Muscle Memory, Somatics and Stretching

In this week’s blog I will be discussing what muscle memory is and how Somatics is a much more efficient way to release tight and tense muscles than stretching.  Mindfulness with Total Somatics centres around releasing chronically tight muscles, reducing pain, improving mobility and providing skills to empower and educate you to take back control of you health and well being.  Mindfulness with Total Somatics (www.TotalSomatics.com) works at changing muscle memory.  What exactly is muscle memory?To begin with, there’s no [...]

Do you REALLY have control over your coordination and posture?

In previous blogs I have discussed how our internal awareness to the way we move and control our muscles can be very challenging.  But why?  Surely as intelligent adults we have full control of how we move our body.  Unfortunately this is not the case!  In today’s blog I am going to discuss what this awareness actually is, why we cannot control certain muscles and how we can REGAIN coordination and control areas of our body which have been [...]

The close relationship between Stress and Inflammation

In my previous blog I discussed how we can self manage chronic pain.  Many would agree that one of the main causes for chronic pain stems from inflammation.  But interestingly enough, scientific research in recent times has shown a strong link between stress and inflammation.  I’m sure you would agree that the words inflammation, anti inflammatory, stress and anxiety are expressions used a lot in modern day society.  So it is no surprise that these two key words, ‘stress’ and ‘inflammation’ are [...]

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The power of your mind

Neuroscience and psychology have long talked about the power of the mind and how our internal dialogue plays a huge role in our emotional, physical and mental health and well being.  In line with this week’s Total Somatics: ‘Mindful in May’ Facebook video series (posted on Monday 15th May), we will look at the science behind our thoughts and emotions.  We will see how the expression from the late Wayne Dyer, “It all begins with how we choose to [...]

How is your posture?

In this blog we are going to explore the subject of posture and biomechanics.  Total Somatics has a weekly ‘Mindful in May’ video series on Facebook (which can also be found after May 2017 on the Total Somatics You Tube channel).  This week the Total Somatics Facebook video discusses mindfulness with our posture and biomechanics.So let’s start by looking at our posture.  The main part of our anatomy which influences our posture is the spinal column.  When viewed from [...]

Somatics: Brain training to reduce stress, anxiety, pain and move freely

From studying Thomas Hanna’s work we are able to gain a deeper level of understanding around the amazing yet complex Human mind and body, which Thomas refers to as the SOMA.  Thomas Hanna refers to their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and well being as their SOMA.  The word Soma comes from the Greek word meaning the body, which is inclusive of the soul, mind and psyche.The purpose of Somatics is to create movement integration back into the [...]

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Taking Control Of Anxiety

We may currently or have previously suffered with anxiety. Maybe we know somebody close to us who suffers with anxiety. Anxiety is very common and has been reported as the most common mental health disorder with approximately 1 in 13 (7.3%) of the world’s population suffering with anxiety. Thankfully nowadays people are becoming more enlightened and talking openly about mental health disorders/illnesses. With high profile individuals such as Prince Harry, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge highlighting mental [...]

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The Vicious cycle of back pain and limited range of movement

Do you find that you often suffer with back pain? You take a visit to the physio, chiro or massage therapist and feel relief, only for the problem to arise again within a short space of time?  You are not alone!  Many feel the same way.  As a massage therapist myself, many clients often comment that they float out of my clinic room on cloud 9 feeling a reduction in pain, only to tumble back down to earth within [...]

Can We Change Our Genes?

We know from previous blogs and the Total Somatics online programme that our brain and body are not “set in stone” with what we start life with.  We know that at birth we begin as a set of reflexes created by our subconscious.  But as soon as we are born, our conscious mind starts to absorb new information and that is when cortical learning begins.  We have witnessed how amazing babies are at mimicking and learning from their surroundings.  [...]