Pain, perception and plasticity

In this week’s blog I am going to discuss the subject of pain.  Nobody is immune to pain, we all suffer or have suffered with varying degrees of it.  In recent years we have and continue to see the growth and research in the field of pain science and neuroplasticity.Is pain “in your head?”Neuroscience has researched thoroughly and it is widely considered in the area of pain science that pain is created by the brain and projected on to [...]

Cells that fire together, wire together

“Cells that fire together, wire together.” The power of Somatics & Neuroplasticity.  In this week’s blog I am going to discuss the fascinating and ever expanding (no pun intended!) subject of Neuroplasticity.Back in 1949, the psychologist Donald Hebb became known as the father of the field of Neuropsychology and created the expression “cells that fire together, wire together.”  He introduced us to the subject of Neuroplasticity.So what is Neuroplasticity?  Basically it is a general term used to describe the fact that the [...]

Mood And Food!

The key purpose of Total Somatics is to improve awareness to your health and well being.  When we develop the principles of Somatic Health and Well being, we realise the importance of heightening our awareness to how we feel, sense, move, think, perceive, speak and eat.  In today’s blog we are going to look at how food can be a benefit or detriment to our health.The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that mental disorders are now the leading cause [...]

Is Sugar controlling you?

Sugar is something we cannot avoid nowadays, it’s everywhere.  We find it in foods, drinks, sauces, spices and medication.  It may be labeled as sugar or given a different name such as high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, agave, maltose or rice syrup.  Each of these variations still create a blood sugar surge before dropping, with us wanting another blood sugar level boost.In today’s blog, we are going to look at how sugar influences our brain and other body [...]

What is the difference between Stretching and Pandiculation?

Pandiculation and stretching are very different.  In today’s blog I am going to discuss the differences between the two and provide a very interesting video to show the science behind pandiculation and why it is a much more intelligent process to release and lengthen chronically tight muscles. When I teach pandiculation to clients, they look intrigued how such small intricate movements can have such a profound effect on muscles.  We live in an era where the expression “No pain, No gain” or [...]

The Technology Generation and Brain Development

The use of technology has mushroomed over the last 20 years.  The fantastic advancements in technology has enabled us to communicate with people globally and made areas of our life so convenient.  Thanks to technology you are able to stream the Total Somatics online programs (www.TotalSomatics.com) onto your computer and TV screens in the comfort of your own home.But in other areas of our life have we allowed ourselves to become reliant on technology to the point that it [...]

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 [...]