Body meets Brain meets Mindfulness

So, how do you really want to move through life?

Imagine never doubting yourself physically

Waking up everyday without any worries about nagging pains or limitations. Instead, you feel anticipation for the possibility of fun and exploration in the day ahead.

Imagine finding respite from anxiety and restlessness

Relief from a mind that is always on the go and having  the energy  and emotional resilience to stay centred, calm  and grounded throughout your day.

Helping you discover your movement potential is my job.

Teaching you how to stabilize anxiety and overwhelm is my life’s work

Somatic Untying the Knots
I found the slow sensory movements of Somatics  really enjoyable – but I was baffled – the movements seemed way too simple and gentle to possibly have any effect – and yet after a week-end workshop my lower back ‘arthritis’ had disappeared and my frozen shoulder began to un-lock itself almost magically.And somehow, I don’t quite know how, my anxiety calmed leaving me with a deep sense of quiet ease.

 

Somatic Education is a safe neuro- sensory motor training method  which goes to the root of the problem  your brain and nervous system – rewiring your muscles back to neutral taking you out of pain and giving you back control of your movement.These neurosensory movements  facilitates healing on multiple levels — biomechanical, physiological, emotional and energetic — enabling you to enjoy a life without pain or stiffnes.

Specifically designed to speak to your nervous system it’s  basically,  a mindfulness practice that works directly with the somatosensory cortex. It’s a kind of change-your-brain, change-your-body, change-your-life methodology. And it is very accessible to anyone and everyone

 

Sometimes this work feels like it’s magic – ‘how can something so simple and gentle be so effective if

it’s not magic ?’  – cos it’s based in neuroscience  –  here’s the how and the why

     Mind over Matter

Our brains affect and train our bodies , and our nervous system,  all the time, even if we’re unaware of it.When you learned to play an instrument or ride a bike your brain taught your body how to do that.   But your brain can also teach negative lessons, causing muscles to contract around injuries or tighten when you’re stressed.

  Muscle Confusion

When muscles forget how to relax, they become chronically contracted, losing flexibility and causing stiffness, back pain, poor posture ,chronic fatigue and anxiety. The feedback loop between your brain and muscles goes into ‘auto-pilot’, making it difficult to control your muscles and move freely.

Somatic Amnesia

Thomas Hanna called this inability to sense and voluntarily release tight muscles sensory-motor amnesia (SMA). Muscles with sensory-motor amnesia have learned to stay so contracted that no matter what you do—stretching, massaging, or drugging the muscles—they will not relax for the long term.

So, how do we reverse this?

Brain Training

– Movement is hardwired into our motor cortex – meaning it’s the brain that controls the muscles – therefore it’s the brain that must be taught to relax and release them – it doesn’t matter how much effort or force you put into building a better, stronger body – if your muscles aren’t on-line you’ll never get anywhere

Tell me how I can best help you?

One to One

Clinical Somatics –  Rewiring through neuroplasticity
Somatic Untying the Knots
Somatic Untying the Knots

Classes/workshops

Classes/workshops

Somatic Untying the Knots

So , how does this all work?

Let’s talk about fight/flight /freeze first

Our muscles contract via messages from our sensory nervous system – our brains –  when we are in danger of some kind –  our brain then sends messages of activation to our neuromuscular system to tense up to ready ourselves to fight/flight freeze.So – this tells us that muscles don’t contract by themselves! It’s a learned response to perceived stressors.Meaning –  we can unlearn these responses and respond differently so that our painful neuromuscular contractions get re-wired, taking us out of pain and into embodied ease.That’s what Somatics is all about.

 

What makes this work so effective

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Muscle-Forgetfulness

Muscles with sensory-motor amnesia – muscle forgetfulness – have learned to stay so contracted that no matter what you do—stretching, massaging, or drugging the muscles—they will not relax for the long term.
Somatics is different – it’s  designed to train your brain to eliminate chronic muscle pain and wake up your movement memory !.Somatics gives you back the movement possibilities/potential that you had before  chronic pain and lack of mobility became part of your life.

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Steeped in sensory neuroscience

More and more research is telling us that to have a healthy brain and life we MUST put the focus on our body!    And to have a healthy body we must engage and re-wire the neural pathways so that we  create long-term health and resilience in the tissues, fascia, muscles and nervous system – Bye-bye pain and anxiety

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Neuro-Regulation

When pain occurs, the brain interprets and modulates these sensations like volume controls for the pain, by dialing it louder or quieting it down. You’ll learn effective ways to control and re-regulate the volume controls.  This in turn allows our fight-flight-freeze response to re-set back into the healthy state of rest- digest allowing our healing response to kick back into operation again.

You’re in charge

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You’re in charge

As it’s the brain that decides when to contract and when to let go it’s obvious then that no-one can do this for you –    but your brain knows exactly how to do this work.  ! What we do for you is to show you how to re-train your own brain so that  you  become the expert in your movement brain and therefore the expert in your own well-being throughout your life-time.

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Emotional Equilibrium

Our bodies are designed to respond to our feelings. We’ll explore how your emotions contribute to pain. You’ll learn how to become aware of emotional triggers and how to reverse the pain brought on by emotions.

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Mindfulness in Motion

Training our sensory awareness – which is our sense of ourselves from the inside out  – runs like a golden thread throughout , and is the basis of all mindfulness practices.   With sensory-motor amnesia in a certain area, it can feel like a dead zone. There is very little awareness except for the sensation of pain.  Bringing awareness back sends new information to our Movement Brain to look for less stressful ways to move and be in our world

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Grow Your Slow

Develops our capacity to slow down for long enough so that we can begin to catch up with ourselves.   Slowing down we learn how to  soften the body- armour that causes us to brace against the world which in turn produces states of anxiety and over-whelm.   We learn to dissolve our body-brain-nervous activation through neuro-regulation allowing our internal ease to strengthen and to grow new roots of wellness.

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Grow Your Slow

Develops our capacity to slow down for long enough so that we can begin to catch up with ourselves.   Slowing down we learn how to  soften the body- armour that causes us to brace against the world which in turn produces states of anxiety and over-whelm.   We learn to dissolve our body-brain-nervous activation through neuro-regulation allowing our internal ease to strengthen and to grow new roots of wellness.