Somatic education is a means of learning how to properly function and coordinate one's body through sensory motor awareness.
While the term "Somatic" refers to an individual's ability to sense his or her inner processes, education in this practice reflects the learning and increased ability to sense oneself from within. The underlying connection to Somatic Education is mind-body integration, which in turn enhances natural control of the body's muscular system. This can provide more efficiency as well as flow of energy through improved physiological functioning.
The video above is from Somatics.com. It was created by Lawrence Gold, a Hanna Somatic practitioner.
In numerous cases the Somatic education approach has been useful in overcoming chronic pain, as well as improving physical performance. One of the chronic conditions alleviated through this approach is the Sensory-Motor Amnesia (SMA).
Sensory-motor amnesia is a state under which we lose our sense of muscular activity and control due to habituated movements. The amnesia occurs as certain muscles take more control of others, causing the inactive muscle to be less effective, and often times tight and sometimes painful.
With Sensory-Motor Amnesia, one is left with a sensation of pain and stiffness in a part of the body without the sense of the action of the muscles causing it. The remedy to this condition is to learn how to sense the muscular actions causing the pain and consequently learning how to control those muscular actions.
It is not uncommon for an individual during his or her lifetime to lose a certain degree of awareness in certain muscles. This is often times because we subconsciously hold muscles tight, without being fully aware of it.
However what we are aware of is the pain or soreness, as well as skewed bodily movement. Somatics seeks to overcome that unawareness, and train our minds to recognize those muscles that are being held tight.
Somatics is essentially a method of mind-body training that aids in overcoming common health difficulties that would otherwise be remedied through physical therapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, massage therapy among other treatments.
In the case of Sensory-Motor Amnesia, Somatic education supersedes the traditional physical therapy approaches of stretching and strengthening of muscles to alleviate muscular spasticity. Unlike the standard physical therapies that accentuate strength and flexibility, Somatic education puts an emphasis on control and release of muscular tension.
In addition, while most therapies will use stretching, Somatic education helps one learn to relax which translates to longer lasting and greater freedom of movement.
There are many techniques that have been proven for Somatic education. Body-mind centering is a Somatic approach that relies on experiential anatomy, breathing, use of movement, and our perceptions. Many techniques of somatic education focus to train people on how to make habit changes while using your body with more ease and freedom.
A process of learn-by-doing making various techniques based on movement and sensation is employed during Somatic training. This enhances a sense of awareness to the body parts to feel more intensely thus encouraging a more clearly defined and voluntary control of the muscles. The results of Somatic training is actually self-perpetuating and improves with continuous practice.
Somatics greatly depends on an individual's self-awareness and thus ability to better control his or her muscular control. To learn more about Somatic education, visit Somatics.com.continue...
Toys for babies and toddlers come in two varieties: organic toys and inorganic toys. Many parents think most toys are safe simply because toy manufacturers say they are. But the truth of the matter is, non-organic toys are often made from materials that pose health risks to growing children.
If you're curious about natural organic baby toys, then this article is for you. There are countless reasons and options for choosing natural organic toys for babies and toddlers. Not only are these toys often made from natural wood and other materials, but many natural organic toys are designed as educational toys which can be vital for healthy and progressive growth in babies and young children.
When our babies reach the age of playing with toys, we run to the toy stores and pick the toys we think our little ones would love and as long as they are indicated safe for babies of a certain age group, we are good to go. Next time, take a closer look and choose natural organic toys for babies. Here are the reasons why:
A decade ago, all metal toy jewelries were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This is because some of the toys were found to contain lead. Since babies put everything in their mouth, lead can get into their system with catastrophic outcomes. Plastic (PVC) toys commonly labeled non-toxic usually emit substances called dioxins which are poisonous.
Furthermore, the PVC toys are usually softened during the manufacturing process by phthalates which interfere with hormonal functions and therefore growth and development. Organic baby toys are made from only natural materials which contain no such toxins, therefore ensuring the health and well-being of your baby even as he or she grows and plays.
Some toy marketers argue that the levels of these chemicals are too low to affect your baby. However, you need to remember that your baby is likely to play with that toy for a long period of time. The cumulative effect of this over the years is what is responsible for the dangers associated with inorganic toys.
Your baby’s young skin is not yet exposed to environmental allergens so that he or she can tolerate them. On the other hand, some babies generally have hypersensitive skins. Some non-organic baby toys contain allergens and can cause nasty, even life threatening reactions when they get in contact with your baby’s skin.
Baby’s skin is thinner and has larger pores and this makes it susceptible even to allergens not expected to react with skin. Organic toys for babies are made for the naturally occurring materials such as solid wood, cotton wool and other organic materials that are gentle and safe for a baby’s tender skin.
The biggest threat to human existence is global warming and everyone must play his or her part to avert the problem. You may not know it but the inorganic toys for babies are major contributors to environmental degradation and pollution. The metallic toys that contain lead release it to the atmosphere and some of polyvinyl chloride toys emit dioxins and phthalates which are also emitted to the atmosphere.
That aside, most inorganic toys are non-biodegradable meaning that they cannot be broken down by the natural biological processes. This means that once you have no use for them or when they get broken, they will end up in the landfills. Landfills present a major ecological problem and if you continue using inorganic toys you are definitely contributing to this environmental degradation.
It is a misconception that natural toys are less capable of helping to improve a baby’s mental growth. Most organic toys are simple and more educational. This simplicity encourages babies to use their ingenuity and artisanship in order to engage in creative play.
Even though some organic toys for toddlers and babies are not as flashy as the un-natural toys, the natural baby toys are more beautiful and therefore will be more appealing to your little one’s sense of touch.
If you have a small baby or a toddler, you should strongly consider making the switch to natural organic baby toys if you want to reduce the level of exposure of your child to pollutants, toxins and chemicals. You will also be contributing your part on ensuring eco-friendliness of your immediate environment.continue...
The top chiropractic schools in the U.S. are the institutions that are meant to train the next generation health care professionals of the country. Chiropractic is based on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases related to the neuromusculoskeletal system of a patient.
The focus of the chiropractic practice is the spine. The nervous system is responsible for the issues than can occur. Chiropractic is an alternative technique, but its practitioners must undergo specialized training in schools in a similar manner to regular medical professionals. There are not many accredited schools right now. The following institutions are the top 5 best-reviewed chiropractic schools in the U.S.
National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) is one of the best institutions for chiropractic medicine in the United States. It is located in Lombard, Illinois, just ouside of Bloomington, IL. There are also campuses in Florida. The school has an integrated approach to health, being meant to train professionals of different medical specialties. Students can benefit from two types of training: in traditional medicine and in alternative practices. In order to be accepted at National University of Health Science, applicants need a bachelor degree. Students can work at clinics affiliated with the school, but also in clinical clerkships, hospital rotations and private clinics.
Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC) can be found in Portland and stands out through its state of the art facilities, graduates with a very good reputation and solid science. The university provides various programs and different approaches to medical treatment. There are four years of study to undergo that include research and practice with licensed teachers. The education received at University of Western States Chiropractic College is complete. With a school that the national board considers the best of all, there is no reason not to choose this university for chiropractic studies.
Palmer is a chiropractic school located in Davenport, Iowa. There are also campuses in California and Florida. The college features a chiropractic center in all its campuses. The academic staff has published hundreds of articles in different publications. Students who want to perform research can do it through the master's in clinical research or a research honors program. Numerous clinical programs are available at the Palmer College of Chiropractic, like sports programs for treating injuries or programs in which students can travel within the country or abroad to clinics with limited health care access.
Life University is located in Marietta, Georgia. This is one of the few universities that include an undergraduate education along with the usual chiropractic studies. Life University deals with the practice from a philosophical point of view and helps students to have knowledge about all the facets of chiropractic medicine. In this institution, students can rest assured that they will get the best possible education.
Texas Chiropractic College has gained its reputation over many years of experience in chiropractic medicine. The graduates of this college are recognized for their expertise. The focus of the college is on scientific evidence and adding new sciences in the practice of chiropractic medicine. When the students graduate, they are already experienced in the practice. With a size of the classes that is small, better relations can be established between students and teachers.continue...
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