Saturday, September 23, 2017

October 2017 classes at Think Somatics

Folks have really been digging how each Somatics class has a particular focus. So, let's continue with that! Here's what's up for October.

Can't make it to a class that is screaming your name? No worries! No matter which class you attend, you will benefit. Have sore feet, or neck, or tight back? Somatics addresses the whole wonderful process of being a human being, and everything is connected, so each class will help the whole system, i.e. all of you!

All the classes are part of my regularly scheduled classes. You can drop in, or use your punchcard.

All the class details--when, how much, registration info, etc-- are on my website. http://www.thinksomatics.com

Stop Fighting It! Somatics for a Freer Back

Monday Oct 2 | 4:30pm | ONLINE class  | Save Your Spot!
Tuesday Oct 3 | 8:30am | Think Somatics Studio | Save Your Spot!
If you have a tight back, and are told to "strengthen your core" Please stop! Stop fighting the tension with more tension. Somatics is gentle and so easy it's down right unAmerican. ha!

Standing Somatics

Friday Oct 6 | 8:30am | Think Somatics Studio | Save Your Spot!
Whether you say you "don't have time to practice" (and if thats the case, you really do need Somatics) or want a simple way to add Somatics into your daily routine right now, right there, this is your answer.

Free Your Feet with Somatics

Monday Oct 9 | 4:30pm  | ONLINE classroom  | Save Your Spot!
Since I started doing Somatics I no longer where orthotics, inserts or squishy tennies with more bells and whistles than an first addition iphone. The soles of my feet actually have more tissue too. Come learn how to walk with ease! I even made a video recently about how I can hike in a shoe that's more like a moccasin than a clunky hiking boot.

Free Your Knees with Somatics

Tuesday Oct 10 | 8:30am | Think Somatics Studio | Save Your Spot!
Friday Oct 13 | 8:30am | Think Somatics Studio | Save Your Spot!
Your knee joints are meant to bend and straighten. Your torso is meant to rotate with ease. Your hips (pelvis) are meant circle. So waht happens when the torso and pelvis don't move freely? Down the kinetic chain, the knees are twisting and grinding with every step, and that's not the way our knee joints are designed to function! Come free your center to move with ease.

Intro to Somatics

Monday Oct 16 | 4:30pm  | ONLINE classroom  | Save Your Spot!
Newbies can start in any class, but this is a good one to learn the basics. Somatic Explorers always learn something new, so everyone will benefit from this class.

Release Your Neck and Shoulder Tension with Somatics

Tuesday Oct 17 | 8:30am | Think Somatics Studio | Save Your Spot!
Friday Oct 20 | 8:30am | Think Somatics Studio | Save Your Spot!
Monday Oct 23 | 4:30pm  | ONLINE classroom  | Save Your Spot!
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 for Free Walking and Running

Tuesday Oct 24 | 8:30am | Think Somatics Studio | Save Your Spot!
Friday Oct 27 | 8:30am | Think Somatics Studio | Save Your Spot!
Monday Oct 30 | 4:30pm  | ONLINE classroom  | Save Your Spot!
Do you want to learn how to move with ease and a freer stride? Increase your pace with less effort? Come to this class to understand how a freely moving torso will make your walking and running a whole new source of joy and freedom!

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See you in class!

Thanks for reading! Please pass this info along to your friends and family. Every body can use some Somatics!

Coming soon: online classes! Feel free to request your ideal time and day, with your time zone :-), in the comments below.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Back to Class! September Somatics Classes

Whooosh! Hear that? That's summer, flying by. September is right around the corner, and I'm here to let you know what we'll be focusing on in each of the classes this month.

All the classes are part of my regularly scheduled classes. You can drop in, or use your punchcard.
All the class details--when, how much, registration info, etc-- are on my website. http://www.thinksomatics.com

Intro to Somatics

Friday Sept 1  |  8:30am  |  Think Somatics Studio  |  Save Your Spot!
Newbies can start in any class, but this is a good one to learn the basics. Somatic Explorers always learn something new, so everyone will benefit from this class.


Standing Somatics

Mon • Sept 4  |  5:45pm  |  Think Somatics Studio  |  Save Your Spot!
Tues • Sept 5  |  8:30am  | Think Somatics Studio  |  Save Your Spot!
Whether you say you "don't have time to practice" (and if thats the case, you really do need Somatics) or want a simple way to add Somatics into your daily routine right now, right there, this is your answer.


Somatics for Scoliosis

Fri • Sept 8  |  8:30am  |  Think Somatics Studio  |  Save Your Spot!
Most Scoliosis cases are idiopathic, meaning no known cause. From the Somatics perspective, there is a cause. Your brain is contracting your muscles into twists and bends that are deeply engrained in your brain's motor patterns. And for whatever reason you learned this pattern in the past, you can start learning a new one now.

Intro to Somatics

Mon • Sept 18  |  5:45pm  |  Think Somatics Studio  |  Save Your Spot!
See above.

Somatics for Scoliosis

Tues Sept 19  |  8:30am |  Think Somatics Studio  |  Save Your Spot!
See above.

Stop Fighting It! Somatics for a Freer Back 

Fri • Sept 22  |  8:30am  |  Think Somatics Studio  |  Save Your Spot!
If you have a tight back, and are told to "strengthen your core" Please stop! Stop fighting the tension with more tension. Somatics is gentle and so easy it's down right unAmerican. ha!

Somatics for Scoliosis

Mon • Sept 25 |  5:45pm  |  Think Somatics Studio  |  Save Your Spot!
See above.

Free Your Feet with Somatics

Tue • Sept 26  |  8:30am  |  Think Somatics Studio  |  Save Your Spot!
Since I started doing Somatics I no longer where orthotics, inserts or squishy tennies with more bells and whistles than an first addition iphone. The soles of my feet actually have more tissue too. Come learn how to walk with ease!


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See you in class!

Thanks for reading! Please pass this info along to your friends and family. Every body can use some Somatics!

Coming soon: online classes! Feel free to request your ideal time and day, with your time zone :-), in the comments below.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

How stress gets stuck in your body

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to share my latest video over on my Youtube channel.

In it, I'm talking about three key reflexes--natural responses to stress and stimuli-- that if habituated, the brain literally forgets how to release out of.

With Somatics lessons, you write a new movement pattern to break the one(s) you may be stuck in.

So thanks for watching. Feel free to share it with anyone who has tried everything to get out of pain, function better and stay in the game. Somatics works because it goes to the root of all movement: the brain!


Stay tuned! In upcoming videos I explain what SMA (Sensory Motor Amnesia) is and how pandiculations are the solution.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 2017 Hanna Somatics Classes

Hey everyone!

Here's what's we will be exploring in class for the rest of June 2017. Every class provides multiple health benefits, so whether you think "Oh! I need a ___________ class!" or just want to feel great, join us. We aren't "parts" but a beautiful system that should move with ease and freedom.


Monday June 19
Somatic Awareness for Better Balance  |  8:30am  |  Mt Tabor Park 
Come learn what chronic stress does to your posture and balance. We will explore standing somatic movements and then take that awareness into more strenuous routines.

Monday June 19
Somatics Basics  |  5:45pm  |  Think Somatics Studio 
This class is a great place for newbies to begin and established students to recalibrate their understanding with fresh awareness. You will learn how to free the front, back, sides of the body and explore how to rotate with ease from your center. Say so long to tightness, and hello to freedom and lightness!

Tuesday June 20
Somatics Basics  |  8:30am  |  Think Somatics Studio 
See above

Wednesday June 21
Somatic Awareness for Better Balance  |  8:00am  |  Mt Tabor Park 
Come learn what chronic stress does to your posture and balance. We will explore standing somatic movements and then take that awareness into more strenuous routines.

Friday June 23 
Clinical Somatics and the Pelvic Floor  |  8:30am  |  Think Somatics 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 Clinical 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.

Monday June 26 
Better Breathing for Easier Living  |  8:30am  |  Mt Tabor Park 
Your diaphragm is a muscle, but when was the last time you truly contracted and released it? If you are feeling tired, short of breath, a little foggy, it's not age, it your ability to breathe well and deeply. Come learn how to release tight ribs, bellies and backs for freer breathing and more energy.

Monday June 26
Clinical Somatics and the Pelvic Floor  |  5:45pm  |  Think Somatics Studio 
See above

Tuesday June 27 
Clinical Somatics and the Pelvic Floor  |  8:30am  |  Think Somatics Studio 
See above

Wednesday June 28  
Better Breathing for Easier Living  |  8:00am  |  Mt Tabor Park 
Your diaphragm is a muscle, but when was the last time you truly contracted and released it? If you are feeling tired, short of breath, a little foggy, it's not age, it your ability to breathe well and deeply. Come learn how to release tight ribs, bellies and backs for freer breathing and more energy.

Friday June 30 
Seated Somatics  |  8:30am  |  Think Somatics 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!


Friday, April 28, 2017

Best Way to Get Rid of a Migraine in Minutes

I'm on an ongoing mission to share Clinical Somatics with the community near and far. This week I've been leading introduction to Somatics classes to the lovely ladies at KFit Studio. One gal came in with a migraine that had been hounding her for a couple of days.

When I introduced "Wash Rag" a luxurious pattern to release tension in the back, hips, neck and shoulders, she hollered out "Oh my gosh! My migraine is going away!!" Yeah, I think she was sold on how wonderful the world of Somatics can be. No drugs, no pain, and super easy way to get rid of a tension migraine or headache in mere minutes. Sweet!

So here's a video of the move, Wash Rag, we did. You really should explore the whole Daily Supple-ment series. The full routine will release tension front, back, sides of the body as well as help it rotate with ease.



Enjoy and let me know how it goes in the comments below.

 To learn more, contact me! I work with clients in my Portland Oregon studio. We also can meet online for a lesson from your home, anywhere in the world. Super easy-peasy way to start gaining freedom in your body and your life. Or just try one of my streaming Somatics class videos.



cheers,
Kristin

Please visit my website to learn more.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rigidity is Your Enemy

My colleague Tricia summed up my thoughts about the state of the world perfectly the other day. She said,

I wonder about the toll political contraction is taking on people's health? Emotional contractions trigger the brain's Limbic system. The Limbic system contracts our muscles without our permission or awareness and if we habituate that, it will take a toll on our organs and well-being. What can we do? Find a way to get quiet and separate. Somatic Movement, meditation, make music, hug someone, yoga, dancing, fishing, whatever, find neutral. When we have voluntary control of our muscles and know where our personal neutral is, we decide who we want to be, how to act, react, and respond in a way that supports our health.

I was thinking along those lines when I made the following video. Sure, I'm talking about the line of BS we've been fed about how tight abs and a rigid body are supposedly good for us. We hear it everywhere; gyms, doctors, physical therapists.

 Think Different, Be Different!
~ try Somatics
~ get in touch with your true self
~ free yourself to move with ease 
~then live we joy and freedom!


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



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