How Does Somatics Work?
Once a movement has been learned it is stored within the sub – cortex of the brain. Even if you haven’t ridden a bicycle in 30 years you can still get on a bike today and ride it because you once learned how to and your sub – cortex has a stored map of that pattern in your brain. Most of our stored, learned patterns serve us very well.
Can you imagine if you had to think about how to lift a coffee cup to your mouth or how to bend down and pick something up each time you needed to? But what about the learned patterns that don’t serve us? We’ve all experienced sitting at a computer and slumping. When we habitually repeat a pattern of slumping over time it results in chronic neck, shoulder and mid back pain. In order to change an involuntary, chronically contracted muscle one must relearn a new pattern by using the frontal cortex of the brain. Through accessing the brains frontal cortex we can intentionally reset the habitually contracted muscles back to resting length so that your body remembers where the “off switch” is when muscles are not in use.
It is important to know that pain is a result of sustained muscle contraction. This contraction is being signaled by the brain to the muscle. A muscle that is contracted at 10% will be very tired and firm. 20% contraction and it will result in a muscle that is tired, very firm and sore. 40% contraction defines a muscle spasm and it will feel tired, hard, weak and quite painful.
As your practitioner I will guide you through a series of passive and active movement sequences. As you explore these movements you will become aware of your own habitual way of moving and the substitutions you have adapted to “get the job done”. When we discover these areas of “amnesia” you will be asked to make a specific voluntary contraction followed by a slow controlled release so as to remind the brain-body how to return to it’s natural, relaxed state of rest. As we begin to re-awaken what has temporarily been placed “on hold” in your body you will begin to reclaim freedom, aliveness and a restoration to pain free motion.
The single greatest cause of pain is chronic and habitual dysfunctional movement patterns.
Through years of repetition we become imprisoned by our own engrained habits. The longer we live and move repeating stressful patterns of movement the more automatic they become.
Life is Movement. Our brain is truly miraculous in its ability to learn new patterns.
The moment we bring our awareness to any movement new connections are made within the brains organization of the sequencing of thousands of muscle fibers and brain cells. Our capacity for change is only as limited as our willingness to learn. We can return to what we once inherently knew… how to move freely and without pain.