Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rigid Brain or Plastic Brain?

Hey everyone! I'm reading a super fascinating book, The Brain that Changes Itself. Pretty amazing stories about how the brain can change, and by doing so, how people's lives can change too. 

Science use to think the brain was fixed and couldn’t change as we aged. Now we know better! Brains can change throughout life. It’s all about neuroplasticity. And as the brain changes so does the body.  With Somatics, you tap into your sensory-motor cortex, the part of your brain that's in charge of moving you and sensing yourself and how you relate to the world around you. With the awareness, you can keep your brain and body supple, at any age! 

With gentle, safe Clinical Somatic movements you can develop deeper awareness of yourself and improve how you respond to daily stress, accidents, surgeries, etc. Somatics is not a trendy new exercise class. It’s not designed to create dependency on someone to “fix” you. It’s all about the natural neuroplasticity of the brain that puts the individual in charge of their health and wellbeing.

The world is in such need of this positive way to improve our lives and empower ourselves to change and grow.

Learn how to free yourself from pain, tension and restrictions!
You can learn more about Somatics on my website.
Check out my Youtube channel with some basic movements to get you started.
I also teach online classes. Please subscribe to my newsletter so you can get the latest offerings!

joy and freedom for all,
Kristin


Friday, September 16, 2016

How'd you like a Somatics class in your living room?


Beta Testers Needed for my first

Somatics Intro Class ONLINE!

Saturday September 24 
9:00-11:00am Pacific time

Discover Somatics and learn

▪ how to ease tension in your body
▪ why stretching doesn't work
▪ how your brain can involuntary get stuck in faulty patterns, and how to get out of them
▪ how your whole self and whole life make up who you are

If you're life is pulling you in all directions, then you're the perfect candidate for my new ONLINE Somatics classes. Just rest easy on your floor... discover safe, simple super-enjoyable movements that will ease all that tension away.
I've been working with folks around the country online via Zoom (like Skype, but better). I recently taught a Somatics class online to a group at the Eliot Institute. So it's time to share the wonders of Somatics with you too!
And since these classes are online you can invite your friends anywhere in the world to join us. How cool is that?!

To "attend" this class will need

▪ a wifi connection
▪ a laptop computer, tablet, ipad, smart phone, etc (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, yoga mat or rug is nice too
▪ space to walk around a bit as well

This beta class will be 2 hours long and is only $15!
The price will go up for future classes so be sure to sign up soon!
You will receive an email prior to the class with details about how to attend the class online.
REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY 9/23.

REGISTER HERE!

Questions? Just let me know.
thanks for caring and sharing!
peace,

Kristin



Sunday, July 10, 2016

Fix Your Neck, Shoulders and Back with Somatics series starts July 18

Are you or someone you know dealing with shoulder, neck and back pain and not getting long term relief from traditional approaches?  The common notion is to zero in on the area of pain, but you aren't a bunch of parts. That's why people get results with Clinical/Hanna Somatics! It addresses your whole-body patterns. 

When I assess clients in my studio, I often see things like rounded shoulders, overly arched low backs, protruding bellies and tucked bums, heads that jut forward, even one shoulder higher than the other, (and often a hiked hip as well). These distortions can cause any of the following:
  • tight low backs
  • jaw pain
  • tension headaches
  • stiff, tight necks
  • challenges swallowing and breathing deeply
  • shoulder pain
  • frozen shoulder


Fix Your Neck, Shoulders, and Back with Somatics

Mondays, July 18, 25, August 1, 8
Think Somatics Studio* 

You will learn:
  • how tension due to stress and lifestyle can cause tightness, in the middle of your body and effect how your neck, shoudlers and back function
  • how to neurologically reset your muscle resting length with gentle somatic exercises so you can move more easily
  • why stretching and strengthening are different from pandiculations
  • receive notes and videos for home practice
  • information on how your workspace, sitting, standing and even how you carry a child or bag impacts your body
Fee: $72 for all 4 Fix Your Neck, Shoulders and Back classes.

Questions? Email me!

My previous Fix It Series fill up quickly so be sure to register ASAP. Here's some feedback a satisified student in the Fix Your Feet with Somatics series.

Many thanks for the new releases.
So appreciated and I must say Somatics has changed my life.
To not be in constant pain is such a relief and I just can't believe how simple this is. I do [my self care moves] everyday with the knowledge that it is so beneficial to and for me. 
Many thanks, SM

*My studio is a private residence in South Tabor. Exact location emailed to you with your receipt.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Bust the Myth of Aging with Somatics 8-week series

Mondays July 11- August 29, 5:45-6:45pm 
OR
​Tuesdays July 12-August 30 8:30--9:30am

Yes, we all age. But we don't develop pain and dysfunction just because we've been around the sun more than 45 times. We age because we stop moving with freedom and ease.

Aging is NOT the cause of your pain.
More likely you have Sensory Motor Amnesia.

What most people believe to be the inevitable part of aging--losing our natural mobility and becoming disabled--Thomas Hanna, called the Myth of Aging. Since our brains control all movement, when the brain becomes habitually stuck in particular patterns of stress you can develop Sensory Motor Amnesia. Your brain no longer knows how to contract muscles when they need to, and relax when they don't.

Think about it. Around the world there are cultures of people who continue to move well throughout their lives. Meanwhile many of us in the first-world are being beaten down by stress--anxiety, accidents, repetitive actions, surgeries, etc --that takes a toll on our bodies and plays a role in whether we age well and can continue to enjoy a good quality of life, or not. Our bodies respond to stress with natural reflex patterns, but if we get stuck in these patterns our bodies can develop pain and dysfunction.

So what can you do to age well and feel better in your body?
Discover Clinical Somatics!
With Somatics you use your brain regain better sensation and control of your muscles, so the contract when you need them and relax them when you don't. Your brain learns to with more ease and grace, and ultimately no pain! Somatics is amazing stuff! Everyday I work with people who are rediscovering their bodies, their muscles, how they react to voluntary movements. **They realize that no matter how much treatment they get or medications they take, that they truly do hold the key to lasting change**. By using their brains and sensing what's happening with their muscles they can reprogram their nervous system to reset the length of their muscles. It's just that simple!

Join me for The Myth of Aging series In this 8-week series of classes you'll learn:

  • what the natural reflexes to stress are, which ones you may be stuck in, and how it can result in back, shoulder, hip, plus other muscle and joint pain
  • what Sensory Motor Amnesia is, why it's the most common cause of chronic muscle pain, and how to undo it
  • why stretching (or massage or adjustments, etc) doesn't work long term and what does. Hint, it's called pandiculation...
  • easy somatic exercise routines you can do to rid your body of muscle pain, stay active and maintain your quality of life

Here's what we'd be focusing on each week.
week 1: release the muscles of the back of your body
week 2: release the muscles of the front of your body
week 3: learn how to release and lengthen your waist muscles
week 4: learn how to increase the mobility involved rotating your torso
week 5: learn how to increase the mobility of your hip muscles
week 6: rid yourself of neck and shoulder muscle tension
week 7: expand your breathing
week 8: put it all together for effortless walking
Give your body and brain 8 weeks to sense and make changes, and be amazed at how much younger you feel!
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This course runs for 8 amazing weeks and is $99.
REGISTER FOR THE MONDAYS at 545PM series
REGISTER FOR THE TUESDAYS at 830AM series



Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fix Your Hips with Somatics classes coming in June

Are you or someone you know dealing with hip pain and not getting long term relief from traditional approaches?  The common notion is to address the hips... Clinical/Hanna Somatics addresses your whole body patterns. When I assess clients I often see hips that hike and torque, and uneven gaits (walking patterns). I also frequently see a shoulder dropped to one side or twisted too, just like the pelvis or in opposition to the pelvis. These distortions can cause any of the following:
  • tight, painful hips
  • piriformis syndrome
  • sciatica
  • "leg length discrepancy"
  • SI (sacroiliac joint) pain

Fix Your Hips with Somatics

Tuesdays June 7, 14, 21, 28 8:30-9:30am
This Somatics Studio* 

You will learn:
  • how tension due to stress and lifestyle can cause dysfunction in your body and effect how you walk, which in turn, effects your feet
  • how to neurologically reset your muscle resting length with gentle somatic exercises so you can move more easily
  • why stretching and strengthening are different from pandiculations
  • receive notes and videos for home practice
  • information about how today's shoes and orthotics don't fix the problems, but encourage adaptions to pain
Fee: $72 for all 4 Fix Your Hip classes.


Questions? Email me!

Our previous series was all about the fixing our feet. Folks loved it. Here's some feedback.

Many thanks for the new releases.
So appreciated and I must say Somatics has changed my life.
To not be in constant pain is such a relief and I just can't believe how simple this is. I do [my self care moves] everyday with the knowledge that it is so beneficial to and for me. 
Many thanks, SM

*My studio is a private residence in South Tabor. Exact location emailed to you with your receipt.



Somatics for Urinary Stress incontinence

Here's a quick testimonial from one of my clients who has been dealing with urinary stress incontinence for years. She really wanted to share it with you because she knows there are so many women (and men too) who suffer with this condition. So, let's hear from her...

"Okay - so I know we’re all unique but I have been dealing with my own form of persistent stress urinary incontinence for many years. I’m not particularly over weight, I’ve not given birth, but I have had abdominal surgery and I’m in my early 60’s. Over the years I’ve tried many things to make it stop, like acupuncture, physical therapy and I’ve even taken classes on the subject. But nothing has worked UNTIL I discovered Hanna Somatics with Kristin Jackson. We did one session of the Red Light (startle reflex) protocol, and I noticed an immediate improvement. Two weeks passed and it held nicely. I decided to come back for one more lesson of the same, to keep my brain working in the same way. Now almost 4 weeks after my first session, I’m still feeling confident and I stay dry all day. My problem was an almost imperceptible tiny drip. It could get worse with exertion, but I could never tell exactly when it would happen or why. Now I walk around and do all my normal activities without that anxiety. So, if you think your pelvis could use a tune up - give Kristin’s Think Somatics a try. If it works for you like it has for me you won’t regret one minute of your time and effort!"

Take care, A Native Portlander 

Now you may be wondering, what exactly is a Somatic Hands-on Lesson?!

During hands-on sessions you are fully clothed and on a table wider and firmer than a massage table. By placing my hands on particular areas of your body while you do certain movements your sensory-motor cortex (the part of your brain involved in movement) sense your muscles with more awareness. Hands-on sessions generally provide quick results within just a few sessions. The client is also taught self-care moves they can do at home to maintain the results from their hands-on sessions.  (Check out my YouTube channel with self-care moves.) 

The hands-on sessions are not therapy, treatments or adjustments. It's an educational session in you. You are learning about your brain, nervous system and how to control your muscles. Humans learn while moving. So to get muscles to relax we have to move them, sense them and finesse our awareness to release them. Things like chiropractic adjustments, reiki, massage, etc. are passive. Those types of treatments might be enjoyable (or not), but because your brain is not learning anything there is usually no lasting change. With Somatics you learn to move without restriction or pain. It sounds simple because it is simple!

It also should be known that Native Portlander had been practicing her Somatic self-care routine at home for a couple of months prior to her to the hands-on sessions. She had had a lot of stiffness and pain in areas of her body that she got relief with her self-care practice. She had explored many other methods to get rid of her pains, but this is what really worked for her.

Contact me to learn more or visit my website. I work with folks in person at my studio in Portland Oregon, and online via video lessons.



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"Muscle Memory" is a Misnomer

 Most folks have heard the term Muscle Memory. But really, that is a bit of a misnomer...Let me explain.

OK, first, where are our memories stored, whether they're of our first kiss or how to dance the tango? In our brains! That gray matter between our ears that controls everything we do, voluntarily and involuntarily.

Muscles on the other hand, don't have brains. Muscles don't do anything without the brain telling them what to do. Muscles are connected to the brain via your nervous system and neurons.

So, when you are learning a new task, like writing your name as a child, doing a well-executed squat, or crocheting a granny square, the part of the brain involved is the sensory motor cortex. Everything we learn has the sensory motor cortex to thank for soaking up and helping us master ourselves and our skills. The loop from the brain to signal a movement is controlled by the motor neurons, the sensations back to the brain are traveling along the sensory neurons back to the sensory cortex. This plays into our internal proprioception; our internal awareness of how we move and sense ourselves.

But once you've mastered a skill, your brain shifts that pattern down to your subcortex, the part of the brain that controls stuff you really don't have to devote time to consciously thinking about every freaking time you do it. It's like driving a stick shift. When you first learned how, your sensory-motor cortex was in over drive (pun intended) to learn how to drive without stalling. Now you can drive home from work and devote your time to other thoughts, like what's for dinner... yum, dinner...

So your subcortex is the part of the brain that actually holds all the memories for your muscles.

What does this have to do with Somatics? Well, let me tell ya! Occasionally we develop patterns that are detrimental to our bodies. We habitually slouch, or tirelessly arch our backs, ready for action, or twist our bodies in response to injury and trauma. By repeatedly do them, and not releasing out of them, these patterns get stored in the subcortex, And by being stuck in these patterns we develop all sorts of health issues; muscle fatigue and pain, aching joints, poor breathing and digestion, depression, hammer toes, TMJD, the list goes on.

That's where Somatics comes in handy. You consciously move ways that your brain hasn't done in a while and you relearn how to sense what's tight and sense how to release and relax the muscles. You un-learn your current habits and develop new ways to move with ease and freedom. It sounds simple and it is! That's why Somatics is so awesome!

So, that's why Muscle Memory is a myth. Your muscles are doing or remembering how to do particular actions that it learned a long time ago and stored in the brain. So when you think "it's like riding a bike" that action is something your brain learned how to do and if you haven't been on a bike in years, it will remember how once you're back in the saddle. Unless you get on the bike in this video.


So, I hope that helps your better understand how your brain is command central for all your movement patterns. If you feel like you are losing your edge, or just want to move with ease and grace, tap back into your brain and nervous system to really get to know your self and relearn with your sensory motor cortex.

Speaking of videos, bop on over to my YouTubeChannel to learn more and explore simple self-care moves you can start doing today to get rid of all those "bad muscle memories". Then contact me to Skype, attend a class or for best results get a few hands-on Somatics Education sessions to really help your sensory-motor awareness. Heavenly!

thanks for reading and sharing,
Kristin

Sunday, April 24, 2016

7 reasons to explore somatics even if your insurance won't cover it

Hi everyone! I've finally found my medium to get the thoughts and passion in my head out to the world; with videos! I've created a YouTube Channel-- there's something I never thought I would say-- and am excited to share it with you.

I'll still blog, but when I create a new video, you'll see it here too.

Here's my latest video. A local osteopath started referring his patients to me. Yay! When we talked, he told me that a lot of his patients won't explore somatics because it's not (often) covered by health insurance. But I encourage you to consider it. It can literally change your life. If you're up for change... 7 reasons why you should explore Somatics even if your insurance won't cover it.

Also...I started my channel with videos covering a series of Somatics exercises Thomas Hanna called the Cat Stretch. I like to call it the Daily Supple-ment. It's a perfect set of moves to release tension in the front, back and sides of the body plus luxurious moves to improve the rotational spirals of your body so you can walk, move and live with ease. Here it is! My Daily Supple-ment playlist, just waiting to be shared with the world.

Enjoy!... feedback, comments, questions and of course sharing it with others are all welcome!

joy and freedom for all,
Kristin






Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Fix Your Feet Classes coming in March

Hi all! Just a short message to let you know the specifics of the upcoming

Fix Your Foot Pain classes

Mondays March 7, 14, 21 and 28th
5:45-6:45pm
This Somatics Studio* 

You will learn:
  • how tension due to stress and lifestyle can cause dysfunction in your body and effect how you walk, which in turn, effects your feet
  • how to neurologically reset your muscle resting length with gentle somatic exercises so you can move more easily
  • why stretching and strengthening are different from pandiculations
  • get written direction for home practice
  • information about how today's shoes and orthotics don't fix the problems of our feet, but encourage adaptions to pain
Fees: These classes are part of my punchcard class options. You have many options to choose from. Decide which works best for you, but please note the expiration dates.
You can use any a regular punchcard and come to any of my classes, including these Foot Classes,
 or sign up for just the 4 Fix Your Feet Classes for $72.
Register and pay right here

Questions? Email me!

*My studio is a private residence in South Tabor. Exact location emailed to you with your receipt.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Somatics a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

The first toothbrush as we know it wasn't invented until 1938!
A new client came the other day and reported that when she told her chiropractor she was coming to check out Somatics, he said, "Well, you know, you have to keep doing Somatics."

Well, yes. That's true. Somatics works best when you do your self-care routine regularly... is that a problem? 

Which, of course, got me thinking...

Imagine if we went to the dentist every week or so--like many of us go for chiropractic or similar treatments-- for a teeth cleaning. Personally I couldn't stand myself, and we'd probably keep more distance between each other. But just imagine

Then one day you found out about this alternative technique; You heard that folks use brushes to clean their teeth. Whoo-hoo! An affordable way to proactively take care of your teeth! You excitedly told your dentist on your weekly visit, "I'm gonna check this out! Sounds nice. I could avoid coming in here every week for you to fix my problems, plus I'd be a lot happier and in control of my dental hygiene." (NO I'm not saying you never have to go to the dentist ever again.)

Your dentist might think, "Awesome! I'm overwhelmed trying to help all these people when they can take control of the situation themselves and I can help them with the biggie problems." Or would she feel, "Well, shoot! If my patients don't need me every week, what ever will I do!?" There is not shortage of mouths in town, I'm sure she'll get by.

On the other hand I have a client who got great relief from Somatics and stopped seeing her Osteopath religiously. He was thrilled that she had found a self-care solution! He told her. "I like you, but I don't want to see you all the time! Never again is OK with me, if you have ways to keep your body functioning well." Now that is a great doctor! :-) 

This same client does her homework and I don't even see her much either. I'm thrilled too. Great gal, a pleasure to have in the studio, but she has the tools and the somatic awareness to fix her problems. Awesome! 

Moral of the story? If you are in pain or just want to function better, save time, calm your nervous system (which has a whole list of positive side-effects) and be able to know yourself well so you can turn to "experts" if and when you need them, Somatics is the primo self-care solution!

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