Retrain Your Brain: Learning to move without pain
Next offering: April 2023. CLICK HERE TO GET ON WAISTLIST!
This online Somatics Fundamentals program (formerly Myth of Aging Program) is designed to reduce pain, accumulated tightness and stiffness (including that associated with an accident or injury).
We call this tightness and stiffness Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) which is like a "memory loss" of how to control certain muscle groups and how they feel.
How does this happen? Throughout our lives, our nervous system, controlled by the brain, continually responds automatically to daily stresses and traumas with specific muscular reflexes. Over time, these muscular contractions become so deeply involuntary and unconscious that we no longer "remember" how to move about freely.
Being aware of your movement patterns and learning the technique of pandiculation is the most effective way to get out of pain, reduce stiffness and combat exhaustion/stress.
Through slow and gentle movements, you'll learn to release the muscles that are limiting you.
The program focuses on the areas in the body where SMA occurs. We train you in sensing and controlling the muscles in the middle of your body, at its centre of gravity (back muscles, abdominal muscles and obliques). Your CORE.
The core, or centre, directly impacts the periphery of your body: namely your hips, legs, feet, shoulders, arms and neck. These work more efficiently and feel looser when the middle of the body has been freed up first.
You'll receive a short movement routine called the "Cat Stretch" that can be done regularly to maintain the beneficial effects of this program.
Results? Feel better in your body so you can to do the activities you love, sleep better, have more energy and feel LOOSE and FREE!
Once you have the fundamentals, and you want to learn more, you are welcome to join group classes or even do a hands-on Clinical Somatics private session which is catered to your personal needs.
Here's what past participants are saying:
"For years I've been dealing with chronic neck and lower back pain. My first Somatics class focused on releasing the muscles in my lower back with a very small, gentle movement. The release I felt was huge! Since taking the classes, the pulling sensation in my neck is gone, I can sleep the entire night without shifting to alleviate the pain in my shoulders. Bending over no longer hurts my back and I can sit cross-legged easily. My overall flexibility and range of motion is noticeably improved. I would highly recommend Somatics!"
“It was eye-opening that we can retrain our bodies with such simple, small movements! Really liked the combination of science fact + practical application.”
"This program was definitely worth the time and money! Lenore has a sold understanding of the science behind Somatics, and effectively translates this into practice. She has a natural way of teaching that feels intuitive and supportive to students. Highly recommended!"
After regularly practicing the Cat Stretch (a daily routine to reinforce benefits of the program) here are some RESULTS of the participants:
- feel less tight in hips and low back
- more fluidity when running and cycling
- feels like a ‘reset’ especially after a highly stressful day
- shoulders feel less tight, especially when laying down and stretching arms out to the side, there isn't the pulling sensation there used to be
- played golf four days in a row and could walk afterwards! Neck has much more range and doesn't feel like it will go into spasm when moved in certain ways like it did before
- did an annual swim event and this year for the first time did not feel sore afterwards! Also had a similar experience after playing golf.
- Getting up and down from floor is much easier.
- shoveled gravel and did not feel sore afterwards. Also did gardening for half the day and did not feel any ill effects.
- can sit more comfortably and has more mobility.
- feel taller and standing straighter, more aware of posture
This program runs for four weeks, beginning April 17. The trainings will be online and can be watched on your own time. I will drip-release the videos every Monday and Thursday.
It also includes two LIVE Somatics Classes (75 minutes each) I'll be hosting on Zoom AND in-person (NEW!)*. (dates TBA). Here I will guide you through the movements and be able to watch you to ensure you're doing the movements correctly. You will get to select a time frame that works for you (during day or evening). If you can't make it, the class will be recorded.
In addition, there will be a Community Hub inside the Program where you can post questions ANY time. The idea here is to give you the encouragement and support you need.
You will have access to this program for the life of the program, and you will also have access to any updates I make to the program.
* past participants are welcome to join the live classes for a refresher.
Module 1: Intro to Somatics - Learn the science behind Somatics, how muscles get tight in the first place, how to do a soma scan, the fundamental "go to" movement to release tight muscles
Module 2: Controlling the muscles of the back - learn to release tight back muscles, neck and shoulder pain, and to relax these back muscles when they are not needed.
Module 3: Controlling the flexor muscles of the trunk - learn to release the muscles of the front which get tight when you slump at the computer, or when you're worried or anxious.
Module 4: Controlling the muscles of the waist - learn to release tight waist muscles which affect the hips, knee and foot. If you have pain in those areas or have "tight hips," this is an important movement.
Module 5: Controlling the muscles of rotation - learn to integrate all the movements to coordinate the hips and shoulders for freer, more fluid movement in general, and especially for rotating (including the neck!).
Module 6: Improving walking - we are the only vertebrates that walk upright, thus have the need for counterbalance - arms and legs swinging opposite each other. Learn to break down this basic movement for easy, effortless walking.
Module 7: Seated somatic movements - learn to apply all these somatic movements to a seated position so that you can practice them during your day more easily.
The investment? $197 (HST included).
Below is a time-lapsed video of me doing the Cat Stretch exercises which are the series of movements done daily that maintain the benefits received from the Retrain Your Brain program. With regular practice of the Cat Stretch (that you'll learn in this program), I guarantee you'll feel improvements! (Note: not all movements shown are taught in this Program. We deal with the fundamentals and more progressive movements are taught in group classes.)
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