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In last week’s blog I encouraged readers to replace old, outdated beliefs on stretching for educated ones.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 [...]

Reducing Tension & Pain with Somatics

Have you ever felt so anxious, overwhelmed or annoyed that after the event you feel completely exhausted and your body feels like it has been through an ordeal with specific symptoms?In today’s blog we are going to look at how stress can create disharmony for our mind and body. We will also look at why Somatics is growing in popularity as an effective Mind and Body tool to reduce tension and pain. Feeling the pressure In modern day society we hear [...]

Week 1 – Somatic In September

What it means to be Somatic & how it can help with Pain and Limited Mobility During September I will be teaching you how we can be somatic during this month and beyond.Allow me to explain what we will be discussing this week in the following video....Developing Somatic awareness Firstly, what does it mean to be “Somatic” or “Somatically aware?”To be “Somatic” means to be able to observe, sense and feel our internal sensations. When we become “Somatically aware” we are able [...]

How Somatics can Reduce the Symptoms of Sciatica & Back Pain

In this week’s blog we are going to look into the subject of sciatica and back pain. In order to know how we can tackle the issue, we need to know what it is, how we can prevent it and if we do develop it, what we can do to treat it. Sciatica Sciatica is one of the most common types of pain, however many people have very little understanding about it. In today’s blog we will delve into the subject [...]

The Benefits of using Somatics to Ease Muscle Tightness Before & After Exercise

If you are involved with a sport, repetitive activity or suffer with muscle tightness and pain, did you know Somatics can help you ease your discomfort? In this week’s blog I am going to explain why Somatics is fantastic to add into your fitness regime to allow your muscles to fully release. Thus, helping you to gain greater power and improve recovery time. Working intelligently with your muscles For many years people have stretched, tugged, yanked, twisted, drugged, heated, cooled and [...]

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 [...]