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What is a Pandiculation?

In 25 Words or Less Pandiculation -  a stretching and stiffening especially of the trunk and extremities (as when fatigued and drowsy or after waking from sleep). Merriam-Webster Online Medical Dictionary Let Me Explain Do you ever notice how when your pet gets up from rest, she never just bounds up, but rises and does a couple of  "stretches"? She isn't actually stretching though. She's  pandiculating . As she bows down and "stretches up," she contracting into her tight areas that were shortened as she slept, then slowly releasing the tension. Pandiculations are the movement component of your Somatics lessons/practice. There are 4 steps to a pandiculation: gently contract an area of the body (while simultaneously lengthening the opposing side of the body) sense the tension you've created then slowly release the contraction, with awareness and control then take a moment to let the brain integrate (soak up) what it has done and senses with