Gaining Height with Somatics?

I’ve had clients tell me they gained inches in height after working with somatic explorations. Blows the whole “we shrink as we age” thing out of the water, I think! In addition to the explanation in this link below, there is also Thomas Hanna’s description of a “dark vise”. That is the imbalance between our natural green light and red light responses in the front and back of the body. Years of emotional stress can pull us forward, impeding our breath, depressing our shoulders and chests, rounding the spine forward. On the other side, we are constantly being called to action, moving forward, tightening our back in green light (or Landau) response. The body likes to be in balance against gravity, so if we are too pulled back or too far forward, the other side says “whoa whoa whoa!! I don’t want to fall over!”, and so contracts to pull the body back. This can cause significant pain from overuse in both sides of the body. If each side of the body, front and back, keeps arguing over which one needs to pull upright out of gravity, this can create compression of the spine, leading to shortening of the muscles between vertebrae, “shrinking” the body in height. Now, there are conditions that actually do deteriorate the connective tissue between the vertebrae, but I think we have ignored a very important piece by dismissing the muscles and function of the center of our body.

Continue reading Colm McDonnnell’s easy anatomical description here.

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2 Responses to Gaining Height with Somatics?

  1. HI Carrie! I got the idea from you to do a class focusing on “reaching the top shelf” and yes, Somatics can make you taller. Actually I tell folks, it’s not making us taller, it’s helping us regain the inches we’ve lost due to stress, injury and habits. The height is there, just waiting to be freed. 🙂 We even took measurements before and after class. They were blown away. Here’s a link if you want to see. Thanks for all your help Carrie!
    http://www.takeitoutsidefitness.com/2014/10/can-somatics-make-you-taller.html

    • ferdinandsmeadow says:

      That’s great Kristin! I teach a “reaching tot he top shelf” class too, in a series of “Functional Somatics” classes. I take tape to have people measure before & after. I’d love to exchange playlists to see how we can both expand! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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