do not know “A fat lot I care!”, for example. They say “das ist mir schnurzpiepegal”, this means something like “This is extremely constantly to me” But there also exist similarities! “Where there’s a will, there’s a way“ can be translated literally. In this sense, I am looking forward to my trip to Barcelona and wish to any reader that they find themselves now in the summer time some new energy for new ways.