Somatic Movement Education Coaching is teaching clients movement to help them retrain their brains to remember the true resting length of muscles.
Muscles that have got stuck in a contracted state from posture, working too long in one position, uneven balance of one side of the body to the other or from injury old and recent can remain contracted where the brain has forgotten to tell the muscle to let go. We call this Sensory Motor Amnesia. The slow movement exercises provide feedback to the brain to say this is where I should be normally be at rest.
To release a muscle we always need to contract the muscle before stretching so this isn’t an exercise to replace yoga but to improve your movement and flexibility. Ever heard someone say ‘I do lots of yoga and am always stretching but this area never seems to release?’ Or ‘my neck is always stiff’, or ‘I always have tight shoulders’. This is where the method of pandiculation can help clients bring their muscles back under their voluntary control.
We contract the muscle further than it already contracted and in the very slow releasing of the muscle we look for skips and jumps in the movement, this where there is amnesia, we go back into the movement where this is present. Coming slowly out again to the end of the muscle lengthening is the resting phase where the messages will start being fed back to the brain.
We start and end with the client somatically feeling into their own body balance either lying on the floor or standing so once they have learnt the movement they can gauge the effectiveness and need to do more of one or more sequences to retrain the brain. This truly empowers clients to help themselves treat their own body imbalance. Once learnt a maintenance of 10 minutes a day may be all that is needed to remind the muscles to remain at full resting length when not in use.
The release clients feel when their neck or backs or shoulders become free is so liberating it has people raving about this work. It is becoming exponentially more popular especially amongst yoga, pilates and dance teachers.
Thomas Hanna Ph.D (1928-1990) was the creator of Hanna Somatics and author of six books. He combined his knowledge of philosophy, movement education, and neuroscience physiology to create Hannah somatic education. He worked with and brought the teachings of Feldenkrais over to the Uk and ran trainings. His knowledge as a neuroscientist enabled him to develop the teaching of Feldenkrais further and create the method of ‘Pandiculation’ giving the brain the vital biofeedback necessary to relearn.
I am offering one on one sessions to work with clients to specifically address their own individual patterns of holding. Starting September 1st with an introductory offer £70 a session when they book and pay for 4 sessions. These are on offer during September only and to be paid in advance. The sessions must be taken by the end of October 2018.
Please wear clothes you are comfortable to move and stay warm in. I really look forward to working with you.
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