I created Total Somatics to educate & empower you with a skill set so you can work more efficiently & effectively with your mind & body. Somatics was created by Thomas Hanna over 30 years ago. He named the modality Somatics from the Greek word Soma, meaning the body, which is inclusive of the soul, mind & psyche. The Total Somatics online programme is centred around Thomas Hanna’s work. The exercises are gentle movement sequences to relax habitually tight muscles from our daily activities. These include sitting for hours at the computer or carrying a child on one hip, resulting in lower back & hip complaints; leading to limited movement or pain. The purpose of Somatics is to create movement integration back into the body. Due to muscle tension & tightness, many of us have lost our natural movement patterns & find we are trapped in a very tight body. This impacts on our physical, emotional, mental & spiritual health (Soma). If we feel stress, pain or discomfort in our body, it affects our emotional & mental health. Likewise if we are suffering with emotional or mental stress, our body will hold that trauma. Move forward several years, add the stresses of life & we find that we hold & move in a very restrictive way. This is where Total Somatics comes in. By developing mindfulness techniques whilst slowly moving through the somatic movements, we are changing our neuroplasticity & creating new neural movement pattern pathways in the brain. The more we develop mindfulness with Total Somatics, the deeper the neural pathways will be. We are training the brain, which is in charge of all movement, co-ordination, muscle contraction & relaxation, to allow the body to move freely. The mindfulness skills you develop help to thicken the activity in the prefrontal cortex. This area is crucial for concentration, focus & awareness. At the same time, you are shrinking the actions of the stress regions of the brain. Allow me to teach you Somatics in the comfort of you own home with Total Somatics online. Take care, Heidi Hadley.