What first comes to mind when you hear the term “restorative movement”? Probably yoga, stretching, or you might think of exercises your physiotherapist gives you to recover from injury.
Clinical Somatics (a.k.a. Hanna Somatics) is a restorative movement practice that is starting to bubble below the surface of wellness trends, especially in the yoga community. It’s far from new however, as it has roots that can be traced back 200 years.
Are You Noticing Persistent Aches & Pains?
Somatics are the one thing you’ll want to consider before any other movement practice. With this gentle yet powerful practice, you can slow and even reverse the physical aging process in as little as 20 minutes a day, and it all starts with your nervous system.
Somatics Combine Both Art and Science
There’s a wide range of disciplines in Somatics and the common thread involves the nervous system and the mind-body connection. Soma is Greek for body. Somatics developed out of creative inquiries into the body’s natural ability to heal and transform itself.
Dancers and performers quickly embraced the practice, and eventually physical therapists and athletes discovered the benefits. It’s both an art and a science, as it combines creative experimentation with physiological study.
Clinical Somatics is focused on the study of the nervous system and control over the muscles. This is what makes it so effective for long term results. The slow, gentle movements retrain your nervous system to better control your muscles, and release chronic tension, helping to realign the body, improve mobility and reduce or often eliminate pain.
Breaking Your Every Day Habits
Think about how you move throughout your day. You get up out of the same side of the bed each day, make your coffee, eat your breakfast, and brush your teeth with your dominant hand. You grab your bag and put it over your right shoulder like always, you work at your desk for several hours a day and maybe go for a run for exercise. These are all habitual movement patterns you likely never think about.
These every day habits start to shape our body, and they can eventually create persistent tension and pain in your body. On top of that, if you’ve been injured or had surgery, you’ve had to compensate elsewhere in your body, creating imbalances that lead to pain. Pain in the hips, knees, back, neck, shoulders are all very common but can be easily prevented and eased with the right methods.
Most importantly, that pain does not have to be an inevitable part of aging.
Want to discover how your own daily habits are causing your tension? Head over here and take the Move Deeply quiz. You’ll get access to a free exclusive 20 minute video class!
Don’t Wait Until Something is Wrong
Thomas Hanna, the creator of the restorative movement practice of Clinical Somatics wrote often about “the myth of aging”, which suggests physical aging can be prevented, slowed down and reversed to some degree.
Restorative movement like somatics is the key to busting that myth.
Prevention can feel like something we can put on the back burner. When there’s not a problem, we take for granted that everything is working well. But think about how prioritizing healthy eating has become the norm in many western households these days. We no longer opt for junk food as much because we know the consequences.
The consequences of skipping recovery and restoration usually don’t hit us until our mid-30s to 40s, and most of us ignore those signs from our bodies until we’re much older, and in much more pain. Just like a computer, your body needs to be reset and maintained to keep running optimally. And you have the power to do it in just 20 minutes – that’s really all it can take!
Improve your quality of life in just 20 minutes a day
At Move Deeply Wellness I am committed to creating easy to follow, bite-sized content to help you integrate Clinical Somatics and other restorative movement into your busy lifestyle. If you’re ready to gain better control of your body, then I’m here to help you on that journey!
See Somatics in Action
To get started, try this free quick video where I teach the Arch + Flatten. This is the first somatic exercise all students are taught, and it helps relax muscles around the lower back and abdominal area. It’s very safe and effective for easing lower back pain and realigning the spine to neutral.
Join the 30 day challenge
You’re invited to join my 30 day challenge Discover Somatics in 30 Days, starting on Sunday, November 8th. You’ll learn seven fundamental somatic exercises that release muscle tension by retraining your nervous system. The time commitment is as little as 20 minutes a day on your own schedule.
You’ll be guided all along the way with daily reminders, professional video classes, reading material, a movement planning journal and a Facebook group to help cheer each other along.
This gentle practice has helped people all around the world walk away from stubborn tension and pain, and you can be one of them! Register now and start your journey. Registration closes on November 6th.