How to Keep Your Brain & Body Active!

The Total Somatics Approach to Health & Wellness Online Program at www.TotalSomatics.com educates and empowers you within the area of health and well being. If you are logged in to my online program, you will know how often I discuss the importance of Neuroplasticity,  the process which increases neural connections within your brain.In today’s blog we will consider why our brain is amazing. By using it in a methodical and intelligent manner you can reduce pain, improve posture, increase [...]

Why Pandiculation NOT Stretching Reduces Pain, Improves Posture & Increases Mobility

Over the years we have been told that stretching will help reduce pain and improve our health. However with scientific research, an increased knowledge in the area of pain science and neuroscience, old beliefs around the subject of stretching are starting to be questioned.  In today's blog we are going to look at the science behind stretching and why pandiculation is a much more effective and natural way of releasing muscle tension, reducing pain, improving posture and increasing mobility. The [...]

The Neuroscience of Somatic Mindfulness

The Total Somatics Approach to Health & Wellness Online Program involves mindfulness throughout the program. In today’s blog we are going to delve into the fascinating world of neuroscience and see the link between how our brain works with Somatic Mindfulness. The Importance of Mindfulness If you have been following my  Total Somatics FREE Challenge or are planning to, you will know from the videos and material I supply how important Mindfulness is in our daily life. The fantastic labour saving [...]

The Total Somatics FREE Challenge

I hope the first few days of 2019 has been a good start for you.  To support your new year intentions and resolutions, I am really excited to announce The Total Somatics FREE Challenge.  I wanted to create a challenge which will provide skills and knowledge to help towards designing a 2019 full of good health and wellness.Would you like to learn skills which will reduce your pain, improve posture, increase mobility and allow you to return to the [...]

How Important is Posture? Are Posture and Pain Related?

You may read this blog title and immediately say yes! You are correct! However in this week’s blog we are going to look at how posture and pain can change according to many factors. We will look at various postures and learn how we can change the habits we develop which may be contributing towards pain. Posture In my clinical practice I see a lot of clients and the most common questions are, “What is a good posture? How should I [...]

Does Stretching Really Work?

In last week’s blog I encouraged readers to replace old, outdated beliefs on stretching for educated ones. As you can imagine, it created quite a stir! Many individuals agreed because they have researched the topic themselves. However others informed me that their health care practitioner advises them to stretch. Today we are going to look at the science and medical studies behind stretching.The amazing point about medicine, science and the human body is that we are always learning. As [...]

How to Get the Best Out of Somatics & Reduce Pain

Over the years, I have received emails from people around the world asking how Somatics can help them. I also get people who find their muscles cramp and spasm with certain day to day movements. In this week’s blog I discuss how to get the best out of Somatics, reduce pain and work mindfully. I explain how we can avoid movements triggering muscle cramps and spasms. Replacing Old, Outdated Beliefs for Educated Ones Over the years the expression “No Pain, No [...]

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 [...]