Does Strengthening Your Core & Stretching Really Ease Back Pain?

For many years it has been a common belief that strengthening the core muscles and stretching helps to ease back pain. In today’s blog we are going to consider this and see if old beliefs are still relevant or if the recent scientific research is highlighting something very different. Creatures of habit If you are a regular reader of my blogs you will know I often refer to actions of the human race as “creatures of habit.” We all have our [...]

What does your Posture reveal about you?

Posture and pain often go hand in hand. In today’s blog we are going to consider what our posture reveals about us and how we reverse and reduce the issues we may be currently dealing with. Somatics looks at how your brain communicates to your muscles, so with this mind, I would like to discuss posture and pain from a Clinical Somatic Educator’s point of view. What is Somatics? Somatics involves internal awareness with movement. Somatic education and movement empowers and [...]

What is Somatics? Frequently Asked Questions, ANSWERED!

I receive many questions about Somatics. At conferences, workshops, online and in clinic, people are wanting to know as much as they can about Somatics. Clients find the benefits are fantastic, from releasing muscular tension and tightness, to improving posture and increasing mobility. So when clients feel the benefits, they want to learn more so they can tell others! As a result of this happening often, I have created a blog to specifically answer frequently asked questions. If you have [...]

Mindful in May – Week 2

I hope you've had a good week. This week we are going to delve into another area of mindfulness. Check out my 1 minute video below to learn more. As an additional point, check out the big kangaroo in the background, he wasn’t too happy with me standing near his patch!!Task 2 - Mindful of Posture and Movement during your day. We are creatures of habit. We perform the same activities, day in and day out. Sometimes these habits can [...]

The Power of Pandiculation

In todays’ blog we are going to look at why the three step process used within Somatics known as pandiculation helps to release chronically tight muscles which reduces pain, allows you to move freely and improves your posture. Pandiculation Pandiculation is such a funky word and It rolls off the tongue! Pandiculation is the 3 step process used within somatics to release chronically tight muscles to allow for free movement, improved posture and a reduction in pain. Let me explain what [...]

How to Develop a Somatic Approach to Daily Activities

In today’s blog we are going to consider the postural reflexes which your brain will produce from stress, poor habits and injury, just to name a few. With this information, let’s consider how we can develop a mindful approach to our daily activities with this knowledge and move forward knowing how we can prevent recurring injuries and pain.If you have joined The Total Somatics Approach to Health & Wellness Online Program at www.TotalSomatics.com, you will definitely know through the [...]

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 [...]

Muscle Pain, Tension & Tightness – What can we do to Remedy the Issue?

With advances in technology, we have become skilled with modern scientific and medical discoveries. We are able to video conference people from the other side of the world at the click of a button. However we are a world becoming reliant on pain relief for the mushrooming incidences of musculoskeletal problems. What has happened? What can we do? Empower, Enhance and Educate The following statement by Benjamin Franklin is so true, “An Investment in Knowledge pays the best interest.” When we invest in [...]

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 [...]