How Somatics can help Anxiety

On Thursday 10th October 2019 it is World Mental Health Day. As an advocate for mental health awareness, I feel it is good to have a day to raise awareness and remove any misconceptions. So in today’s blog we are going to consider Mental Health and look at ways we can use Total Somatics to help alleviate certain symptoms. Mental Health Did you know that in 2017, globally it was estimated that 970 million people had a mental or substance use [...]

Somatic in September WEEK FOUR

Wow! Where have the weeks gone?! We are into our final week of the theme “Somatic in September.” How have you been during the last few weeks? This week I would like to add a new awareness to our theme. Let me explain more in the following video.  MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE If you are a regular follower of my blog posts on Instagram (total.somatics) or Facebook (Total Somatics) you will know that for many years I have used this expression, Movement [...]

Somatic in September WEEK TWO

Welcome to week 2 of Somatic in September! I hope you enjoyed bringing somatic awareness into your daily life by first and foremost focusing on creating a self care practise. Consider the following video as I discuss the theme for this week.THE POWER OF THOUGHT This week we are going to consider the power of your thoughts. Within your brain you have an area known as the Reticular Activating System (RAS). It acts as a filter which influences your perception on [...]

Somatic in September WEEK ONE

Total Somatics created the theme “Somatic in September” a few years ago. As we have already arrived in September (where has this year gone?!) we will continue this theme and consider different areas we can be somatic over the next few weeks. Check out my short video below and allow me to elaborate on this video afterwards….. https://youtu.be/DA0jP_zMwuw WEEK ONE - STOP & RECONNECT As I created this theme, I thought of how busy yet productive my year has been. How has your [...]

How to Reduce Stress & Recuperate with Somatics

When working with clients who have or continue to suffer with stress, anxiety or trauma involves a great deal of empathy, kindness and developing a delicate manner. Stress and trauma creates a huge impact on the nervous system. It changes the actions and behaviour of the muscular system due to the influence the limbic system (CLICK HERE to read more) and the postural reflexes have on a soma (whole person, mind and body). To read more about postural stress reflexes, [...]

Getting to the ROOT CAUSE of Pain & Stress with Somatics

Somatic Movement and Education continues to mushroom in popularity as an approach to reducing pain and improving mobility throughout the world. The powerful effects felt from Somatics is thanks to our amazing mind and body, in particular our nervous system. In this blog, we are going to look at what the main parts of our nervous system do and how Somatics can help support a healthy and resilient soma (mind and body).In order to fully understand your amazing soma, [...]

Why Movement is Medicine

Over the years whilst teaching clients about Somatic movement I have often use the expression “Movement is Medicine.” It is an expression I use often within my social media posts too (Instagram: total.somatics and Facebook: @totalsomatics). In today’s blog we are going to look at why movement is medicine. Mental Health Awareness I am sure you would agree we live at a time where mental health is being discussed openly and barriers are being broken down. However it is always good [...]

Mindful in May – Week 4

I hope you have had a good week. This week we are going to consider another aspect of Total Somatics' Mindful in May theme. Check out my video below as I discuss this week’s theme.Our mindset and self-talk play a huge role in the area of our Somatic (mental, emotional and physical) health and wellbeing. The way we view the world around us, interpret events, scenarios and interactions with people all comes down to our perception. We have two [...]

Mindful in May – Week 3

I hope you are enjoying your mindful practise and have had a good week. This week we are going to add another level of mindfulness and somatic awareness to your daily activities. Check out my 1 minute video below and then let me explain more.Our breath rate is a reflection of our central nervous system. If we notice we have short shallow breathing (which is not due to pregnancy or health related issues), we can actively slow down the stress [...]

The Power of Pandiculation

In todays’ blog we are going to look at why the three step process used within Somatics known as pandiculation helps to release chronically tight muscles which reduces pain, allows you to move freely and improves your posture. Pandiculation Pandiculation is such a funky word and It rolls off the tongue! Pandiculation is the 3 step process used within somatics to release chronically tight muscles to allow for free movement, improved posture and a reduction in pain. Let me explain what [...]