is Somatic Conditioning ?
And when they function with precision, a healthy balance is present within your system.
The brain is able to control many muscles consciously as well as subconsciously. For instance many spinal muscles, breathing muscles, facial muscles and pelvic floor muscles. It is becoming more and more important to realize that our muscles need to be trained & exercised in conscious movement patterns (eg. lifting weights) as well as in subconscious movement patterns. Subconscious movement patterns are rooted deeper into our neuro-physiology then voluntary movement patterns. Somatic Conditioning is an exercise program with the intent to condition these subconscious reflective movement patterns while experiencing many voluntary muscular actions.
When we move without the automatic response of these specific patterns
we would not be able to stand straight, run, jump, climb ladders, go down
to the floor and get up from the floor. It will take more effort to achieve
a certain level of fitness and the chance to develop any type of health
issue will increase. All those things we try to correct by exercising
and eating healthy ! Unfortunately, the western society we live in has
contributed dramatically to the loss of these organisational reflexes.
Even though these organic movement patterns are deeply rooted
within everybodys system, they often have become lazy
or forgotten: the agility from the past has been replaced
by patterns of tightness. Our posture is not as erect as before, our balance
deteriorates and suddenly it takes more effort to walk
However, when stimulated correctly you might feel surprised at how important the organic movement patterns really are: it is these patterns that will make you stand upright, feel fit & age well, be creative & confident, be alert & responsive. So it is time to use our intelligence and go back to basics ! Lets start with improving the way we are supposed to move before we get into all these silly exercises that often stretch and strengthen our muscles in very restrictive patterns. You will actually be surprised that when your body has learned how to move again, that it will have gained a lot of strength and flexibility at the same time !
Another important component of Somatic Conditioning is the movement
of your eyes. The movement patterns of your eyes are dominant over any
other movement pattern in your body. Due to our passive life style, many
of our neck and eye-muscles have forgotten how to react spontaneously
when needed. Sitting in front of a computer with your eyes
and neck muscles strained as well as sitting in cars are definitely
actions that do not create much intelligence in our bodies ! To learn
to differentiate the eyes from the neck and to learn to connect the eyes
with your own hands and feet again is a very important aspect of creating
balance in your body.