What Are Somatics Exercises?
Somatics Exercises fall under the category of motor control exercises, mindful based stress reduction and progressive relaxation.
This 3 in 1 approach is now proven "to be the first thing to do to relieve pain".
This other side of exercise approach is far different and unique than most other exercise approaches since this has to do with how the brain can change our feelings and sense perceptions.
Instead of hard exercise, or stretching muscles, somatics exercises are more about "the quality of movement", i.e., it's more about how you feel and what you feel and sense as you prime the brain's motor cortex to reset tension levels.
You learn how to use the brain's gateway to changing the feeling of your muscles back to comfort.
When the brain is properly targeted, it can let go of tension and give us back our relaxed and comfortable set of feelings via a direct brain to muscle connection.
Easy, gentle movement patterns (which anyone can do) allows us to rediscover our innate capacity to heal, feel comfortable and be confidently in control.
The following are typical results or outcomes:
- Ease in motion,
- Loss of stiffness,
- Freedom from restriction,
- Less holding tension and stress,
- Overall feelings of control return.
The principle behind somatics exercises is based upon a neurophysiological act - which had been initially reported as far back as 400 B.C. It only took mankind, until 2017 to officially endorse its systematic application as the first thing to do to relieve pain.
Somatics Exercises are based upon Thomas Hanna, the creator of Hanna Somatic Education which evolved from another somatic pioneer, Moshe Feldenkrais, who created Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration. Both men understood how extraordinary changes could take place simply through "movement done with awareness".
The contemporary practice of somatics has been recognized now for well over 100 years beginning with the modern day pioneer F.M. Alexander of the Alexander Technique.
In addition to the hundreds of movement classes and online programs my book, Move Like an Animal helps further explain the natural resetting process which can be done in 3 Simple Steps.
In the book, Move Like an Animal, I explain and illustrate how we can return to our animal-like natural method using both the brain and body to keep moving well as we age.
Give somatics exercises a try, you’ve got nothing to lose but the pain, stiffness, immobility and general complaints people keep talking about as they get older.
3 Simple Steps is all it takes to maintain feelings of comfort and well-being.
"This is a very useful book for anyone who wants to move and feel better. Edward gives a lot of very practical advice and great exercises to help you overcome years of compensatory movement that may have left you feeling stiff, inflexible and low in energy. I will recommend this book to my clients."
Del Millers, Author of Fitness & Spirituality & Dr. Del's Rapid Fat loss series of books