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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

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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)

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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

How many routine patterns do you have?

 Hey all! We are still on the road, in our move to Asheville from Portland, OR.  When we first started out on the trip we were bit discombobulated. . . but within a day or so we established routines; Arrive at the hotel, unload the car, drain the dog, figure out dinner, hang the dopp kit, and so on. In the morning yet another routine pattern of packing the car just so, and streamlining the morning so we can hit the road in a relaxed state, instead of franticly. My point is, it doesn't take long to form patterns in our daily lives. There are tons or little routines throughout your day, that you probably do on autopilot.  Things like: sleep position(s) brush your teeth mix your coffee prepare your meals sit at your desk stand at your desk sit in your car (do you slump towards the center console?) play your sport garden walk  facial expressions drive to and from work ride your bike fold laundry mow the lawn walk the dog pick up golf tees emotional responses to life events that reflexi

Greetings from the road!

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Many of you asked me to keep you in the loop about our trip. I can’t believe it’s only been 6 days since we hit the road! We had grand plans to visit certain sites, but once we ran the numbers on the miles vs days to get across the country, we changed course a bit. We decided we’d visit towns, talk to locals, take in walking tours, architecture and college campuses. Or course taking in the scenery along the way. We spent our first two nights in Redmond, Oregon. We stayed at the very cool SCP Hotel . We landed there because we wanted to see the Painted Hills. We also hiked around Smith Rock, which was spectacular!   Smith Rock, Oregon. Smith Rock, Oregon. Yes, the sky is that blue! Painted Hills, Oregon. Painted Hills, Oregon. From there we headed to Boise, Idaho. We may be partial, but we think Oregon offered up some of the most beautiful terrain so far. . .Didn't spend much time in Boise. We were chompin' at the bit to make tracks. Onward to Salt Lake City. SLC was very pretty

Pistachio Coffee Dark Chocolate Bark Recipe. You're Welcome! :-)

It's 3 days to Valentine's Day and mere hours 'til, what we in Portland call Snowmageddon, begins. Both are great reasons to enjoy some cozy, chocolatey yumminess.  I don't have a huge sweet tooth, but I do love chocolate. The darker the better. Buying fancy chocolate bars can get kind of spendy, so I figured how hard could it be to make chocolate bark/bars with my own add-ins? Well, not hard at all. After poking around at some recipes I came up with dark-chocolate-pistachio-coffee-sea-salt-bark combo as my fav. When I mention it or share it with friends they all want the recipe, so this post is long over due.  Heads up: I pretty much like to play with my food. If I get an idea for something I wanna eat, I may poke around at recipes for general guidelines. I'm not a measure-every-ingredient-exactly person either. The basic idea here is A) let's melt some chocolate and B) put stuff in it. :-) If you wanna to change ratios of dark to semi-sweet chocolate, subtrac

February is Pelvic Floor Awareness Month with Think Somatics

When I was very young I took a butt-banging fall going down the stairs. I feel smack dab on my tailbone, and holy mother did it ever hurt. It was so painful I remember backing out of a friend's upcoming roller-skating birthday party. I wanted to avoid any possibility of falling like that again.  Within a few days I was fine. Or so I thought.  Fast forward a few decades and I am just now becoming aware of the tension I hold around my tailbone. Ta da! See, even us Clinical Somatic Educators can have deeply ingrained cases of sensory motor amnesia . When clients say things like, "Since you are a Clinical Somatic Educator, you must not have any issues or pains." I privately think to myself.  Hilarious! I wish.   Every day is a different lived experience, so every day I may experience my body in different ways. Thankfully I don't have pain around my tailbone. Maybe that's why I'm just now realizing how the particular pelvic floor muscles that attach to my tailbone