Halloween-y Somatics, October Newsletter

Breathing into the log flume of the upcoming holidays

Halloween is right around the corner, which means that we are officially on a log flume ride to more holidays and (potentially) BUSY, full days. It’s hard to slow down these days to take those pauses. I found myself saying the other day “It’s hard for me to stop what I’m doing long enough to figure out something better!” The “to-do” list seems never ending, and for me, can keep me up at night ruminating.

I know it sounds counter-intuitive – but, if we take the time to pause and slow down, we actually HAVE MORE TIME to do all the things on our list. As much as I KNOW this to be true, even I am challenged with this, and have a hard time carving out the time. I have set random reminders on my phone to **trill** a “take a breath, feel your body” periodically throughout the day. It’s helpful to have that outside Pavlovian bell to help me remember that immensely helpful pause. Each little minute – second even – are cumulative in helping your brain respond to stress more easily.

I use a Mind Jogger app to help with reminders. The one I use is 99 cents, but there are free ones available too.

You have many opportunities to slow down with a somatics practice in the next month! Online and in-person, private and in a group:

Celebrate your Curvy Spine! In-person workshop
Wake Up with Somatics, online
The Compassionate Body, in-person workshop
Neck and Shoulders rEvolution, online and in-person
Private sessions, in-person and online

See below for more details…

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Workshops & Events

Somatics Solutions for Scoliosis and Uneven Posture

Celebrate your curvy spine and change your relationship with your body! This highly transformative workshop is coming to Asheville for the first time, and who knows when it’ll be back. Explore the natural ability of the brain and nervous system to change itself – towards more mobility, improving posture, sensation, control, and less pain. All participants will go home with an illustrated manual, and videos to support your learning process.

I’m proud to be hosting and assisting Laura Gates for this weekend workshop. In addition to the 2-day workshop at Violet Owl Wellness, Laura will be available for private sessions at my office at 25 Reed St. Contact Laura through her website for more information and registration.

Saturday & Sunday, November 3-4

Violet Owl Wellness
62 Wall St
Asheville, NC

Solve Chronic Pain from Scoliosis and Correct Posture with Somatic Movement  

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Wake Up with Somatics!

An Ongoing Online Series

Tuesday mornings, 9-9:30am
$10 per class, $30 for 4 weeks

This has been going really well! I’m excited to be offering these each week. These are basic, gentle half-hour somatic movement explorations – for anyone who has been curious about a somatic movement practice, and for those who want a check-in for their own self-practice.

I’m also happy that I can offer the recordings for a week via a private link if you are not able to make it to the live class. Register here for either a one-time tryout, or a 4-week bundle.

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The Compassionate Moving Body

Saturday 10/27 from 1-2:30

Asheville Pilates
Reynolds Village
41 N. Merrimon Avenue, Ste. 109
Asheville NC 28804

$25

In this 90 minute workshop, we will explore the habits that may be causing pain or restriction in our day-to-day movement.  Chronic pain in our shoulders, neck, hips caused by our modern lifestyles can be distracting from living life to the fullest.  Somatic movement explorations slow down these painful patterns in order to regain healthier control.  By using our natural reflex of pandiculation (a “yawn-like stretch”), we can actually reset the length of our muscles and regain control for greater freedom of movement.  You will leave with a set of movements that serve as an overall “reboot” to your muscular system.  This is a very gentle class, appropriate for anyone at all levels of fitness.  Come learn to pandiculate!

Pre-registration for this workshop is required, both to get a head count and to make sure there’s enough space for everyone.  Please let me know at your earliest convenience if you want to reserve a spot.  Anyone is welcome, first come first served, so if you want to bring your partner, friend, family member or a stranger, just let me know.

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Neck and Shoulders rEvolution

What did you want to be when you were a kid? Did something distract you from fulfilling that dream along the way? Stress can show up in a lot of different ways. For some of us, the stress shows up in our necks and shoulders, and can be incredibly distracting to the life we want to live. Sometimes it’s hard to even see past that distraction, making those childhood (and grown-up!) dreams a distant blur. Unraveling that pain-distraction can be hard, but not impossible. Work with me through a series of lessons and private sessions, to help unravel your neck and shoulder pain so that you can lift the distraction, and then have the clarity to remember those dreams you once had. Not only can neck & shoulder pain be a distraction, they can cause a lot of fear to do all the things you used to want to do. A somatics practice can help unravel the pain, and return your ability to courageously face life.

An 8-week course to unravel, repair, and transform your neck and shoulders.

Yours in good health,
Carrie
www.daysomatics.com
828-280-4252

~ If you can sense it and feel it, you can change it.

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Asheville Workshop – Somatics for Scoliosis

Next month, on November 3-4, my amazingly talented colleague Laura Gates will be teaching her specialized workshop right here in Asheville at Violet Owl Wellness – Somatic Solutions for Scoliosis and Uneven Posture. In addition to the weekend workshop, there will be opportunities for health professionals to learn skills to help their own clients, private sessions available with Laura to help with individual issues, and a manual to continue self-care at home. Celebrate the curves of your body and learn ways to increase joy with movement, freedom from pain, and empowerment for your life!

For more information, and registration (early bird rate is available until mid-October!), visit Laura’s website here.

 

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Car Somatics? Yes!

As long as you’re safe, that is… And wearing a seat belt – I failed to put mine on for this demonstration, which can affect your sensitivity to arching and releasing.

It can be challenging to fit in a proper, lie-down-on-the-floor practice everyday – so fit it in where you can! It’s also highly beneficial to fit in somatics practices throughout your day, in day-to-day life, so that it becomes a habit when you need it most and not actually thinking about things.

 

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September, 2018

Ooooh, what a bittersweet time of year – as we wrap up summer and the chillier nights arrive to welcome fall.

For me, this particular fall is a BIG ONE. I send my daughter off to kindergarten, which means big transitions and changes for our family. I am having so many feelings going through me all at once. Excitement, grief, happiness, dread – I go from being a full-time mommy to having a lot more time to devote to my own practice and self-care. Transitions can be hard, but I am so thankful for my own mindful-movement practice – I don’t know what I would do without it. It’s a lifeline when new challenges come up. It offers me the opportunity to notice and pause so that I can respond rather than react. Sometimes I would make the same choice as the initial reaction, but it feels better to me to have that choice.

I’m also noticing a LOT of tension that just doesn’t want to release in my neck and shoulders specifically. I’m getting these little *twitches* when I realize I’ve been focusing or thinking about something too long. I had the pleasure of having a private session with a somatics colleague last week, and was reminded of the importance of getting an outside perspective to improve a self-care practice. A regular personal movement practice is essential, but returning to get help from others and making connections is essential as well. It was a huge reminder for me that growth never stops, and asking for help is well, super helpful.

I will have expanded office hours for private clients, and time to teach out in the world and virtually. I look forward to seeing you soon online and in-person – there’s a lot going on!

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Wake Up with Somatics!
An Ongoing Online Series

Tuesday mornings, 9-9:30am
$10 per class, $30 for 4 weeks

This has been going really well! I’m excited to be offering these each week. These are basic, gentle half-hour somatic movement explorations – for anyone who has been curious about a somatic movement practice, and for those who want a check-in for their own self-practice.

I’m also happy that I can offer the recordings for a week via a private link if you are not able to make it to the live class. Register here for either a one-time tryout, or a 4-week bundle.

Workshops & Events

Somatics for Pain Relief

4 Week series at Violet Owl Wellness, Asheville, NC
Wednesdays, 11-12:15pm
9/12 – 10/3
$60 for the series, must pre-register through Violet Owl.

Mysterious muscle pain can be distracting, and a Somatic Movement Practice can help to not only relieve that pain, but help you learn to release and even improve day-to-day movement. This series directly addresses patterns in the body that have nothing to do with aging, and all to do with the habits we develop over time – habits that can be reversed. Each class will focus on a particular muscular pattern that we all experience in day-to-day living, and offer gentle movement explorations to specifically move freely in and out of that pattern. You will leave with a movement routine that you can use to continue to free and improve your balance, flexibility, and everyday movement.

Somatics Solutions for Scoliosis (I do love alliteration!)

I’m proud to be hosting and assisting Laura Gates for this weekend workshop. IN addition to the 2-day workshop at Violet Owl Wellness, Laura will be available for private sessions at my office at 25 Reed St. Contact Laura through her website for more information and registration.

Saturday & Sunday, November 3-4
Violet Owl Wellness
62 Wall St
Asheville, NC

Taught by Laura Gates, this workshop addresses uneven posture, scoliosis and offers effective, non-invasive techniques for changing, improving, and preventing it. We will celebrate our curves, improve our relationship to our bodies, and explore the natural ability of the brain and nervous system to change itself, towards more mobility, improving posture, sensation, control, and less pain. All participants will go home with an illustrated manual, and videos to support your learning process.

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Classes Available for Download:

Embodying the Breath
Exploring the Pelvis
Releasing the Neck and Shoulders

I am now offering audio recordings of past online series as class series. You may purchase these through my website, and I will send you a link to download them within 24 hours via WeTransfer. These are specialized classes that explore not only the bigger patterns through Hanna Somatic movement, but the smaller, subtle movements that can really help bring awareness to the entire body as a functional system. Click here for more information on each class series.

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Private Sessions in Asheville, NC

If you are experiencing mysterious muscle pain and can’t seem to figure it out to move freely, come in for private sessions to learn how patterns that have been with you a long time may no longer serve you, and learn how you can finally release them for better habits of movement. Because of my own journey, I enjoy helping people overcome neck and shoulder pain, but a Somatics practice serves the entire body. Private sessions are gentle, hands-on guided movement to directly address those patterns. Contact me for private sessions at my office at 25 Reed St in Biltmore Village. Get out of pain, and feel increased freedom of movement in all the activities you love to do.

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July Newsletter

Wake Up with Somatics!
An Ongoing Online Series

Tuesday mornings, 9-9:30am
$17 per class, $75 for a 5-class card

We’re trying a new thing – online Morning Somatics classes! We’ll start these July 17, and see how they go. If we’re all enjoying them, I’ll continue them indefinitely, and maybe even add another one during the week.

These will be basic and gentle explorations – suitable for anyone who is curious about somatic movement practices, and also offer those more experienced students who would like some variety.

Click here for more information and registration for online classes.

Somatics for Pain Relief

4 Week series at Violet Owl Wellness, Asheville, NC
Wednesdays, 11-12:15pm
9/12 – 10/3
$60 for the series, must pre-register through Violet Owl.

Mysterious muscle pain can be distracting, and a Somatic Movement Practice can help to not only relieve that pain, but help you learn to release and even improve day-to-day movement. This series directly addresses patterns in the body that have nothing to do with aging, and all to do with the habits we develop over time – habits that can be reversed. Each class will focus on a particular muscular pattern that we all experience in day-to-day living, and offer gentle movement explorations to specifically move freely in and out of that pattern. You will leave with a movement routine that you can use to continue to free and improve your balance, flexibility, and everyday movement.

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Classes Available for Download

Introduction to Somatic Practices
Embodying the Breath
Exploring the Pelvis
Releasing the Neck and Shoulders

I am now offering audio recordings of past online series as class series. You may purchase these through my website, and I will send you a link to download them within 24 hours via WeTransfer. These are specialized classes that explore not only the bigger patterns through Hanna Somatic movement, but the smaller, subtle movements that can really help bring awareness to the entire body as a functional system. Click here for more information on each class series.

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The Fall Line-Up of Classes & Events

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?

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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

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30
$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
12-2pm
$45

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)
Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30
Drop-in $20

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)

4-Weeks:
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!
Carrie
http://www.daysomatics.com
828-280-4252

~ If you can sense it and feel it, you can change it.

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Summertime!

It is officially summertime!

Hopefully your summer is full of sunshine and lots of outdoor time (if you’re into that sort of thing). This is the time of year when we all have the potential to feel expansive and full. It’s a time to experiment and PLAY – in the water, in the woods, one the beach, in the sun, trying new things and connecting with friends.

It is a good time for getting into your body. That expansive feeling that we have in the summer, more than in the other seasons, can help remind us that we do have the ability to release and expand. Not sure if you’re feeling it, but I feel like we just move faster and faster in our world. And if we don’t keep up, it feels as though we’ll be left behind. So what can we do to find peace and calm in this world that seems to demand go go GO? Finding a mindfulness movement practice is what helps me to find that “balance”, so I have full access to both the GO! and the Release. When we live on one side or the other for too much time, it causes our brain to think that that is the middle, when in actuality our “middle” is a little off center. Then it becomes harder to find the other way; we “forget” how to get there. A somatic movement practice helps me to find that middle place again, so I have full access to adapt to stress, on the one side, and relaxation on the other.
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Latest class and workshop schedule from Day Somatics:

Functional Somatics Series in Asheville, NC

At Violet Owl Wellness
62 Wall St
Asheville, NC 28801

Four Saturdays – July 15, 22, 29, August 5
$15 drop-in, $50 for the series

Each week we will have an everyday movement as our topic (listed below). We’ll begin with an assessment of that movement, and then spend the class exploring how to improve that movement. Class concludes with a return back to that original movement, to notice how it’s changed for us.

Week 1 Reaching Higher to the Top Shelf
Week 2 Improve Your Walking
Week 3 Twisting to Look Behind You
Week 4 Better Breathing

Click Violet Owl’s website for more information and registration.

New Online Offerings:

I’m so excited to be kicking off more online series. This is the beginning of fuller programs with tons more information that will be kicking off in January. These classes make it easy for you to get in a class in the comfort of your own home, and the Practitioner series offers more information on the “hows” and “whys” of somatic movement education.

Online Myth of Aging Class Series

4-Week Myth of Aging Series:
Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23
9:30-10:30am Eastern Standard Time

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 $60.

Audio downloads will be made available within a week of the actual class, so no worries if you have to miss one!

4 Week Exploration Series for Somatic Practitioners

Tuesday evenings, 8-9pm EST
August 1, 8, 15, 22
Plus one private video session.
$100

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. We use Hanna Somatic Education as a base for discussions in neurophysiology and philosophy, will have a short, guided movement exploration, and end with a few minutes of reflection and sharing.

This is also a conference style virtual classroom. Audio available within a week of the class only to those who register here.

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 we can schedule more regular sessions or plan for ‘maintenance’ check-ins at chosen intervals. Attending regular classes are also a great way to maintain your practice and learn new explorations.

I look forward to seeing you soon!
Carrie
http://www.daysomatics.com
828-280-4252

~ If you can sense it and feel it, you can change it.

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