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Somatics for You

Newsletter  #22

Link to my Website.
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Link to some audio recordings of my Saturday
Somatics Classes via SoundCloud.
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Link to my YouTube Channel (Somatics For You, Susan Koenig). 
     You can see over 30 short somatic movement videos.
 
Janet Hoagland, left; Susan Koenig, middle; Danna Wilberg, right.

Below are links to two longer interviews of myself and Janet Hoagland, by Dana Wilberg, of the cable TV program out of Sacramento, CA, called the "Paranormal Connection."  In spite of the TV title, the interviews are about Hanna Somatic Education.

Each interview has 2 parts; each part is a little less than 1/2 hour.
 
Interview One: February, 2011
          Part 1
          Part 2
Interview Two:
May, 2015
          Part 1
          Part 2

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How To Do Somatic Movements

1.  Move slowly - you are especially working with the part of your brain called the motor cortex.  It needs time to process more efficient movement patterns.

2.  Pay attention to the sensations from the movements - this will give your brain clearer feedback to learn to move more efficiently;

3.  Stay within your comfort zone.  If you have pain, move slower, make smaller movements, or even make the movements in your imagination.

This is my dog, Chester.  So many people comment on how much they love seeing Chester come in and out of some of my videos.  He does great doggie somatics!
The Green Light Reflex

Thomas Hanna named three main postural habits that people tend to get stuck in. When someone is stuck in the "Green Light Reflex" they over contract their spinal extensor muscles and over arch backward. The most well-known spinal muscles of the "Green Light Reflex" are the erector spinae muscles pictured here.

Practitioners trained as Hanna Somatic educators teach clients to use their brains to reset the resting tonus of muscles. The result is less pain and greater ease and comfort.
The Red Light Reflex

Thomas Hanna named three main postural habits that people tend to get stuck in. When someone is stuck in the "Red Light Reflex" they over contract their flexor muscles of their spine and their posture assumes a forward-bent position. The reference muscle for the "Red Light Reflex" is the rectus abdominis, which bends or flexes the spine forward.

Practitioners trained as Hanna Somatic educators teach clients to use their brains to reset the resting tonus of muscles. The result is less pain and greater ease and comfort.
The Trauma Reflex

Thomas Hanna named three main postural habits that people tend to get stuck in. When someone is stuck in the "Trauma Reflex" they over contract their oblique muscles. Their bodies display postural asymmetry characterized by lateral flexion (side bending) and/or rotation (turning or twisting). The reference muscles for the "Trauma Reflex" are the internal and external obliques. This picture shows the external obliques. The internal obliques are deep to or underneath the external obliques.

Practitioners trained as Hanna Somatic educators teach clients to use their brains to reset the resting tonus of muscles. The result is less pain and greater ease and comfort.

 
Learn The Daily Cat Routine
 
Thomas Hanna created an extraordinary somatic movement routine.  Of course, over time (since 1988, with the publication of Somatics; see pp. 98-153) many people have added favorite additional movements and various nuances to the basic movements.  

Below is my version.  There are 8 basic movements and one movement repetition at the end.  I am using the numbering as found in the book, Somatics.  I also do not call them "exercises."  I do not consider them exercises, but rather, thoughtful, intentional, voluntary movements that stimulate brain motor function and the myo-fascia toward greater mobility, less pain, and less stiffness.

I receive numerous requests from clients and students to please create Youtube videos on this daily somatic movement routine.  My goal is to make these movements available to the general public as well as somatic practitioners.

Learn and/or review the Daily Cat Routine.

The first 9 videos:
1. Cat 1 - Arch and Flatten
2. Cat 2 - Arch and Curl
3. Cat 3 - Back Extension (Lift)
4. Cat 4 - Arch and Curl Diagonal
5. Extra Move - Lateral Flexion (Side Lying)
6. Cat 5 - Twist
7. Cat 6 -  Inversion - Eversion (3 Parts)
8. Cat 7 - Sitting Twist
9. Cat 4 Repeated - Arch and Curl Diagonal

Video 10
The last video is "Putting it all Together in Real Time - The Daily Cat Routine": some days I only spend 10-15 minutes doing these movements, other days when I have more time, I take longer; do more repetitions; move slower; add other movements (of which there are many including all the others in the book Somatics, pp. 98-153).

How To Do Somatic Movements

1.  Move slowly - you are especially working with the part of your brain called the motor cortex.  It needs time to process more efficient movement patterns.

2.  Pay attention to the sensations from the movements - this will give your brain clearer feedback to learn to move more efficiently;

3.  Stay within your comfort zone.  If you have pain, move slower, make smaller movements, or even make the movements in your imagination.

Credits

Monica Roseberry, Producer, Videographer, Editor

Isaiah Smith, Technical Support, Production, and All-Around Good Guy

Filmed in Clayton, CA, USA, 2014-2017

Cat Routine #1

Arch & Flatten

Cat Routine #2

Arch & Curl

Cat Routine #3

Back Extension

Cat Routine #4

Arch & Curl on the 

Diagonal

Extra Movement

Lateral Flexion

Cat Routine #5

The Twist

Cat Routine #6

Inversion-Eversion; Bowed Legs and Knocked Knees; Skiing

Cat Routine #7

The Sitting Twist

Repeat

Cat Routine #4 

Arch & Curl on the 

Diagonal

 
This very last video puts all the movements together in real time.  I personally vary the amount of time I spend doing my daily somatic movements.  Like everyone else, some days I only have 10-15 minutes; other days are more luxurious and I can linger more, do more repetitions, move more slowly.  

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