Thursday, February 26, 2015

Do you believe in the Myth of Aging?

Do you have ongoing issues with your shoulders, back, hips, feet, knees that you, or maybe even your doctor attributes to "well, you are getting older..."?  then I'd like you to flip that belief on it's head and consider this:

Aging is NOT the cause of your pain.
Your brain and body are just stuck in faulty patterns. 

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. Check out his book, Somatics to read more. It's facscinating! 
Around the world there are cultures where people 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?
Learn Hanna Somatics!

With Hanna Somatics you use your brain to neurologically "reprogram" your muscles so they can relax to their natural resting length. Your brain also regains better sensation and control of your muscles, so you can move with more ease and grace. fluid, an ultimately less pain.

Hanna 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!


Just that simple, but it takes practice and awareness. To learn about Hanna Somatics, I strongly suggest you read Hanna's book, Martha Peterson's book, Move Without Pain, and find a Hanna Somatics Exercise Coach or Hanna (Clinical) Somatic Educator. 


I'm a Somatics Exercise Coach, and it the process of getting my Hanna Somatics Educator certification. I teach somatic exercises to classes and individuals. 


Join me for The Myth of Aging series 

When I run one of my 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, how it the most common cause of chronic muscle pain, and to undo it
  • why stretching (or massage or adjustments, etc) doesn't work for long term relief and what does. Hint, it's called pandiculation...
  • easy somatic exercise routines you can do to rid your body of muscle pain and keep you active so you can 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


There are no current series right now, but you can email me to get updates

 Together we can start turning back time, and proving that aging does not equal pain and dysfunction!

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