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Exploring how the brain controls posture and movement, why we experience muscle and joint pain,
and how we can live our lives to the fullest.

10 Shocking Ways That Your Posture Affects Your Health

Muscle memory determines our habitual posture. I’ll tell you how to retrain your muscle memory and change your posture at the end of the post, but first read these 10 ways that your posture affects your health—they’ll probably shock you![…]

Clinical Somatics Athletes

7 Reasons Why Every Athlete Should Do Clinical Somatics

The benefits of Clinical Somatics exercises are so life-changing that every athlete needs to be doing them in order to improve their performance, prevent injuries, and extend their athletic career. […]

yoga and somatics

Combining Your Clinical Somatics and Yoga Practices

One of the questions that students ask me most often is whether or not they should continue their yoga practice while doing Clinical Somatics exercises […]

Why you can’t release your tight psoas muscle with stretching

Why you can't release your tight psoas muscle with stretching Your physical therapist, chiropractor, or yoga teacher might have told you that you have a tight psoas muscle, and they may have taught you stretching exercises to release it. While they're probably right—having a tight psoas is a very common problem—static stretching has little to [...]

7 Reasons Why Every Athlete Should Do Clinical Somatics

7 Reasons Why Every Athlete Should Do Clinical Somatics If you haven't heard of Clinical Somatics before, you've been missing out. These incredibly effective exercises retrain deeply learned, automatic muscular patterns and undo years of chronic muscle tightness and pain. The benefits of the exercises are so life-changing that every athlete needs to be [...]

Combining Your Clinical Somatics and Yoga Practices

Combining Your Clinical Somatics and Yoga Practices One of the questions that students ask me most often is whether or not they should continue their yoga practice while doing Clinical Somatics exercises, and if so, how to go about combining the two practices. I love yoga, and I practice it regularly. Everything I've learned and [...]

Core Strength: How to get optimal strength, stability and flexibility in your core

How to get optimal strength, stability, and flexibility in your coreWhat does core strength really mean, and why is it so important?The most common misconception about core strength is that it means simply having strong abdominals—like the enviable washboard stomach achieved by developing your rectus abdominis muscle.In truth, optimal core strength means having balanced flexibility, [...]

Idiopathic scoliosis: The role of tight muscles in idiopathic scoliosis

The role of tight muscles in idiopathic scoliosis Approximately 80% of all scoliosis cases are idiopathic, which means that the cause is unknown. So 80% of the people who get diagnosed with scoliosis get no explanation as to what has caused it. Involuntary muscular contraction, resulting from injury, stress, or repetitive activities, can play a [...]

Somatic Relaxation Exercises

In this short Somatics class, you'll learn gentle movements that release chronic muscular tension in the lower back, abdomen, shoulders, chest, face and jaw. Did you know that chronic muscular tension is directly linked to psychological stress? Human beings are naturally well equipped to recover from short-term, life-threatening stress. Unfortunately, long-term, psychological stress stays with [...]

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