somatic Approach

Mindfulness and Open Heart Meditation, Spiritual Awakening

Developing awareness of ‘’the body that we are’’

Emotional gymnastics® is a somatic approach. The Greek word ‘’Soma’’ means a living or sensitive body. It cultivates a holistic vision of the person, taking into account all the dimensions that compose it (the physical structure, the emotions, sensations and thoughts) and connects them in an inseparable whole.

The practice of EG® makes it possible to establish a relationship between our body, space, and our inner reality.

By becoming aware of how different parts of our body move in space, we discover our neuromuscular organization. Indeed, from the day of our birth, by responding to family and social pressures, our body shaped itself by adapting to the accumulated tensions.

When certain muscles become rigid or become dead zones, we inhabit out body in a piecemeal way.This can cause discomfort, muscle stiffness, constant fatigue and sometimes even depression.

Fortunately, we have the ability to change and free ourselves! Even if our muscles are rigid and deformed, they remain malleable. The small movements, adapted to the exact physiology of our muscles, the Emotional Gymnastics EG® approach, without ever straining, will allow the release of muscular rigidities.

The movements will restore suppleness and vigour to shortened or atrophied muscles.Thus, session after session, the muscles recover their mobility and their power. The joints unlock and return to their ideal axis, while breathing becomes ample and natural. We may find relief from many ailments (migraines backaches, digestive problems, insomnia, osteoarthritis, arthritis, fibromyalgia and many others).

The practice of EG® allows us to restore osteoarticular and muscular balance, hence achieving physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

As you can see in this image below, the first figure on the left was modeled with clay, eyes closed by a client during her first group session in GÉ®. In the second figure she modeled in her tenth session; there is clearly a better appropriation of her body.

the posterior muscle chain

We have tremendous strength in our body; it is located behind, in the back. It is called the posterior muscle chain (PMC). Unlike the front muscles, those located behind are all placed in the same sense and fit together, one on the other, like the tiles of a roof. This chain of muscles starts at the top of the cranium and extends all along the nape of neck, shoulders, back, buttocks, legs, right down to the toes.

 

Day and night, they are submitted to a tone that inevitably shortens them. Especially since in everyday life all our gestures make permanent demands on their tone quality.  Also, the weight of our problems is carried on right there on our backs.

We cannot avoid the effects of time and its incidents, but if we submit to them without taking care of our PMC, this chain will inevitably be squeezed under its accumulated stiffness. Joint deviations will be felt, vertebrae will deviate from their axis and functional lesions may appear : osteoarthritis, tendonitis, disc hernia, lumbago, sprains, etc. Serious organ damage can even settle. The body will be deformed and normal aging will be blamed for all the pain, discomfort and prevention of sound energy flow.

The muscles give our body its shape. A shortened chain can cause various pathologies during life and sometimes worsen any problem.

EG® movements allow shortened muscles to regain length and regain flexibility.

Muscle tone is balanced and body shapes are harmonized.