Somatics exercise gives us the edge
This system was primarily set up to help us get over both chronic and acute pain and speed healing & recovery too. It has been formerly around since 1990.
If you love your current exercise or are in pain with your activities, somatics exercise will add another layer, tool or dimension.
Somatics exercise can be a foundation to all of your movement/exercise practices or simply for rediscovering how good it can feel to sit, stand, walk or run.
How is this different than regular exercise?
Regular exercise tends to focus on building muscles, strength, speed or balance.
Somatics exercises targets a different part of the brain so the brain resets tension levels while at the same time enlivening the connections between the various layers of muscles and fascia.
How is this different from stretching?
Range of motion is generally the goal of stretching.
You can do traditional type of stretching or dynamic stretching to try to gain length.
With our approach, it’s more about getting the muscles looser through your feel and sensitivity through certain feedback loops.
Range of Motion
Range of motion is accomplished by not going for it with our approach.
While that may sound counter-intuitive, muscular tension levels can change (and be lowered) by reprogramming the brain at the cortical level. As the brain lowers tension levels, then range of motion naturally eases into comfortable length instead of trying to push or or force length.
Counting or Holding Un-Necessary
Rather than counting and or holding to feel a stretch, our aim is to become more intimate with what is happening during the entire phase of a movement, thus there is no need to count or hold for any length of time.
The focus is more on cortically paying attention to how various muscles turn on and turn off during an entire span of movement.
Quality of Motion
Instead of going for range of motion, we are more interested in the quality and feel of how various muscles can work together (or not).
Effortless, comfortable movement happens when the muscles and movement system are in your control so they can coordinate more cohesively.
When the muscles are not working in our favor, we can use that sensory information to rebuild the necessary function so the muscles are back in our control.
Stretching isn’t about getting the muscles more functional. The aim is to simply get longer.
Since the brain sends a message to the muscles to contract, our focus is to become aware of this link and re-establish, rebuild and revitalize the lines of communication from the brain to the muscles.
So by feeling how the muscles and movement system coordinate together, the muscles get a wakeup so their job or function can be maintained or improved.
Unlike most upright exercise approaches, our approach is done mostly on the floor (or bed) using easy, gentle movement patterns & a series of movement combinations where you move in safe, comfortable ranges of motion.
You can also simply imagine the movements vividly taking the place and still feel how the brain will make the necessary changes.
Pain is mindfully respected and used to teach us how to use the brain to change so compensations can gently unravel on the way back to a more natural balanced state.
Programming the Brain
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.
Since healthy vertebrate animals do this every day to remain agile and healthy, we the human animal can go about this systematically so we can learn, adapt and remain comfortable for life.
Somatics exercises has helped many people with these conditions return to a vital life.
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