Tikva is a form of exercise
and relaxation method that
rests on a Christian foundation
Tikva is for those who want to live a balanced life for spirit, body and soul.
Simple body exercises for increased mobility and flexibility are interspersed with Bible verses to relaxing music specially written for Tikva. The combination helps you slow down, change negative thoughts and conveys hope to your whole being.
The word of God grounds us in truth, and helps us to focus on the character and nature of God. It is alive and active, and when integrated with exercise, contributes to the renewing of our minds, and perspectives. That’s why during a Tikva session we read encouraging Bible verses that build up and give positive images of the participants and their environment.
Relaxing music to create a calm and inviting atmosphere for participants. The music of Tikva is specially written for Tikva by Fredrik Larsson.
Tikva aims to impact your entire being, the whole of who you are. The body movements are an essential part of this, and are easy, effective exercises that promote increased mobility, improved breathing, and increased blood circulation, which promote flexibility and stability.
Vad är Tikva?
Är Tikva samma sak som yoga?
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The movements in Tikva are developed in consultation with a physiotherapist and are designed with the aim of promoting increased blood flow in muscles that are usually affected by muscle tension and stiffness. The movements are performed at a leisurely pace, where the participant adapts movement output to their own ability. The movements contribute to increased mobility, reduced stiffness and improved proprioception (movement and position sense) and body awareness.
Breathing – connection to the nervous system and stress.
Breathing is a function controlled by the body’s self-governing system, also called the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic reacts to stress and the parasympathetic is mainly activated at rest. Calm and slow deep breathing has been shown to directly affect the autonomic nervous system by lowering the heart rate. This leads to an increased activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, which contributes to the body prioritizing recovery and building up the body’s own reserves. Studied effects of this are lowered heart rate, blood pressure and reduced levels of stress hormones. In addition, food digestion and bowel movements increase.
Encouraging words and silence
Tikva sets aside time for silence. During Tikva, the participant gets to listen to relaxing music and words of encouragement, which are life-giving and uplifting. Words can have great meaning and affect our mood and thoughts.
“Kind words are like flowing honey, sweet to the soul and healing to the body” (Proverbs 16:24)
It is the combination of body movements, breathing, encouraging words, specially written instrumental music and silence that together contribute to the positive effects of Tikva. On the one hand, the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system is significantly greater if the deep breathing is performed in conjunction with calm, dynamic body movements. In addition, the words and specially written instrumental music also contribute to peace of mind, lowered heart rate and a reduced stress level.
“Peace of mind gives life to the body, envy is rot in the bones” (Proverbs 14:30)
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