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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Can your emotions shape who you are?

In this article we are going to explore the relationship between Emotion, Mindfulness and Somatic awareness. It is a question that many people have wondered over the years.  With modern scientific research and state of the art machinery, we are able to understand the complexity of the human body and brain to a greater degree than ever before.  It is a very exciting time to be alive, watching the field of neuroscience in particular mushroom with evidence.Considering we have all [...]

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Taking Control Of Anxiety

We may currently or have previously suffered with anxiety. Maybe we know somebody close to us who suffers with anxiety. Anxiety is very common and has been reported as the most common mental health disorder with approximately 1 in 13 (7.3%) of the world’s population suffering with anxiety. Thankfully nowadays people are becoming more enlightened and talking openly about mental health disorders/illnesses. With high profile individuals such as Prince Harry, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge highlighting mental [...]

Neuroscience behind Mindfulness practice

The mindfulness sessions are having a profound effect on your neurological health.  MRI scans show that after just 8 weeks of mindfulness practice, the area of the brain linked to the “fight or flight” response appears to shrink. This part of the brain is called the amygdala.  It is an old part of the brain which links primitive responses to external events.  It is involved with initiating the body’s response to stress.As the amygdala begins to shrink, the higher [...]