A Somatic Movement practice is foundational because it compliments all other movement practices. Somatic Movements prepare you to move better and be more present to yourself and your life.

Here are 5 tips to for an effective practice:

Find your WHY

What do you want to get out of your practice? What can you imagine yourself being able to do again once you resolve your SMA? Finding your why will help motivate you and guide your practice.

Notice your daily habits 

Your practice is approximately an hour out of your day. What do you do for the rest of the day? Your movement habits and emotional/psychological responses to stress can create tension. How aware of yourself are you while sitting, standing, driving, watching TV, or talking to your spouse or children?

Quality over quantity

Choose only a few movements per practice session. This is not an exercise routine! Less is often more. Try to observe the following sequencing, based on childhood developmental movement: movements of extension and flexion, followed by movements of side bending and rotation.

How you do your movements is as important as whether you do them

Your personal practice should be easy and pleasant. Be aware of whether you do your practice like an exercise routine or like a gentle exploration and preparation for efficient movement. Rushing, pushing through, or working hard creates more tension and less relaxation and sensory motor control. Somatic Movement should also never be painful. If you experience pain, try reducing the effort. 

Come to your practice with a positive, patient, and curious mindset 

Your muscle pain didn’t develop overnight, so relieving pain and improving movement will be a process (of education!). We are unique individuals and learn at our own pace. Remember that life is dynamic and so is your practice. There is no end to learning!

If you don’t yet have a Somatic Movement practice, try our FREE mini course, where you can experience a few of the basic movements that make up a practice.