Somatic Education

We have a question for you – Do you maintain your body as well as you maintain your car? If your car is vibrating when you drive over 60 km an hour what do you do?

Do you think a wash and polish will help? No.

How about a higher leaded gasoline?  Of course not!

The answer is that you would take it to a mechanic immediately to get to the root of the problem and get it resolved as quickly as possible, so you don’t get stranded on the highway one day on your way to work.

I am so overjoyed to announce the launch of www.resolvepainguru.com our new comprehensive online resource site with programs courses, videos and live events to help you reduce and resolve pain anytime, anywhere, from the comfort of your own home.

Check out our mission video below.

https://youtu.be/12hXd-my3RU

Massater Muscle (Jaw Muscle)

Did you know that the strongest muscle in the body based on its weight is the masseter (jaw muscle)?

With all muscles of the jaw working together it can close the teeth with a force as great as 55 pounds (25 kilograms) on the incisors or 200 pounds (90.7 kilograms) on the molars. Amazing! And no wonder it is so painful when it is locked tight!

Motor Neuron image

The nervous system is the control center for your body. It interprets the things your body senses, and it sends information to the muscles and glands telling them what to do.

 

The nervous system includes the central (CNS) and peripheral (PNS) systems.

The central nervous system includes the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system includes the nerves that branch out from the spinal cord and the brain the periphery of the body.

Stress creates disease - the art of listening heals

Our physiology has equipped us with the ability to fight, flight or freeze in the face of imminent danger. This natural autonomic response served us well in pre-historic times. After the danger was over, we settled back into a rest and digest, nervous system response. But today it’s a different story.

Today our lifestyles, work habits, poor postural habits and weakened resiliency mean that the threats to our nervous system health are exponential – leaving us chronically overstimulated.

Want to learn more about Somatics & SomaYoga. I recommend these books and schools.

Somatics, Re-Awakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility and Health, Thomas Hanna, 1988

The Body of Life, Creating New Pathways for Sensory Awareness and Fluid Movement Thomas Hanna, 1979

Move Without Pain, Martha Peterson, 2012

Why We're in Pain, Sara St. Pierre, 2015

 

It is important that you have a solid understanding of the difference pandiculation and stretching to inform the why and how of the work that you are doing with your SomaYoga therapist. A pandiculation - is the fundamental technique of Clinical Somatics, and the most effective way to re-educate muscles or chains of muscles that are tight, sore and in chronic pain. When you learn how to effectively "re-educate" muscles releasing them from involuntary chronic contraction, tension dissolves and strength and ease naturally appear. Here is why.

Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) is a memory loss of how to feel and control certain muscles or muscles groups in the body. It is a learned motor pattern of the nervous system whereby these muscles display a limited range of motion, maintain a higher than normal level of involuntary contraction at rest, experience ongoing pain, and other dysfunctions at rest or in use.

SMA is undiagnosible and untreatable through the traditional medical model because the treatment requires work involving the sensory motor feedback loop.