Happy Fall, everyone! (And a Happy Halloween to those who get excited about that too)
Going into the fall and the busy holiday season is a good time to remember how we handle stress in our body. ‘Tis the season to start rushing around – connecting with family, keeping up with work, and attending so many celebrations each month. The fall speeds by us, whether we’re ready for it or not. It’s so engrained in our culture to be at the ready for the next thing coming our way, we are rarely present in the moment.
So often I witness my students “anticipating” their next movement, keeping some muscles contracted to get ready for the next “rep”. I notice this especially in the back-lift; I find myself reminding everyone (and myself in my own practice) to completely release on the exhale, melting into the floor. Treat every “rep” as if it’s the last one you are doing, so you come that complete release. The benefit of somatic movements comes in the release. That last little bit of control over the muscle resets the entire length of the muscle, so we gain fuller range. If you are always anticipating your next move, whether that’s in your somatic movement practice, your job, your interactions with loved ones, you cheat yourself out of being present in that full surrender in the moment. As you start this hectic fall season, try to remember to sink into the present, pay attention to your body in space, and completely relax.
Latest class and workshop schedule from Day Somatics:
Weekly Classes at Veda Studios in Asheville, NC
Relax and Release with Hanna Somatics
See Veda’s website for more information.
Online Myth of Aging Class Series
4-Week Myth of Aging Series:
Mondays, Nov 28, Dec 5, 12, 19
10:30-11:30am Eastern Standard Time
Start your holiday season off right! In these 4 weeks, we will go over the first half of Tom Hanna’s “cat stretch” explorations, found in Somatics: Reawakening the Mind’s Control of Movement, Flexibility, and Health. These movements are a basic tonic to address the main patterns of human movement that can lead to painful muscular habits. We have many patterns that help us with all our day-to-day activities, but sometimes if we repeat the same movements over and over, it can lead to overly contracted muscles, restricting full freedom of movement. Hanna’s series helps to “re-train” the brain’s control over these patterns, enabling greater flexibility and muscle balance.
This is a conference style “virtual” classroom, where we can see each other, but for most of the class everyone (except me) has their eyes closed. Make sure you have enough room on the floor to move freely, and a camera so that I can see you. If you like, you can still participate without being seen, and still hear and see me.
Purchase the series here for $40.
Audio downloads will be made available for purchase within a week of the actual class.
Private Sessions in Asheville, NC
If you are in the Asheville area, contact me for private sessions at my office at 25 Reed St in Biltmore Village. Private sessions are a great way to identify specific habituated muscle patterns that may be holding you back from living the life you want to live. I recommend starting with 3-5 sessions to establish a foundation and to incorporate somatic movement into your daily practice. Then, attending regular classes will maintain and enhance your daily practice on your own.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
~ If you can sense it and feel it, you can change it.