The Benefits of Somatic Breathing

Today I am going to discuss the importance and benefits of Somatic breathing.  Breathing is a subject which I find clients have many questions about.  But one question which jumps out to me is,“There are lots of breathing techniques to help improve the quality of my breath.  But which one should I really be trying?  It’s very confusing.”It is a good question.  I would agree there are lots of breathing variations out there.  But I always encourage them to [...]

Do you REALLY have control over your coordination and posture?

In previous blogs I have discussed how our internal awareness to the way we move and control our muscles can be very challenging.  But why?  Surely as intelligent adults we have full control of how we move our body.  Unfortunately this is not the case!  In today’s blog I am going to discuss what this awareness actually is, why we cannot control certain muscles and how we can REGAIN coordination and control areas of our body which have been [...]

The close relationship between Stress and Inflammation

In my previous blog I discussed how we can self manage chronic pain.  Many would agree that one of the main causes for chronic pain stems from inflammation.  But interestingly enough, scientific research in recent times has shown a strong link between stress and inflammation.  I’m sure you would agree that the words inflammation, anti inflammatory, stress and anxiety are expressions used a lot in modern day society.  So it is no surprise that these two key words, ‘stress’ and ‘inflammation’ are [...]

BACK PAIN RELIEF

Self management of Chronic pain

From time to time we may suffer with pain.  But for some, pain is a daily issue which can overwhelm and restrict their quality of life.  Chronic pain can last way beyond the expected time for healing and repair following surgery or a trauma.  To deal with chronic pain certain pharmaceutical drugs such as codeine or other opioids are administered.  Research by DC Turk on ‘the clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of treatments for patients in chronic pain’ revealed [...]

mindful somatics

Somatics, brain plasticity and visualisation

Today’s blog will consider how we can use neuroplasticity to work in harmony with our somatic movements and visualisation.If you attend my classes either in person or through the Mindfulness with Total Somatics online programs, you will know that I often discuss these three subjects and highlight how we actively work on them everyday.Sometimes when we are new to somatics, want to create differentiation to the brain (eg, change the speed of our movements) or suffer with chronic pain, [...]