| What is Body Sensing?
Body Sensing is a super gentle Somatic (mindful) movement practice for pain relief, stress release, better posture and wellbeing.
Who is it for?
- Back pain
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Joint pain
- Lack of mobility and flexibility
- Stress and tension.
How does it work?
Pain is how your body responds to physical and emotional stress. Body Sensing calms down the nervous system to trigger the bodys own healing system. The movements are based on Anatomy Trains www.anatomytrains.com (the new way of looking at Anatomy) and designed to release, rehydrate and restore fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds every organ, muscle and bone in the body. The pain receptors of the nervous system are embedded within the Fascia. With back pain there is a large area of Fascia between the mid spine and lower back that becomes inflamed. The latest research shows that gentle somatic movement can reduce inflammation and relieve back pain.
What is Fascia?
Fascia (pronounced Fash-a) is a system of connective tissue in your body that encases, permeates, suspends and joins your organs, muscles, nerves, bones, blood vessels and skin. In the past it was regarded simply as a strapping and packing material that gave us shape and form. We now know that it does SO much more. It is embedded with billions of neurons and receptors making it the most sensitive sensory organ in the body that responds to, pressure, stretch, pain, vibration and intuition. It even responds to moods, emotion and language!
There are many forms of Fascia made up of the same "ingredients" in different quantities. The Fascia under your skin is loose dewy and web-like in nature compared to the fibrous dense tendons and ligaments in our joints or the membranous nature of Fascia that surrounds every organ in our body.
How does this knowledge of Fascia change the way we move?
It completely changes our understanding of the anatomy of movement. Where once we only considered the body as a one dimensional physical musculoskeletal structure where muscles are separate and attach to tendons which attach to bones. We now know that Fascia encases each muscle fiber, each bundle of muscle fibers are encased in Fascia (fascicles). Bundles of fibers which make up a muscle is encased in Fascia and each Fascial bag becomes a tendon that blends with the Fascia that surrounds the bone. Fascia is everywhere connecting everything to everything!! As well as a wrapping, packing and suspending material, Fascia is alive and wired with billions of neurons.
Fascia has 10 times more nerve endings than muscle and being more sensitive than your eyeball is constantly sensing information and responding to it from moment to moment. Fascia is intimately connected with the nervous system (messaging system) integrating body and mind and all biological functions of the body. Fascia responding to the nervous system therefore influences movement far more than any muscle fiber ever will.
How does it compare to other body/mind movement therapies?
- It is an effortless whole body practice that is easier than any gym based exercise, traditional Yoga or Pilates.
- Anyone can do it.
- Learning becomes embodied.
- It enhances interoception (our fascial sense of self)
- It improves breathing and posture with little effort
- It is based on Fascial Integrity versus core strength.
- Breaks embodied habits by rewiring the implicit memory through movement. (Neuroplasticity).
- Reshapes both body and mind.
- It is pioneering and based on the latest research on Pain relief.
What is the difference between exercise and mindful movement therapy?
Exercise is associated with fitness training and strengthening the physical body through effort and following instruction for form and technique. Mindful movement therapy is restoratative, effortless, embodied, self guided and associated with healing both body and mind.