Hi there! I'm Kristin Jackson, and I'm really glad you're here.
Since Somatics has helped me in so many ways in my life, I'm on a mission to share it with as many people looking for solutions to their pain and suffering.
IF YOU ARE BRAND NEW TO SOMATICS
Please check out the routine I call the Daily Supple-ment, which is a great place for newbies to learn the basics. Once you've learned the basics in the Daily Supple-ment, you can explore the Free Your Whole Body with Somatics 4-week series.
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If you have a question regarding a recording, please enter it in the comments section of the specific recording in question. I will address them there as well. Think of the comments section like you are in a live class, and all students can learn from each other. Be sure check the comments before posting a question. There may already be an answer! :-)
NO PAIN, ALL GAINS
Somatics should not cause pain. If you experience pain when exploring the movements of these recordings, please stop and assess. Are you working too hard, over efforting? Are you tightening both sides of your body as once? Avoid that. :-)
DO YOU NEED PERSONALIZED ATTENTION IN REAL TIME?
If you are confused or not getting the results you want from your practice, please schedule private session with me. We will be able to discuss your situation, see each other in real time, and I'll record your lesson and send it to you.
Ok folks, I have just a musing for you this week. I'd like you to pick a previous lesson and be the move vs do it. You could even pick just one movement, like flower or the side bend.
Are you scratching your head wondering what the heck am I talking about? Our world requires that we spend a large amount of our daily lives working towards “doing stuff” and “getting things done.”
The flip side of doing-doing, go-go-go, is just being in the moment. Being mode and doing mode are both useful in different ways and at different times. But if things are stuck in your life, maybe a shift to a being mode could help you. This is your lesson this week. To apply being to your somatics practice and just notice what you notice.
Here are some qualities of Doing vs Being.
Qualities of Doing
So as you explore a lesson or movement today, I'd like you to be in it, not do it.
As you roll an arm or let a knee turn out, what do you sense along the path of your limb?
What happens in your body as you move the limb?
Do you sense anything far away from the "focus" area?
It's like walking across America vs taking the Concord. If you walk it you will sense/notice a lot more. If you are just flying by you will miss everything expect for a distant view from a tiny window 30K feet away. Pretty disconnected, right?
I think this lesson will be a fun exploration for us all. Myself included. :-)
Let me know what you discover! Enjoy!
This video goes out to anyone seeking:
Take your time. Approach somatics movements from how the body moves, vs you making it do the movement. I'll make more videos about this, but for now, please just explore and notice what you can feel... Hope this video helps.
The typical approach to life is work hard and good things will happen. Is that really true? Could you work smarter, with more awareness and get similar or even better results? This lesson explores that idea in relation to pain relief and freer movement.
But it doesn't have to stop there.
A client recently told me that she has been living her life like a statue, with the amount of pain and fear she held in her brain and body. By learning how to let her muscles relax, she felt empowered and things started to change through out her life.
This class includes seated, standing, and floor explorations. The majority of the class is on the floor.
Things to know:
Feedback after class included:
"I've had a pain in my back shoulder area that wouldn't go away and now it's gone."
"Class was very subtle, but I really liked it."
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.
This is a good place to start if you are brand new to somatics, or need a refresher.
If you are a newbie and want personalized attention to start you off on the right foot, please schedule a private session. Kristin can work with clients in person in Portland OR or online.
This is the basic routine Thomas Hanna called the Cat Stretch, but I call it the daily supple-ment. Do this routine every day and notice how your body and life changes.. It's a great routine to free up all sides of the body, and reclaim freedom of movement of the spine in rotation.
Start with awareness of what your brain is doing now, so you can see how it changes through your practice and daily life.
Arch and Flatten
If you have done this move following other videos, somatic educators or books, I guide it differently: explore an arch-and-release then flatten-and-release. Not going from an arch to the flatten. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, don't worry! Just follow along.
Arch and Curl
Arch and curl is similar to arch and flatten, but with some different head movements. Avoid making this move a crunch, please!
This move is great for those with tight lower backs. This move is about using the back to lift the head and leg, not lifting the head with the neck. Less is more in somatics practice, especially with a move like this. Go gently, slowly and smaller effort. You'll learn a lot more if you do. :-)
Arch and Curl on the Diagonal
This move is a nice way to increase the length in the back, especially after the back lift. The goal is to sense, not do "something", like "I must reach elbow to me knee."
Thomas Hanna liked to say humans forgot they have sides. The muscles along the ribcage, waist and hips are often forgotten from our brain's repertoire. Learn to sense your sides for easier walking, getting rid of sciatica pain, and having more sass in your life. ;-)
Everyone loves this wash rag! Again, remember that pandiculations are not stretches. Go gently and avoid pushing yourself beyond ease. Kind of ironic that some humans have a hard time making life easy for themselves. ha!
Invert and Evert the Feet
This move takes the rotational exploration of the wash rag a bit further. Be gentle with the movement as you explore it. You're looking to connect movement from your head all the way down to your feet.
I get emails from people around the world asking for an easier way to do the seated twist. Here is an exploration you may enjoy. You can also explore the seated twist in a chair.
Most of the routines are 45-60 minutes long.
Brand new to Somatics
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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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