Why post-traumatic stress and chronic pain lands in some people, and not others.

Imagine you have two people who both get into an identical, and minor, fender bender (car accident).
>> Person A walks away with zero post-traumatic stress – no chronic pain, no lasting whiplash, no fear to drive and get back behind the wheel. They go back to their life and resume their good health, like nothing […]

Did you know that taking a deep breath to relax is actually counter-productive?

When we are more active, such as when we exercise, go up a flight of stairs or run for the bus, our breathing should increase. When we are relaxed—reading a book, watching TV or sleeping—our breathing goes down because our metabolism is slower.
Why do we find ourselves wanting to either take in a deep breath, […]

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An Exercise in Attention to Safety, Senses & Breath (aka: Re-Setting Your Nervous System to the Here and Now)

It’s likely that sometime soon you’ll encounter some stress that will rev up your body’s physiology. It’s also possible that you’ve got some stress that’s still sitting in your system from yesterday, last week, last year, or a decade ago.

Here’s the thing, our body getting hit with stress is an inevitably of life, and actually […]

Part 1. Refining the Somatic Practices: The Story of Jenny and Susan

I think it might have been in June last year when one of my teachers said:

“The somatic practices need to be more refined.”

These seven words really, REALLY, got me thinking. In 7 months of thinking and asking other people – my clients, colleagues, teachers – it seems unanimous:

Yep. Refinement needed.

First, where the 7 words came from.

I was […]

Would You Drive a Ferrari That Way? The world needs all our cylinders now

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The men in Maranello would not be proud
Imagine what would happen if a Ferrari was only driven in first gear, no long stretches, no crossfall camber, and following instructions from the manual as to the correct and precise […]