Why Stretching Doesn’t Work

By |January 28th, 2016|athletic training, Clinical Somatic Education, neuroscience|

From the ages of twelve to twenty-one, I was a ballet dancer. It was all I did and all I wanted to do. Being extremely disciplined, I stretched for half an hour every night before bed so I could get more flexible. And it worked—I got pretty darn flexible. Even on vacations, I stretched every [...]

Sensory Motor Amnesia and Muscle Memory

By |January 16th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, neuroscience|

Sensory Motor Amnesia and Muscle Memory Most people are familiar with the concept of muscle memory. When we repeat a movement like swinging a golf club over and over, the neurons involved in controlling that movement develop increasingly stronger connections. Existing synapses begin to fire more efficiently, and new synapses are formed as well. As [...]

What is Pandiculation?

By |January 15th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, neuroscience|

What is pandiculation? Pandiculation is generally defined as the act of stretching oneself and yawning, especially upon waking. However, our automatic pandicular response has far more significance than simply prompting us to stretch and yawn. Pandiculation is the nervous system's natural way of waking up the sensory-motor system and preparing for movement. Humans, along with [...]