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Somatic Exercises

Shoba Narayan

These really work. And they are terrifically relaxing.

How exercising your body can help reset your brain
Shoba Narayan

December 31, 2014 Updated: December 31, 2014 04:49 PM
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What do you do when you stand in a queue at the airport, while waiting in line to get off the plane, waiting for your luggage or waiting for transport?

Many of us check email, answer texts and appear busy. But once you’ve done all that and the bags still haven’t come, what do you do? I sometimes use that time to “reset” my brain.

In the 1970s, a movement therapist named Thomas Hanna came up with a concept called “somatic exercises”. It goes like this: every time you get hurt, your body compensates. Let’s say that you banged your left shoulder on a door and it hurts. So, your body uses the muscles on the right shoulder to carry a bag…

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