Do you ever have trouble unwinding after a long day? Can’t seem to quiet your mind for meditation? Chicagoans can now find both restful mediation and flexible pilates at the West Loop studio, Anatomy Redefined. In addition to pilates, yoga and meditation, the studio also offers Sound Therapy, that provides a relaxing hour to center your mind and relax your body. Elizabeth Meador, Sound Practitioner and Owner of Anatomy Redefined started the studio in 2016, and since then has gained loyal followers who find center and community at Anatomy Redefined. Take a peak inside, and learn more about the relaxation of sound therapy…
What led you to start this studio?
I started Anatomy Redefined because I wanted to create an urban oasis where people could receive the benefits of sound healing and self-care in a way that was approachable and understandable for the modern person.
Living out West for years studying various healing modalities, I noticed how everyone is extremely health-focused and how many businesses catered to this lifestyle. I also noticed a bit of a void in Chicago in this department. When I moved back to Chicago I made it my mission to create a space where more health and wellness focused services would be available to help people relax and re-connect with the simple pleasure of living.
What can people expect when they visit for the first time?
When clients visit for the first time, they can expect to be taken on a total sensory journey. Everything in the studio from the celestial-inspired decor to the candle scents and herbal tea helps clients to instantly relax and escape the daily hustle and bustle. For sound meditations, clients enjoy individual feather beds, wool blankets and lavender eye pillows to keep them comfortable as they enjoy the soothing sounds. During pilates classes, gentle music is played as they challenge their muscles and finish with a live-music sound meditation. All classes are kept small so that clients get to know each other and feel right at home.
Why is it called a gong “bath”?
There is definitely no water involved in this “bath!” It is called a gong bath because you are figuratively “bathed” in the soothing sounds and palpable vibrations of the gongs and quartz crystal singing bowls. It’s truly a full mind-body experience.
What do you hope people feel when they leave one of the therapies?
When people leave the various classes and services I offer, I hope they feel calm, more deeply connected to the world around them and have a general feeling that everything is going to be okay. When we get stuck in our heads we can all too easily fall into the trap of trying to mentally control every little aspect of our lives. I work to help clients get out of their heads and into their bodies to stop THINKING so much and start FEELING more. When you get out of your head, you gently begin to “let go” and more easily flow with whatever is thrown your way.
How should we integrate gong baths and sound therapy into our existing fitness regime?
Everything at the studio revolves around sound and sound healing techniques. Most of us find time to care for ourselves physically with exercise, green juice, yoga etc. but forget to care for ourselves energetically. The therapeutic instruments I use including planetary gongs and quartz crystal singing bowls, work on an energetic AND physical level to help open new energy channels in the body, soothe the nervous system and help to restore literal harmony to your body/mind/spirit. When blended with mindful movement, you are ensuring your whole self is being nurtured and balance is being restored. This is especially important in our fast-paced, technology-driven world which can leave us feeling exhausted and drained.
What are your tips for first time meditation?
- Find a time that works for you – Whether in the evening or morning, pick a time that works for you and your schedule. Try to be consistent with sitting at the same time every day in the same space. This helps your brain to get in the habit of anticipating and more readily embracing this quiet time.
- Always begin with some gentle stretching – Stretching your muscles and connecting with your breath helps to open your energy channels and makes meditation a much more natural and enjoyable experience.
- Practice, practice practice – Start with 2-3 minutes when first meditating and very slowly build up to about 20 minutes. Meditation is a daily practice, so be patient with yourself!
- If you want to learn more about meditation, talk to an instructor, join a class or try listening to a guided meditation. There are many different ways to meditate it’s just a matter of finding what works for you!