Somatics is an excellent adjunct to any training regimen because it supports and enhances a trainer’s work by fundamentally improving an athlete’s own internal awareness and control of his body. The outcome can be an athlete with a range of motion and coordination level he never had or knew he could have. Today one of the students from the January 2013 Essential Somatic Exercise Coach training in Leeds, UK sent me his impressions about the training (that he them posted on a weightlifting forum). He writes:
Here's a personal view on how this course has been working for me over the past couple of months:
- I've earned almost all the tuition fees back in a matter of hours.
- My physical trainings clients LOVE the results. It's an easy cross sell, too.
- The coaching style is very different and sometimes I feel like I'm making a hash of it compared to Martha's instruction. But when the client stands up and moves around I can see that I've helped them to make a noticeable difference.
- I've been able to gift my work to a young weightlifter who was all but ready to quit due to chronic pain that wasn't showing up on any scans (including an MRI).
- My personal practice got a big boost.
- The other day I was able to use some of the principles to correct an "unpacked" shoulder in the Turkish Get Up very quickly.
- I don't think I'll ever get used to seeing the clients' reaction of delight when they stand up to assess themselves after the first session. Helping people feels great.
Never train something you can't feel.
In athletics, “movement memory” (sometimes called "muscle memory") is considered the foundation of consistent high performance. This refers to learned physical movements - everything from walking, rolling, crawling, running - to elite athletic performance. The essence of movement memory is the brain's ability to sense what a movement feels like and to then coordinate muscles to execute that movement at will and with enough precision to meet the demand of the moment.
When muscles become habitually contracted due to an accident, injuries, overtraining, improper training, or repetitive tasks, the brain no longer senses them, nor controls them voluntarily. Movement becomes less efficient and less coordinated. This condition is called Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA). When you train muscles you can't feel or control, you get hurt, your form is "off" and your playing days could be limited. Don't despair - this condition is rapidly reversible if you know what to do, what to look for, and how to do it.
Somatics Exercises are corrective exercises that prepare you to move better.
Hanna Somatic Exercises teach your brain to reset muscle length, restore optimum muscle function, and eliminate Sensory Motor Amnesia. They are complementary to any movement discipline - from Yoga, Pilates, NIA and dance, to kettle bells, football, powerlifting, running and cycling.
Somatic Exercises put you back in control of your body and of the ability to extend, flex, side bend, rotate, and twist without limitation, and prepare you to move freely so you can do more of what you want to do. They are what you should be doing before you train every day.
The longer you train, the harder you compete and the higher you strive...the more you need Martha Peterson. Somatics is, without question, the simplest, fastest way to "forget" injuries and overcome training errors. Injured as a Highland Games athlete, I did a lot of thing to fix my hip, and, to be honest, a lot worked. But nothing transformed me more than Martha's simple techniques. Martha is the "go to girl" for male athletes looking for the pain-free edge.
- Dan John, author of Never Let Go
The next Somatic Exercise Coaching Training is coming up - February 7-9, 2014. Click here for more information and to register early.