Start your week off by reawakening your mind to muscles that have been shortened and contracted due to involuntary reflexes, you will develop a greater self-awareness and tools to help you move with ease throughout the week.
Starting January 10th - Ending March 21st
Learn how to reconnect your mind to muscles that your brain has forgotten how to move efficiently and effectively to release and relax mid-week tension.
Starting January 12th - Ending March 16th
Learn how to release, lengthen and completely relax tension in your body, calm your mind, reduce stress and improve your sleep!
Starting January 14th - Ending March 18th
Learn how release, lengthen and completely relax tight muscles, while cultivating a greater self-awareness to tackle your busy week with ease!
Starting January 10th - Ending March 21st
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This class includes over 500 minutes of somatic movement explorations including breathing, arch and flatten, arch and curl, the back lift, diagonal arch and curl, the flower, the side bend, the washrag, hip hikers, and many more to cultivate self-awareness and gain control of movement from the center of your body. Take your learning, growth and movement freedom to the next level!
What conditions can Somatics help?
The body responds to stress, anxiety and fear by becoming hypervigilant. When stress, anxiety and fear is prolonged, the body becomes extremely tense and oversensitive to its surroundings which leads to discomfort and pain. Somatic Movement Education addresses the body's need to feel safe and brings it into a state of balance and harmony using the sensory motor feedback loop of the somatic nervous system to release, lengthen and completely relax tight muscles. Learning how to relax tight muscles allows the mind to feel safe, relaxed and calm. When the body is relaxed the mind is relaxed and vice versa.
Sleep is not only effective for the physical body, but it also helps maintain cognitive skills, such as improving your memory, attention span, and the ability to regulate emotions. Doing somatic movement before bed for as little as 15 minutes per day can improve sleep by teaching your brain to release and relax muscle tension that has accumulated throughout the day. To relax is to shift into the Parasympathetic Nervous System mode, that encourages rest, digest, and repair, which in turn results in an improvement in the duration and quality of sleep.
By turning your attention inward and mindfully sensing and feeling movement, you gain a greater sense of mastery to recognize your strength and optimal potential for positive change. Somatic movement allows you to be brought back into a safe, comfortable and pleasant experience of yourself, because you learn who you are and what you are capable of through movement. Somatic movement is a liberating practice that leads you to be comfortable in your own skin and fully engaging in life.
Experience a one-one-one somatic movement session in the comfort of your own home.
Experience a one-one-one somatic movement session in the comfort of your own home or at Woodland Physiotherapy Clinic, 2817 E. Hastings, Vancouver, BC
Listen to Erik's journey.
"I was involved in a severe car accident a few years ago where a drunk driver hit me from behind at about 80kmh. The whiplash was quite severe and life altering. I spent months in rehab and physio getting IMS and all sorts of other treatments like massage therapy etc. They seem to help temporarily but they just wouldn't release the tension in my neck and upper back and they started to cost too much money.
Teresa introduced me to somatics and gave me a few free lessons at first, to see if it would help and to practice her teaching. In the initial session, I followed her movement cues along and about an hour in my neck and face started feeling numb. I started crying as though the emotion from the accident was suppressing my neck from healing. I felt this release in my neck that I couldn't find in any other treatments. I started going to her classes once a week and learning more about somatics. It has been fascinating to learn and Teresa has a gift of teaching that is second to none. She's comfortable to be around and very encouraging.
I've incorporated somatics in my routine at home and it's helped me in various ways especially sleeping. Its important to be disciplined of course like anything in life but when I am it's of great benefit. I still have a long healing journey ahead of me but somatics will be a big part of that along the way."