Brain Exercise and Pain

The brain is an instrument to use and tap into in order to change the signal of pain.

Certain movements or exercises which target the brain help heal issues in the tissues such as back pain, stiffness and stress.

Movements systems such as somatics exercises targets the brain’s motor cortex and nervous system to change tension levels so your body feels more in control and comfortable.

According to Norman Doidge author of The Brain that Changes Itself, “easy, gentle movements gives the brain and the body the health we desire”.

Healing Begins

The ability to heal can begin when you have a conscious thought about the quality and nature of movement itself.

The intention of how you move, activates the brain’s cortex.  This type of brain exercise is where you closely observe or use your awareness to either feel or see what happens in your body as a result of following your intention to move.

Lessen stiffness and improve flexibility with the brain

Brain fitness is all the rage using computers or software, yet the brain software you have can be molded with easy, simple movements which affect your movement system of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, bones, the fascia and the conductor of the information; the nervous system.

Using the little known process of a pandiculation, your brain can reprogram how your muscles and movement system functions. It does this by changing tension levels back to comfort.

This key is important so you can regain control using brain motor control exercises like somatics to help you resolve back pain, lessen stiffness, and improve flexibility for starters.

Stress is reduced and when you practice.  Your brain gets better so you can recover more quickly.

Often, I call this approach un-exercise, since somatics is the complete reverse to most exercise programs out there.

Somatics Exercises Target the Brain's Motor Cortex.019

You see, with somatics, you are targeting the brain’s motor cortex instead of the cerebellum which is what many physical exercises focus upon.

This cortically brain based system rewires your nervous system so you can confidently sense and feel your way through a variety of movement patterns to wake-up both the brain and body.

This stems from you using your intention and paying attention to your intention of a movement pattern.

This is important.

Here’s why:  The intention to move itself is significant and is an integral part of getting the brain to change the body.  This gives you the ability to use your intelligence and the power of your brain to feel different.

Brain exercise is the difference in brain power

Your brain thrives on novelty.  Somatics exercises uses novelty by differentiating movement patterns to challenge the brain which improves the body.

This allows the brain to regenerate itself and facilitates greater mobility, flexibility and awareness in your everyday life.

Signals of pain and pleasure can be generated from the brain.

When you live with pain, it's as if the brain has gone haywire.

So it is vital to continue to work with your brain and body to reverse course to maintain better function and return to comfort once the brain no longer is in haywire mode.

Brain Gone Haywire with Pain

Watch the video below on the brain and pain.

So as you can see, there are any number of factors which can amp up pain.

For instance, the thoughts you use are a gateway to an ability to relieve back pain and heal other issues in the tissues such as stress or tension.

And interestingly enough, thoughts are now considered to be movement in the brain.

By tending to the brain, you can relieve neuroinflammation and reverse neurodegeneration.  Thus, the issues in the tissues begin to abate and your left feeling renewed and revitalized.

With a systematic approach, you can increase your potential to heal even as you age.  You can feel more comfortable with more possibilities to move and still experience natural flexibility which you easily reprogram back into your body.

Your brain is malleable and can change.

Neural plasticity and the concepts of neurogenesis are now a fact.  You can change your brain and thereby improve your well-being even in difficult circumstances.

Somatics is a is a form of brain exercise which incorporates both the brain and body with easy, gentle, novel movement patterns where you change the information in your sensory-motor feedback loop.

Signals in your body feedback to you.  This gives you the opportunity to reset and resolve pain and other issues in the tissues.

By rewiring your nervous system, the signals you send to the muscles and movement system help you move and feel better.  When this happens people will say they can alleviate pain by themself as all it takes is a little self know-how.

Programming with brain exercise is the most important part of all exercise

Re-programming your brain and body is fundamental to moving and living well.

Mel Siff, who wrote Facts and Fallacies of Fitness said:

"Programming your central nervous system is more important than aerobics and strength training... In fact, it must never be neglected. It is the most important part of all exercise."


So it’s vital to include reprogramming the brain as an important part of your daily life in order to keep you agile and in balance throughout your life.  The new exercise for a long, healthy, mobile life is brain exercise.


Ed Barrera is a Hanna Somatic Educator®, Holistic Health Advisor and author of Amazon Bestseller Move Like an Animal with over 15 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.