The Power of Somatics before Sleep

Years ago I qualified and worked in the field of Neurophysiology. An area which I thoroughly enjoyed and specialised in was sleep and sleep disorders. It was always amazing to watch how the brain activity on EEG recordings were markedly different with sleep deprived and fully rested patients. In today’s blog we are going to understand why the brain needs sleep and how using somatics can help shape the neural landscape of our brain. Sleep Sleep is a very important part [...]

How Somatics can help with Scoliosis & Back Pain

Would you like to know how to reduce your back pain? Do you feel you are in a constant cycle of taking pain killers and relying on therapists to ‘fix’ you, only to return a short time later to be treat the same issue again?In today’s blog we are going to consider how Somatics can help with back pain and in particular scoliosis.What is Scoliosis? Scoliosis is a side bending or lateral curvature of the spine. Scoliosis can present with [...]

The Power of Pain, Perception, Emotion and Moving Forward

In this week’s blog we are going to look into the area of pain and why some people feel pain to a greater degree than others. We will consider how the brain interprets pain and what we can do to reduce the symptoms. Pain According to The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), pain is defined as‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. It is not just a physical sensation. It is influenced [...]

How your Emotions and Mindset can influence Back Pain

In today’s blog I am going to explain why there is a strong link between emotions, mindset and back pain. Over the years in my clinical practice I have seen a strong correlation between a client’s mindset, daily habits, behaviours and their level of pain. To support my own discovery, copious amounts of research has and continues to be released. Let’s look at why they are all related….. The mind - body connection If you are a regular reader of my [...]

Finding light at the end of the tunnel.

Learn how to become Pro-active in the area of stress and anxiety.  In today’s blog we are going to delve in to the subject of anxiety, depression and stress.  We will consider triggers and long held beliefs which may affect one’s mental and physical health.  We will then look to see how we can be pro-active with an epidemic which appears to be increasing each year. The Statistics According to a study conducted by the World Health Organisation, 300 million people [...]

What is Anxiety? What can we do to deal with it?

Globally more than 300 million people suffer with depression and 260 million suffer from anxiety disorders, many of whom live with both. The World Health Organisation found that these disorders cost the global economy US$1 trillion in lost productivity each year.With the recent World Bipolar Day on 30th March 2018 and the World Health day on 7th April, it is very important to raise awareness of this global health issue. In today’s blog we are going to look at [...]

Are you in tune with your Mind & Body?

Over the years many people develop injuries, undergo surgeries and encounter stress and health diagnoses which contribute towards added pressure and trauma to their SOMA or whole person. In today’s blog I am going to discuss how we can overcome this issue and I have provided a 45 minute detailed soma scan with arch and flatten to increase awareness to how your soma is moving, sensing and feeling. Family Dynamics Firstly I am going to discuss family dynamics. If you find [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]