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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, [...]

Good Fats and brain health

Over the years we have been told to reduce our fat intake from foods.  But not all fat is bad.  There are certain foods very high in fat which is good for our body and in particular our brain.  What are these foods?  What kind of fat is good?Omega -3 fatty acids contain DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and are what our brain uses to build and continue to maintain its structure.  DHA can be synthesised when we consume foods containing [...]

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If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it!

The expression “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it” is very true in many areas of life, but today we are going to discuss your brain and how you can make it grow in size and activity. For many of my clients online or in person, you are aware that we always start our somatics practice with a soma or body scan.  Why?  What is the relevance for this?  Is it really necessary?  Can we just skip the scan [...]

Stop and smell the roses!

In line with this week’s Total Somatics’ Facebook video series ‘Mindful in May’ we are going to discuss how we can slow down and enjoy life; becoming mindful and savouring our surroundings. Your mind is absolutely amazing because it consists of conscious and unconscious mental activities and processes.  You can reason, think, understand, judge, analyse, empathise, sympathise and imagine/visualise.  We all have willpower (although that often needs working on!!), we can create intention, make choices and decide on an action. [...]

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 [...]