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Exploring somatic health, how the brain controls posture and movement, why we experience
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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. […]

When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection

Dr. Gabor Maté’s phenomenal book When the Body Says No explores psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology—the science of how our psyche, nervous system, immune system, and endocrine system interact and affect our health. […]

Sleeping Position

How Your Sleeping Position Affects Your Posture, Proprioception, and Pain

If you suffer from any type of musculoskeletal pain or tension, especially in your neck, shoulders, back, or hips, consider how your sleeping position might be contributing.[…]

How Muscles Contract in Scoliosis C Curve

How Muscles Contract in Scoliosis C Curve Learn how chronic, involuntary muscle contraction pulls the spine into a C curve, and how muscles on the opposite side of the spine contract to stabilize posture.Click here to watch this video in Spanish.

How to Make Meditation Part of Your Daily Life

How to Make Meditation Part of Your Daily Life Meditation may seem like the latest trend, but it's been around for thousands of years. Wall art in the Indus Valley, dating from approximately 5,000 to 3,500 BCE, depicts people sitting with crossed legs, hands resting on their knees, and eyes narrowed. Meditation techniques are [...]

How Muscular Learning Leads to Pain and Degeneration

How Muscular Learning Leads to Pain and Degeneration Chronic pain is invisible, and can be all too easily ignored by people who haven’t experienced it. But if you suffer from chronic pain, you understand the stress, helplessness, depression, and fatigue that accompany it. You might deal with financial hardship as a result of missed [...]

12 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Meditation

12 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Meditation To say that it's been a stressful year would be an understatement. If you don't meditate, you may have considered starting as a way to calm your mind, stop worrying, and get better sleep. But starting a meditation practice can be daunting. How can you fit it into [...]

The Benefits of Exploring Micromovements

The Benefits of Exploring Micromovements If you practice Clinical Somatics exercises, you know how slow and gentle they are. But if you're in a lot of pain to start with, your nervous system is highly sensitized, or you're dealing with joint inflammation or a structural issue, even the slow, gentle exercises might exacerbate your pain. [...]

How to Allow Change to Happen Instead of Forcing It

How to Allow Change to Happen Instead of Forcing It Have you had the experience of trying really hard to make something happen, over and over, and it just won't happen? Then you finally stop trying to force it – and that's when it happens? People often use the example of romantic relationships: stop [...]

How to Prevent and Alleviate Spinal Degeneration

How to Prevent and Alleviate Spinal Degeneration Spinal degeneration refers to any breakdown or structural change in our spinal discs and vertebrae. The degeneration is virtually always the result of our chronic muscle tension, posture, and how we move and use our body on a regular basis. Spinal degeneration can occur at any age, [...]

Why Do We Sleep, and What Are the Dangers of Not Getting Enough?

Why Do We Sleep, and What Are the Dangers of Not Getting Enough? I just finished reading the New York Times bestseller Why We Sleep by neuroscientist Matthew Walker, and it was fantastic. Sleep is essential for all aspects of health—from maintaining immune system, cardiovascular, and reproductive function to improving memory and preventing cancer, [...]

Remembering the Secret Language of My Body by Lisa Anita Wegner

Remembering the Secret Language of My Bodyby Lisa Anita WegnerI am an artist and performer and I have been diligently working on myself for as long as I can remember. The changes I’ll be writing about follow on the heels of ten years of trauma therapy, soul searching, body work, meditation, physiotherapy, chiropractic, shiatsu and [...]

Karoshi: Is Working Long Hours Worth the Health Risks?

Karoshi: Is Working Long Hours Worth the Health Risks? In 1969, a 29-year-old man working in the shipping department of Japan's largest newspaper died suddenly of a stroke. While at first his case was called occupational sudden death, it was later determined that his stroke was caused by shift work and an increased workload. [...]

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