YIN YOGA & SOMATICS
Hanna Somatics is an effective form of neuromuscular (mind-body training) movement re-education that goes directly to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain: the brain and the way in which it senses and organizes the muscles and movement.
With Hanna Somatics, you are using the motor parts of the brain,
especially the motor-sensory cortex, to voluntarily contract a group of muscles,
and then slowly and with control,
voluntarily release out of contraction to rest and relaxation.
This technique is called pandiculation and though perhaps counter-intuitive (we tend to think that we need to stretch) often releases tight, contracted muscles in a very short period of time.
In recent times there has been a lot of research done on the fascial tissues of the body.
Fascia is a collagen-based body-wide web consisting of fibrous and elastic connective tissues embedded in a matrix. It is everywhere and has different names such as tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, aponeuroses, muscle septa, and more. Muscles are embedded in pockets in the fascia. Everything: muscle fibers, blood vessels, bones, nerves, organs, and more, is wrapped in some form of fascial tissue.
Fascia plays several important roles in the functional organization of muscles and our body as a whole. Different fascial tissues emphasize different roles. Some are better at muscle force transmission, some are better at transmitting proprioceptive information (sensory information about gravity and where our limbs are in space), gut and organ fascial sensory receptors transmit interoceptive information informing us about our sense of self, and research now is also showing that fascia contains many nociceptive nerve endings (pain receptors; sympathetic innervation), and much much more.
In Yin Yoga we target the fascial tissues throughout the body through longer held positions with the muscles relaxed. Fascia is very responsive to the state of the nervous system and to the breath so postures are held in a comfortable near end range position with breath flowing easily to stay as relaxed as possible.
In Yin Yoga and Somatics we combine specific movements and pandiculations and periods of stillness with the intention of releasing tension and creating balance throughout the body.
DROP IN & join us on Saturday mornings @ 8:45 - 10am:
no experience necessary.
INTERESTED IN KNOWING MORE ABOUT THE FASCIA? Here is an excellent documentary
'The Mysterious World under the Skin'