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Be your own bodyworker

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could be your own bodyworker and release tight, stiff, sore muscles yourself?

Somatics exercises uses the field of gravity so you can use the brain to get muscles to lose tension and relax more quickly. This is one way to act as your own bodyworker.

Doing a pandiculation, which is at the heart of somatics, is what we do when we do somatics exercises. When a trained somatic bodyworker works with your muscles this is called an assisted pandiculation.

Bodyworker and assisted pandiculations.

Hanna Somatic Educators are trained bodyworkers and movement experts who help people restore the function of muscles with either bodywork or specific exercises or a combination of both.

This training takes place over the course of three years since even for the so-called experts, there is a shift in learning how the body responds neurologically and well let’s face, the practitioner needs a lot of practice to fully understand the thousands of combinations we all move in and how we articulate ourselves.

In the last decade, I’ve noticed many shifts of internal organization as I too have learned my way out of compensatory habits and established newer, easier movement patterns which evolve and continue to surprise and delight me as I age.

A hands-on bodyworker in cooperation with a person has to figure out what needs to be released. By assisting a person with a pandiculation, both parties can sense a result taking place.

These assisted pandiculation often turn into the self-pandiculations that a person will do as the somatics exercises or homework to keep improving mobility, flexibility and the diminishment of panful signals.

Become your own bodyworker

As you become familiar with the somatics exercises, you can learn how to become your own bodyworker using gravity as the load or weight of resistance when you move yourself in the variety of movement patterns to restore function and improve coordination.

You can also use your own hands to provide the resistance with some of the somatics exercises. It’s best to be led by a Hanna Somatics Practitioner who can give you the idea or guide you along this path to help restore balance in the muscles.

When we use our own hands as a bodyworker on our self, we may be able to learn how to modulate our efforts with a little bit of practice.

Be your own Bodyworker Class

Be your own bodyworker and move like an animal insteadReminding the movement system as to how it moves is what all healthy vertebrate animals do to keep themselves moving well. After all, what kind of bodyworker can they go to themselves?

For the most part, nature has set it up so all vertebrates can move well merely be reminding the nervous system to reset, or reboot if you will.

Fortunately, we can apply a systematic approach through the somatics exercises and use these tools to be our own bodyworker when needed.

This Friday, August 19th, I’ll be offering an online class in somatics exercises so you can do your own pandiculations in the field of gravity.

You’ll also learn how to use your own hands and be a bodyworker so you can do things like sit more comfortably crossed legged and free up your hips and hip flexors.

When we use our brain and neurology in novel ways, we can foster growth and education in the ways in which we move. We can actually move better as we age.

Now I’m only saying that when I compared myself to a group of 55 high school athletes and few if any had the hamstring flexibility of someone 3x their age.

Register for this Friday’s class. Find out for yourself how free you can be. Sign up and be your own bodyworker.

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Do you pro-prio-cep like a rat?

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I’m talking about proprioception. Maybe pro-prio-cep is a lame attempt at talking like our teenagers.

How we sense ourselves in the very field of gravity we all live in doesn’t get its props… except from those of us in the movement community… and well healthy vertebrate animals.

Since we mostly move in the field of gravity, some of us have a better handle on gravity and others of us are losing the battle. With a little re-righting of our proprioceptors, we can get back on track.

As our muscles become stiffer as we age, our inner self of sensing becomes restricted and we lose the precious sense we had as children. We would whirl around, roll down a hill, and jump up and down in the mud feeling the joyful and exuberant sensations which delighted us so much.

How we delighted in our sense of moving brings us to the rat who has a very interesting mechanism to get a sense of her world. Watch this video… and check out when our feline member pandiculates.

When our neurlogical mechanisms are intact… our internal sense to move well leads us to accurately feel and sense ourselves and self-adjust as necessary.

When in pain or discomfort, we can use our own internal perception to self-correct with awareness. Did you catch the cat simply pandiculating?

Go ahead and do the same, open the mouth just like the cat did… feel what muscles contract not only in the face but how about the neck.

The internal sensing of the cat allows the cat to self-correct tight feelings as we can do it in the same manner.

After all, the cat has to remain limber to catch the rat… and the rat has to have the good senses to flee in time… and run in the hole and use other senses to pro-prio-cep and keep moving.

Using our internal awareness allows us to be ready to move. Healthy proprioception matters if we want to move well.

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Many times when people get a cramp in the calf, they’ll call it a charlie horse.

Since healthy vertebrate animals naturally pandiculate, that is to say, they can take out any charlie horse or muscular stiffness, it may be appropriate to give them their due the next time you get a butt cramp, rather a charlie donkey.

Since we’re not going to see a cheetah pull a hamstring running at 70mph, if it did, would that be a charlie cheetah?

Would pigs be offended by the cheetah… since maybe they have a claim on the charlie hammie.

When you get laid out by a back spasm? Is that a charlie elephant?

Muscle cramps can happen as the spinal cord sends a signal to the muscles to pull back quickly… and if you use the animal know of a pandiculation, you can quiet down the zoo.

What’s your animal? Who’s your charlie?

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Crashed yesterday while skiing… it was very Bode Miller-esque. Going for speed while having too much fun at age 50.

Our daughter, who was in the lodge, wondered who that person tumbling and sliding down the hill. She thought that maybe I would come to his rescue since she knew her mom and myself were coming down that very run.

Only moments before we were talking about people crashing and having trouble getting down some of the runs… oh well, my turn.

Sliding down the black run for a good distance, belly first with head up and skis up in the air behind me… it was time to dig in with the mittens and slow down. As a pole-less skier…

Skiing without poles is a practice in balance… and sometimes falls happen. I had long ago given up ski poles since it seemed liked a hassle when I was living with the pains of fibromyalgia.

Digging in, I could sense the possibility of popping back up on the skis… which somehow happened as I skied down to a smiling woman wondering if I just did that for show.

Well no, you see as I bombed down the steep run and got flipped, a knee gave way and I let myself slide down for some time until I could get composed enough to continue.

Today as I laugh about it and sit here with the knee raised up taking care of it, once again I was amazed at the powers of pandiculating like a pooch.

Sure there was some pain at night and in the morning.. so I naturally did what all healthy vertebrate animals do when they feel stiffness, yet in this case, I had to spend a little more time pandiculating with an injury.

What do wild animals do when they get injured? They’ll pandiculate. One day, I saw a squirrel fall out of a tree. He worked for nearly an hour until he righted himself and walked gingerly off into the woods.

Now, while I won’t be able to ski tomorrow… I certainly plan on returning as soon as possible… in the meantime I’ll keep on pandiculating like a pooch or squirrel to a speedy recovery.

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Winter Chill Soccer Tournament

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A kick in the grass (turf) doesn’t have to be a kick in the $ss or tight hamstrings or pulled muscles…

Washington State Women's Soccer AssociationSomatics is coming to the…

2011 Winter Chill Soccer Tournament
at the Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila, WA on February 26th-27th.

This 7 vs 7 event held by the Washington State Womens Soccer Association will have women competing in the open, over 30 and over 40 categories.

For those of you attending, you can discover an entirely new way to get those muscles ready to play before, after and in between your games.

Somatics at Veterans CupSomatics was recently seen and experienced at the U.S. Veterans Cup in Boston.

Please keep the icy hot and tiger balm at home… you won’t need it after you learn how to move like an animal again.

Animals naturally lengthen their muscles by pandiculating. Say what?

They are not stretching contrary to popular belief. There doing a whole ‘nother thing which you’ll get to experience at the tournament.

If you’re a player, coach, or physical trainer, come find out why you never need to stretch. That’s right, in fact it’s bad for you… according to the research.

When you get your muscles ready in the ways animals do… you just might move like a healthy animal again and stop limping your way back to the car when the games are done.

Look for the guy wearing the funny shoes.. Funny Shoes

We’ll meet at 10am, 1pm and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

We’ll probably find a comfortable place to unwind indoors at the complex.

If you’re team wants its own session, just let the guy with the funny shoes know.

Get ready to get those hamstrings, hip flexors, quads, and inner leg muscles looser, more relaxed and in your control so you can keep on playing and playing…

or at least make it to the end of the day… and play the next if you’re one of the lucky ones.

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