Somatic Movement Center http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com Freedom from pain. Freedom for life. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:45:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chronic Muscle Soreness: The Cause and Cure http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/chronic-muscle-soreness/ Mon, 02 May 2016 16:21:49 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6766 Chronic muscle soreness is, quite literally, a pain to live with. Often, no amount of stretching, massage, heat, ice, or ibuprofen can provide much lasting relief. To understand the cause of chronic muscle soreness, we need to start by examining what’s happening inside our muscles when they’re actively working. Our brain sends a message to […]

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How Personality Affects Posture http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/personality-affects-posture/ Sun, 01 May 2016 13:24:50 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6997 We like to blame our posture on our genetics, on job stress, or on long hours spent at the computer-but did you know that our posture can be largely determined by our personality? Our posture, facial expressions, and movement communicate the way we feel inside, whether we like it or not. We call this silent, […]

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Relieve Your TMJ Pain with Clinical Somatics http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/relieve-tmj-pain-somatics/ Thu, 03 Mar 2016 21:54:40 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6923 What is TMJ pain? The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the skull, and is it one of the most complicated joints in the human body. It can open and close the jaw like a hinge, and allow the jaw to slide from side to side and forward and backward. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain is […]

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The Most Effective Kyphosis Exercises http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/kyphosis-exercises-the-most-effective-kyphosis-exercises/ Thu, 18 Feb 2016 15:08:43 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6746 Why don’t most kyphosis exercises work? The reason why people have so much trouble straightening their rounded posture is that they don’t understand what is actually causing their spine to round forward. The problem is typically not old age, or weak bones, or genetics. For most people, the problem is chronically tight muscles in the […]

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Why We’re in Pain http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/why-were-in-pain/ Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:02:18 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6891 It’s not an understatement to say that we have a health epidemic in our country: an epidemic of lifestyle-related conditions that includes heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and chronic pain. By and large, these conditions can be prevented, alleviated, and often completely eliminated with proper self-care. So why aren’t we taking care of ourselves? Until very […]

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Why Stretching Doesn’t Work http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/why-stretching-doesnt-work/ Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:58:31 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6776 From the ages of twelve to twenty-one, I was a ballet dancer. It was all I did and all I wanted to do. Being extremely disciplined, I stretched for half an hour every night before bed so I could get more flexible. And it worked—I got pretty darn flexible. Even on vacations, I stretched every […]

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The Flexor Reflex and One-Sided Pain http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/flexor-reflex-pain/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:04:54 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6880 The Flexor Reflex and Injury Recovery Imagine that you’ve slipped on your icy front steps and sprained your ankle. On top of the fact that you don’t have an exciting mountain climbing story to tell, you have to wear an ankle brace and use crutches for at least a month so that the torn ligaments […]

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How the Withdrawal Response Leads to Rounded Posture http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/withdrawal-response-rounded-posture/ Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:01:00 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6854 What is the Withdrawal Response? You’re walking down the street and hear gunshots behind you. Within just fourteen milliseconds, your jaw muscles begin to contract. At twenty-five milliseconds, your upper trapezius muscles contract, raising your shoulders and bringing your head forward. At thirty-four milliseconds, the muscles of your eyes and brow contract, squeezing your eyes […]

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Thomas Hanna Quote: The human body is not an instrument… http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/thomas-hanna-quote-2/ Sat, 23 Jan 2016 20:29:52 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6848 “The human body is not an instrument to be used, but a realm of one’s being to be experienced, explored, enriched and, thereby, educated.” -Thomas Hanna, founder of Clinical Somatic Education

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Video: What is Somatics? http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/video-what-is-somatics/ Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:33:16 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6839 Click here to start at the beginning and learn the basics of Clinical Somatic Education. To better understand how Somatics is different from other methods of movement and pain relief, click here. Recommended reading: Why We’re in Pain: Why chronic musculoskeletal pain occurs–and how it can be prevented, alleviated and eliminated with Clinical Somatic Education […]

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The Underlying Cause of Sciatica http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/the-underlying-cause-of-sciatica/ Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:37:03 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6784 The Underlying Cause of Sciatica Sciatica is one of the most common conditions I see in my practice. For reasons I’ll explain below, it often goes along with back pain, which 80% of Americans will experience at some point in their lives. Luckily, sciatica is typically relieved when the underlying cause—chronic muscular tightness—is addressed. What […]

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How the Action Response Leads to Back Pain http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/how-the-action-response-leads-to-back-pain/ Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:10:28 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6790 How and Why We Develop the Natural Curves in Our Spine In the first few months of life we are entirely helpless, unable to crawl or even sit up by ourselves. We have spent nine months curled up in the fetal position and have yet to gain control of the extensor muscles of our neck […]

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Why are Clinical Somatics exercises the most effective scoliosis exercises? http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/scoliosis-exercises-the-most-effective-scoliosis-exercises/ Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:40:12 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6643 Why are Clinical Somatics exercises the most effective scoliosis exercises? In most cases of idiopathic scoliosis, the curvature is created by tight muscles along one or both sides of the spine pulling the vertebrae out of alignment. Clinical Somatics exercises work directly with the nervous system to release the chronically tight muscles that are pulling […]

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Sensory Motor Amnesia and Muscle Memory http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/muscle-memory-and-sensory-motor-amnesia/ Sat, 16 Jan 2016 16:32:52 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6614 Sensory Motor Amnesia and Muscle Memory Most people are familiar with the concept of muscle memory. When we repeat a movement like swinging a golf club over and over, the neurons involved in controlling that movement develop increasingly stronger connections. Existing synapses begin to fire more efficiently, and new synapses are formed as well. As […]

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What is Pandiculation? http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/pandiculation-what-is-pandiculation/ Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:30:06 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6730 What is pandiculation? Pandiculation is generally defined as the act of stretching oneself and yawning, especially upon waking. However, our automatic pandicular response has far more significance than simply prompting us to stretch and yawn. Pandiculation is the nervous system’s natural way of waking up the sensory-motor system and preparing for movement. Humans, along with […]

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The Myth of Uneven Leg Length http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/uneven-leg-length-the-myth-of-uneven-leg-length/ Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:25:11 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6713 The Myth of Uneven Leg Length Doctors and chiropractors like to tell people that they have one leg longer than the other, and that it is the cause of their back, hip, or knee pain. The truth is that while it is certainly possible to have one leg longer than the other, the odds of […]

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Somatics Infographic: What Conditions Can Somatics Help? http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/somatics-infographic-what-conditions-can-somatics-help/ Sat, 09 Jan 2016 17:10:11 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6724 This Somatics infographic shows the common musculoskeletal conditions that can be prevented, alleviated and eliminated with Clinical Somatic Education. To start at the beginning and learn the basics of Clinical Somatic Education, click here. Click here to learn how you can get the most out of practicing Somatic Exercises. Ready to download classes and start […]

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How Muscular Learning Leads to Pain and Degeneration http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/muscular-learning/ Wed, 06 Jan 2016 18:28:45 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6627 We’ve come to accept the fact that a healthy diet and regular exercise will help us live a longer life and avoid conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Even if we don’t follow that advice all the time, we know it to be true: our cardiovascular health and body weight are largely under our control. […]

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What is Clinical Somatic Education? http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/what-is-somatic-education/ Wed, 06 Jan 2016 17:32:00 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6461 Whenever I tell someone that I’m a Clinical Somatic Educator, a look of mild confusion and deep thought comes over their face. I immediately launch into my short explanation, which is some version of this: “Clinical Somatic Education is a type of neuromuscular education. I mainly work with people who have chronic muscle and joint […]

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How to get the most out of Somatic exercises http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/somatic-exercises-learn-hanna-somatic-exercises/ Tue, 05 Jan 2016 23:30:26 +0000 http://www.somaticmovementcenter.com/?p=6593 What are Somatic exercises? Somatic exercises work directly with the nervous system to release chronic muscular tension, relieve chronic pain, and improve posture and movement. The exercises are extremely slow and gentle, and are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. The Somatic exercises that I teach at Somatic Movement Center were developed by Thomas […]

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