Somatic Movement involves a series of specific exercises that reconnect the brain with the muscles so you can let go of tightness in the body. The movements are slow and mindful, and are performed on the floor, so your body is more comfortable and isn’t fighting against gravity. No pain = more gain! Somatic Movement also provides a sensory feedback loop from the brain: you’ll teach your brain to notice when muscles are contracted, and then educate the muscles to fully release and work in a more energy-efficient and pain-free manner.
Somatic Yoga exercises are not just about stretching and strengthening: the problem isn’t that the muscles are short or weak, it’s that they’re exhausted from being constantly over-contracted. Once your muscles have been released and retrained in how to move correctly, they will then become naturally strong again.
Can Somatic Yoga help with pain?
Somatic Movement addresses the root cause of WHY you are in pain and teaches you HOW to reverse it.
When a muscle has been contracted over a long period of time, the brain accepts this as “normal” and doesn’t know it’s contracted – this is known as muscle motor amnesia. You are in pain because the muscles are constantly over-contracted, causing them to be weak and tired. These contracted muscles can then compress the joints and trap nerves, causing further pain. Your body tries to compensate, changing the way you move and using other muscles instead, which sets up a further pattern of pain.
The specific somatic movements “wake up” the brain to the reality of the contracted muscles, and retrain them to release and move in a more efficient and pain-free way!
Once this happens, every day movements will seem much easier!