Peripheral movement counters the tendency to pull inward on ourselves. When we are open, we expand and that is one of the secrets to anti-aging. Follow along as I share with you some of my anti-aging tips from my Doctor Lynn’s Anti-Aging Yoga Dance online class.
At the edge of your being is one of the secrets to anti-aging.
At the outer edge of our being we use peripheral movement to put movement intelligence into our fingers and toes. That is, the mind initiates movement from the most distant body parts. This way, we stay open rather than pulling inward. With peripheral movement we get multiple benefits such as energy isn’t wasted, flexibility increases, and muscles operate in their correct span and can do more useful work. Flexibility and muscle movement are components of anti-aging.
Peripheral movement counters the tendency to pull inward on ourselves. For example, sit up tall, but stay relaxed and lift your arms. If you pay careful attention you may find that you tighten your neck when you lift your arms. We call this central movement. Now push up through your fingertips as you raise your arms and you will notice that the movement is felt from the finger, or the periphery, with less tightening of the neck and chest. We call this peripheral movement.
Peripheral movement is healing because movement occurs peripheral to controlling muscles. There are 3,000 nerve receptors in each one of your fingers. Consciously tapping into the peripheral nerves allows energy to flow more efficiently throughout your body. And this promotes anti-aging and healing by reducing inflammation, over exertion and pain.
Balance can be a major issue as we begin to age. In fact, it is the main cause of falls and hip fractures. Maintaining balance depends on information received by the brain from three peripheral sources: eyes, muscles and joints, and vestibular organs. All three of these information sources send signals to the brain in the form of nerve impulses from special nerve endings called sensory receptors.
There are more nerve ending on your fingertips, toes, lips and tongue than anywhere else in your body; so, if we are connecting from the peripheral, we are improving our sense of balance and improving our sense of balance is anti-aging.
When you move your hand, motivate it with the pads of your fingertips. Feel the movement travel through the arm, shoulder, chest. Then let it flow down the torso, through the center, down through the legs and feet, and into the toes. This way, the whole body stays open and strong.
It’s worth exploring peripheral movements, for not only is it good for muscle strength and balance, but it reminds us to be comfortable using our entire body. No amount of monetary wealth measures up for being comfortable in the way we feel and use our entire body.
Periphery – On the edge
Peripheral means situated on the edge of something. Your fingers and your toes sit at the peripheral of your physical being, but just because they are the farthest extraneous part of your body shouldn’t diminish their importance. Each day seek to embrace your entire body by thinking about all the things your hands and feet do for you. They allow you to explore, touch, and feel the beauty of life body, mind, and soul, and this keeps us open to all of life, and being open to all of life is what gives us the flexibility to stay youthful, vital and, strong in good times and bad. Bless your hands and feet today. They have so many places to take you and so many wonderful things to touch, and that makes peripheral movement anti-aging.
Catch my next blog, “Why you should squat more and sit less to anti-age.”
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Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Natural Health and an N.D. with an emphasis in Aromatherapy, herbology, and nutrition. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist and an adjunct Professor at LMU. She is a published author, has appeared on numerous radio shows and TV networks.