Somatics: Longevity in ease and range of movement
Somatic Movement has the power to revolutionise the way you move and think about your body.
This gentle method is based on the understanding that your movement patterns are unique and developed over time. By learning to move with refined awareness, and overcoming habitual patterns of movement and thought that may be limiting your flexibility and causing tension, you can achieve greater ease and efficiency in everything you do - from walking to sports and beyond.
As Dr Suess says “There is no one alive who is Youer than You!”. Your movement patterns have been developed over your lifetime; they are unique. This means that there is no magic one-size-fits-all way to move. Whether you are recovering from an injury, or simply looking to improve your posture and overall well-being, you can learn to unlock your body’s innate potential for greater ease, flexibility, and strength.
A Somatic approach gives you the space to safely explore your movement patterns, and emphasises finding ways that work for you. Somatic Movement lessons create the conditions for you to develop self-awareness, learn to direct your own attention more skillfully, and learn to find your own way to better, easier, lighter, freer, more efficient, powerful, enjoyable movement.
One of my teachers (Zoran Kovich) says this work is about “Paying attention to what I’m doing and deliberately not pursuing an outcome”.
In this world of achievement based learning, this approach can seem counter-intuitive!
Somatic movement explorations ask you to pay attention to the process and not be attached to the outcome. Why? Because you’re the only person who knows what it’s like to be you!
By moving in gentle ways and in gathering high quality sensory information about how you are moving you will discover more about yourself. You will learn how moving with this kind of awareness differs from moving out of habit, without thinking or awareness.
Therefore, The Somatic model is not about maintenance, it is about learning and noticing habits, tweaking the system to find improvements. This type of learning means that there’s always something new to discover.