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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Happy December (and upcoming classes, videos, sessions)

I have a great class series coming up in January at Happy Body in Asheville. It’s one of my favorites: a 6-week Functional Somatics 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. We end each class returning back to that original movement, and see how it’s changed for us. I get really excited about these classes – it’s so much fun to see how everyone has changed after such simple and gentle movements. Below find more information on the series, and how to register.

6-Week Functional Somatics Series

Starting January 10, 2017
Tuesdays, 9:30am

Week 1 Reaching to the Top Shelf
Week 2 Twisting to Look Behind Us
Week 3 Getting Up & Down Off the Floor
Week 4 Improved Walking
Week 5 Better Breathing
Week 6 Bending Over to Touch Your Toes

Happy Body, Biltmore Village
25 Reed St, Studio
$99 for the full series
Register Here.

I finally got around to making some videos:

After much procrastination, I have started a YouTube channel with video talks and some basic movement explorations. Check that out here.

Private Sessions

As always, I offer private sessions in my office at 25 Reed St in Biltmore Village, Asheville. If you’re in the Asheville area, I would love to meet you. More information about private sessions can be found here on my website.

Blessings to you and yours, and I look forward to seeing you next year.

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New YouTube Videos

It has been my intention for a long time now to create videos for my clients and students to help them remember specific things we talk about in class & sessions for their at-home practices. So have started! There are 3 so far, 2 introductions to the work, and one of my favorite (and most basic) movement, the Arch & Flatten. You can see all three at the menu for the Day Somatics channel here. Many more to come!

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October Newsletter

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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.

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Latest class and workshop schedule from Day Somatics:

Weekly Classes at Veda Studios in Asheville, NC

Relax and Release with Hanna Somatics

Wednesdays 9:30-10:45

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!

Carrie

www.daysomatics.com

828-280-4252

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

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Spring into Summer

Spring has officially sprung. The warm weather and sunshine brings more opportunities for outdoor activities and playtime. Such a glorious time of year!

Recently I had the great opportunity to continue assisting Martha Peterson in her professional training program. This amazing group of students just finished up their second year of the three-year training. I always learn so much teaching, and usually feel like I am more of a student than a teacher myself. It also gives me the perspective to witness the students’ openness to new information. I can almost see their brains opening up like flowers at first sunlight. It’s such a beautiful experience to be able to be on both sides of that fence.

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See my latest class & workshop schedule by clicking the links below:

Weekly Classes at Veda Studios in Asheville, NC

Online Myth of Aging Class Series

Free and Easy Walking, at Veda Studios in Asheville, NC

Freeing the Neck and Shoulders, at Greenville Yoga in Greenville, SC

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March Newsletter

Brrrrr! It is COLD out there! At this time of year, we are all bundled up, bracing against the cold (well, at least those of us lucky to live above 34 degrees latitude!) Personally, I have dealt with a lot of neck and shoulder issues, and the winter is especially hard because I tend to tighten my shoulders in an effort to stay warmer. When I was in college, I saw a chiropractor for my neck issues and told him that I hunch my shoulders up when it’s cold. He asked “does that help keep you warm?” It struck me that it doesn’t! I’ve tried to remain conscious of that habit ever since.

What habits do you find yourself in that you can change right now?

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Latest class and workshop schedule from Day Somatics:

Freeing the Neck and Shoulders with Somatics

This workshop is near & dear to my heart, and always a popular one. These simple and gentle somatic movements really help to release and reverse habitually tight neck muscles. You’ll leave with a series of movement explorations that can help you relieve neck pain for good.

·      Greenville Yoga in Greenville, SC
Saturday March 5, 2-4pm

·      Veda Studios in Asheville, NC
Saturday March 12, 2-4pm

Click here or more information and registration.

Weekly Classes at Veda Studios in Asheville, NC

Relax and Release with Hanna Somatics
Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30-10:45 (ongoing)

Veda Studio’s schedule listed here.

Online Myth of Aging Class Series

I plan to offer a 4-6 week regular online Myth of Aging series as a conference style class. These classes will be recorded and available as an audio download each week as well. I’m still debating on times that can serve the most people. I will keep you all updated, and hopefully have something on the calendar by next newsletter.

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 look forward to seeing you soon!

Carrie
www.daysomatics.com
828-280-4252

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

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Neck and Shoulders Workshop added in Greenville, SC

Freeing the Neck and Shoulders with Hanna Somatics

Learn how to release chronic neck and shoulder pain for long-term relief. Hanna Somatics provides simple, gentle exercises to relieve, and even reverse chronic neck and shoulder pain. By using these gentle movement explorations, you can learn to address those nagging neck pains due to herniated & bulging discs, repetitive stress syndrome, as well as common shoulder issues including rotator cuff injuries, chronic tension headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome. In this 2 hour workshop, we will begin by assessing our range of movement, then move through a series of Hanna Somatic movement explorations that address common patterns that can cause habituated muscle pain in the neck and shoulders. You will leave with a series of simple, gentle movements that can help you maintain and improve shoulder and neck function in your daily life. This class is for those both new and experienced to movement awareness education. $35

Saturday, March 5 from 2-4
Greenville Yoga
10 West Stone Ave
Greenville, SC
www.greenvilleyoga.com
(You can register for this class by sending a check to the above address, or email me to receive a PayPal invoice.)

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