After two years of co-founding and co-running a new restaurant, Mariana decided she wanted to learn how to improve her ability to manage the pressure, tension and stress she experienced daily.
Mariana learnt to notice where she held tension in a part of the body and how to let it go. She practised expanding her body attention using her breathing and letting go by contracting and releasing the tense muscles.
By expanding her body attention, Mariana was able to notice her physical response to stress at work. She learnt to pick up when she breathed superficially, or when she tensed her shoulders while cooking. In doing she practised letting go of her shoulders while cooking and paid attention to breathe more fully too.
In a few weeks Mariana experienced less physical discomfort, a sense of relaxation and greater ability to concentrate. This gave her more energy to manage her intense workload more effectively and a lighter perspective on her day-to-day tasks. She also gained more capacity to learn how she automatically reacted to colleagues and how to stop these responses.
“Many thanks Charlotte! The sessions have been really useful and I’m enthusiastic because I see results!”