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How to reduce muscle tension without stretching

Hello, how are you keeping? As many of you are aware from life experiences and also heightening your awareness with Total Somatics' blogs and podcasts, stress and worry can create large amounts of muscle tension. I am sure you have encountered times when your mind starts ruminating on concerns and worries and within a short amount of time you become aware you are holding your body tense and tight. Did you know that your brain controls the program [...]

The Missing Link within the treatment of Back Pain

In this blog, I will be delving into the subject of back pain.  We will consider situations within my clinical practice and how you can take those lessons and apply them into your own situation. The buzz word! For many years I've heard the latest buzz word, from “weak” to “fragile”  to “activate” and the list goes on!  One buzz word and opinion which has been around for many years is to strengthen muscles to treat back pain.  If you are [...]

Is it Good to Stretch?

For many years people thought stretching was the solution for tight, tense muscles. However the tide is turning and researchers are now starting to realise that it actually creates more problems and injuries. In today’s blog we will consider why stretching is being considered an outdated technique. Injuries caused by Stretching For many years we heard ‘experts’ say to stretch before exercise. Then a few years ago the advice changed from stretching before exercise to slowing warming muscles through gentle movement. [...]

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 [...]

Getting to the ROOT CAUSE of Pain & Stress with Somatics

Somatic Movement and Education continues to mushroom in popularity as an approach to reducing pain and improving mobility throughout the world. The powerful effects felt from Somatics is thanks to our amazing mind and body, in particular our nervous system. In this blog, we are going to look at what the main parts of our nervous system do and how Somatics can help support a healthy and resilient soma (mind and body). In order to fully understand your amazing soma, [...]