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Somatic Restoration/Dynamic Stretching 

Please Read This Before Starting To Do The Following Exercises.

This is a joint opening series that will open the joints and connective tissue of the whole body.
The longer you practice the more open your body will become. It is best to practice 5 to 7 days per week but any times is better than no times.
If you have specific areas that you want to work on then any part of the series may be used on its own but it is best to do the whole series.

It is called Somatic Restoration as it is about restoring (like an old car) your body to functional capacity and ability, that is the myofascial system can be unstuck and unwound to find a ease to and fluid movement and unrestricted experience/sensation/awareness of the physical aspect of human experience.

Thomas Hanna wrote a book called Somatics and talks about Sensorimotor Amnesia where, in my understanding, we forget how to use our bodies in the way that a child does through learning patterns of efficiency in motor coordination. This efficiency compromises movement potential and so we struggle to do anything outside of our conditioning. Through opening up the connective tissue in this process we can start to regain the capacity for spontaneous movement in multiple planes and fields that are outside of our patterned movement.

I use the guiding principle from Chapter 10 of the Dao De Jing where it says “Can you let your body become supple as a newborn child’s?” I want to return to this state.

Through having a lot of treatment and doing self myofascial and ligamentous release work and doing this stretching I have developed techniques to treat myself and use the stretching to open up a body that has been smashed by 20 years of martial arts (Kickboxing, Aikido, Taiji) and years of BMX and Downhill Mountain biking crashes, multiple assaults, and diving into a concrete swimming pool head first, skateboarding and falling off pushbikes to a point where I see that making my body as supple as a babies is a real possibility.

It is always a work in progress but I am loving my new-found movement and freedom in my body from restricted movement and pain.

Is there pain? if there is pain then back off.

The idea is go to around 70% of your maximum. Don’t work at your end of range. Its like when you put a stick in the ground and want to make a hole. You gradually increase the size of the hole with ever expanding spiral movement. It gradually opens up without breaking the stick. Work like this.

This is from a Qigong class that is held at 6.30pm on Monday and Wednesday nights at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

You can see through the 3 videos how the practice has evolved as it has opened up my body.

Level 1

Here is level one of the dynamic stretching. This is a good place to start.

To adjust playback speed, click the Settings icon in the lower-right corner of the playback window, then click the Speed selector. Choose 0.25 for quarter-speed playback or 0.5 for half-speed. (Obviously you can also opt for faster playback if you wish.)

 

Level 2

Feeling like you have opened up from level one? Move on to this variation that engages the whole body.

To adjust playback speed, click the Settings icon in the lower-right corner of the playback window, then click the Speed selector. Choose 0.25 for quarter-speed playback or 0.5 for half-speed. (Obviously you can also opt for faster playback if you wish.)

 

 

Level 3

Now we are really getting into it.

Keeping the ground and your centre now engage spirals through your body.

To adjust playback speed, click the Settings icon in the lower-right corner of the playback window, then click the Speed selector. Choose 0.25 for quarter-speed playback or 0.5 for half-speed. (Obviously you can also opt for faster playback if you wish.)

 

Hi Kerry,

I just thought I would let you know that today I tried your Level 1 stretch routine. It was Japan day and I wanted something to open me up and relax me properly before I went to the demonstration. Worked really well. Helped my nerves too. Thank you so much!

Jeanie

 

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Key-words: Kerry Castell-Spence, Qigong Master, Myofascial release, Ligament, Joint, Muscle, Tendon, Tuina, Cupping, Acupuncture, Qigong Classes, Medical Qigong, ACC treatment provider, Acupuncture New Zealand, Somatic Restoration

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