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 [...]

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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 [...]