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What do your facial micro-movements reveal about you?

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Facial Expressions – an essential way to communicate Did you know that your face can reveal whether you would have the tendency to freeze, flee or fight when under stress? We all know that our body language – including our facial movements or expressions – give away information. It is an essential part of how […]Read more

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Spontaneous movements – let your body be the guide

Taijiwuxigong and spontaneous movements Spontaneous movements are an integral part of Taijiwuxigong, the system of exercises that my teacher, Dr Shen Hongxun has developed. Our body is moving ‘spontaneously’ all the time: blood is flowing, heart is beating, stomach is digesting food, muscles are contracting and relaxing, etc. All these movements are going all the […]Read more

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Breathe into your belly

Find the centre of your body and breathe. The resting point in your body is in your abdomen, more specifically in what we call the lower Dantien. The Dantien is about 4 finger widths below the navel and 4 finger widths inwards. In this blog article I already wrote about this and describe various techniques that […]Read more

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What does it mean, to relax?

How do you relax? We often talk about #stress and #stressmanagement, especially when we are confronted with #burnout or similar conditons. But we don’t ask ourselves the question what it means to be really relaxed. When we want to relax, we might go and collapse in a comfy chari or sofa. But are you really […]Read more

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Power poses for personal presence

How we stand affects our speech and conveys our self-image. We need to be aware of our stance and when the time is right, use those power poses. As you know I’m a coach and trainer for 3 Plus International which provides programs for high potential women and companies who believe in gender balance. You might […]Read more

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Body language and posture, a podcast

The importance of body language and posture I’ve made a podcast on body language with a fellow coach, Dennis Fredrickx from The Happiness Factory. Topic was body language and posture. You can listen to it here. Dennis and I talk about the importance of being able to really feel what is happening inside your body, […]Read more

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Breathing problems? Keep your neck long and shoulders down.

Be aware of your shoulders and neck position when you do breathing exercises When you learn breathing exercises you will be told to keep your shoulders down and relaxed. Which is certainly an important element. If the shoulders are raised your diaphragm is pulled upwards which makes it more difficult to breathe properly. The position […]Read more

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Good posture, important for your spine, important for your health

Good posture, better back We all know that good posture will relax your back and open the spinal column. The muscles in the back loosen up and you will have less tension and pain. And you also look better when you are standing and sitting straight! The vertebral column carries our weight. From a young […]Read more

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Are you too much in your head? Think about your belly.

Get into your belly Sometimes we feel like things are getting too much for our head to take in. Or we feel like we’re continuously thinking, analysing, judging. Or we worry all the time. And we get so tired of all that thinking… Sounds familiar? Keep reading here – article I wrote for 3 Plus international. […]Read more

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Psoas muscle? What’s that?

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Psoas muscle and why it’s important Some years ago I became aware of the importance of the psoas muscle whilst practicing the taiji form. I could feel a stretch from the inside of the leg all the way up to the middle of the spine and even up to the neck. It also had an […]Read more

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