What can you do to release muscle tightness and discomfort around your ribcage?

In the Southern hemisphere we are currently in spring, with many recovery from a very bad bout of influenza and respiratory problems. In the Northern hemisphere, you are approaching the winter coughs and colds. So in this week’s blog I am going to discuss how we can develop tightness through and around the muscles of the ribcage and what we can do to release the tension. So what are intercostal muscles? Intercostal muscles are several groups of muscles which run between [...]

seated somatics

POSTURAL AWARENESS TO HOW YOU SIT

SOMATIC IN SEPTEMBER - WEEK 2 According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, prolonged sitting should be considered within occupational health and safety policies and practices just like other elements of posture. The mushrooming effect of health issues associated with prolonged periods of time sitting at the work station are concerning. Many of my clients have resorted to stand up desks to help with this issue. This is great, but for many hours each day people are sitting for large [...]

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 [...]

mindful somatics

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, [...]

somatics mind

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 [...]