1. Floorwork doesn’t require a warm-up. It is a warm-up! You spent your first few months of life wiggling around on the floor as you prepared for life in a human body. You got this.
2. You don’t need the right outfit. You don’t even need to change out of your pajamas. Definitely don’t style you hair. If you sleep in the buff, I trust you to figure out what is right for you.
3. As far as movement goes, the energetic commitment of this habit is extremely low. Floorwork is like watching a time-lapse of a restless night but then making it really pleasurable. You don’t even need to think about form or engagement. We are talking about establishing a practice of good morning wiggles, stretches, and massaging your body into the floor. This is about as LOW EFFORT as it gets, so get down there.
4. It’s a movement commitment that you can keep. A one song a day Floor Flow habit is the antithesis of hard core training. It’s more like, ‘I’m gonna discover how LAZY I can be and still check off the box that says ‘I moved today’’. Sure, you can go hard afterwards, but getting started is usually the hardest part of any movement commitment. Why not start your day with something that crazy easy AND beneficial?
5. You’ll know if you are doing it right. The floor and your body will tell you. Are you treating the floor with care? Are you doing things that feel super nice? Then you are doing it right! The word Hyggelig sums up the Floor Flow vibe. It also means “ "a pleasant and highly valued everyday experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness and a spontaneous social flow"*
If you are one of those people who REALLY wants to make sure you are doing it right, here are some tips for getting started:
Take off anything restrictive, but make sure you feel cozy and warm.
Put on some chill music that relaxes your mind and slow your breath. Or, enjoy the sounds of your environment.
Do your best to clear the area of anything you may kick or knock over
Once down there:
Stretch it out like you just woke from a solid sleep (or the way our four-legged friends stretch and tremble after resting—this is known as pandiculation).
Go slowly. When you think you are moving slowly, slow down some more.
Feel your breath. Feel how your breath changes your connection to the floor and exhale alll the way out.
Writhe: move your joints like to wanted to wring out the tension. Move your whole spine like it was slowly trying to escape your body.
Glide your hands and feet along the floor.
Touch your body. Use your hands to warm your flesh and feel your structure.
Give your weight to the floor. Release and let your head be supported.
Commit your focus to the experience. If your mind wanders, notice it, and bring your focus back to your connection to the floor, your breath, and your movement.
Remember that this session is a gift to yourself. Your attention gives it value.