Reducing Tension & Pain with Somatics

Have you ever felt so anxious, overwhelmed or annoyed that after the event you feel completely exhausted and your body feels like it has been through an ordeal with specific symptoms?

In today’s blog we are going to look at how stress can create disharmony for our mind and body. We will also look at why Somatics is growing in popularity as an effective Mind and Body tool to reduce tension and pain.

Feeling the pressure

In modern day society we hear the expression “stress” and “anxiety” used a lot. Thankfully people are opening up and talking about their emotions rather than suppressing them (CHECK OUT MY BLOG ABOUT REPRESSED EMOTIONS BY CLICKING HERE). How can negative emotions and stress create such a detrimental effect on a person and affect how they function on a daily basis?

If you are a regular reader or have joined my online program, you will know that the mind and body are heavily linked. When we either encounter or we relive a negative emotion, there are huge changes in the actions and behaviour of our muscles, gut and skin. Negative emotions, either present or reliving the past creates visceral (deep down) sensations. If we are reliving a past stressful event, the way our internal environment responds will mimic the way it reacted during the original event. Regular exposure to stressful situations or recalling past traumas or stress will change the neural landscape of the brain. The brainstem which is the subconscious portion of our brain will become primed and active to sad or angry. Consider how we use the following commonly used expressions to associate emotions with feelings: “I felt hollow inside”; “”I felt sick to the core”; “It made my skin crawl”; “I felt like my stomach was in knots.”

There is so much happening subconsciously when we are stressed which translates into our body. When we are constantly stressed, our mind and body are on high alert, waiting for imminent danger.


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If we are constantly on high alert, we react in our posture and behaviour with fast, startled responses to the slightest noise, behaviour or sometimes the littlest of irritations. My online program at contains videos which explain stress on your mind and body in greater detail and how the dominant stress postures we see in society develop. Stress affects sleep patterns and as we learned last week in my blog, sleep is vital for good health. To read my sleep blog, CLICK HERE.

Taking back control of your life

When we allow ourselves to become stressed, we feel overwhelmed and helpless. One client said she felt she had lost control of her life and felt emotionally worn down. Maybe you have felt like that at times? Like my client, you too can learn skills which help you to take back control of your life. I created The Total Somatics Approach to Health & Wellness online program in 2016 and continue to add more material to keep my members up to date with somatic health and wellness. I have taken what I have taught my clinical clients, workshops/classes and created an online program for clients around the world. My qualifications are in somatic movement, neuropsychology, neurophysiology, stretch therapy, Pilates, neuromuscular science, mindfulness, nutrition and mindset. I have compiled an online program which delves into all these areas. Over the years I have seen clients who practise somatic movement as a mechanical exercise, they learn the movements and think that is all they need to do. However, as I have briefly discussed earlier in this blog, stress comes from the mind/brain and translates into the body, likewise the body can have a huge effect on our emotional and mental health. The mind and body cannot be separated. I will teach you how to combine somatic movement with somatic mindfulness and mindset skills.

The Total Somatics Approach to Health & Wellness Online Program at starts by teaching you how to increase your internal or somatic awareness. With a layered learning approach, skills and cues, I will teach you how you can actually sense and feel how your body should move and how to allow your mind and body to fully rest. The skills I teach you online and the ‘somatic living’ series within the online program will teach you skills which will help you take what you’ve learned in your practice to daily activities. The purpose of my online program is to educate and empower you with your health. As we know, Knowledge is power. When we have knowledge, we have greater potential to control our lives, knowing what we feel and using the skills taught within the online program to self regulate and self correct. By developing somatic awareness, we become mindful to changes within our mind and body. Regular somatic awareness and self correction strengthens the prefrontal cortex, which is associated with focus, awareness, concentration, decision making and emotional intelligence. When we change our daily habits, we change our neurobiology and start to live in a mind and body which is able to become objective in daily situations, rather than get caught up in the stress and dramas created by people, the media or our own situation.

Would you like to learn how you can change your lifestyle with somatic movement, mindfulness and mindset skills? Would you like to learn what I have taught clients over the years which has improved their emotional, mental and physical health? Learning somatic movements is great, however, when you join my online program, you will learn much more. For instance you’ll learn how you can heighten your internal awareness to how your body is moving and behaving. Then with the skills I teach you, you will recalibrate your mind and body to work in harmony and more efficiently. In order to give you the highest quality of material, content and information, I periodically upload new material so you keep your finger on the pulse with somatic movement, mindfulness and mindset.

If you would like to learn more about Somatics, CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD MY FREE EBOOK.

When you join my online program, you have access to the material 24/7. So wherever you are in the world and whatever your schedule may be, you can log on and get started at a time convenient to you. If you want additional support or advice, I am available for Skype consultations. Within this session we can discuss your specific issues and any questions you may have.

I look forward to introducing you to this very popular and extremely effective mind and body practice.

Take Care,
Heidi Hadley xx

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