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Hanna Somatic Classes

Attending Hanna Somatic Classes

Hanna Somatic Classes can be attended by anyone who is interested in improving their wellbeing. Previous experience (maybe through 1-1 sessions) although helpful is not required. Somatic exercises are very easy to perform, all that's needed is non-restrictive clothing for ease of movement.

The classes consist of being gudied through safe, slow and gentle movements that help you to recoginse areas of tension brought about by injury, repetitive motion strain, habituated postures and emotional stress. You can expect to notice an increase in comfort, greater range to movement, enhancement to posture and the ability to breathe easier during and at the end of each class. No classes are currently running. Updates will appear here.  If you are interested in attending class please contact Jonathan at Somatic Living to reserve a place.

Why Stretching is out

It is generally considered in life to increase flexibility, an individual should stretch their muscles. Many branches of science has now discovered this to be incorrect, and infact static stretching can actually be harmful.

"Science has moved on.. many athletes warm up and cool down regimes are not only a waste of time but actually bad for you. The old presumption that holding a stretch for 20 to 30 seconds - known as static stretching, primes the muscles for a workout is dead wrong. It actually weakens them." William Holcomb, PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

"Static stretching can cause architectual damage and may interfere with the structual integrity of the connective tissue. The notion that people should be trying to increase range of motion every time they stretch is not one to be supported." John Starkey, The concise Book of Neuromuscular Therapy, 2008.

Take a look at the two articles below If you are interested in the science behind stretching and pandiculation (the somatic way of elongating muscles).

Pandiculation: The comparative phenomenom of systemic stretching

When stretching doesn't prevent injury


Somatic Exercises

Somatic exercises achieve what static stretching fails to deliver. Have you ever seen a cat or dog arise from a sleep and perform what seems like a series of stretching? What they are infact doing are movements known as "pandiculations". Pandicular movements involve a series of full body muscular contractions and slow elongations. They ready the brain for voluntary movement and relax and lengthen muscles. As part of the mammalian world, we possess the same capibility as our four legged friends.

Somatic exercises stimulate the higher levels of the brain where greater motor control resides. The slow nature of somatic exercises help to interact with higher/voluntary levels of the brain, working in this way helps to overide powerful involuntary messages being sent by the brain to muscles to contract.

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