What can you do to release muscle tightness and discomfort around your ribcage?

In the Southern hemisphere we are currently in spring, with many recovery from a very bad bout of influenza and respiratory problems. In the Northern hemisphere, you are approaching the winter coughs and colds. So in this week’s blog I am going to discuss how we can develop tightness through and around the muscles of the ribcage and what we can do to release the tension. So what are intercostal muscles? Intercostal muscles are several groups of muscles which run between [...]

Can physical symptoms and habitual behavioural responses be due to repressed emotions?

I am sure you have experienced stress and anxiety over the years and noticed a link between your emotions and the physiological effects on you. This is not a coincidence. In today’s blog I am going to discuss why symptoms and behavioural responses can be due to repressed emotions. Many doctors will tell you that over their years in clinical practice they notice many patients exhibiting physical problems due to repressed emotions. So how exactly would we define repressed emotions? [...]

Do you REACT or RESPOND to stressful situations?

SOMATIC IN SEPTEMBER WEEK 4 Do you REACT or RESPOND to stressful situations? We know from the Total Somatics online programs at www.TotalSomatics.com that our mindset plays a huge role in our physical health. Check out my introductory video below and then let me develop this subject further. Reacting or responding to life events are very different. Let me explain some basic neurophysiology as to what happens when we react or respond to a situation. The Brainstem and Limbic System are two areas of [...]

AWARENESS TO YOUR BREATHING

SOMATIC IN SEPTEMBER WEEK 3 In this week’s blog I am going to bring your awareness to the depth, rhythm and quality of your breath. My online program at www.TotalSomatics.com discusses in greater depth the subject of breathing. But as I have created the theme “Somatic in September” for Total Somatics, I would like to increase your somatic (mind and body) awareness to your breathing for this third week of September. Breathing is an automatic function which we can take for granted, but [...]

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POSTURAL AWARENESS TO HOW YOU SIT

SOMATIC IN SEPTEMBER - WEEK 2 According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, prolonged sitting should be considered within occupational health and safety policies and practices just like other elements of posture. The mushrooming effect of health issues associated with prolonged periods of time sitting at the work station are concerning. Many of my clients have resorted to stand up desks to help with this issue. This is great, but for many hours each day people are sitting for large [...]