Many studies have supported the link between meditation and positive health outcomes such as brain function, memory, anxiety reduction, digestion, pain management and immune system function. Stillness Meditation Therapy or SMT is a simple meditation practice that merely asks you to sit for a while, relax the physical body and let go of any expectations. “As the body relaxes, the mind will follow…”
BENEFITS OF MEDITATION
Meditation is especially helpful in calming the nervous system which has several benefits, including:
- Lowering blood pressure,
- Reducing heart rate,
- Reducing inflammation,
- Managing stress
- Reducing anxiety
It has also been shown to promote the body’s own healing processes, which are often compromised by our modern fast-paced lifestyle.
WHAT MAKES SMT DIFFERENT?
SMT is different to other forms of meditation by its simplicity.
Cynthia Bartolo says, “There are no mantras, images, sounds or movements. SMT guides you into ‘letting go’ of mental noise and physical tension. Besides promoting deep relaxation during the session, SMT helps to ‘train’ your brain and body to achieve more long-term composure and anxiety relief. No caves or monasteries required!”
“Many people think that they cannot meditate as the act of being still is foreign or uncomfortable for them, as it was for me when I first started. With this in mind, I have custom designed sessions using the principles of SMT.” Cynthia explains. “I like to think of it as Meditation for Real Life.”
During sessions, Cynthia will gently guide you to move through any resistance and into a place where the mind can rest. She will support you by placing warm, reassuring hands on your shoulders at intervals during the meditation session: that will help you to move deeper into stillness. This therapeutic use of touch is unique to the SMT technique. (hands on is optional)
ORIGINS OF SMT
SMT was developed and studied by the late Melbourne psychiatrist Dr. Ainslie Meares in the 1950s. After seeing the benefits that meditation had on his patients suffering from anxiety and other conditions, Dr. Meares travelled around the world to explore Eastern meditation practices from a medical perspective. He is credited for bringing meditation to Australia and into mainstream medicine. His work has continued on through former student Pauline McKinnon, founder of the SMT Training Centre in Kew and the Meditation Association of Australia.