What Is Somatics?
Somatics describes practices that uses the mind-body connection to help you survey your internal self and listen to signals your body sends about areas of pain, discomfort, or imbalance.
From Ancient Greek
σωματικός (sōmatikós, “bodily”), σῶμα (sôma, “body”).
Thomas Hanna, an educator in the field and founder of the method we teach here, coined the term in 1970 (although it has long been used in medical terminology) to describe a number of techniques that share one important similarity: They help people increase bodily awareness through a combination of movement and relaxation.
Many types of somatic exercises exist. They include:
Laban movement analysis
And many more…
How It Works
Our technique focuses on conscious Pandiculation.
Pandiculation is generally defined as the act of stretching oneself and yawning, especially upon waking.
Pandiculation is the nervous system’s natural way of waking up the sensory-motor system and preparing for movement. Humans, and all vertebrate animals, tend to automatically pandiculate when we wake up or when we have been sedentary for a while. If you’ve ever seen a dog or cat arch their back when they get up from a nap, you’ve witnessed the pandicular response.
Pandiculation contracts and releases muscles in such a way that the alpha-gamma feedback loop (a feedback loop in the nervous system that regulates resting muscle tension) is naturally reset. Preventing the buildup of tension in our muscles is critical to maintaining healthy posture and movement throughout our lives.
The exercises are slow and usually performed laying or sitting, they are low impact and suitable for almost everybody.
Muscles throughout the body are carefully contracted and slowly relaxed to imitate the body’s natural Pandicular response.
You focus totally on your inner experience as you move, this helps you release chronic tension by retraining your nervous system to understand what resting muscles feel like.
In order to be most effective, a somatic movement should be performed as slowly as possible. The human nervous system, which controls our posture and movement, must learn new things very slowly.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Kyphosis (rounded or forward-head posture)
Lordosis (arched lower back)
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Uneven leg length
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After compleating the podcast course you’re eligible to join our weekly video class, which delves deeper into movements that release chronic tension throughout the whole body!
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Releasing chronic muscle tightness
Improving posture and movement
Enhancing athletic performance
Preventing and recovering from injuries
Effectively warming up and cooling down from workouts
Increasing flexibility and range of motion
Improving balance and coordination