The “Myth of Aging” is that as we grow older we develop problem areas in our bodies, we become stiff, we loose range of motion, we start to hurt more and more – no matter how conscientious we think we’ve been in terms of our diet and exercise. The myth is that aging brings on inevitable aches and pains. In fact we may even have the expectation that as we age we should a.) start to slow down and b.) we will have to discontinue our favorite activities because things are going to start to go wrong.
Somatics Education suggests that we have more control over the aging process than once thought, and that if we don’t keep learning and evolving as we grow older we will become habituated in our movements, and that it’s these habituations that eventually cause the aches and pains of old age. In fact this goes for any age where our bodies become “specialized” to certain movements and activities which leads to the “under-use” of different movement patterns and muscles (and the over-use of others). And, as the saying goes “use it or lose it.”
The “Myth of Aging” series of Somatic Exercises was developed by Thomas Hanna. The practice of Somatics is a mind/body system that re-educates our neuro-muscular pathways. Through slow, conscious exercises that stimulate the connections from our brains to our muscles an inner wisdom is awakened for some and developed for others.
The class will target specific areas of the body and focus on patterns of muscular contraction that lead to chronic tension and injury. Students learn how to decrease muscle and joint pain and stiffness, to become more optimal in any of life’s activities and to be less dependent on others in doing so.
Very useful in relieving Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Frozen Shoulder Syndrome, Headaches, Back Pain and Strain, SI Joint Pain, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and more!
Jodi Christensen is a Somatics Educator, 500RYT Yoga Instructor, and Reiki Practitioner