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The somatics move people blow off

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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

Somatics BookIn the book Somatics, by Thomas Hanna, there is a very interesting movement to release the hips, legs, knees, ankles, back and as far up as the neck.

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.  However,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.

“An exercise in and of itself cannot hurt us.”

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.

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