If you have pain/tension, then there is room for improvement. Adopting a conscious mind/body practice, will reduce your pain and support stability and balance in your life.
“Somas” are self-regulating, self-teaching and self-guiding and it is this process by which we constantly learn and adapt to our environment. When we want to address pain, we have to engage “somatically” to create the desired changes we are looking for. The process of learning, re-educating and re-discovering stability and balance, requires active involvement of our sensory motor feedback loop.
Sensory-Motor Feedback Loop
The loop is simple…our brain tells our muscles what to do. Our muscles move and send a message back to the brain. If we want to change the way we are moving in our bodies, we must change the message coming from the brain.
We actively engage our brain, to actively engage our body and then slowly release the engagement and rest. In doing this we must create new neural pathways which improves our function.
The more somatically aware we are, the more functional we are.
When we choose first person approaches to self-regulate we are using the body’s innate healing mechanism (sensory-motor feedback loop) to bring ourselves back to balance. The results of this approach are quick and effective.
“A soma always strives to achieve stability and balance” ~ Dr. Thomas Hanna, Body of Life.
Functional Somas are strong, supple and stable
One of the points that Nicole and I feel so strongly about getting out to the world, is the understanding that a functional ‘soma’ moves easily and well, it is strong, supple and stable.
Functional somas are not rigid, tense or stuck.
I love to test out the power of The Method we teach, now and again, by challenging myself in activities and movements that I have not done in a while like take a challenging Iyengar Yoga Class or doing lots of functional movement training at a Crossfit Light class after months away. It blows my mind how I can perform the movements so easily and well and how fluid and strong I feel in my body.
What activities are you interested in getting back to?
Are you interested in changing how you experience the activities you do regularly?
Would you like to enjoy your crossfit, swimming, running or pilates routine with less pain, more stability and balance?
Register for our new 6-Week Kickstart Program starting January 6th, 2019.