A Whole Body Approach
The degree to which we can encourage the whole body to move is the level of change that is possible - enhancing cooperation between the 'parts' to improve the 'whole' person is key.
ACTIVE SOMA is a whole body approach that utilizes Myofascial Release, a hands on Soft Tissue Technique, and guided movements to slowly stretch and reposition the body’s fascia, the supportive wrapping of the body, restoring natural length and elasticity to the body through its network of deep connective tissue fibres.
By further applying principles of posture awareness and movement education the ACTIVE SOMA Approach is able to assist with how we stand, sit, and walk - the basic elements for any purposeful daily activities.
People seek the ACTIVE SOMA Approach as a way to ease pain and chronic stress, and improve performance in their professional and daily activities. Athletes, dancers, children, business people, and people from all walks of life have benefited from this approach.
The 3 Core Elements
- Posture Correction
- What we move - Anatomy of movement
- When we move it - Human movement potential
- How we move it - Freedom of movement
- The highest level of order available to an individual (in a given moment in time)
- How changes affect the 'whole person - in a given moment in time
- Both positive and negative changes
- How best can we adapt to these changes
What does this all mean?
Posture is a static moment in time. It becomes a perceived notion of what we think it means to stand up straight, or sit with poise. In searching for the ‘ideal’ position we can lose sight of the bigger picture:
How do we use the static (posture) to understand and deal with the dynamic (how we move)?
That is where performance, or movement enters the equation. By developing a deeper awareness of how to find an optimal posture or position, and then initiating a mindful movement we are creating an environment in which efficient movement with minimal energy production can be possible. The degree to which we can encourage the whole body to move is the level of change that is possible - enhancing cooperation within the 'parts' to improve the 'whole' person.
The ACTIVE SOMA Approach works with existing models and paradigms that can be found in other complementary disciplines. However, what they don't often consider is the association of these elements to work as a comprehensive and cooperative process: empowering the individual.
What do we mean by:
Optimal posture = our best possible structural and postural position in a given moment in time.
Mindful (intentional) movement = moving with awareness and understanding of what is expected within a given movement from point A to point B.