I’m talking about all things Somatics.
Somatics who? Pandiculate what? No, I’ve not gone mad, take a read below and you’ll discover it’s all about instinct…
I don’t believe there are many folks out there who live without some level of tension , which is uncomfortable and distracting enough but chronic muscular pain or tension is miserable, often unbearable. Repetitive movements, lack of movement (like sitting at a desk for long periods or driving), long term stress and anxiety, surgery, or injury all contribute to tight muscles that may lead to pain, tension, restricted mobility and poor posture.
Understanding why muscles become tight in the first place is key to making lasting change and living a life with more ease, mobility and flexibility. When I refer to ease, imagine not having tight shoulders that constantly distract you and when I refer to mobility and flexibility I’m not talking about attempting pretzel like Yoga poses to keep you supple, I’m referring to having the ability to put your socks on with grace and dignity or, walking with confidence, ease and stability.
The thing is, as we live our busy lives we are unaware that we are not giving our muscles chance to relax after they have finished their task in hand and that over time we don’t notice that our muscles are getting tighter and tighter until we feel unable to reach back for the seat belt or one day or we bend down to the bottom cupboard and our back suddenly goes “out”…the reality is there’s really no “suddenly” at all, those back muscles just became so rigid they had no mobility and as the saying goes “something’s gotta give”
There are many exercises, core strength and relaxation classes that focus on stretching and strengthening tight muscles, there are also many therapies out there that can alleviate your symptoms, yet many of these don’t address what’s actually causing the muscles to be tight and many just focus on where the problem is, hence you’re in a constant cycle of finding relief. More often than not though, it’s not your muscles that need to stretch, it’s your brain that needs the workout.
It is important to understand that it is our sensorymotor nervous system that controls which muscles to contract, when to release them and how they affect our posture.
A relatively new (to the UK) movement class called Somatics does just that. It connects your sensory motor nervous system to muscle movement or I should say re-connects it . Conscious, controlled movements referred to as “Pandiculations” create new neural pathways, which releases unconscious holding patterns and address the underlying cause behind your pain, tension or restricted movement.
Take a moment to Yawn, yes, go ahead and as you begin allow not just your mouth and head to move, yawn as if you have just woken up, allow your whole body to move. Did you notice that you arched your body and contracted your back and then maybe even moved the other way and curled forward and sensed your belly tighten? Well, that is a Pandiculation and our pets are intelligent to do this up to 42 times a day. They’ve not lost their instincts to their mobiles and tablets, they know after resting, their muscles will have tightened, so they allow this reflex response to happen by yawning and moving their bodies, to re-set their muscle length.
And that is what we do in a Somatics class. The movements in a Somatics class are simple, natural, based on reflex patterns and are slow and mindful to re-educate your nervous system to release your tight muscles which then enables you to live and move with more ease and freedom.
The importance of practising Somatics for your wellbeing, is as important as brushing your teeth and if you’d like to Panidulcate your way to a more relaxed body and mind, you can find out where I teach by following this link here.