Can you believe summer is coming to end already? I can’t. As beautiful a season fall is, I am always sad to see summer go. I love the heat, and for some reason I am a bit immune to humidity in the air. So the south really is a perfect place for me to live!
“Try something different”
What are your patterns? In movement and emotionally? They tend to be similar if you look at them. So many of my students try to “help” gravity, by holding themselves up off the floor when they could surrender to notice what patterns are really being held. Sometimes we “help” when we aren’t needed, but we hold that extra little tension just in case we’re called to action. It’s that little bit of “I’m ready” tension that actually creates the patterns that keep us restricted in movement. We lose the ability to use the part of our muscles that lie beyond that tension. When we give over to the concept of “allow” and “surrender”, we offer ourselves the opportunity to see what is truly there – the length, the availability, the possibility. Can you recognize when you are holding a little extra tension in your body? In your feelings? In your relationships? Can you give that part of you a different task, something else to think about and do? If part of you wants to always “help out”, what possibilities lie in letting that go?
Latest class and workshop schedule from Day Somatics:
Release & Relax with Somatics
Basic Somatic Movement Series
6-Weeks at Violet Owl Wellness, in Asheville, NC
$15 Drop-In, $66 for the series
In these 6 weeks, we will be learning 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 movement patterns that can lead to restricted movement due to pain or inflexibility. 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 for greater flexibility and muscle balance. This is a very gentle class that offers you simple, straightforward movement explorations that you can do at home for continued self-care. All are welcome for this wonderfully guided self-exploration series!
See Violet Owl’s website for more information.
Free and Easy Walking, Through Somatic Movement Awareness
Sunday, October 1
Walking is one of the most basic human movements. We teach ourselves how to walk when we are babies, yet sometimes life brings aches and pains that cause our gait to get a little “off”. Free and easy walking depends on freedom of movement in the center of the body. In this two hour workshop, we will break down the mechanics of walking using gentle and easy explorations enabling your hips and shoulders to work together freely and easily. Join us in learning how utilizing the central nervous system with slow, gentle movement can re-pattern muscle habits, leading to fuller function. This will be a fun class offering a new perspective on how your whole body can move with ease.
All levels welcome. Movement, yoga, & fitness practitioners encouraged.
See Violet Owl’s website for more information.
Weekly Semi-Private Classes (starting October 3rd)
These small classes are limited to 5 people. We will be going over basic Somatic movements to address muscular habits that are holding you back due to pain, imbalance, or just the feeling that you can move better. With such a small class, we have the opportunity to have more individual attention to your particular patterns.
25 Reed St Ste 101
Asheville, NC 28803
Please email me in advance to reserve a space.
The Somatic Brain: An Online Series for Practitioners and Therapists
(And anyone wishing to dive deeper into somatic philosophy, embodied movement, and neurophysiology)
Fridays, October 6, 13, 20, 27
10:30-11:30am Eastern Standard Time
This series is for somatics practitioners from all fields and anyone else wanting to gain a little more information about the ‘hows’ and the ‘whys’ of somatic movement. Somatic Movement practices differ from a more conventional approach in that we work “with” clients rather than trying to fix someone from the outside. We use Hanna Somatic Education as a base for discussions in neurophysiology and philosophy, have a short, guided movement exploration, and end with a few minutes of reflection and sharing.
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 $100.
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.
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