I initially opted out of offering BodyCombat in-studio. “Combat” sounded diametrically opposed to the studio’s Dream big. Desire more. mantra… filled with fluffy white clouds and messaging of self-love, healing, and empowerment in fitness.
As fitness into healing has run course through my life and as it starts to run course through the lives of others in-studio, I have begun to see the role BodyCombat can (and will) take at Star’s Locker…and for women around the world.
I will jokingly describe BodyCombat as the class where it’s socially acceptable to punch and kick, but there is some truth and need to that.
In MindBody Code, Dr. Mario Martinez identifies the “causes of health” as:
- exalted emotions (such as compassion, joy, and love);
- elevated cognition (focusing on what’s positive); and
- righteous anger (allowing yourself to feel angry when your innocence has been violated).
While the first two seem obvious, the latter needs some unpacking. When we are controlled, restrained, abused, raped, or simply dimmed down unnecessarily or inappropriately, our righteous anger builds and tends to have no outlet. We may convince ourselves we have moved on, but mental acceptance is not the same as emotional healing. Emotional healing happens when the emotion stored deep in the tissues has the appropriate outlet and opportunity to release.
While there are many bodywork practices that assist in bringing stored emotions up to the surface – Yoga, meditation, reiki, massage, aromatherapy, righteous anger invokes a sense of powerlessness, weakness, and often helplessness. Righteous anger flares up when the innocence of someone around us, or our own innocence, is threatened.
We must allow ourselves to feel our righteous anger when appropriate and take some kind of healthy action that is suitable to the situation. Sometimes that might mean waiting till we get home to blow off some steam.” ~Christiane Northrup
Or, that might mean waiting until you get to a BodyCombat class…
In light of recent news, it becomes important to emphasize that violence or any form of assault, attack, or lashing out against another is never acceptable, excusable, or warranted. This is why it becomes important to find a safe, healthy, and effective way to release this negative emotion and prevent it from polluting our bodies and well as the greater collective.
One in three women have experienced being raped, sexually abused, or physically assaulted. If you have been raped, or felt violated to the point where your sense of security was shattered, you know it manifests in your pelvis. Our bodies literally feed off our emotions. Recovering our power becomes a central theme in healing our wounds and in reestablishing our overall sense of security.
Your beliefs and thoughts are wired into your biology. They become your cells, tissues, and organs. There’s no supplement, no diet, no medicine, and no exercise regimen that can compare with the power of your thoughts and beliefs. That’s the very first place you need to look when anything goes wrong with your body.” ~Christiane Northrup
We build our health and wellness through our power to feel our emotions and to change our thoughts, beliefs, and our actions. BodyCombat is a terrific training ground for restoring our sense of personal power to feel, heal, and change…while serving us as a high-intensity cardiovascular tool in our fitness arsenal.