Somatics for visual learners

Do you consider yourself a visual learner?  A lot of people do. Some even worry they won't be able to keep up or enjoy the audio recordings I share with  Think Somatics Online Community  Members.  Fear not!  Here are key reasons why I predominately offer audio recordings vs videos, and why audio lessons are actually better for your Somatic Education. We're talking Somatic Education Well, let's start right there, with Somatic Education . Somatics is about working with your somatic nervous system, the part of the brain/nervous system that moves and senses what you do and how you do it. To get rid of pain you need to really start feeling and sensing yourself from an internal perspective. Not just your achy parts. All of you.  Your re-educating your brain and body through your sensory and motor cortexes. Muddling the learning process with extraneous input As an adult you have likely been conditioned to believe that watching the teacher is how you learn to move, whether it's

Learning Clinical Somatics online vs in-person vs streaming

If you want to learn and reap the benefits of Clinical (Hanna) Somatics you have a several options from which to choose. I've offered them all, so I'd like to share some tips, and humble opinions too. :-) How and Where Can I Learn Somatics? Schedule a private session with a Clinical Somatic Educator , meeting in person. Schedule an online private session with a Clinical Somatic Educator. Attend a live Somatics class or workshop in an in-person setting. Attend a live Somatics class online, meeting in real time, but online. Stream Somatics recordings . Download Somatics recordings. Private Session IN-PERSON with a Clinical Somatic Educator This is the top-notch way to learn Somatics. The challenge? Clinical Somatic Educators aren't on every street corner like yoga studios or chiropractors. If you have the ability to work with a quality CSE in person, do it. There are a few caveats to this though. People hanging out a shingle offering Somatics can all have varying degrees of

Proactive Postural Restructuring Series Starts April 11 2022

If you've been around here for a while you may remember I offered Proactive Postural Restructuring classes many moons ago. Folks really enjoyed it, but alas I put it on the back burner, got hit by a car while riding my bike, which led me to fall deeply in love with Hanna-based Somatics, and went through 4 years of training to become certified. Anyhoo.... Proactive Postural Restructuring is back! This link will take you to all the details and how to register.  Proactive Postural Restructuring is a somatic method of movement education. As is Hanna-based Somatics. So before I dive into some details about PPR, let's cover some key terms and principles. Somatic Vocabulary + Key Principles somatic nervous system - the part of your brain and nervous system in charge of controlling how you move and sensing/feeling what you are actually doing. neuroplasticity - the brain’s ability to form neural pathways between the brain and body in response to learning or experience or following in

Best darn roasted carrots!

I've never been much for cooked carrots. Give me raw ones with peanut butter, or hummus, or bleu cheese, or just plain and I'm good to go. With the current supply chain disruptions I recently resorted to buying a 3 pound bag of whole carrots. . . which led me to resorting to cooking some of them, since there were so many! I am not a foodie blogger and I don't measure when I cook, I just wing it. But since I wanted to share this dish with you, the last time I made these, I paid more attention to ingredient quantities. Well, roughly. Use your senses to figure out what will be best for you. Ingredients 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil* 3-5 large carrots (I peel mine, if you don't, that's cool) 1 teaspoon turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice  ** salt to taste, or not * unrefined coconut oil tastes like coconut oil. Refined doesn't, so it's bland and works with recipes when you don't want to impart coconut flavor.) You could use any oil to your l

The secret to long lasting pain relief your bodyworker doesn't know

I'm gonna have this engraved on my tombstone:  No part of your body works by itself. Unfortunately we have been told where there is pain, is where the problem lies .  So, to meet you where your beliefs are, I offer classes and recorded lessons to pique your interest. :-) But as soon as students get into a lesson they quickly discover just how everything is connected. In fact I worked with a woman once who had "been to everyone under the sun" to address the pain in her left shoulder and side of neck. When she came to me I didn't "work on" her shoulder and neck. Instead we addressed all the tension along the right side of her body. The tension on her right side caused her right shoulder to drop down, making her left shoulder draw up.  That drawn up left shoulder was achy and stiff. The pain was a signal from her brain that something was amiss . She could stretch, massage, inject it until the cows came home, but until she addressed the full body patterns she

Let go and move

If images don't appear in your email, click on the blog title "Let go and move" above. I just love watching this baby move!  I'm including it here, as a visual aid for your Somatics practice. I encourage students to move their whole bodies, not isolate parts, when we are doing pandiculations. Well, really, let your whole body move with anything you do in life. Just like Baby Ella is doing in the video. If I cue someone to move their heads, or a shoulder, or a hip, or a foot, whatever, I ask them to notice what else moves along with it.  If one part of your body is moving how does it wag the rest of the body? Ella has no cultural expectations, or rules, or isolating parts of her body. She just feels like dancing, and does it. Looks fun, eh?! Try it out for yourself. Can you wiggle and jiggle your whole body, moving your shoulders and hips, and spine and head?  Really, the freer you are to move, the freer you are. Period. I'd love to hear what you think . . . throw

Greetings from the road (part 2)

In our previous post from the road we were heading to Des Moines, Iowa. Again, I have no idea why I wanted to see Iowa, other than we'd heard that some of the up and coming "hot" towns were here. We crossed Nebraska, where the vibe was off for us. Can a state have a vibe? I think it can, because it's the vibe of the people that live there. No offense to Nebraska, but it's not for everyone , which is their tourism summer campaign slogan. Seriously! Anyhoo, we enjoyed exploring downtown Des Moines. Toured around the capitol, explored the East Village that some have dubbed the Brooklyn of Des Moines. Bwhahahaha! I wouldn't go that far, but it was cute. We stopped in at Raygun a great store for souvenirs worth buying, including this one that made me laugh. From Des Moines we headed to Kansas City, Missouri to see our old friend, Megan from Austin. Well, she's not old, but we've just known her since before we were married and she helped throw a kick ass pa