Are you ready to integrate more insight, clarity, and integration into your body and being? Constructive Rest Position is an effective relaxation technique that grows somatic awareness and unwinds excessive muscular effort. In fact, resting in CRP for just 5-20 minutes per day nourishes the Psoas muscle and the entire Nervous System.
To prepare, choose a time and space where you will be undisturbed. Turn off your phone, lower the lights, lock the door. Lie on the carpet, or line the floor with blankets or a yoga mat. You'll want enough softness that your bones can rest, but enough firmness that your bones can receive support (that is why lying on the floor is much better than a bed). Wear an extra layer if the air is cold.
Lie down on your back with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent. Fold a blanket or a towel one inch high and place it under the back of your head if you need extra support. Make sure the elevated support is behind your head, not under your neck.
Bring your legs and feet parallel to each other, hip-joint distance apart. "Hip-joint distance apart" refers to your hip sockets, located just inside your Ilium bones. If your knees fall inward or your legs feel like they are efforting to be in the position, you can place a small separator, like a ball in between your knees. The goal for this position is to arrive at a place where your body takes the least amount of effort to maintain your legs in position.
Adjust the distance of your heels from your bottom as necessary. You will know your "sweet spot" when you feel your weight pouring through the whole foot and when the pelvis is free to move.
Liz Koch, the author of Core Awareness, Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise and Dance, explains that constructive rest provides comfort, safety and ideal conditions to decrease excessive nerve excitation. She says, "Constructive Rest is a being position rather than a doing position."
Allow yourself to let go of doing and just be, as you are. Be with what is. Be for 5- 20 minutes. If it becomes painful or too effortful to be in the position, roll onto your side and curl into a ball, resting there. Then you may choose to try CRP again.
Now I want to hear from you:
-What happens for you in Constructive Rest Practice?
-Are there any new or old sensations, thoughts, or emotions that arise from your practice?
-How does it change your perception to JUST BE for 5 minutes?
Leave your discoveries and questions in the comment section below. Together our dialogue and collective practice will usher in the era of self-care!
From my heart to yours,