Practice Makes Perfect

When you learn a new movement the first attempts  are usually an approximation of the complete movement.  As you practice it more you will gradually hone this until you can do it easily and without forcing movements.

Remember also that to get the benefit from Somatics you need to practice regularly, at least daily.  Try to make it a part of your daily routine, either when you get up in the morning which sets your muscles for the day ahead, or just before you go to bed which helps the brain to remember the relaxed muscle state.  Even better if you have time is to do it twice a day which speeds up results.

Less is More


One thing to remember is not to work too hard when doing Somatics exercises.  I know that is really difficult for many of us who have been brought up to think that there is no gain without pain, and that extra stretch will bring more results.  But with Somatics the opposite is true.

The extra effort can send already tight muscles into spasm. So take it easy; work at 50% less effort.  If you are straining or shaking when you do the movements you are working too hard. Its often a good idea to gradually decrease the effort during a movement and really focus on the feelings and muscle release to complete rest.  And do remember to pause and relax fully between repetitions.

Tight Calves

Do you suffer from tight calves that do not respond to traditional stretches.  If so you may find this video a useful alternative. 

It uses Somatics Education and Pandiculation to gently and slowly restore the muscle length to tight calves.  Watch the videos from Lawrence Gold and give it a go.  You may be pleasantly suprised with the results.

Introduction video
The Exercises video