The difference between a stretch and pandiculation.
1. Pandiculation is involuntary, spontaneous, intuitive, whole.
A stretch is voluntary. You're having to think about it or be shown what to do.
2. A stretch is elastic. Like and elastic band. It gets thinner and longer. Not great for joint integrity.
Pandiculation enhances the auxetic nature of fascia. It's expanding, energy-efficient and re-plumping property. The whole body responds. Better for vitality and integrity.
3. The feel-good of a stretch is pleasurable and involves mostly dopamine the gratification hormone. Which can be addictive.
The feel-good of pandiculation leaves you with a sense of well being. Releasing oxytocin, the nurture hormone. Better for regulating the nervous system.
4. With a stretch, you usually stretch at a joint and run the risk of going beyond your range. Running the risk of instability. Especially if you are hypermobile.
With pandiculation, you move with integrity. Within your range with no risk of injury.
This section will help you if you want to know more about how body therapy can help heal the mind.
How do I know if I have trauma?
Trauma is an overwhelming state that leads to nervous system dysregulation that shows up in the body as chronic pain, autoimmune responses like Fibromyalgia, heart palpitations, insomnia, or gut issues. SomaSensing regulates the nervous system the way nature intended. Without having to talk about it, find the underlying cause, or relive it.
What is Interoception?
Interoception is the way your nervous system sends you messages from within your body, telling you the true state of your mind and body from within. Sensations alerting you of distress can feel loud, like butterflies in your tummy, pounding heart, nausea, the urge to pee, hunger, craving, addiction or heart palpitations. Or feel subtle like discomfort, anticipation, apathy, tension, unease. SomaSensing practices help you find the quiet within. Showing you ways to calm the distress signals. To pause, tune in and listen from a place of calm. Helping you to self-regulate your nervous system.
How you think feel or move happens in your fascia. Fascia is the largest and most sensitive sensory organ of your nervous system. Your body’s felt sense. It is embedded with an abundance of Interoceptors.
You could say that Fascia is your sixth sense.
Imagine your body is wrapped in layers of supple elastic from skin to bone. Pain, inflammation, tension or stiffness is a sign that the elastic has lost its vitality, it’s suppleness. A sign that the body is in distress. Now think about how your body relaxes in response to a gentle soothing touch. That’s the nerve endings in your Fascia responding, softening and melting to a light touch.
What makes Fascia your sixth sense are electromagentic signals faster than your nervous system as well as an abundance of super-sensitive nerve endings that respond to both feel-good and painful signals.
Fascia is your fabric of Embodiment,
It provides the environment, for every living cell in the body. Muscles, nerves, veins, hormones and your immune system LIVE within the Fascia.
Fascia is bathed in a moisturising gel that provides plumpness, elasticity and suppleness. Loss of suppleness is linked to a sympathetic response. The nervous system under stress. A sign that you’re not ok. Resulting in symptoms that range from stiffness and discomfort to chronic pain, inflammation and autoimmune conditions like Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.
If there is stress in the Fascial tissue, it affects every other biological system in the body. Fascia-based soothing movements that calm the nervous system tap into the innate ability for your body to heal itself.