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Somatics Exercise

The missing bridge to exercise, recovery and restoration is somatics exercise.

Somatics exercise fills in the gap.

Before we move or exercise, our muscles need to be ready to handle the action. We can easily remind the muscles of their function in order to move, sit, stand and walk comfortably throughout the day.

before somatics exerciseHowever, after a cat nap or a night’s rest, our muscles shorten.

If we’ve been sedentary for a period of time, like sitting in front of the computer, we all know how tight things can get.

How many people prepare to move before we actually move?

Generally we’ve stiffened up some naturally as the muscles re-tighten.

When we get up, sometimes we’re not as nimble. Our pets on the other hand, reminds the muscles first of its function, then it moves.

How does an animal remain agile, flexible, move effortlessly and appear to us as grace in motion?

Animals do somatics exercise

All healthy vertebrate animals prepare themselves for movement first thing in the morning and periodically throughout the day. They continue with these preparations every day.

The process of what animals with a spine do is called a pandiculation . You can think of this as yawning, though it goes much deeper than the definitions you’ll find. In fact, it only describes the act and not the result and process of what you observe when an animal appears to stretch.

The result of this act is a procedure. This process was identified by Thomas Hanna as the pandicular response. An animal contracts to arouse it’s brain. This readies the muscles. At the end, the muscles return to relaxation. Now ready to be used with both comfort and restored function.

An animal knows what needs to be contracted along certain chains of movement since the animal can sense what muscles have shortened overnight and during sedentary times in the day. It works with its somatics nervous system to reset muscles.

Hanna Somatic Educators know and understand the act as the pandicular process which is at the heart of somatics exercises.

Somatics exercises are primarily designed to mimic the pandicular act in order to immediately decrease any stiffness, improve flexibility naturally and speed healing.

As a result, people learn how to get out of tension and pain using the brain rather than brawn.

There is a part of the brain which actually can change the information to our muscles. When applied consciously using an easy 3 step method, a somatics exercise,uses the brain and body in a specific manner. This targets the various chains and layers of muscles and fascia, which is what we use to actually move.

Somatics exercises fosters natural movement rather than isolated movement patterns. When you move, you move with your entire being and all your parts are affected to move more cohesively rather than being bound up or in an isolated manner which may not serve you.

Somatics exercise helps us we develop this awareness. This allows us to self-correct using the pandicular act.

Somatics exercise is easy, simple, and when we do them… we’ll be reminded of the comfortable, youthful ways we used to move. But don’t take my word on it… though you could since I used to live in chronic pain for two decades… that’s gone.

Now I practice and teach these simple somatic exercise movement patterns and mobility is wonderful to maintain.

“I joined your on-line course just as I was leaving for Antarctica. It has been WONDERFUL! I am appreciating it so much and learning all the time. I love somatics exercise. THANK-YOU for what you have introduced to me with Somatics.”

-Karen, Alaska

Somatics exercise set us up to move easily and agilely without being held back. This relatively new exercise method, is mainly using the part of our brain that resets our muscles.

Healthy movement is a brain event. Healthy animals access it all the time through a simple somatics exercise. The recipe is straightforward simple.

Somatics exercise gives us the edge.

If you love your current exercise, somatics exercise will just add another layer.  Somatics exercise can be the foundation to all of your movement practices and help you get over the hump of injury and speed healing too.

Moving somatically lets you tap into increasing the potential of your nervous system by letting your brain handle the details.

“Great news – I’ve been doing a lot of cross country skiing here in Minnesota where the weather is cold and clear and the snow sparkly and dry. And my stride and balance are light years ahead of where they were last year at this time! Not to mention my stamina – it’s all pretty effortless and most of all, great fun!Thanks for your good work (and I do practice somatics exercise everyday…..)Cheers”

-Yvonne, Minnesota

Mel Siff, Author of Facts & Fallacies of Fitness has this to say – “programming your brain is more important than strength training and aerobics. Central Nervous programming must never be neglected at all stages of training”.

Somatics exercise can be the backbone of reprogramming and updating the brain and movement system.

All healthy animals with a spine are doing it every day.

You gotta wonder what happened to the human animal along the way… Don’t!

Check out our Free Report and Discover an Amazingly Simple 3 Step Method which will turn on your powerful brain so the body can remain comfortable for life.

Somatics exercise can make the difference even if it just means being able to tie a shoe.


Ed Barrera is a Hanna Somatic Educator®, Holistic Health Advisor and author of Amazon Bestseller Move Like an Animal with over 14 years of experience, helping people find natural pain relief through somatics exercises which are the reverse to most approaches since it is a brain and body un-exercise system to muscle lengthening, relaxation and control. The brain’s motor cortex is a pathway to a healthy, fully-functional body. It’s not just “alternative medicines” or “an alternative to exercise”; it’s natural pain relief that actually works!

If you’re unfamiliar with the somatic definition, visit our What is Somatics? page, where we define somatic and explain more about somatics and how somatics information will help you direct your “well being” toward natural healing and pain relief.