How does Somatics Work?
Somatics is a discipline that helps strengthen the relationship between the brain and body movement. Every voluntary movement, such as arching an eyebrow or flexing the torso is controlled by the sensory and motor cortex of the brain. Neurological signals are sent from the motor cortex to the muscles. The muscles perform the intended movements and relay back information to the sensory cortex. The brain uses this sensory feedback to plan the next sequence of signals to send to the muscles. In effect, there is a constant feedback loop between the brain and the muscles.
Over time, for various reasons, this feedback loop can go out of "calibration" - so to speak. When this happens, the brain cannot generate the right set of signals for the muscles to perform an intended movement. When this happens, the pattern of muscle contractions recruited to perform an intended movement is often imbalanced, and the result can be stiffness, inflexibility or pain.
Somatic movements, when performed correctly, help re-calibrate this feedback loop by creating and reinforcing kinesiologically balanced neural patterns in the brain. Once learned, they can easily be repeated and the brain will eventually replace inefficient movement patterns with the new ones. This innovative and scientific approach to muscular movement can reduce stiffness, increase flexibility, improve posture and alleviate chronic pain.
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Mapping of various body parts on the motor cortex