The Transition Alarm

by Brittiney George, BS, CRS, CEIM
Our world is full of bells, whistles, alarms, and lots noises that alert us to when it is time to get up and go.  In fact, most of us start our day off with an alarm (maybe 2 or 3 if you fancy the snooze setting).  When an alarm sounds, your body automatically gets “up”.  Your blood pressure and heart rate rises, and adrenaline starts to pump through your body preparing it for action.  This response mimics the fight or flight mechanism your body is naturally equipped with to keep you safe.  Many of us stay in this heightened state of awareness for most of our day. 

Take a moment to think of your day-to-day life.  What is its pace? Are there breaks or is it constant momentum?  How many different alarms interrupt your day (phone calls, messages, e-mail notifications, appointment reminders)?  After spending so many hours “up,” is it any wonder why it is so hard to unwind or come “down” at the end of the day? 

Staying in this heightened response state for long periods of time depletes the body and can lead to pain and fatigue.  Have you heard yourself thinking, “every time I go on vacation I get sick?”  Your body is letting you know, “I need more down time.  I need to move differently, at a different pace, in a different way more often. I need you to get back in rhythm with me.” 

So how do you reconnect to your internal rhythm when the pace of life may not slow down?  

One way is start to pay attention to your transitions:

  • How do you start your day?  Is it rushed, relaxed, quiet, or chaotic?
  • What is the pace of your day?  Is it fast, slow, nonstop, or quick stops and go’s?
  • What is your movement/pace like? Slow and steady, rushed, harried, easeful, confused?
  • What is it like going to and from places?  Is it hard to really arrive somewhere and be in that place? Do you feel pulled to be somewhere else?  Do you need extra time to arrive or to leave?
  • How do you end your day?  Is there a clear distinction between work life and home life?
Being aware of your answers to the questions above is your first step in being able to make changes for you.  Start small.  Play with different rhythms and movements and see what works.  For example, if you have a hard time not mentally bringing work home with you, try creating a closing ritual for the end of your business day to help transition from work life to home life.  This can be as simple as closing your space, computer, or office down the same way each night.  Find ways to explore turning off and tuning out so that you can tune in to your ideal life. 

For more ideas and information on transitions and finding your rhythm, see references below and continue to check in throughout the month on our Facebook and Twitter pages for additional ideas.  Happy Exploring!

Brittiney George, BS, CRS, CEIM is a Movement Practitioner who specializes in Rubenfeld Synergy and Infant Massage Education. She offers private sessions, movement classes, body-mind integration workshops, and infant massage education at the Resiliency Center.  She combines bodymind integration techniques with touch and gentle movement that honor individual choices and incorporates listening to the wisdom of the body for guidance to reduce stress and create new patterns of movement in the body. 

For more information or to schedule a session, please contact Brittiney George at 610-389-7866 or via e-mail at

Resources on TRANSITION 
Using Rhythm, Movement, and Connection

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Morning Transitions

Evening Transitions

Finding your Personal Rhythm

Bodymind Integration Work

Poetry Corner



by John Muraco
Moving pieces, fragmented lines, meandering thoughts.
Cascading waves of darkened notes dampening your every whisper.
Fear not the angst that lingers within. Causing the heart to flutter.
If it lays you out – still. . .
fear not.
For you, my beloved, are in a time of transition.  A shifting, movable, and malleable treasure that is in the process of refinement.
Intentioness refinement, seeking growth, ready to welcome positive change.
Emotions are of service, discomfort is transformed into undeniable energy, and the distant unknowns shall soon find their X on the map.
A pioneer within the fabric of your life, you embody the necessary skills to guide you to your next destination.
Be the compass.
Marking new territory, braving the crushing storms, seeking shelter and sustenance, gives you strength and forges your path.
May the Earth be your immoveable support.
May your heart be in union with purpose.
And your spirit steadfast.
May we all experience

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