Myth of Ageing – Somatic Movement with Catherine Balaam

I have just finished Cat Balaam´s Somatic Movement 7 week course and I can wait to introduce the 15 min routine I learnt as my aftercare when giving treatments.

Below you can find Cat´s description of the course.

“The Myth of Ageing refers to the belief that as we get older our physical ability declines and we become more and more restricted in our movements. This need not be the case!

During this course we will be working through the different areas of the body and the muscles that control them. This brings a new awareness and therefore a new ability for understanding and control of your living body. Although this is a movement class we will be working with the messages sent from the brain to the muscles. These messages can become habitual and ‘stuck in a loop’ and can result in pain and stiffness which may lead to chronic pain and injury.

By the end of this course you will have a simple 15 minute routine which will gently release and realign your body. Over time these movements will bring you more in touch with your body and give you the ability to sense for yourself if there is stiffness and deal with it before it leads to pain and restriction.

This is an empowering process giving you the knowledge to maintain your own physical wellbeing on a muscular level. These classes are appropriate for all regardless of physical ability.”

What Is Somatics?

“Somatic Movement Education is a method of re-educating the neuromuscular system addressing the underlying cause of chronic pain. Through learning specific movement patterns we are able to free the body from habitual muscular tension allowing us to move in a more efficient and natural way.

The word Somatics comes from the Greek word soma meaning the living body as whole, experienced from within. Only you can ever have a sense of your own soma so in Somatics we are working with this principle, getting you to engage with the sensation of the muscle moving from the inside.

The muscles only ever do what the brain instructs them to do and sometimes muscle behavior becomes habitual and unconscious resulting in pain and stiffness which may lead to chronic pain and injury. In Somatics when a muscle is stuck in a habitual contraction we move slowly, bringing awareness to the area and the muscles we are working with.

Through this technique we allow the space for learning to occur enabling alternative and conscious muscle movement. It is an empowering process for the client and over time these movements will bring you more in touch with your body. It will give you the ability to sense for yourself if there is stiffness in your soma and deal with it before it leads to pain and restriction.”

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