Most people stumble upon Somatic practices because they are searching for some sort of pain relief. As a field, Somatic Education encompasses a lot of methods, but the one thing they all have in common is that it encourages everyone to be aware of all aspects of YOU (body, mind, feelings, beyond), and this awareness helps to lead to important changes and growth – including pain relief. As somatic educators, we help guide people to learn more about themselves – how to relieve pain and improve quality of life. The different methods (Hanna Somatic Education, Feldenkrais, Somatic Experiencing, to name just three) may have different approaches to help open doors for their students, but the goal is the same – self-awareness, self-regulation, self-correction, and self-empowerment.
The movements I choose each week in class focus on a couple of things –
1) Helping you recognize the natural patterns that can keep muscles “stuck” that may be causing you pain & imbalance in the body. This is in the gentle movement we use, playing with the “edges” of your own movement patterns, and how to recognize your neutral, starting point.
2) Relaxing your nervous system in order to bring you back to sense of safety in your body, so that you have the freedom to respond to (and recover from) all the different challenges in your day.
Being able to recognize that “safety zone”, or neutral place, helps you to recover from any demands on your nervous system when faced with a sudden challenge – whether that’s a physical challenge (tripping on the sidewalk, recovering from injury), or an emotional one (listening to current events, a disagreement with a loved one).
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