|The first toothbrush as we know it wasn't invented until 1938!|
Well, yes. That's true. Somatics works best when you do your self-care routine regularly... is that a problem?
Which, of course, got me thinking...
Imagine if we went to the dentist every week or so--like many of us go for chiropractic or similar treatments-- for a teeth cleaning. Personally I couldn't stand myself, and we'd probably keep more distance between each other. But just imagine.
Then one day you found out about this alternative technique; You heard that folks use brushes to clean their teeth. Whoo-hoo! An affordable way to proactively take care of your teeth! You excitedly told your dentist on your weekly visit, "I'm gonna check this out! Sounds nice. I could avoid coming in here every week for you to fix my problems, plus I'd be a lot happier and in control of my dental hygiene." (NO I'm not saying you never have to go to the dentist ever again.)
Your dentist might think, "Awesome! I'm overwhelmed trying to help all these people when they can take control of the situation themselves and I can help them with the biggie problems." Or would she feel, "Well, shoot! If my patients don't need me every week, what ever will I do!?" There is not shortage of mouths in town, I'm sure she'll get by.
On the other hand I have a client who got great relief from Somatics and stopped seeing her Osteopath religiously. He was thrilled that she had found a self-care solution! He told her. "I like you, but I don't want to see you all the time! Never again is OK with me, if you have ways to keep your body functioning well." Now that is a great doctor! :-)
This same client does her homework and I don't even see her much either. I'm thrilled too. Great gal, a pleasure to have in the studio, but she has the tools and the somatic awareness to fix her problems. Awesome!
Moral of the story? If you are in pain or just want to function better, save time, calm your nervous system (which has a whole list of positive side-effects) and be able to know yourself well so you can turn to "experts" if and when you need them, Somatics is the primo self-care solution!