“Most people go to someone else to‘ fix’ them through hands-on therapy. There is a better way.”
What is Somatics?
The term ‘somatic’ means ‘relating to the body’– think about the word psychosomatic, where physical conditions are caused, or exacerbated by emotional responses. But what is somatics today?
The therapy of ‘somatics’ was created in the 1970s by neuroscientists, Thomas Hanna and Moshe Faldenkrais.
Since then it has developed into a globally-recognised qualification, and is practiced the world over by osteopaths, physiotherapists and other body specialists who treat dancers, sports people, the elderly…and anyone with muscular pain.
Movement for self healing
Don’t move a muscle. It’s hard isn’t it, because most movement is involuntary – we don’t consciously think about it.
Most muscular pain derives from permanently-contracted muscles, which is formed by habitual bad posture, poor sporting technique or caused by trauma or on-going stress.
The exercises we teach in somatics are based on ‘pandiculation,’ a yawn. Try a yawn and feel what happens in the jaw, neck, chest, shoulders and face; you may even notice tightening in your arms and hands too. This is the essence of somatics: the process of tightening, holding, then letting go.
During the sequences of slow, precise and gentle micro movements you are consciously (and voluntarily) contracting and relaxing the targeted muscles, as opposed to unconsciously (and involuntarily) contracting them as a result of bad movement, trauma or stress (or all three).
By doing this you are sending sensory feedback to the brain and creating new patterns; you are retraining your mind to release muscular contractions that you’re not even aware of.
But this can only be done in a relaxed state with full intention and constant focus, which is why you feel super relaxed after every somatics session.
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The results of regular practice are:
- heightened sensory awareness of the muscles
- more balanced posture
- wider range of movement
- reduction of fatigue
- the ability to reach a deeper state of relaxation…
…ultimately providing freedom from pain.