The Not Negotiables

Welcome back everyone! Hope you had a good break and that you are ready to go with our 5 week series starting this Friday, 17 April.

The heading for this post could be the latest Stallone movie, but it was inspired by something my Somatics mentor Martha Peterson said recently about her own daily self-care routine. She's a busy lady, travelling the world training teachers and spending a lot of time in airports, but there are a few things she does every day that she considers to be her 'not negotiables'. It's not as formidable as it might sound - the heart of this practice can be done in 10 minutes if necessary - but she also makes those minute skeletal adjustments, that I often talk about, multiple times a day too.

It got me to thinking about my own 'not negotiables' and I realised that it really is a pretty simple recipe when you break it down. All human beings have three natural, full body reflex reactions to the stressors of daily life. Where they become an issue is when they have become a habit. If you make sure to unwind these every day then you are well on your way to enjoying pain free movement. There are countless ways to do it, but what if we just keep it simple? We can build on it each week - explore other ways of achieving the same thing and strengthen and unwind to our hearts content, so long as we remember the basic recipe at the heart of it.

 You can recalibrate the way you move by changing the way you think about your amazing machine (your body). Step out of automatic pilot with a new habit of checking in regularly. Just a few minutes every hour will make a big difference to how you feel over time.

You can recalibrate the way you move by changing the way you think about your amazing machine (your body). Step out of automatic pilot with a new habit of checking in regularly. Just a few minutes every hour will make a big difference to how you feel over time.

Then, by the end of the term, you will have your 10 minute practice to take away with you. You can substitute your favourite exercises and build your own 'not negotiables' or you can stick to the original plan that we will start with this week. All great practices have to have a functional purpose at their heart to really mean something, and to really inspire you to do them. You wouldn't negotiate brushing your teeth - the joints of your body will thank you for taking these exercises to heart in the same way.

Each week I'll give you a clip that will lead you to a complete practice. Week 1 is Arch and Release: