Mindful in May – Week 2

I hope you've had a good week. This week we are going to delve into another area of mindfulness. Check out my 1 minute video below to learn more. As an additional point, check out the big kangaroo in the background, he wasn’t too happy with me standing near his patch!!Task 2 - Mindful of Posture and Movement during your day. We are creatures of habit. We perform the same activities, day in and day out. Sometimes these habits can [...]

Mindful in May – Week 1

Wow! I can’t believe we are in to May already! It means only one thing! That’s correct, Total Somatics will be focusing on the Theme of ‘Mindful in May’ for the next 5 Wednesdays. The purpose of this theme is to encourage you to take stock and think about your daily activities. Each week we will look at different ways to be mindful and create a Somatic lifestyle so we can glow and flourish from the inside out.Below is [...]

The Power of Pandiculation

In todays’ blog we are going to look at why the three step process used within Somatics known as pandiculation helps to release chronically tight muscles which reduces pain, allows you to move freely and improves your posture. Pandiculation Pandiculation is such a funky word and It rolls off the tongue! Pandiculation is the 3 step process used within somatics to release chronically tight muscles to allow for free movement, improved posture and a reduction in pain. Let me explain what [...]

Somatic Movement is Medicine

In today’s blog we are going to consider why Somatic Movement is so beneficial for our Somatic (mind & body) health & well being. “The mind’s first step to self awareness must be through the body.” - Dr George A Sheehan How many times have you woken in the morning and taken your first few steps only to notice the level of tension you have in your body? Often we may notice the restriction in our movement and the level of pain [...]

The Benefits of Mindful Somatic Movement

In today’s blog we are going to look at how Mindful Somatic Movement is beneficial on many levels. If you are a regular reader of my weekly blogs you will know that Somatic Movement is fantastic for reducing pain, improving posture, increasing mobility and allowing people to continue or resume activities they love to do. However today we will look at how Mindful Somatic Movement can work on a deeper level. The Benefits of Improving Awareness Mindful Somatic Movement is very [...]

How to improve Posture

In this week’s blog we are going to look at how we can improve posture. With permission from my clients, I will also show you posture photos of clients before and after somatic movement, so you can see the huge shifts in muscle tension and structure. Getting to the Root Cause For years we have been encouraged to stretch out muscle tension. We have been encouraged to use hard foam rollers to roll on tight muscles or stretch our chest muscles [...]

How to develop Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the ‘in’ word at the moment. It has become trendy to tag the word mindfulness on to virtually everything! In today’s blog we are going to actually look at what it means to be mindful and see how we can apply it to our daily life. Working from Within If you practise mindful somatic movement or have recently started reading my blogs and intrigued by what it is, you will know that I often talk about mindset and our [...]

Creating Healthy Habits for Good Physical & Mental Health

In today’s blog we are going to discover how creating healthy habits is imperative for good physical and mental health. The Close Link between Physical & Mental Health The Total Somatics Approach to Health & Wellness Online Program (www.TotalSomatics.com) looks at mindset, mindfulness, somatic movement and nutrition in great detail. The knowledge you gain within the program heightens your awareness to how your mind and body are closely connected, you cannot deal with one exclusively. I am sure you have experienced [...]

How to Develop a Somatic Approach to Daily Activities

In today’s blog we are going to consider the postural reflexes which your brain will produce from stress, poor habits and injury, just to name a few. With this information, let’s consider how we can develop a mindful approach to our daily activities with this knowledge and move forward knowing how we can prevent recurring injuries and pain.If you have joined The Total Somatics Approach to Health & Wellness Online Program at www.TotalSomatics.com, you will definitely know through the [...]

How our Mindset influences the Perception of Pain

In recent years Pain scientists and neuroscientists have declared that our mindset heavily influences our perception of pain. In today’s blog we are going to delve into this fascinating area and understand why this is true.The Brain’s Filtering System Within your brainstem (the unconscious part of your brain) lies a region known as the Reticular Activating System (RAS). The RAS consists of a bundle of nerves which start at the top of the spinal column and extends upwards by approximately [...]