Q: Is this exercise?
A: No. Not in the usual sense or manner.
This is quite the reverse since you will be targeting a different part of the brain.
The somatics exercises, which are a misnomer, have more to do with movement and the quality and feel of how you engage and disengage a particular movement.
The movements are done in a very easy, gentle, relaxed manner.
The less you do and the more you focus on the feel will give you faster results.
You’ll be more focused on movement and learning how to find an easy way to sense self-corrections which integrates your ability to move more successfully and confidently.
The movements are simple and easy.
I call them un-exercise since you’ll be learning how to un-do stiffness, un-lock immobility or guarding and un-learn patterns which are no longer useful.
The good news is you don’t even have to do them.
You can merely imagine yourself doing the movements and your body will still benefit and the rewiring of the nervous system will take place.
Myself, I actually mangled them initially since my focus was on doing them like exercise until I learned to do it another way, the very way you’ll quickly re-establish.
What makes this more powerful than exercise is that you are using the brain’s ability to reset the muscles and create the necessary chemicals of relaxation which you’ll be able to do.
With a focused approach to moving yourself probably slower and less than you would expect, you can expect to surprise yourself at what seems like you’re doing nothing but dinky little movements which can make such positive changes.