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Pandiculation: Stretching Without Stretching – A Discussion with Gabriel Posner

Pandiculation describes the involuntary yawning / stretching we do when tired or waking up. It can also be done to voluntarily integrate and recalibrate the myofascial system. Pandiculation is one of the most basic tools we use to help clients to recover from sensory motor amnesia, so it's very important that we use this tool with understanding and skill. This talk explores the various aspects of pandiculation and how somatic educators use it to address chronic tension and musculoskeletal pain.

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Discover Your GLOW: Grow, Listen, Observe, Water

The GLOW mindset: A frame of reference to examine what brings shine to your being through nurturing self-care and the quality of your thoughts through mindfulness.

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Issues of Balance and Falling: Vestibular Exercises with Joan Kauffman

As we age, we begin to have decreased balance responses from vestibular, visual, and proprioceptive systems, creating an increased potential for loss of balance and falling. If you have a problem with your balance or equilibrium, do not be afraid of your dizziness. You can gradually build up the tolerance in your brain to overcome the dizziness. It is like an exercise for muscle building–it requires regular, capacity-extending work to build up strength or tolerance. The purpose of vestibular exercises is to improve your brain's compensation for injuries or abnormalities with the vestibular or balance system.

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Pelvic Floor Somatic Pain with Susan Koenig

I discovered this somatic movement when looking for something that would bring relief to a client of mine with pelvic floor pain. She had had three children and with each each child she experienced more pain in this area. This move greatly helped her. However, pelvic floor pain is just one of the reasons people can benefit from this pelvic floor movement. Credit goes to Judith Aston who taught me this movement.

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“How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan - A Book Review by John Loupos, M.S., H.S.E.

As a rule, I prefer books that leave me a little smarter about the issues I care about. With half a dozen or so previous books to his credit Michael Pollan hadn’t disappointed yet in this regard. That being said, you never know for sure what a book has to offer until you’ve read it. I purchased his book with the foreknowledge that it offered a contemporary take on what for many of my generation represents a bit of a flashback, namely psychedelic drugs.

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Section 1:  What is Scoliosis and why does it occur?  How can Somatics help?

A Somatic View of Scoliosis and Uneven Posture by Laura Gates - Section 1

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Section 2: My own story with scoliosis illustrating some common symptoms.

A Somatic View of Scoliosis and Uneven Posture by Laura Gates - Section 2

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Section 3a: Assessment Tools - With scoliosis clients; which lesson/protocol do you begin with?

A Somatic View of Scoliosis and Uneven Posture by Laura Gates - Section 3a

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Section 3b: How to measure and “quick sketch” a curvy spine.

A Somatic View of Scoliosis by Laura Gates - Section 3b

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Section 4: Zig Zag Shoulders

A Somatic View of Scoliosis by Laura Gates - Section 4

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