How to reduce Stress with Somatic Breathing

Stress and anxiety are two very common issues people have to contend with nowadays.  In today’s blog we are going to consider the physiological benefits of somatic deep breathing.We know personally that when we feel overwhelmed or nervous,  taking a few deep measured breaths will help us to feel calm and relaxed.  Somatic deep breathing however has been shown to improve the health of your heart, brain, reproductive, immune and digestive system.  The exciting field of epigenetics is also [...]

What can you do to release muscle tightness and discomfort around your ribcage?

In the Southern hemisphere we are currently in spring, with many recovery from a very bad bout of influenza and respiratory problems.  In the Northern hemisphere, you are approaching the winter coughs and colds.  So in this week’s blog I am going to discuss how we can develop tightness through and around the muscles of the ribcage and what we can do to release the tension.So what are intercostal muscles?Intercostal muscles are several groups of muscles which run between [...]

AWARENESS TO YOUR BREATHING

SOMATIC IN SEPTEMBER WEEK 3 In this week’s blog I am going to bring your awareness to the depth, rhythm and quality of your breath.  My online program at www.TotalSomatics.com discusses in greater depth the subject of breathing.  But as I have created the theme “Somatic in September” for Total Somatics, I would like to increase your somatic (mind and body) awareness to your breathing for this third week of September.Breathing is an automatic function which we can take for granted, but [...]

The Benefits of Somatic Breathing

Today I am going to discuss the importance and benefits of Somatic breathing.  Breathing is a subject which I find clients have many questions about.  But one question which jumps out to me is,“There are lots of breathing techniques to help improve the quality of my breath.  But which one should I really be trying?  It’s very confusing.”It is a good question.  I would agree there are lots of breathing variations out there.  But I always encourage them to [...]