The cat stretch series is made up of 7 simple movements, well there are 11 parts to it. Just like a cat or dog who does its morning routine to wakeup the nervous system and muscles, we can do the same with just a few simple moves.
Simple back exercises done at home ready us for the day ahead. When we begin our day with easy movements, we might just end up dancing our pains away.
It only took a few steps before I used to feel the pains in walking. Living with chronic pain was no fun and even though I attempted to exercise, trying to do the right thing… I would pay a price.
Eventually I learned how simple movements using the mind would be a way I could change the pain.
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Instead of exercise as we know it, the possibility exists for us to un-exercise our way out of stiffness, immobility and pain so exercise becomes easy.
Somatics exericses are quite often the reverse of most exercise systems out there since we focus on using the brain’s ability to release tight, stiff tension patterns which have us feeling immobilized, protecting ourself or tight as a drum
• Take out Stress
• Reduce Tension
• Move Easy
Try this head movement:
Watch this video
That move is called a cervical translation so if you can slide or glide your head across the floor with ease and comfort… that’s a good thing.
If you could feel the connection into your hips, bravo.
If not, a little practice and the connections become clearer.
Ed Barrera from Gravity Werks briefly talks about what somatics exerciese are. Check out this video: http://ping.fm/T3zf5
Often times he’ll call the un-exercises since they are designed to un-do muscular stiffness and un-wind bound up muscles.
SMA is sensory-motor amnesia as defined by Thomas Hanna. When our muscles forget how to let go of tightness or high levels of tension, we’re living with SMA. See the video below.
Simple, easy movement generated with a specific intention lets the brain change how our muscles feel.
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