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SOMATIC TRANSFORMATIONAL EXERCISES
Programmed Instruction to Relieve Persistent Pain

8 Weeks to Eliminate Pain You May Have Had for Years


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from WikiEducator
Neuromuscular Effects of Stress

Introduction

One of the effects of stress is a general increase in tension within the skeletal muscles. This muscular tension occurs generally, but affects some areas more than others. The muscles which are typically affected by stress include the shoulder elevators, the muscles of the neck and jaw, the accessory muscles of breathing and the diaphragm. The erector spinae are a commonly affected muscle group. Muscles which are already under tension due to postural distortions or for other reasons may develop problems secondary to the increased muscular tension. Muscles which are used repetitively during the period of stress are often held with more tension in them than is necessary (e.g., muscles of the shoulder and arm when typing), and if this behaviour occurs often the tension may become habitual.

The Cat Stretch Exercises

Somatic Exercises to Relieve Neuromuscular Stress
with The Cat Stretch daily regimen

a complete program (not the similarly named, single exercise taught elsewhere) -- The Myth of Aging series

A GENTLE, INTENSIVE, WHOLE-BODY PROGRAM for MOVEMENT HEALTH

guided by Lawrence Gold
certified Hanna somatic educator

TO FREE YOURSELF FROM STIFFNESS AND PAINS ASSOCIATED WITH INJURY OR AGING
This program frees muscular tension patterns that create pain, stiffness, scoliosis, sciatica, and nagging low back pain. As your spine lengthens, you'll get a flatter belly!

You'll be much more flexible, feel more energetic, move better, feel better -- more comfortably and more quickly with somatic exercises than with stretching or strengthening exercises. Uses a form of "power stretching" that works the opposite way from "active isolated stretching." Click above to learn and experience the superior difference (free video instruction).

If you have pain, don't wait until the pain subsides; do this program NOW. These exercises dissolve pain.

You'll learn to use variations of "the Omni-yawn" to relax tight muscles, dissolve pain and improve agility and coordination. You'll remember what it feels like to be young, again -- and if you're like me, you'll feel grateful to be able to move so well.

I (Lawrence Gold) guide you step-by-step and pace you through Thomas Hanna's "Myth of Aging" exercise series found in Somatics: Re-awakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility and Health. Introductions explain the "how" and "why" for each exercise followed by step-by-step instruction at an optimum pace for learning.

  1. The Back of the Body
  2. The Front of the Body
  3. The Sides of Your Trunk
  4. Twisting Your Hips and Trunk
  5. Twisting Your Legs and Spine
  6. Freeing Your Ribs, Shoulders, and Neck
  7. Improving Breathing
  8. Improving Walking
  9. The Daily "Cat Stretch" (brief refresher sequence)

Make it your priority.

Eight Full-length Preparatory Lessons ("The Cat Stretch Exercises") and the summary 10-minute daily "Cat Stretch".
Cat not included.

Also sold with The Advanced 'SuperCat Stretch' Exercises. Click for the combination package.

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$97.00 + shipping (Item #211)

eight lessons plus the daily Cat Stretch regimen


MP3 DOWNOAD:
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See the ITEM DESCRIPTION on your eReceipt for download instructions.

From: Christine Davies
Date: 17 February 2009 22:28
To: Lawrence Gold
Subject: Re: Notification of payment received

Christine Davies wrote:

Hi Lawrence

Many thanks for your email. I ordered (and received) the downloadable version. After just one session with Lesson 1, I am seeing benefits and look forward to completing the lessons and getting on to maintenance with The Cat Stretch each day.

Please feel free to reference the blog as this has literally been life changing for me.

My blog is here: http://divecat.multiply.com/tag/health

Kind regards - Christine


5/3/2010 8:54 AM, Christian Grass wrote:

Hi Lawrence,

I started over again today with lection one of the basic cat stretch. I did this exercise with Hannas book (I had recorded the instructions for myself, rather too fast).

Your more detailed instructions and the pace make a remarkable difference. Feels much more relaxing.

Regards,
Chris


9/30/2009 5:24 PM, ajfurlow@aol.com wrote:

I've been into musculoskeletal pain relief for a long time but recently discovered Hanna Somatics. I was into Egoscue for a few years but have had much better results with Somatics. I've been doing the lessons from Thomas Hanna's book for about 10 weeks and seem to feel better after each week.

My job of dog grooming requires standing all day and a lot of stressful tension. I hurt everywhere at the end of the day but the exercises make me feel better. Just recently I've had more neck release which seemed to be a real stubborn spot. The upper extensor muscles of my back would just not relax and I'd wake up in the morning very sore in that area. I can't wait to do the neck and shoulder exercises in your book to pinpoint more of that area. I hope to one day learn these exercises to teach others how to get out of pain.

Amanda


12/14/2007 2:52 PM
subject: Re: Good stuff -- Somatics!

Hi Lawrence,

I typed in "relief for back spasms" yesterday and read your article. Then I ordered the ebook, and did some exercises this morning. I can already feel some relief. And I know over time my "back problems" will return to normal, my natural state.

Thank you so MUCH for making Somatics available!

I love alternative therapies. I listed your article/site at What Love Does in alternative therapies.

Marelin Thornton
musemagic@gmail.com


2/10/2010 11:17 AM
Re: which program?

Hi,

I have been doing Hanna Somatics for approximately 7 months. I will tell you how this program has improved the quality of my life recently. I have had overall body pains from car accidents, a bad fall with a broken tail bone, fibromyalgia, thyroid problem and many unknown reasons for over 20 yrs.

I purchased [the] CD's and began working through the material. Prior to starting the exercises I would wake up every morning with the feeling that my shoulders were practically up to my ears and my hip were up to my waistline. It would take hours for the body to readjust, if it ever did. Now, I wake up with everything still in its proper place and perhaps the hips have dropped a bit.

I am a Taiji practioner and my Master has been trying to get the point across to drop the hips, relax the shoulders, feel the weight in the feet, lift the head and many other points too numerous to list for this explaination. I truely believe that these Somatic exercises are the vehicle for me to understand and prepare my body to do all that the Master has required of me for better form.

Marsha Nolan

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BioKinetics Program
Developmental Movement Education
with Carol Welch

Certified Hanna Somatic Educator

SEE The Cat Stretch Exercises and learn why they work.

Biokinetics/Hanna Somatics
Reflexes 101w
A BASIC INTRODUCTION TO HANNA SOMATIC EDUCATION and to THE CAT STRETCH EXERCISES

Understand why somatic education produces lasting changes quickly and see The Cat Stretch Exercises demonstrated in summary form.

The exercises shown in BioKinetics Reflexes 101, The Cat Stretch Exercises ("Somatic Exercises for Neuromuscular Stress"), are the same as those found in Thomas Hanna's book, Somatics: ReAwakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility and Health.

This program is particularly for you if you benefit from seeing things demonstrated as part of your learning process.

76 minutes running time

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I liked this video very much. It was well organized and aesthetically pleasing. Clear and simple to follow, the video had an excellent pace which allowed the viewer to participate simultaneously with the producers.

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