Category : Holistic Health
Creating
3 years, 2 months ago Comments Off on Creating “Presence”

Last blog post we explored the relationship of our fingers to parts of our scapula. This month we will look at the growth of muscular strength and the development of our spinal curves in relation to presence. If you find you are a ”spineless push over” and that people easily manipulate you, or find it difficult to say “no” and push back, revisiting push patterns can help transform such experiences, so you can stand up for yourself and feel more […]

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Making Connections: Fingers to Scapula
3 years, 4 months ago Comments Off on Making Connections: Fingers to Scapula

My teacher Peter Madden was fond of saying “Awareness is the first step to change.” He also pointed out, only we can make the connections for the change to occur. This takes attention and intention. A somatic approach to living is the personal awareness about how we encounter and participate in any part of our life, our body self is the way in to this understanding. In my last article I talked about the palm scapula connection and how initiating […]

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Moving from the Outside
3 years, 5 months ago Comments Off on Moving from the Outside

Most of us in this confused and brutal world try to carve out a private life of our own, a life in which we can be happy and peaceful and yet live with the things of this world…When you look a little more closely, not only at your own life but also at the world, you will see that what you are—your daily life, what you think, what you feel—is the external world, the world about you. Talks with American […]

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The Curves of your Spine
3 years, 6 months ago Comments Off on The Curves of your Spine

“The stiff and unbending is the disciple of death. The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.” Lao Tzu (c.604 – 531 B.C.) In the somatic explorations I do in my classes, besides breath as underlying support, we constantly connect to conscious awareness of the curves of our spine. There are 33 vertebrae in 5 regions. Paying attention to the nature of our curves is increasingly important as we age. Looking from a side view, as we move from […]

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Somatic Exploration #3 - Intention
4 years, 3 months ago Comments Off on Somatic Exploration #3 – Intention

“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher Somatic work is a way of connecting on a deep internal level to understand and know ourselves from a sensing place. In the last two newsletters we explored the proprioceptive concepts of weight sensing and weight flow. In this article […]

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Somatic Article #2
4 years, 3 months ago Comments Off on Somatic Article #2

Embodying Movement: 3 Explorations of Weight Flow “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” Kahlil Gibran In my last article I discussed some background to Somatic work and provided three explorations around sensing weight as a way of connecting with gravity. Somatics is a way of understanding the wisdom of our body and of gaining and maintaining a body image from the inside out. Embodying movement to the […]

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Ways of being with yourself: Three Somatic Explorations.
4 years, 4 months ago Comments Off on Ways of being with yourself: Three Somatic Explorations.

One of the most frequent questions I receive is “What is Somatics?” So here is my explanation. The Western world’s non-medical qualitative exploration of the relationship between body and mind (our body/mind is one) is referred to as Somatics. My next few newsletters will provide somatic movement explorations for you to experiment and play with. Background American Philosopher Thomas Hanna, coined the term Somatics referring to the Greek word “somatikos” meaning the living, aware, bodily person. Approaches to working with […]

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Five ways to awaken your Kidney Consciousness
4 years, 7 months ago Comments Off on Five ways to awaken your Kidney Consciousness

Five ways to awaken your Kidney Consciousness so you can walk, run, balance, and climb stairs, with deep vitality and fluid ease. . . . our external skeletal-muscular system guides our external movement through space, organs occupy our inner space and therefore guide our internal movement.    Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen   One morning, I awoke unable to walk freely. With each step I kept feeling stabbing pains in my left hip – deep in the front, and depending on my […]

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Exploring the Concavity and Convexity of your Torso
4 years, 9 months ago Comments Off on Exploring the Concavity and Convexity of your Torso

My recent journey to Savannah was life affirming and brought me back to the importance of being present to myself. Being cramped in a small compact airplane and the lingering contracting and constricting effects it had on my physical self led me to this movement exploration that I used to recuperate from the travel. The vertical dimension and plane provides us with information and experiences of being present to ourselves. Creating internal and external support by exploring the concavity and […]

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Underlying Support for your New Year: Five Steps to Whole Body Awareness
4 years, 11 months ago Comments Off on Underlying Support for your New Year: Five Steps to Whole Body Awareness

Experiencing the recent ice storm in Toronto and the treachery of walking in an unpredictable environment has reinforced for me the value of Bony Landmark Connectivity. Bony Landmarks are easy body reference points for you to feel when standing, sitting or lying down. It is useful to know what and where the bony landmarks are because muscles originate and attach at these places. Bony landmark connectivity enhances whole body awareness in all your tasks so you can move clearly into […]

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