Increasing our Somatic awareness to the brain and gut connection

In this week’s video of Total Somatics: ‘Mindful in May’ released on Monday 22nd May on the Total Somatics Facebook page (available on You Tube after May 2017) we considered applying mindfulness to our eating habits.  In today’s blog we are going to delve deeper and increase our somatic awareness to just how important the brain and gut connection truly is.Your gut is an amazing part of your body because it is known as ‘the second brain’ due to [...]

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The power of your mind

Neuroscience and psychology have long talked about the power of the mind and how our internal dialogue plays a huge role in our emotional, physical and mental health and well being.  In line with this week’s Total Somatics: ‘Mindful in May’ Facebook video series (posted on Monday 15th May), we will look at the science behind our thoughts and emotions.  We will see how the expression from the late Wayne Dyer, “It all begins with how we choose to [...]

How is your posture?

In this blog we are going to explore the subject of posture and biomechanics.  Total Somatics has a weekly ‘Mindful in May’ video series on Facebook (which can also be found after May 2017 on the Total Somatics You Tube channel).  This week the Total Somatics Facebook video discusses mindfulness with our posture and biomechanics.So let’s start by looking at our posture.  The main part of our anatomy which influences our posture is the spinal column.  When viewed from [...]

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Can your emotions shape who you are?

In this article we are going to explore the relationship between Emotion, Mindfulness and Somatic awareness. It is a question that many people have wondered over the years.  With modern scientific research and state of the art machinery, we are able to understand the complexity of the human body and brain to a greater degree than ever before.  It is a very exciting time to be alive, watching the field of neuroscience in particular mushroom with evidence.Considering we have all [...]

Somatics: Brain training to reduce stress, anxiety, pain and move freely

From studying Thomas Hanna’s work we are able to gain a deeper level of understanding around the amazing yet complex Human mind and body, which Thomas refers to as the SOMA.  Thomas Hanna refers to their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and well being as their SOMA.  The word Soma comes from the Greek word meaning the body, which is inclusive of the soul, mind and psyche.The purpose of Somatics is to create movement integration back into the [...]

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Taking Control Of Anxiety

We may currently or have previously suffered with anxiety. Maybe we know somebody close to us who suffers with anxiety. Anxiety is very common and has been reported as the most common mental health disorder with approximately 1 in 13 (7.3%) of the world’s population suffering with anxiety. Thankfully nowadays people are becoming more enlightened and talking openly about mental health disorders/illnesses. With high profile individuals such as Prince Harry, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge highlighting mental [...]

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Reducing Muscle Tension & Tightness WITHOUT Stretching

How do we reverse habitually tight muscles which cause pain and limited range of movement without stretching?  It appears to be heavily promoted as the answer to creating a better result for our musculoskeletal health?  But is it?  Consider these two experts in the field of Musculoskeletal health. Video transcript from Dr. Steve Gangemi “The other thing a lot of people like to do when they injure an area… is to stretch the area. When you injure muscles, when you injure [...]

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The Vicious cycle of back pain and limited range of movement

Do you find that you often suffer with back pain? You take a visit to the physio, chiro or massage therapist and feel relief, only for the problem to arise again within a short space of time?  You are not alone!  Many feel the same way.  As a massage therapist myself, many clients often comment that they float out of my clinic room on cloud 9 feeling a reduction in pain, only to tumble back down to earth within [...]

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BACK PAIN – What can you do to deal with it?

Lower back pain is a very common complaint and is affecting people of all ages, from children to the elderly.  The 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study estimated that low back pain is among the top 10 diseases and injuries that account for sick days globally.  According to the study, the lifetime prevalence of non specific (common) low back pain is estimated at 60-70% in industrialised countries.  Although the prevalence rate for children and adolescents is lower, this figure [...]

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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 [...]