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 [...]

The Importance of Belly Breathing for Stress & Pain Reduction

In this week’s blog I am going to discuss the strong link between stress, pain and belly breathing. You will learn how stress occurs within our mind and body, how this translates to pain and why belly breathing is an important approach to reversing many stress and pain related issues. Stress Stress certainly doesn’t need much of an introduction. We have all endured various levels of stress in our life and we can guarantee it will occur again. But is it [...]

How Somatic Rib Release techniques can help with Back Pain

The combination of stress, a sedentary lifestyle and being easily available via social media, email and text messaging has created a low to medium level of pressure for people globally. In today’s blog we are going to consider an area of the body which is impacted by these factors and is often forgotten, yet it holds a great deal of tension and contributes towards headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain.The RibsYour rib cage is an amazing part of your [...]

Break Workplace habits which trigger Pain

In today’s blog we are going to consider a common environment for back pain, the workplace.Over the years, in our careers we encounter an element of habituation. This could be sitting at a desk all day, maybe working in a trade as a plumber, electrician or builder. These activities require people to distort their bodies into different position to deal with a task. Often in the early days of our career, we may suffer with intermittent pain. As the [...]

Brain Training to Ease Pain & Improve Mobility

In today’s blog I am going to discuss how learning life skills can help deal with pain and limited mobility.Consider this famous quote, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This quote sprang to mind during the week because conversations with my online, in class and clinical clients revolved around how Somatics empowers and educates people in all areas of their health and well [...]

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 [...]

How to beat Back Pain

Do you suffer with back pain?  Do you find that activities are becoming a greater challenge because your muscles and joints won’t move as freely as they once did?  You’re not alone, it is estimated 540 million people around the world suffer with lower back pain.  This is a major health issue and according to The Lancet “most back pain sufferers are treated in the same manner that is not consistent with best practice treatment guidelines.”   Is there a [...]

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 [...]

It’s in the way that you Walk!

Do you find that you are suffering with discomfort on one side of your body?  Maybe it is your hip?  Is it your knee?  Do you find one side of your back appears to ‘flare up’ and create pain on a regular basis?  In today’s blog we are going to consider how the way we stand and walk can have a huge impact on our overall health and well being.  At the end of this article, I have included [...]

Feeling exhausted? In pain? Overwhelmed? CREATE TIME FOR YOU!

I am sure like most individuals, you have many commitments and sometimes a limited amount of time in the day. In today’s blog we are going to discuss how we can CREATE time in our schedule to care for our own health needs. Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed and at times ‘chasing your tail?’  Do you feel that you have little time for yourself?  Do you feel this is beginning to impact on your sleep patterns, energy, posture and pain [...]