Somatics Workshop – Freeing the Spine
The spine, being the central support structure of our body, connects all the various parts of the skeleton together, and enables us to move and function in a coordinated manner through our everyday lives. The vertebrae protect the spinal cord and nerve roots, through which messages to and from the brain are relayed to the various part of the body, thus making it essential for us to maintain the health of our spine if we want to maintain health of our whole body.
Lack of body awareness and poor coordination in our movements can create muscular imbalances that can pull the spine out of it’s optimal position, and over time may lead to poor function, inflexibility and loss of stability, possibly creating chronic pain.
This workshop will help us to find ways in which we can maintain the health and correct functioning of the spine whilst looking at techniques which can relieve existing pain and discomfort. We will explore the anatomy of the spine, along with the its four movements, using gentle Somatic exercises to begin to regain awareness and control of the muscles of the trunk, and notice how these movements help us to reconnect with the rest of the body.
‘Somatics’ refers to a practice of movement education that enhances internal awareness of the body, whilst improving mobility and coordination in our movements. The Greek word ‘Soma’ from which ‘Somatics’ derives, refers to the body as it is perceived internally by the individual. It is the ‘living body’ experienced from the first person perspective. When our attention is brought to this inner, somatic experience, we begin to reveal what we know and what we do not know about ourselves.
Through the practice of somatic movement we begin to get in touch with what we are actually, physically feeling, and learn to respond to that. We bring awareness to how we move, and notice what, at the level of the nervous system, may hinder our ability to move with ease and be pain free. The practice is slow and gentle, and inspires natural movement patterns that arise out of sensing and noticing. Through increased somatic awareness, we begin to improve our posture, mobility, coordination and balance.