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Feeling good is your natural birthright.
Yet as we age our share of aches, bumps, dings, stiff feelings and various types of pain can add up depending upon our circumstances and the activities we choose to do or not.
To reverse the accumulation of life’s hurts and recapture the full pleasure in your body on a daily basis can happen when you remind yourself to…
Move Like an Animal
You see, all the healthy animals on the planet with a spine, tap into the brain to reset tension levels so they can move with comfort, agility and grace.
The human animal can too with a simple conscious 3 step plan to get the brain, body and nervous system revitalized to restore feelings of confident comfort.
So whether we feel stiff from everyday life, work or even the games and activities you enjoy or grind our way through.
There is a natural way for the brain & body to reverse stiffness and pain so we won’t have to beat on our muscles, ice, heat or use any of those balms just in order to be able to move a little easier in the first place.
Given our present understanding of the brain and how it’s like a piece of software we can change and modify.
We’ve been able to systematize what works in nature in order to upgrade both the brain and body so it can be programmed to ease tension, pain and stiffness naturally.
In the book, Move Like an Animal, you will learn:
• The 3 Simple Steps to Reduce Stiffness & Feel Pain Free
• How You Can Restore Your Natural Birthright to Feel Comfortable and in Control
In what I call, the issues in the tissues, you have the ability to use your brain and body in symphony to restore and recover those lost feelings of–feeling like your self again—even if things presently continue to stay amped up, stiff or painful.
• The One Key Movement to Feel Better Now
• How to Relieve Stress & Tension Confidently
• and Overcome Compensations which can be a Factor
In the animal world, healthy animals set themselves up daily for successful movement.
The ability to be agile, flexible and move in balance and grace is set up by the same natural neural mechanisms you too can access.
If you want to:
– Maintain comfortable mobility
– Restore natural flexibility
– and Bring back the feelings of pleasure back in your body,
Then Move Like an Animal is for you.
Feel Free Again
Through a unique, counter-intuitive approach, you can feel how to:
• Loosen Up Tightness
• Release Stiffness
• and Feel the Binds Melt Away.
“The old traditional approach is sadly behind the times in preparing our bodies for strenuous activities and in rehabilitating the discomforts that impeded our life and competitive efforts. The new frontiers of understanding brain plasticity have given us exciting insights that can be controlled through brain-altering stimulation. This exciting application of the latest brain science will benefit healthy and recuperating people alike on all levels.”
-Timothy Berger, BA, MA, RN, ATC. Professor of Sports Science, Muskingum Univerisy
Since there may be those times when we may be guarding to protect a sore, tight or painful area.
Having the know-how to release it—is of great value when you need to let high tension levels or feelings of stress in the body simmer back down.
The Nature of Movement Itself
This is inherently different since it’s not about the range of motion – its more about the quality vs the quantity.
The quality and nature of movement itself are what is at stake to remain comfortable for life.
See, those wonderful animals have got this part down.
No quality. They’re a goner.
For the human animal, less than optimal quality can bring all sorts of types of pain and the various binds, stiffness and restrictions we can’t seem to shake in the long run.
Using a series of unique, gentle, conscious movement patterns targeting a specific part of the brain can restore childlike feelings of freedom.
All of this set up by the brain so you can remain comfortable as you age.
Even if you over do it, your brain and body can change quickly without even resorting to pills.
“A doctor gave me muscle relaxants and pain medication for a painful incident at work. Instead, I did a few movements and my pain was gone and I’m back to normal. It’s amazing, this works.”
-Debbie Elliott, Registered Nurse
Since animals know how to relax and let go of tension on a daily basis…
The good news is. Your brain & body is waiting for you to tap into this same conscious power source to:
– Feel more relaxed,
– and Be able to sleep more easily too.
“Filled with practical advice. This is a very useful book for anyone who wants to move and feel better. I will recommend this book to my clients.”
-Dr. Del Millers, author of Fitness & Spirituality
What Move Like an Animal is About
The book begins with the ‘Animal Secret’ act that even the human animal did as a baby.
Once we remind ourself of this forgotten or lost ability, the brain remembers what to do to reset similar to the way we update our computers.
Down the Rabbit Hole
The brain is described as the one big muscle working with various feedback loops you can use to reset both stiffness and pain.
You’ll learn which ones those are and how to access them to return to the comfort zone.
A shift from the revved up sympathetic state to the more relaxed parasympathetic state of calm happens when you tap into the specific part of the brain
See, from a more relaxed state, the muscles are ready to be used rather than starting from a somewhat or higher rate of tension. This is what fatigues and wears a lot of us down.
We’ve lost that ability to de-rev naturally since the brain will keep certain programs running like a car idling in 2nd or 3rd gear, instead of neutral.
In the exercise and therapy world, compensations are readily seen and can throw us off center. Even though we can figure out how to use our body. We may be struggling or use more energy un-necessarily.
Compensations can shift as tension levels abate since the muscles are more relaxed to allow the bones to fall in place so we don’t end up fighting or struggling against gravity.
Then exercise or physical activity actually becomes freer and easier.
Proprioception is how we feel our movement and the positions we find ourself in.
The proprioceptive police may show up with signs of mis-alignment, pain, discomfort, tightness and on-going stress which further wears us down.
-Edward Barrera, Move Like an Animal
Brain Based Approach
You’ll get a birds-eye view as how this is the complete reverse to most approaches – since it is brain based.
Rather than going for range of motion, which can actually reinforce tension and keep certain brain programs in check.
Even painful events like a muscle spasm can be reverse engineered, released and restored to comfort on account of targeting the brain.
Making the Connection
Sensing, feeling and probing around gently opens insights as to how you are connected among your 17 layers of muscles and fascia.
The fascia which has more sense receptors than the muscles are part of the movement system.
When you delve deeply into the sensory-motor system, lost or forgotten connections begin to wake-up so that even sitting becomes more comfortable.
What to do about Oops, Falls, Strains and Traumas and How A Squirrel Offers a Way Out?
You’ll get to learn how a squirrel opened my eyes to the very method I was learning about and how this act can restore things in ways we may not have thought possible.
The binding process starts.
As we age, the stiffness, the binds and high tension patterns may have been or begun as a result of some type of trauma to our body.
We can accumulate these patterns which can be layered over other traumas.
We can think of this as a temporary ongoing phenomena since the signals to hold on, keep doing their job according to the set program for many, many, many years in some cases.”
-Edward Barrera, Move Like an Animal
R-O-A-R Your Way Back
To recover over any restriction (R-O-A-R).
Free up stiffness, postural or movement difficulties, niggling injuries, high tension levels and the like can be felt when you recognize how the brain is set up to serve you, so you can remain comfortable for life.
For those of you who really want to take things another step further.
Check out the back of the book where you can get access to the free audio version of the movements.
By listening, you’ll tap into another part of the brain which will deepen your experience to heal, restore and revitalize like a human animal can.
Ready to Move Like an Animal Again
After having lived a life of chronic pain and earning the label of fibromyalgia, I can say “it feels great to have more good days than bad ones”.
It’s my great pleasure to have Amazon bestseller, Move Like an Animal, out now in paperback and digital so you too can R-O-A-R back into life and feel the full pleasure of your body returning and maintaining even as you age.
Your brain and body can feel free, relaxed and in control.
So are your ready to Move Like an Animal for the rest of your comfortable life?
When Larry retired 4 years ago, he developed tightness and stiffness… actually it was going on before that in his lower back.
Watch what Larry had to say about doing the simple, easy somatics exercises which are movements designed to get your brain to release held tension levels so you can move with ease while stimulating your nervous system back to feelings of pleasure.
Somatics is Life Changing
Larry said, “It’s changed my life. It really has..”
He went through a year and a half of chiropractic care where he was “twisted, poked and yanked” and was still the same. He had “no significant change”.
A friend recommended him to see me for Somatics, something which he had never heard of. Larry learned some basic moves in 3-4 sessions and “not only did it begin to make a difference right away… not only did it make sense intuitively to me because I always felt somehow the body could be more limber but stretching, forcing it wasn’t going to do it.”
Tightness, Stiffness and Pain Gone
Within 3 months he noticed a very noticeable change in his lower back stiffness & pain. Within 6 months, “basically I was fine, it was cured, I’d even say it was quicker than that”.
He was stunned at the difference.
Then he reflected on our physical education experience in school where he learned to play volleyball and he said “but you never learn anything about your body”.
Somatics, A Physical Education He Never Knew Existed
Somatics taught him more about his body, how his muscles work, how his body works together or doesn’t more than anything in his life before.
“That’s physical education”, according to Larry.
Somatics exercises are designed as simple movement patterns which progressively build upon creating a better foundation for movement.
It’s like going back to the fundamentals or building blocks of movement while taking out compensations which can be the root cause of stiffness and the pains and aches we live with or not!
Back Pain Relief 24/7 – Better than a Hot Tub
Simple, easy gentle movements change the brain. By changing the brain, we can directly change the comfort levels of our back muscles which many of us have experienced with great displeasure.
The constant, gnawing, seizing signals I lived with in my 20’s and 30’s didn’t give me any moments of significant back pain relief, it was just grief.
Watch the Video Below
“Learn to live it” was the motto I heard and bought into.
Whadya gonna do about back pain relief?
Like many people I tried a number of approaches… the hot tub “was” one of my favorites.
The heating pad, those ice packets and tens units didn’t get the job done. Nor did the pain meds either.
Well, what did I know. I had no idea I could use the brain to change those discomforting signals to finally feel the back pain relief I thought I deserved while having fibromyalgia to contend with.
Those recalcitrant and tight back muscles didn’t wanna seem to budge other than remaining taught with tension.
All the lathering of tiger balm, icy hot and other gels while soothing couldn’t shake the beast of living with chronic tightness.
Heck, even the stretching routines I had learned… would not solve the riddle. But what did I know. I had no idea that stretching was compounding the problem as today’s research points the fallacy of this method. Who knew the back pain relief I truly wanted was not to come by stretching.
Back Pain Relief Class
Shifting our internal state of discomfort can be remedied when use the brain’s ability to reset the resting levels of our muscles so we can truly feel the back pain relief we think is possible.
This is well within our natural ability. It’s a matter of getting back on track through a learning process which somatics exercises are the avenue for.
A systematic approach of un-doing muscular tension and un-locking tigthness, inflexibility and the rigiidty our back muscles have accumulated shifts with simple, easy movement done with a particular kind of awareness.
To experience this simplicity, you can join us for our online back pain relief class where you’ll learn 35 movements to free up both the lower back and the upper back.
Your brain is better and more effective than a hot tub. These natural sets of tools are available 24/7 for back pain relief.
Getting your back out of pain or stiffness as nature intends is simple once you know the code.
Easy, simple movements allows your brain to change painful messages your body feels into healing feelings of pleasure while giving you back your sense of ease and loss of rigid tension or harmful stress.
Here are 7 tips to help you get your Back… Back.
1. Use it consciously or lose it unconsciously.
Your spine’s ability rests upon you using it more consciously and with your awareness instead of using it unconsciously and not paying attention to it. All it takes is just noticing whatever activity you are doing for a few moments and hone in on your spine. Notice how it feels when you move around.
2. Move your spine in a variety of directions.
This will keep the feelings of aliveness radiating within yourself. Creating difference gets your brain to move your muscles and movement system to higher levels of function. This will help you thrive for the long run so you can use your back comfortably.
3. Being sedentary or sitting too long works against you.
Sitting for long periods of time causes certain muscles to remain contracted and pulls your spine forward, backwards or sideways depending on how you sit. So vary how you sit and get up more often than you think, especially if you feel stiff or have back pain.
4. Wake-up your spine with gentle mobilizations.
All it takes is easy, gentle movements to remind your spine of its function and its capacity to be used when you need it. The more gentle you are, the better to rebuild function and maintain your spine. Let your tissues warm up easily and gently before going full bore with yourself during the rest of your day.
5. Re-build your spine’s function by updating your movement software.
Just like your computer which gets a bug, gets bogged down… by moving easily and consciously, you’re changing the software and the information to your muscles, tendons, joints and the fascia which has many sense receptors. You can get the kinks out sooner rather than later and continue to maintain your spine’s ability to function when you need it most.
Your spine is a series of joints, so floss your back joints with gentle movement in a variety of angles. This will take the plaque out of your spine and help reorganize the joints for a better back.
7. Breathe as you move.
Don’t breathe and feel what happens to your ability to move your spine. Bracing your breath isn’t going to help. Play with your breath consciously to add in another level of difference and ability to move easily.
All healthy vertebrate animals set themselves up to move successfully through the act of pandiculation – which in effect is the code to effortless movement where you regain control and freedom.
This act serves as the method and heart of somatics exercises where you move gently in order to get the brain to release tension and at the same time, increase the function of various groups and levels of muscles, joints and fascia in order to coordinate more easily and move more cohesively.
Gentle, easy, conscious movement can have profound effects.
Learn more in our monthly classes called the Insider’s Club where you’ll learn the simple 3 step process and method systematized as Somatics Exercises.
Feel free and in control all over again.