Somatic Education through the use of Kinetic awareness can
provide a direct link to integrative body-mind experiences.
I personally believe that the body-mind is a storehouse
of information about our present state of health. I use
various approaches in my work that facilitate inner psycho-physical
awareness and movement capabilities. Kinetic Awareness is
one approach to somatic education that provides an opportunity
to explore movement potential and develop movement possibilities.
This is a system developed by Elaine Summers that focuses
on increased movement efficacy and ease through heightened
awareness of automatic and conscious movements.
This work often increases an understanding of how our
body communicates with us. Kinetic Awareness is often referred
to as (the ball work). Balls placed in various areas of
the body increases sensations and help to unlock tensions
held deep in the musculature.
One of the key tension areas of the body is the head, neck
and shoulders. Use of small soft balls in this area increases
circulation and releases tension. Gentle rotation of the
head from side to side and using a simple breathing exercise
can bring about this relief. My clients both in the office
and during my Yoga classes enjoy this work.
I also work with the occipital-sacrum connection. In the
Somatic field this is referred to as the head-tail connection.
This work is developmental in nature and stimulates the
brain stem and limbic system. The body’s ability to
align itself with gravity is deep within our equilibrium
responses and primitive reflexes. Initiation of core stability
can also be achieved through various pelvic exercises done
on a large ball. All of this work uses various breathing
and sound techniques to open and increase the circulation
of the lymphatic system.
My main goal is to help my students deepen their understanding
of how they move in their bodies. The outcome is generally
a richer understanding of how they move and perceive themselves.
Tension in the neck and shoulders is greatly reduced and
an increase of flexibility is always evident.
This article sounds very serious in nature, and by all means
your health is a serious matter. I would be remiss if I
did not add that the use of balls, both small and large,
is fun. Yes FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!