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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Holiday Face Slide

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written. If you’ve noticed and wondered why, it’s because I have been diverting my attention to the upcoming launch of The Bridge Letters. The Bridge Letters is a project I’ve been working on since 2007. It is a surrogate, co-creative process for healing and I’m very excited to tell you that it will finally be launching this week, so stay tuned for that announcement. For the moment, I can simply tell you that working on the Bridge Letters has been one of the most emotionally powerful experiences of my life. It has affected me to the core of my being and I’m hoping that when it’s released that many people will benefit by it.

For today however, I want to talk about letting the holidays slide off your face! : )

Holiday Face Slide

I have this little trick I use if I’ve been celebrating too much. ‘Celebrating too much’ is, of course, a euphemism for not getting enough sleep, eating too many sweets or too much rich food, running around like a crazy woman trying to get holiday preparations together bellowing out Christmas songs as I go, and also imbibing.

I don’t do all of these things at once, but occasionally I’ll do a few of them back to back and feel gross, rundown and a little toxic afterward–especially if the singing gets out of hand. There’s only so much Winter Wonderland a body can take.

When I find myself in that sluggish situation, reeling from the consequences of stress or poor choices, I usually fortify my health with a shot of wheatgrass juice and then sit comfortably and let my face slide off. If I do it right, it works like a charm and I feel refreshed and recharged.

I think if it works for me, it might also work for you when you need a little TLC. And let’s face it, when are we more in need of TLC than at this hectic time of year!

Care to learn how to do the Face Slide? It’s very easy and in case you’re concerned, the wheatgrass juice (or butt grass juice as my kids call it) is completely optional.

The Face Slide is based on the idea that we carry more tension in our faces than we realize and that somehow the rest of the body responds to the state of tension in the face. My theory is: relax the face and the whole body follows. I haven’t done, or read, any studies on this, although after practising it for years I did hear a coach mention that the one thing he tells his Olympic skiers before their run is, “Make sure your face is relaxed!” So clearly, I’m not the only one who believes this is effective.

Here’s how you do it. Try it now if you’d like.

Simply get comfortable and notice your face. Notice the muscles of your cheeks, are they relaxed? Are you holding them in a state of readiness? Notice your forehead. Is it relaxed or is it tight? Notice your jaw. Is it resting easy or clenching? Sometimes just bringing your awareness to those muscles allows you to release the tension. If it hasn’t released already, consciously make your face muscles passive. Allow them to hang where they are. Imagine that your facial muscles are sliding slowly and gently where gravity would take them. Release all control of those muscles. Feel the tension dripping out of your face. Stay in this state for five minutes or more, taking deep relaxing breaths. You should notice that your whole body relaxes and that you feel more centred.

That’s the Face Slide and it’s my gift to you this season. It might take a few times to get the hang of it, but trust me, it’s worth the effort. You don’t have to be sitting either. A Face Slide is also great, maybe even better, when lying down.

If I wake up early feeling groggy, I find it’s good to do the Face Slide and then go back to sleep. When I do, I usually wake up fully refreshed. I use it in the day as a check in with myself, to centre, or regroup. I have even used it in sports, such as right before I address the ball in golf, or when I play more demanding sports, such as holiday shopping, I’ll do it just before I enter the mall.

I hope you find many uses for it as well. And I hope it serves you as well as it serves me!

Best of the season to you,

Crystal

Copyright 2011, Crystal Eves Inc.

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