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The somatic athlete knows how to recover and rejuvenate simply using the brain and body together.
You don’t have to be an athlete. Having the desire to master your body’s signals lets you take care of most any pain, discomfort, and stiffness.
After all, it’s our natural birthright to move well.
Of course, you have to maintain this ability which is afforded through the act of pandiculation or in the ways we’ve systematized somatics exercises.
Not having the range of motion you think you oughta have?
Is the stiffness, lack of mobility getting in the way to feel free again?
Are you’re left limping or struggling to move comfortably?
You see, a somatic athlete knows to pandiculate out stiffness and high tension levels more quickly so she can return to her favorite activity or have less down time recuperating.
A somatic athlete plays the inside game of going into the body and the nervous system where the flow of information can be managed and updated like software.
Starting with your brain’s motor cortex, you can regulate tension levels along feedback loops of information.
You can feel and watch how a certain intention to move is followed by the movement you’re focusing your attention upon.
Much like an advanced athlete who uses visualization, guided imagery and meditates on a particular course or series of purposeful actions or movements which could occur.
The brain is now highly engaged.
Your intention to move sets up the brain’s motor cortex to learn how to move more successfully. You can program better movement by going cortical.
After the learning has occurred, the program shifts to the lower brain so you can use it without as much thought.
A somatic athlete uses her brain to change the output of the negative signals she feels.
She’ll go cortical by using her intention and get out of discomfort and improve her feelings of well-being since she is at the place where you can change and affect the output of information the brain sends down to the muscles and movement system.
In time, you can master life-long comfort and the maintain the ability to use your body wisely and happily.
The opportunity to use using the brain’s cortex so you can feel fully relaxed, recuperated and rejuvenated is available on any moment’s notice when you set the power of intention as your starting point.
This is the realm of the somatic athlete.
Having a quiet confidence in knowing how to reset tension and stress so the hobbling, limping and altered walking after some physical activity doesn’t happen can be yours.
You’ll know what to do and how to take care of negative signals quickly.
Besides, once you begin to incorporate this in your daily life, you return to those childlike feelings of freedom when you could wield your body and do new things even as you age.
Discover the Secrets of a Somatic Athlete in our somatics athlete series.
Then let us know if you are a somatic athlete too?
Somatic athlete is a term I use after not stretching for well over 10 years, yet have the flexibility at 53, that many 15 year olds have lost.
The practice of somatics allows for easier recovery and is a super easy way to prep for an athletic event and life in general.
Somatic Athlete Uses Intelligence Over Brawn
Given that your brain’s motor cortex can reset the resting levels of muscles naturally and effectively, it makes sense to keep using it so the sensory-motor system continues to evolve for your continued enjoyment with your body in whatever activities you choose.
This past weekend I had the bodily pleasure to play in a national soccer tournament for us seniors.
With each passing game, I could hear an athlete say how tight they had become or what was giving out – and these are the people who play the game.
What kind of preparation did they do?
Did they continue to run more, play more games, lift more weights or do the dreaded stretching thing? All the many usual things we do using our brawn to get us or remain in shape.
Most of those activities involve revving up the muscles, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, unless we can’t recover quickly or feel good after a physical activity.
Many athletes still falsely believe stretching cools them down. Before I get a lot of flack for say that–stretching is bad for us according to the current research.
Is there something else we can do to help us recover or not stay as tight in between our events or games?
The Other Side of the Coin the Somatic Athlete Uses
The brain’s cortex, however, can inhibit muscles. Why is this important?
While you normally activate the muscles in your games and activities, what can you do to actively de-activate them?
By using the brain’s cortex, it can create chemicals of relaxation in the very muscles you used up in your activity. The very ones which become overly contracted, sore or so stiff where you can hardly move and yet can’t wait to get home and do the usual things of icing, warm water soaking, ibuprofens, etc.
These band-aid lame attempts can help some easing, yet they don’tt cause correct nor reset the resting levels of the muscles.
The brain can change how your muscles are responding through cortical inhibition where you learn to tune down or turn off unnecessary muscles from jumping in or substituting. In other words, the effort in movement becomes easier.
However, many recreational athletes continue doing something passively like drinking beer, sitting in the hot tub or icing to take care of the aches since this is what the majority of us have been led to believe or prefer doing.
While those activities can be fun, does it really regenerate the body?
How the Somatic Athlete Preps and Recovers
Preparing the body is key to not only being able to enjoy all the many ways you can play, it also allows you to recover quickly so you can play or participate in your favorite activities more often.
While it’s true adequate hydration, nutrition, and a positive mental attitude are key components for an athlete, you are always moving in your games and your movement system needs to be re-adjusted accordingly.
To re-adjust the movement system and take out the kinks or prepare for an activity is to remind the sensory-motor system of its functional capacity with the added bonus of being left feeling the resulting relaxation which occurs.
Your brain has the ability to relax your body more powerfully than a hot tub and a heckuva lot easier than sitting in ice.
Stressed, over worked muscles need time to recover and that can be enhanced by naturally utilizing our intelligence.
The brain’s cortex can be used to prepare the body and mind for a multitude of physical activities like a soccer tournament, running event, playing volleyball or just enjoying a walk or going out dancing for an evening.
You oughta be able to run at any age without pulling a hamstring or throwing your back out from just bending over.
A somatic athlete can recover and have the confidence to go back into their favorite physical activity sooner rather than later.
Come join me so you can discover how a somatic athlete can both prepare and recuperate in our a variation of the daily maintenance program so you can free yourself naturally, easily and keep on moving & playing well as you age.