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Somatics

Somatics

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.

Introduction

Introduction

Quick
History

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:

Rolfing

Alexander technique

Feldenkrais method

Laban movement analysis

Body-Mind Centering

Mindfull Yoga 

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

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.

What it can do

Conditions
Helped

Back pain
Bursitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Disc problems
Frozen shoulder
Joint pain
Kyphosis (rounded or forward-head posture)
Lordosis (arched lower back)
Piriformis Syndrome
Plantar Fasciitis
Sciatica
Scoliosis
Shallow breathing
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Tendinitis
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Uneven leg length

Try It
Here

Below is a 20 minute Introduction Pod-class that explains what somatics is, and talks you through a physical meditation and your first conscious pandiculation.

First ClassThe Studio Indigo
00:00 / 19:20

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Other
Benefits

Releasing chronic muscle tightness
Improving posture and movement
Reducing stress
Improving sleep
Improving breathing
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

Learning More

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5, 10 or 20 minute classes right there on your phone, or tablet. Carefully curated for the common conditions everybody suffers from. 

 

With this there is no need to worry about making a session on time, you can start healing yourself on your own schedule.

Personalised Plans

If you are interest in a program crafted specifically for individual or business needs, please get in touch by

Message, WhatsApp or Telegram at 

07934 196 111

Or by email at 

Jazmin@TheStudioIndigo.com

FaceTo Face Sessions

Private consultations and  sessions are available at our studio in Westcott.

Come and learn techniques that can change your life and the way you feel in your body in our stunning studio overlooking the Surrey Hills.

If you would like to book a session or have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact

by email 

Jazmin@Thestudioindigo.com

 

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0787 191 8000

Online

Treat yourself from the comfort of your own home.

Once you’ve completed the introduction class you can join our weekly group video class.

It is run regularly on Thursday mornings at 8.30am.

Or we offer private video sessions if you would like a personalised plan to aid you with specific issues your suffering from.

In Person

For a more detailed explanation of how somatic practises can help your body check out our blog by clicking the button below

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