lower back pain

The Vicious cycle of back pain and limited range of movement

Do you find that you often suffer with back pain? You take a visit to the physio, chiro or massage therapist and feel relief, only for the problem to arise again within a short space of time?  You are not alone!  Many feel the same way.  As a massage therapist myself, many clients often comment that they float out of my clinic room on cloud 9 feeling a reduction in pain, only to tumble back down to earth within [...]

lower back pain

BACK PAIN – What can you do to deal with it?

Lower back pain is a very common complaint and is affecting people of all ages, from children to the elderly.  The 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study estimated that low back pain is among the top 10 diseases and injuries that account for sick days globally.  According to the study, the lifetime prevalence of non specific (common) low back pain is estimated at 60-70% in industrialised countries.  Although the prevalence rate for children and adolescents is lower, this figure [...]

visualisation techniques

Visualisation- Does it really work?

(Plus my own visualisation process to help you get started with yours)!Visualisation or motor planning is an expression I use and explain in detail with the Total Somatics online programme.  It is a fundamental component to changing our neuroplasticity with somatics.  We use visualisation to access a certain function or mode in the brain to bring the sequences to the forefront BEFORE we actually perform the movements.Neuroscience has clearly identified this as a key feature to how sports people [...]

Can We Change Our Genes?

We know from previous blogs and the Total Somatics online programme that our brain and body are not “set in stone” with what we start life with.  We know that at birth we begin as a set of reflexes created by our subconscious.  But as soon as we are born, our conscious mind starts to absorb new information and that is when cortical learning begins.  We have witnessed how amazing babies are at mimicking and learning from their surroundings.  [...]

Part 1 – Somatics and Mindful practise

How Mindfulness and Somatics has helped me When we develop mindfulness, we switch our focus from a “doing” state to a “being” state.  This results in a greater awareness and focus in to what we do, think, say and our intentions.  Somatics involves reeducation of the muscles so they can move freely and under our conscious control.   This is in contrast to the poor habitual neuromuscular patterns which affect our movement, postures, thoughts, intention and actions; heavily influenced by our [...]

Hydrating Your Body

As our goal to live a some somatic or holistic lifestyle involves good nutrition and water consumption, lets look at some reasons for staying hydrated.   Energy levels Water is crucial for the body.  Dehydration causes the enzyme activity in your body to slow down.  This has an impact on your energy levels; causing tiredness and fatigue. Skin Health The skin is the largest organ of the body.  When we become dehydrated, it affects the elimination of waste and toxins through the skin.  This [...]