Monday, February 4, 2019

What is a pandiculation?

The words Pandiculation or Pandiculating are hot topics these days. But if you search for a definition online, you aren't getting the whole enchilada. Here's a video explaining what pandiculations are. Pandiculations can help you get out of pain, reset your muscles to their natural resting length, and by way of neuroplasticity, your brain learns a new way of moving, relaxing and being in your body.



If you want to explore more pandiculations, which are the movements of Essential Somatics classes, join the online Think Somatics Virtual Classroom. There you will have access to an ever-expanding library of recordings of somatics classes I host in my studio. It's by far the most cost effective way to work with a Clinical Somatic Educator!




Wednesday, January 30, 2019

February 2019 Think Somatics + Take It Outside Fitness classes

Let's Give Our Nervous Systems Some TLC this month!

Are you thriving or just persevering? With so much pressure of the 24/7 world, we can be overwhelmed and just getting by. I equate the go-go-go life to living like a squirrel in the road, as I call it. Maybe you feel like this? That erratic-frantic mode is no way to go through life, but many people are, and they aren't even aware of it.


Learn how to  calm yourself with somatics. Learn about how to self soothe and self regulate so you can remain calm and collected. By learning how to pandiculate--the key to clinical somatics-- you can increase your resiliency, so you can get out of pain and relax to a more homemostatic state of being.

Because all these classes focuses overlap each other, I'm listing things that will be touched on in each class, each week in the month of February.

Breathing for Better Living with Somatics
Quite often we are told, take a breath when we are anxious or overwhelmed. But did you know that can backfire, depending on how you breathe? Come and learn more about

  • what the diaphragm is
  • how it should function to lower stress
  • the diaphragm's relation to your pelvic floor
  • which breath patterns can raise or lower your cortisol levels 
  • how to get rid of tension in your neck and shoulders

Just imagine being able to reverse so many common ailments with just some gentle breathing awareness.

Somatics for Anxiety and Stress
Stress, anxiety, and depression play a dance in the human brain. Most everyone experiences them from time to time, but when they become constant, problems arise. While I am not a mental health therapist, clients who come to me for pain often find that they are able to self soothe and self regulate better with their somatics practice. They lower their responses to stress (pressure of life) and can reduce their anxiety levels. No matter who you are, we can all use some stress reduction.

Somatics for Resiliency 
If you ever watch an animal after a traumatic event, like a zebra escaping a tiger or a dog barking frantically at a squirrel, you'll notice they dissipate their energy and calm down. Humans can do this as well, with pandiculations. By contracting into tension and then slowly releasing it, the brain resets the muscles to their natural resting length. But if we stay contracted all the time, it becomes exhausting and makes us more susceptible to pain and illness.

Somatics for Creativity
Let's take our somatics practice into some fun realms. Somatics is about you being you, and letting your body and brain have a nice relationship. The only "rule" to somatics is there are no hard and fast rules. These classes will help you with your practice at home and on the road.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

January 2019 Think Somatics and Take It Outside Fitness classes

If you have goals to change things in your life, starting in 2019, please join me in these classes. My Think Somatics and Take It Outside Fitness classes are all about being present, openness, freedom of movement and having fun. Ya know, like when we were babies and children. Back then we just wanted to learn and absorb new experiences. But as we grew up our freedom was often stymied. 

"Sit still."

"Face forward."

"Be quiet."

"Stop asking questions."

"You're doing it wrong."

We started to prune away our freedom of movement and literally learned how to not move. 

These classes are designed to bring your brain, senses, and somatic awareness back onboard, so you can move well so you can live well.

 To sign up for classes and purchase a punchcard visit my website

Somatics Fresh Start
TUE Jan 1  | 8:30am | Studio
WED Jan 2  |  1:00pm PST  | Online
FRI Jan 4  |  8:30am  |  Studio 
This week we will be covering the basics of somatics. Perfect for newbies, but always wonderful for established students to review. We will release tension from front, back sides of body and learn how to rotate with ease. 

Somatics for Hips, Knees and Feet
TUE Jan 8 | 8:30am | Studio
WED Jan 9  | 1:00pm | online
FRI Jan 11  |  8:30am  | Studio 
This week we will explore how to torso moves impacts the pelvis, knees and feet; connect the shoulders to the pelvis; and how a free moving spine makes for pain-free feet. How we function (move) is all connected and trying to fix one part and not the whole system is the old-school wack-a-mole approach. Learn to make your life easier with Somatics!

Skull, Neck and Shoulders
TUE Jan 15 | 8:30am | Studio
WED Jan 16  | 1:00pm | Online
FRI Jan 18  |  8:30am  | Studio 
This week we will explore how the eyes influence the way the spine moves; play with head placement in seated and standing movements on Wednesday; and connect how the hands and arms move impacts the pelvis.

Somatics for Freer Walking
TUE Jan 22 | 8:30am | Studio
WED Jan 23  | 1:00pm | Online
FRI Jan 25  |  8:30am  | Studio 
Tuesday we will explore moves to connect the skull to the pelvis so walking becomes a fluid movement pattern; Wednesday will explore standing and some seated movements; Friday  will be a combo of both days. Super fun stuff, that you can blend into your days and take for a walk. :-)

Rock-n-Roll with Somatics
TUE Jan 29 | 8:30am | Studio
WED Jan 30  | 1:00pm | Online
FRI Feb 1   |  8:30am  | Studio 

This week we will explore moves that move a bit faster and bigger. These moves will take you back to playing, wiggling and being carefree of childhood! 

Take It Outside Fitness classes
Mondays | 8:30am | Mt Tabor
Wednesdays | 8:30am | Mt Tabor
In addition to my somatics classes I offer Take It Outside Fitness classes. These classes take your somatic awareness "up into gravity" for real-life movement patterns to re-enforce what you gain in my somatics classes. Even if you opt for just the outdoor classes, you will benefit. These classes take the body into multiple planes of movement, unlike typical gym workouts, so you learn to move well so you can live well.
TIOF is my original class format where I'll share fun, clever ways to use your surroundings as your gym. You'll never look at stairs, hills, see-saws and swings the same way again. Ages range from teens to 80s. I can vary a workout for your abilities. You'll love it! Really!​

​* INFO about ONLINE CLASSES

To "attend" online classes you will need:
* a wifi connection
* a laptop computer, tablet, ipad, smart phone device (desktop computers don't work well because they are on a desk and you are on the floor)
* open space to lie down on the floor (unless we are doing a seated/standing class)
* so I can see you better, a well lit area works best
* space to walk around a bit as well

You will receive a link to the Zoom classroom in your class registration confirmation. Here's a tutorial to learn how to join the classroom once you receive the link.

​IMPORTANT!
​Please get online prior to class and set up your space so you are visible to the camera of your device. If I can't see you, I can't help you with your practice as well. Below is an example of what I'm talking about.


Monday, December 24, 2018

Coffee Chocolate Bark with Nuts and Sea Salt

Every holiday season friends and family make tasty treats. I on the other hand don't have a claim-to-fame recipe. Until now! In November I spent some time down in Mendocino County for my birthday. At Papa Bear's Chocolate Haus I picked up some coffee chocolate bark, and wondered if could make something similar. After playing a bit, I did, and maybe even better!

I'm not a big recipe follower, but so many friends have asked me for the recipe. So here you go. This is very simple. It does not require any special equipment like a candy thermometer. I don't even have a double boiler, I just placed a smaller sauce pan inside another one. 

Go wild. Play with your food, people! 

Coffee Chocolate Bark with Nuts and Sea Salt

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2-2 cups of your choice of raw nuts (I really like almonds or hazelnuts mixed with some salted pistachios thrown in)
4 Tb fresh ground coffee beans
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt (or omit if you are using salted pistachios)
1 12-ounce bag of dark chocolate chips 
1 4-ounce 100% cacao chocolate bar, roughly chopped 
sea salt for topping (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
  • Set oven to 350* F. (I don't wait for the oven to preheat, just turn it on, follow next step, then throw the nuts in the oven)
  • Very roughly chop up your choice of raw nuts. You can leave a few whole even. (Don't chop the pistachios. In fact leave them out of the equation until later.)
  • Roast the raw nuts in the oven on a cookie sheet for about 10-12 minutes. Make sure they don’t burn.
  • In a small bowl, mix coffee grounds, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt.
  • Melt coconut oil, then mix in the vanilla in a small bowl. 
  • Once the nuts are done roasting, let them cool a bit...
  • Then toss them with the pistachios, then the coconut oil-vanilla,  and then toss all of them with the coffee-cocoa powder mixture. 
  • Dump the chocolate chips and chopped chocolate bar into double boiler (or pan placed inside another pan with water in it)
  • Melt the chocolate in a (makeshift) double boiler. 
  • Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Once the chocolate is completely melted, pour about 3/4 of it on to the lined-with-parchment-paper cookie sheet. Spread the chocolate out to form a rectangle, be careful not to make it too thin. 
  • As evenly as possible, sprinkle the nuts and coffee mixture over the chocolate. 
  • Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate overtop of everything. 
  • I kind of spread and smoosh the nuts and chocolate together at this point.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt if desired. 
  • Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes to 1 hour. 
  • Once it cools it easily peels off parchment.  Break bark into pieces. Enjoy!!!
I don't think I'll be buying any of those specialty chocolate bars anymore. I've played with other variations too. My latest concoction was toasted millet + cinnamon + chipotle powder + sea salt for an adult, crispy, Mexican-ish chocolate bark. Don't ask me about spice amounts. I didn't measure. I always taste along the way when I cook.  

Let me know what you think of it. I think it's freaking awesome. I think I'll go have a bite right now....



Sunday, December 2, 2018

December 2018 Classes with Think Somatics + Take It Outside Fitness

Holy cow! How did the end of the year get here already? Good thing we have somatics and fresh air to help us survive the speedy world that zips around us. :-) Here's what we are focusing on this month.

JUST FYI no classes on 
Mon Dec 16
Tues Dec 17
Mon Dec 24
Tues Dec 25
Wed Dec 26

To sign up for classes and purchase a punchcard visit my website


Somatics for Knees, Hips and Feet
TUE Dec 4  | 8:30am | Studio
WED Dec 5  |  1:00pm PST  | Online
FRI Dec 7  |  8:30am  |  Studio 
When clients tell me they have "tight hips" or "cranky knees" I'll bet they have forgotten how to move their waists, shoulders and pelvises freely. See, the torso should move the limbs, not the other way around. In this class we will assess how we walk first. Next we'll go through some yummy pandiculations (somatics movements) of the front, back and sides of the torso, and then rotate the body. After that we will walk again and see how much more freely our torsos move so our hips and knees are moving with ease as well. So simple!

Somatics in a Chair
TUE Dec 11  | 8:30am | Studio
WED Dec 12  | 1:00pm | online
FRI Dec 14  |  8:30am  | Studio 
Babies, young children and all animals pandiculate multiple times a day. What is "pandicuating"? Pandiculations are gentle contractions of muscles and even gentler releases, that leaves muscles relaxed to their natural resting length. And that's what Hanna (or clinical) Somatic movements are. While typical class movements are done on a flat surface, I'll share simple, seated ways to pandiculate all day, at work, in traffic and while stuck on the phone with your stoopid internet provider. Bye bye stress, hello freedom!

How to Make Your Life Easier with Somatics

FRI Dec 21  | 8:30am | Studio |
If you had a fine, golden necklace with a knot in it, would you yank and pull at it get it untied? Maybe... You might get frustrated and make it worse. You might break it, by working hard and forcefully to change the knot that won't untangle. But if you look at it thoughtfully and gently use your senses to solve the puzzle of the knot, voila, you solve your problem with ease. This is how somatics works. You solve your problems with awareness to the situation, minus common words of our culture--challenge, resistwork harderfight-- to create change. Once you learn the secrets of somatics, you will find many things in your life become easier, just by being aware and in the moment.

Somatics for Ribs to Wrists
Friday Dec28 | 8:30am | Studio 
This will be a fun class that will free up the ribcage, which in turn will change how your shoulders, back, spine, arms and wrists move. Well, why stop there, it'll go down to the feet too. Because we are whole beings functioning as whole systems. 

Take It Outside Fitness classes
Mondays | 8:30am | Mt Tabor
Wednesdays | 8:30am | Mt Tabor
In addition to my somatics classes I offer Take It Outside Fitness classes. These classes take your somatic awareness "up into gravity" for real-life movement patterns to re-enforce what you gain in my somatics classes. Even if you opt for just the outdoor classes, you will benefit. These classes take the body into multiple planes of movement, unlike typical gym workouts, so you learn to move well so you can live well.
TIOF is my original class format where I'll share fun, clever ways to use your surroundings as your gym. You'll never look at stairs, hills, see-saws and swings the same way again. Ages range from teens to 80s. I can vary a workout for your abilities. You'll love it! Really!​

​* INFO about ONLINE CLASSES

To "attend" online classes you will need:
* a wifi connection
* a laptop computer, tablet, ipad, smart phone device (desktop computers don't work well because they are on a desk and you are on the floor)
* open space to lie down on the floor (unless we are doing a seated/standing class)
* so I can see you better, a well lit area works best
* space to walk around a bit as well

You will receive a link to the Zoom classroom in your class registration confirmation. Here's a tutorial to learn how to join the classroom once you receive the link.

​IMPORTANT!
​Please get online prior to class and set up your space so you are visible to the camera of your device. If I can't see you, I can't help you with your practice as well. Below is an example of what I'm talking about.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

November Think Somatics and Take It Outside Fitness classes

Hey there! First off, be sure you vote this November!
Somatics, full pattern movement and civic duty are critical parts to life :-)
OK, now that I've said that, here is what we are focusing on in November.

To sign up for classes and purchase a punchcard visit my website


Somatics and Better Breathing
FRI Nov 02  | 8:30am | Studio 
Somewhere I read--or maybe one of my teachers said--adults pretty much breathe just enough to keep themselves alive. There are many factors that hinder our ability just breathe fully and in a relaxed way. The top three being, the pressures of daily life in industrial world; cultural norms; and ubiquitous concept that a tight core is a good thing. This week we will explore how these norms hinder us, how somatics balances the body to a more thermostatic level with the nervous system and how a more balanced nervous system relates to the rest of the body. You can read more about respiratory muscles here.

Somatics for Pelvic Floor
TUE Nov 6  | 8:30am | Studio |
WED Nov 7  | 1:00pm | ONLINE*
FRI Nov 8  |  8:30am  | Studio  |
So many things doctors attribute to aging can be actually linked back to stress within the body. I've worked with women who have found Somatics has helped them end their urinary incontinence. Here's a post from a satisfied client who was so amazed she wanted to share her story with others.  Mean too have pelvic floors and can benefit from Somatics. Regardless if you have pelvic floor issues or not, everyone can benefit from this class... because everyone has one. :-) 

Somatics for Neck and Shoulders
FRI Nov 16  | 8:30am | Studio |
According Physicians Weekly, $90 billion is spent on the diagnosis and management of back and neck pain each year. And most people aren't actually getting relief, some are becoming addicted to pain meds. There is a better, safer, and simpler way; By tapping into the brain and nervous system that is stuck in faulty patterns and has forgotten how to release tight muscles. You aren't just a bunch parts, so why are you addressing just the site of discomfort? In this class we will address the whole spine, from skull to tailbone. You have to experience it to believe it!

Somatics and Better Breathing
TUE Nov 20 | 8:30am | Studio 
WED Nov 21 | 1:00pm | ONLINE 
See above for description.

Climb the Empire State Building at Mt Tabor
THU Nov 24  |  8:30am  | Mt Tabor  |  
Join us for a free hike that takes us up and down hills and stairs that are the equivalent of climbing the Empire State Building, 103 floors! This is not a Somatics class, but rather a Take It Outside Fitness class, but we will wrap up with somatic movements to release our muscles.


Bliss Friday
FRI Nov 23  |  8:30am  | Studio  | 
If you'd rather avoid the stress, tension, anxiety and pressure of what has become the norm of day after T-day, join us for a lovely time in the studio for somatics. Sure to leave you feeling blissed and blessed.

Somatics for Neck and Shoulders
TUE Nov 27  | 8:30am | Studio
WED Nov 28  | 1:00pm | ONLINE*
FRI Nov 30  |  8:30am  | Studio  
See above for description.

Take It Outside Fitness, Somatic Fitness and Movement Classes

Mondays | 8:30am | Mt Tabor
Wednesdays | 8:30am | Mt Tabor
In addition to my somatics classes I offer Take It Outside Fitness classes. These classes take your somatic awareness "up into gravity" for real-life movement patterns to re-enforce what you gain in my somatics classes. Even if you opt for just the outdoor classes, you will benefit. These classes take the body into multiple planes of movement, unlike typical gym workouts, so you learn to move well so you can live well.
TIOF is my original class format where I'll share fun, clever ways to use your surroundings as your gym. You'll never look at stairs, hills, see-saws and swings the same way again. Ages range from teens to 80s. I can vary a workout for your abilities. You'll love it! Really!​

​* INFO about ONLINE CLASSES

To "attend" online classes you will need:
* a wifi connection
* a laptop computer, tablet, ipad, smart phone device (desktop computers don't work well because they are on a desk and you are on the floor)
* open space to lie down on the floor (unless we are doing a seated/standing class)
* so I can see you better, a well lit area works best
* space to walk around a bit as well

Within 30-60 minutes before the start of an online class, I'll send out an email with a link to your online classroom. Here's a tutorial to learn how to join the classroom once you receive the link.

​IMPORTANT!

​Please get online prior to class and set up your space so you are visible to the camera of your device. If I can't see you, I can't help you with your practice as well. Below is an example of what I'm talking about.



Saturday, October 6, 2018

Free Online Intro to Somatics Class | Saturday October 13 2018

FREE Intro to Somatics Online Presentation

Saturday October 13  |  9:00am pacific time  |  More Details and Registration  

Hi there! Once a month I offer a free Intro to Somatics. It's open to anyone and everyone, so be sure to tell your friends and family, anyone who want to feel great in their bodies and lives without drugs, surgery or on-going treatments.

Somatics goes to the root of all movement, the brain! Learn how to release chronic tension with simple, safe and enjoyable movements so you move with ease and mastery.

* Learn what the three main reflexes to stress and stimuli are.
* What Sensory Motor Amnesia is.
* What pandiculations are and how they influence the brain.
* How Somatics is not bodywork, but rather brain work.

Somatics is unlike anything you’ve ever tried to get you out of pain.

* it’s not treatment, it’s an education
* its not stretching or strengthening
* it empowers you to "fix" yourself, (somatic educators call it _freeing_ yourself)
* it's safe, gentle and pain free!

I will explain the basics and give you an opportunity to ask questions. See you then!

Do you know what Neuroplasticity is?

This short video explains Neuroplasticity simply and succinctly.


How does Somatics change the brain?

Clinical Somatics is not a trendy new exercise class. It’s not designed to create dependency on someone to “fix” you. It’s all based on neurophysiology; how and what our brains and nervous systems do when we experience accidents, surgeries, and daily stressors. 

It’s in our human DNA to respond with particular reflexes. We coil into a fetal position when scared, we arch our lower backs when we're called to action, we twist and bend to protect ourselves from injury or pain. It’s involuntary! Reflexes are meant to help us survive. Unfortunately in today’s world, events and lifestyle habits keep us in those reflex patterns 24/7, to the point where our brains no longer know how to release the muscles triggered for action. That’s when things go haywire. We've developed SMA, **Sensory Motor Amnesia**. Our brains have forgotten how to release the tight, tense muscles that create pain in our bodies, joints and the muscles themselves, not to mention a host of health issues typically attributed to aging, but are actually **learned dysfunctions**.

With safe, simple movements your brain learns how to release the tension and you literally change the neural pathways in your brain! How cool is that!? **Somatics is neuroplasticity in action**. 

Listen within. That's where your knowledge and power is.

 If a freer you is what you want, I'll see you Saturday! The choice is all yours.

Please visit my website for more details on Somatics

peace,
Kristin

Saturday, September 29, 2018

October 2018 Think Somatics + Take It Outside Fitness classes

Since Oct 7-13 is Mental Health Week, I thought I'd create somatic-based classes around that theme. To the somatics perspective there is no mind-body connection. We are mind-body organismsConnection means separate entities, with a link between.  I like to say the brain and the body are two sides of the same coin. What you feel is in your body is in your your mind. Your thoughts are felt in your body. Join me this month as we sense the relationship between the two. This month we will explore somatics movements--pandiculations-- in relation to breath, meditation, busy-ness and how sensory motor amnesia shows up in our body and lives.

Somatics + Meditation

TUE Oct 2  | 8:30am | Studio |  Save Your Spot
WED Oct 3  | 1:00pm | ONLINE* |  Save Your Spot
FRI Oct 5  |  8:30am  | Studio  |  Save Your Spot
Do you have a meditation practice? Have you tried but can't "get into it"? Is your monkey brain keeping you from a practice? Or maybe you have a meditation practice, have pain, and haven't found meditation a source of relief? I invite you to somatics class. Conventional approaches to meditation are top-down, left-brained driven with thoughts and concepts driving the show. Somatics is a bottom-up approach asking one to feel and sense oneself from within the body. Come! Explore somatics and find an enjoyable way to cut the chatter and chaos we believe is a part of modern life.

Take a Breath 

TUE Oct 9  | 8:30am | Studio |  Save Your Spot
WED Oct 10  | 1:00pm | ONLINE* |  Save Your Spot
FRI Oct 12  |  8:30am  | Studio  |  Save Your Spot
Somewhere I read--or maybe one of my teachers said--adults pretty much breathe just enough to keep themselves alive. There are many factors that hinder our ability just breathe fully and in a relaxed way. The top three being, the pressures of daily life in industrial world; cultural norms; and ubiquitous concept that a tight core is a good thing. This week we will explore how these norms hinder us, how somatics balances the body to a more thermostatic level with the nervous system and how a more balanced nervous system relates to the rest of the body. You can read more about respiratory muscles here.

Somatics, Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) in Your Body and Your Life

TUE Oct 16  | 8:30am | Studio |  Save Your Spot
WED Oct 17  | 1:00pm | ONLINE* |  Save Your Spot
FRI Oct 19  |  8:30am  | Studio  |  Save Your Spot
My teachers use to say "SMA shows up in your life, not just in your body." We all develop motor patterns and we get really good at them.  SMA is when you move a certain way, but don't have a great sense of what you're doing, or how to change to another more fluid pattern. Let's say you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome, and find your wrist gets worse as you scroll through your Facebook feed with your right thumb umpteen times a day. Or maybe you walk with a limp that your friends and family ask you about, but you aren't aware of.  Both are examples of SMA. You have gotten really good at these patterns and can't seem to move in another way that doesn't hurt or hinder your freedom of movement. SMA can also show up as patterns of mindlessly eating, getting mad at your crazy uncle at Thanksgiving dinner before he even shares his latest crazy tinfoil hat conspiracy theory around the dinner table. You expect it and your body is already ramped up. :-) Our bodies almost guide us to act ways because we have habituated patterns, but ultimately the brain is in charge. With somatics you can impact the neuroplasticity of your brain and create new, healthier patterns. 

B-U-S-Y is a 4-letter word

TUE Oct 23  | 8:30am | Studio |  Save Your Spot
WED Oct 24  | 1:00pm | ONLINE* |  Save Your Spot
FRI Oct 26  |  8:30am  | Studio  |  Save Your Spot
Last week we focused on SMA showing up in our lives. This week we go another step into cultural norms and how busy-ness is yet another form of SMA. We all have it. Just to greater or lesser extents. I don't know how many people do all that they do. Work, home, kids, partners. We can't do them all and do them all well. We make lists and check off, rather than check in. Somatics is different.  Let's slow way down and sense what busy feels like, and what calm feels like. And let that awareness carry us out the studio door, back to our daily lives, noticing how we cope better with a greater sense of what hooks us into the go-go-go of life. Personal priorities can be muddied by busy-ness.  Trade in "just do it" for "Just be."

Somatics Surprise

TUE Oct 30  | 8:30am | Studio |  Save Your Spot
Oh look, an extra day of the month to explore somatics! Stay tuned for what's to come, or comment below to make a request.

Take It Outside Fitness, Somatic Fitness and Movement Classes

Mondays | 8:30am | Mt Tabor | Save Your Spot!
Wednesdays | 8:30am | Mt Tabor | Save Your Spot!
In addition to my somatics classes I offer Take It Outside Fitness classes. These classes take your somatic awareness "up into gravity" for real-life movement patterns to re-enforce what you gain in my somatics classes. Even if you opt for just the outdoor classes, you will benefit. These classes take the body into multiple planes of movement, unlike typical gym workouts, so you learn to move well so you can live well.
TIOF is my original class format where I'll share fun, clever ways to use your surroundings as your gym. You'll never look at stairs, hills, see-saws and swings the same way again. Ages range from teens to 80s. I can vary a workout for your abilities. You'll love it! Really!​

​* INFO about ONLINE CLASSES

Please register at least 1 hour in advance of class.
To "attend" online classes you will need:
* a wifi connection
* a laptop computer, tablet, ipad, smart phone device (desktop computers don't work well because they are on a desk and you are on the floor)
* open space to lie down on the floor (unless we are doing a seated/standing class)
* so I can see you better, a well lit area works best
* space to walk around a bit as well

Within 30-60 minutes before the start of an online class, I'll send out an email with a link to your online classroom. Here's a tutorial to learn how to join the classroom once you receive the link.

​IMPORTANT!

​Please get online prior to class and set up your space so you are visible to the camera of your device. If I can't see you, I can't help you with your practice as well. Below is an example of what I'm talking about.




Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Somatics Salon a la Think Somatics

Centuries ago, generally hosted by women, "a salon was a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host." per Wikipedia. Historically these gatherings focused on literature, art, or philosophical movements. There are modern day salons occurring around the world in the 21st century.

As you know, I'm very inspired by Somatics. It's all I talk about. :-) So are people who find me through my YouTube channel, online classes and online private lessons. With that in mind, I'm introducing Somatics Salons. These events are part of my mission to to spread somatics in the tradition of Thomas Hanna far and wide, by taking Somatics on the road.

WHAT ARE SOMATICS SALONS?
A Somatics salons is a gathering of people seeking enlightened ways to become, and stay, self sustaining, self regulating and self correcting in their bodies and minds. They want to learn about Thomas Hanna, PhD, developed Hanna Somatics, which is the foundation to the school of Essential Somatics. Hanna was a philosopher who worked with the body. He was perpetually intrigued by man's ability to stay free and autonomous. Personally I think the world is in a huge contraction right now. That's why his work is so needed in society today. There are three primary goals of the somatics salons.

  • Help people understand how the brain controls pain, and controls freedom. Humans have the ability to "fix" themselves and most of their problems. Not through force, pain or avoidance, but by sensing what they are doing so they can change it. 
  • Connecting people to sense themselves. Recognize that we have free will and the ability to self sooth and self regulate in the response to the 24/7 stressors we can not escape.
  • Connect people to each other. By sensing ourselves we can better relate to each other. When we have a better understanding of ourselves and what we feel, we can "walk in another man's shoes."

WHERE DO SOMATICS SALONS MEET?
The Somatics Salons happen anywhere in the world that has a group of students waiting for a Somatics Educator to visit! These gatherings are hosted at people's homes or in local businesses. The host(ess) helps organized the event in his/her town, co-hosting the event with Kristin Jackson.

WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA TO HOST?
  • you love somatics and want to share it with your friends, co-workers, family, neighbors, club members, etc
  • you have a clean, open space within your home that is suitable a movement lesson (think great room, basement rec room, etc) 
  • or you have access to an affordable space in the community (yoga studio, local gym, high school gymnasium, community center, Masonic lodge, church hall, open office space). The space rental fee to be negotiated with Think Somatics. 
  • the host(ess) attends the Salon for free
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE SALON?
  • Be introduced to the philosophy that is Somatics
  • learn the three primary reflexes that the brain can habituate within the body and cause tension and pain
  • Understand what Sensory Motor Amnesia is and how to reverse it
  • Learn somatic movements called pandiculations to get rid of pain and find freedom within your body and mind
HOW DO I CO-HOST?
Contact Kristin with the following information
  • Where you are located
  • If you are close to an airport, etc
  • Details about your space (dimensions, floor surface, etc)
  • How many people you can host in your space
  • Ideal dates to host our Salon
This is definitely a work in progress, but here we go!






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