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That moment led me to the work of helping people overcome physical pain. In my 30+ year journey of living in pain, getting out of pain, and eventually learning how to help others… I’d like to give you a freebie somatics exercise class.
Go below, so you can get to download a quick, simple set of movements over at my sister site. You’ll get to hear a 14 minute audio recording. You’ll get to play with one of the more familiar somatics exercise patterns which is helpful to release trauma, improve walking, free up the side or waist muscles… and it’ll give you another way to not stretch those side muscles.
Once you learn this move, you might think and move differently to release the muscles of your side.
Why an audio recording instead of a video? When we listen, we target a specific part of the brain. When we watch, we use a different part.
All you have to do is lie back, follow along and your brain will relax the muscles as you regain or improve function at the same time. You’ll be able to go at your own pace and move well within your own comfort zone depending on your unique set of circumstances.
What’s the catch? Just make a comment or ask your questions inside the downnload area after you’ve done the movements.
Hurry, this offer is good for a few days..
See you on our sister site…
Pain free moves and living made easy with somatics exercises.
Did you know that a little mindful foot work could help our troubled feet and knees? I’m not talking about fancy foot work either. More like what preceded our baby steps as we developed our intelligence.
Remember the little piggie that went to market? Could that type of movement help us?
Do you have sensitive feet, the ones which don’t like to walk over stones or rocks. Ay! I remember those days as a kid. Now past the half-century mark, I relish how supple good foot work feels.
Foot Work for All Ages
As children we did some very interesting foot work. We loved to pull on our toes. Little did we know we were in a very receptive state of learning and coordinating the little piggies so we could get to a market with our own feet.
These days many of us simply drive to the market and keep our poor painful feet wedged in shoes all day long. Can’t imagine how life would be if we were all to wear glove liners and mittens all day. What would happen to the function of our hands if we did the same?
What are we doing to our feet? That fleet foot work we used to have is a long distance memory as we have aged and bottled up those poor lowly feet.
Now we’re left with mangled toes, foot pain, orthotics, and the search for the right kind of shoe. While shoes have certainly advanced, did our foot work remain in the dust.
Do we really need an orthotic? Maybe we could do some foot work and remember to move well once again.
Foot Work, Handiwork is it the same?
Most likely you can still fold your hands. So try this. Lie on your back, and take your hands behind your head and interlace your fingers. Then once you’ve settled in, switch the position of your fingers and hold your hands the other way.
For some of you, that’ll be no problem and then for some us that could feel strange, awkward as if someone else is holding our hands.
Our habits which we groove in over time are necessary. We may forget small differences help us use our self a little bit differently so we don’t wear our self out as fast. Slight adjustments and little differences lets the brain thrive. It thrives on subtle differences to renew us.
As we readjust to a newness, we change both our body and brain. Now try doing the same with your toes. Yes, try and fold those toes together. Whadya mean you can’t reach down there anymore?
Maybe this is where some of you are now at. Others of you really had to work it to even get the toes to wedge together.
Awhile back I made a video on some foot work. Try this move if you haven’t given it a try. For those of you who did, did you keep working it so this type of foot work is now improved and easy.
That type of footwork can come in handy to change the function of the feet and even the knees so you can walk more comfortably.
Another Foot Work Class
Many times I’ve taught foot work movements to soccer players which had them laughing about how what appears simple isn’t as easy as thought. Though with a little practice, our movement system remembers to move and improve.
We can rekindle the feelings of childlike movement which felt good and free since we have a sensory-motor feedback loop which allows us to reset and readjust tension levels.
We can get back in this loop so our balance improves, our feet feel lighter and our knees can lose their aches simply through subtle readjustments to move us to higher levels of coordination and integration so we manage those formerly painful stones and rocks.
You can join me for an hour’s worth of foot work in our online class where you can have immediate access where you’ll learn to free up the feet, lower legs and knees so you can dance and move easily again.
In the meantime, just go ahead and pull those toes so your foot work doesn’t get left behind.
Walking with pain everyday
Are you walking with pain when all you want to is go on a leisurely walk and be comfortable?
Being able to walk comfortably can be ours again when we remind our muscles of their connections to each other simply through the natural act of a Pandikultion. Fortunately the “p” word has been systematized as somatics exercises
I remember what it was like to walk a mere 50 feet and my shoulder would sear in pain. It was no fun to go on a walk.
The hips on the other hand, had felt off track and had been clunking around since the age of 14 when I first noticed it. Pain seemed to come out of nowhere on the side of the hips, that stitch in the side, or the back of the legs when I experienced that hot poker of sciatica – ouch, ouch, ouch.
When we get off track, we can get back on by losing what un-tracks us. Sounds complicated. It really isn’t.
Walking in pain is miserable. Who wants to walk when we know if we do, bad things can happen. So why bother.
By not doing one of our more natural acts, we’re doing a great disservice to our self. It’s a tough situation to be in, you want to walk and then you end up walking with pain.
Walking has been considered one of the best exercises we can do for any number of health reasons but doesn’t that sound kind of lame. We’re the two legged animal, this is what we’re here to do. Walking in pain isn’t the option we’d like.
Walking with pain and compensations
A couple of considerations to amble easily is to have things arranged with less compensations or habits of movement which no longer serve us.
If we live with a rotated hip and it clunks or doesn’t move well, this can have negative effects on the knee, ankle or our back. We’ll do a walking rather than ambulate with ease and grace.
Tight, rígido, overly tensed leg muscles which restrict or inhibit movement may result from compensatory habits, injuries or even lack of water. Diet plays a role since the muscles need fuel. Re-programming our movement patterns, on the other hand, has been lost on many people.
If we’re not self-correcting, we’re missing opportunities to lengthen muscles back into shape. Those lazy dogs which sleep all day usually don’t miss a beat and pandiculate themselves after periods of being sedentary.
If we’re sitting for hours on end for instance, this type of day in day out programming doesn’t help us walk any better. The muscles atrophy towards dis-use which furthers our inflexible hobbling ways.
La buena noticia es, we can reprogram the muscles so walking in pain no longer afflicts us. We can improve the connections of our muscles by moving our parts lazily around in a conscious manner where the brain resets tension levels.
Reducing tension allows us to self-correct, change our compensations and gives us new ways to move so walking with pain no longer is an issue.
Walking with pain online class
To end our uncomfortable ways, you can learn some simple, easy movements which resets our muscles back to comfortable resting levels. When our muscles are programmed to be more relaxed, they remember how to get there more quickly.
Please join me for an online class of somatics exercises where you’ll learn how to lessen walking with pain. All you have to do is lie down, listen, and follow along to free things up.
Recapturing our youthful ways of movement is a memory not long forgotten, we just haven’t accessed the part of our brain which can restore and refresh our muscles so walking with pain is a thing of the past we can forget.
Learning to get out of physical pain is easy once you have the somatics know-how. Mastering the art of moving well takes time since we have to develop our ability to do so although our brain can quickly make changes in our movement system. For instance, recovery can happen quite quickly when your nervous system can turn the switch “on” to relaxation.
A difficult somatics move
The pattern is one of inversion and eversion of the ankles and how that relates to the knees, hips and back.
While this pattern may take some time to learn or readjust the movement system. The practice and effort is worthwhile to improve walking and recover quickly from the mishaps in life.
Like all things such as fine wine, time spent mastering movement is necessary. sin embargo,you can simply imagine particular movement sequences and reap tremendous benefits.
When I first learned this particular somatics exercise, I was in agonizing knee pain. This remarkable pattern caused great consternation on my part. It felt as if my leg or knee was going to break.
Treating this movement as exercise was a sure fire way for me not to break through learning how to simply move instead of trying and pushing with all my efforts in vain and pain.
Why did I make a somatics move so hard?
Coming from the exercise world of pushing, straining, going to exhaustion and breaking myself down, built in a pattern of doing things from the types of physical activities I had been trained in.
To change the habit of movement required I had to tone it down, way down. My muscles were locked-up although I could compensate around that. When the knee gave, this was the beginning of a new chapter and suprise, one where I had to put Humpty-Dumpty back together again by rewiring the nervous system since I had reached an end.
When we brace, it doesn’t take much to fire off a painful signal. Learning how to de-tune an amplified pain response gets our attention. You can begin to revitalize the movement system rather than push against the wall of pain you may face.
In time as I explored this movement, I came to love it once my brain un-locked the pathways so the body could move easily and understand the many ways we can hurt or better our self.
It’s how we unconsciously or habitually move or try to accomplish things with our body which feeds back its signal of pleasure or pain. The richness and variety for which we have many verbal descriptions for.
Somatics Blow Off Class
This week I am teaching an online class where you can get join me live or get the replay of the somatics movement many people blow off.
Why do I know this? My very own clients tell me that they’ve shirked it or found it hard to do by looking in the book, so this is why I recorded a version of it and you can learn by listening and following along.
When we apply the simple somatics system with a helpful guide and we’re interested in learning, success happens and the knees, hips, back and neck simply ache less. Recovery is minutes away. Feeling great is simply a matter of retuning your movement system.
Easing hip and knee pain
Was that an easy move for your hips, knees and your back? To ease hip and knee pain, the back needs to be supple and flexible.
While some people will argue the case for strengthening the core, we can find ways to ensure the middle of our self is loose enough to have the requisite mobility to move easily.
Hip and knee pain can often be alleviated when our middle, the spine, begins to unwind itself from holding patterns which prevents us from moving our hips and knees comfortably.
Better mobility lessens hip and knee pain
Hip and knee pain sometimes go hand in hand when the hips have lost their mobility as well as the spine. Our knees may continue to get pounded in the same manner day in, day out when our mobility is less than optimal.
To move the knee around comfortably is to regain the ability and mobility we once had. Since movement is a memory, we can refoster those memories by going back to the well – of youthful movement in the artful ways in which ejercicios somáticas remind us to move easily and with the least effort.
Natural flexibility allows hip and knee pain to abate
Instead of hard work or over zealous exercising, somatics exercises offers us a reverse way into the brain by slowing things downs so our hip and knee pain gives as we regain our natural flexibility once our mobility returns.
Esta semana, you can join me for an online somatics exercise class where you’ve already seen the last movement. Now all we have to do is do the steps before that so the hip and knee pain abates when our movement software is updated.
We can learn to our way back to getting out of hip and knee pain by regaining the mobility we had and rediscovering our natural flexibility…otherwise you can kiss your knees hello!
Knee problems are sometimes not always where we think.
We often think of knee problems happening, well obviously at the knee, yet in some cases, where the pain is, the problem ain’t.
The knee is designed primarily to bend like a hinge. It can twist a little too.
The muscles below and above the knee impinge upon it when we compensate or substitute with other muscles for instance, when we hobble around after an injury.
The muscles below the knee can be overly contracted or not functioning as well as they could be. Tight calves or restrictions in the front of the lower leg may not only rob us of energy, we may have to work that much more in order to walk and our knee problems can compound.
Knee Problems at the waist?
Often times, knee problems can occur much higher in our body than we think. You can do all the knee bends you want or turn your foot in or out to help with torsion issues.
Yet other parts of ourself can cause us to bear our weight differently. In times of injury, we can compensate by holding our side tight or cringing to the side using our waist muscles.
If left unchecked, contracted waist muscles can have some bearing on the function of the knee and the knee problems persist.
Free the waist, free the knee problems
The practice of somatics exercises, which is usually quite the opposite of other approaches, uses the brain to release contracted areas and improves the function of the muscles so we move more effortlessly and easily.
Join me for an online knee problems class.
You will learn how to release muscles below the knee as well as those at the waist.
Rather than doing standing exercises or using weights, we’ll focus on different relationships with gravity and noticing how our entire body moves, not just the knee.
Many knee problems can be solved by addressing our body as a whole moving unit instead of just the part where we experience our pains and discomforts.