Do you know what Nordic Walking is?
I didn’t know it until around four years ago when it jumped in my life.
I was out for a kayak lesson and my coach asked to take a walkers’ group from a lake bank to the other one; then, the group started to walk…
Watching out them to synchronously walk was an amazing experience, it was just beautiful their rhythm; fascinating.
This walking practice has a complex technique that apparently makes us look walking in an odd manner: there are two sticks with their own gloves attached to there, but you can push a button and keep those gloves out. Then, you walk as a military march: the left leg contemporary to the right arm, and vice-versa. You don’t use the sticks putting those perpendicular to the terrain, you should use them in a way that allows you to maintain your arms almost straight and by launching them back your shoulder, your arms let themselves working as a spring. Your feet should have a specific way to ground their heels and then their extremity.
Moving your body or better try to move your body through these rules gives a great benefit.
Nordic Walking has a lot of good consequences to our health and wellness, regarding cancer recovering, orthopaedic treatments, heart disease, and mostly a great level of nature and good breathing enjoyment in groups.
So I got involved and started Nordic walking practice with a terrific (sic) coach, the same one that I saw that day on the lake.
What did I learn from her lessons and her very accurate gaze on our practice?
-1 an increased level of physical and mental consciousness: we should pay a lot of attention of any little gesture we do to get all the benefits.
Actually, in my work, my consciousness has been improved and gestures, seeing, voice tune strengthened their presence within me: I became much more aware of how my body moves and what does it tell me. Of course, it also meant the development of my attention to clients/supervisees, in front of me or online because I can feel my body through a more accurate perspective and perception.
This gives an unexpected input to my born out awareness: a perception of my limits. Indeed during Nordic Walking practice, I learnt to understand them, not every day would be the same for my body.
In order to boost our awareness, our coach recorded our training by an Ipad…
Pa – nick!
Can you imagine how we felt about re-watching us practising?
When my turn came, concentration on my body was the main thought, after an anxiety level to not be perfect, as if I should do public speaking.
Then we watched our performances altogether, for understanding errors and giving a try to be aware of what we were doing. A fantastic tool for learning.
– we watched our videos together to learn from each other, like a group supervision session, without any fear to be judged. Then, a great consciousness and also a lot of unbelievable Ah ah moments! And laughs!
We saw our actual way of practising: it was about how we actually did not about what we thought if we were doing. Believe me, very different!
As a consequence of that experience, in the willingness to improve my practice, with a kind client’s permission, I recorded our meetings and re-listening to it before we would do a new one. It was a fruitful experience for our meetings.
2- we learnt humility and compassion: humility, is needed for understanding limits in our work, compassion for the love of learning and development. Compassion and humility towards clients and supervisees are important during the meetings.
3- a greater level of motivation and determination for learning: there wasn’t a competition between the group’s member, however, it was a self-competition about moving our limits a little step over the previous one.
This last one is the fire under supervision sessions and to lifetime, an improving level of motivation and determination to learn, to move our limits to a goal is a fundamental factor in doing our best practice for clients and supervisees.
4- attention to limit with compassion and comprehension
But… much more awareness towards our body also means much more accurate attention to our tiredness level, or discomfort for workplace situations, or some life events that drained our energy affecting the practice and our recharging capacity.
Sometimes we told to the coach: today I am feeling fine, next time I’ll do better. As practitioners, we would like to be able to say ourselves the same: this moment I am at my best.
5- Detailed attention to rhythm and time=attuning.
Keep in mind, she told me that my right leg landed some seconds later than the left one and she wanted to understand why…Oh oh! We worked a lot for this specific matter because that mistake drove me to have a wrong rhythm in my walking.
Now you can understand why I told you that my coach is terrific! I appreciated her talent to bring out the best from each of us.
This is right what I do with clients and supervisees: improving their self-esteem and trust towards themselves.
She always suggested us to allow our body to do what it needed to do: we perceive by and through our physical perceptions in our practice. Trust your body=trust your inner skill to guide yourself.
My body became my best teacher in what I should do or don’t do: this is the reason how practising Nordic Walking helped me to become more self-aware of a born-out risk. Now I know that I need to walk to clarity or understanding, mainly in the group where our chat capacity, while we are walking, has improved in a high level 😉 and we can chat about everything. In the walking meetings we share, laugh and reflect! A good walking group is a very good way to avoid isolation and thoughts loop on the work.
Are you looking forward to starting a Nordic Walking course? Above some useful links!
I am very interested in knowing what your experience will be!
And, the last thing, if you will be a guest in my b&b for counselling, I will arrange a meeting with my terrific coach! ☺