visualisation techniques

Visualisation- Does it really work?

(Plus my own visualisation process to help you get started with yours)!Visualisation or motor planning is an expression I use and explain in detail with the Total Somatics online programme.  It is a fundamental component to changing our neuroplasticity with somatics.  We use visualisation to access a certain function or mode in the brain to bring the sequences to the forefront BEFORE we actually perform the movements.Neuroscience has clearly identified this as a key feature to how sports people [...]

Can We Change Our Genes?

We know from previous blogs and the Total Somatics online programme that our brain and body are not “set in stone” with what we start life with.  We know that at birth we begin as a set of reflexes created by our subconscious.  But as soon as we are born, our conscious mind starts to absorb new information and that is when cortical learning begins.  We have witnessed how amazing babies are at mimicking and learning from their surroundings.  [...]

Part 1 – Somatics and Mindful practise

How Mindfulness and Somatics has helped me When we develop mindfulness, we switch our focus from a “doing” state to a “being” state.  This results in a greater awareness and focus in to what we do, think, say and our intentions.  Somatics involves reeducation of the muscles so they can move freely and under our conscious control.   This is in contrast to the poor habitual neuromuscular patterns which affect our movement, postures, thoughts, intention and actions; heavily influenced by our [...]

Hydrating Your Body

As our goal to live a some somatic or holistic lifestyle involves good nutrition and water consumption, lets look at some reasons for staying hydrated.   Energy levels Water is crucial for the body.  Dehydration causes the enzyme activity in your body to slow down.  This has an impact on your energy levels; causing tiredness and fatigue. Skin Health The skin is the largest organ of the body.  When we become dehydrated, it affects the elimination of waste and toxins through the skin.  This [...]

Fear And Your State Of Mind

Here is brief description of fear, neurophysiology and how we can create stored emotional reactions.Our brain is wired to non consciously create a "self fulfilling prophecy." An area of the brain known as the amygdala plays a crucial role in the fight or flight response (stress response). If the amygdala is excessively sensitive and fires off a "danger" signal, it will automatically alter ongoing perceptions so that they appear threatening. This may be a basis for phobias and other [...]

Digestive Health and Somatics

  “All disease begins in the gut.” Hippocrates (460-370BC). The statement made by Hippocrates all those years ago is now being proven true by scientists today.  As science and research continues in this fascinating area of health, it is being widely recognised that gut bacteria and its actions is an influential determinant of homeostasis (state of balance). The growing understanding of the influence of bacteria in the gut is becoming one of the biggest breakthroughs in modern medicine.  The action and behaviour [...]