We are playing with rotation of the rib cage. Feel how the center of your body is connected to your limbs and vice versa.
I hope you enjoy this lesson. Some of you have asked for shorter lessons, so I'd love feedback in the comments below what you think. How was the length of this lesson for you? Would you like even shorter lessons? I'm thinking of including mini lessons called Somatix Snax. :-)
Duration: 50 minutes
Class is done lying on the floor.
You'll need a pillow or block for the side-lying movements.
Things we explore
The torso should have freedom to flex and extend and rotate. These movements, like all pandiculations should enhance your freedom of movement. You will have an opportunity to notice how you walk at the beginning of class and at the end.
If you prefer, you can skip the alternative Flower move that explores legs elevated, and do more of the regular Flower with feet on the floor.
This lesson is a great one to do before bed. By doing some focused breathing, expanding the diaphragm we stimulate the vagus nerve to help downshift from the fight or flight state that many of us live in every day, to the rest and digest mode.
Things to notice
We are rotating the pelvis, feet and head like cogs or gears. Notice the relationship of how each area of the body influences the rest of the body ie "cogs"
The first part of class is done standing, followed by moves on the floor.
Things we explore
If you are familiar with some standard names of somatic movements, here are some things we play with. If no, no biggie.
Things to know
This class is done primarily on the floor.
We discussed the green light, red light and trauma (avoidance or protection) reflexes. We explored some of the basic pandiculations that make up what Thomas Hanna called the Cat Stretch, and what I call the Daily Supple-ment.
Upon waking in the morning, we are genetically predisposed to gently move into our days. But most of the time we are pressed to get up, get going, fast! I suggest you take a few moments to luxuriously start your day with some somatic movements, and see if it makes your day easier and more productive.
If first thing in the morning, you've ever stretched your arms over your head, wiggled and rolled a bit, yawn and maybe even made some noises, you are already pandiculating!
This video is about 15 minutes long, but once you know the moves you can do this simple routine in mere moments.
Things to know:
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This is a series of classes recorded over a 4 week period. Each week explores the basic movements covered in the Daily Supple-ment in a variety of ways. Plus you'll learn additional moves. Sure to help you with your over all practice!
These classes are done on the floor. Each class is about 30-40 minutes long.
Things we explore by week
Things to notice
Sense what you are doing and are your working hard or with ease? Never over effort. You'll get more benefit when you learn to do somatic movements with ease. Seems counter intuitive, but that's because we have been programmed to work hard and think more is more. More is less. :-)
NOTE: About 7 minutes into LESSON 2, I had the class move from the floor up to sitting in a chair. Then back to the floor later.
Most of the routines are 45-60 minutes long.
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That said, please remember Somatics is not about addressing one muscle at a time or certain areas of the body. Humans function as a whole system, so no matter what the focus of a class, everyone can benefit.
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