Patients, Patience, and Impatience

Hello, again, Folks,

Today, I speak of a peculiar paradox of somatic education -- something expressed in a Tibetan saying I heard, recently:  "When things are urgent, go slower."

People in pain have a certain urgency.  No surprise.

In their urgency, they go for the "quick fix" -- the pain med, the quick adjustment, the quick stretch, the hour of bodywork.  These quick fixes rarely produce either a complete or a lasting result.

The reason:  they don't address the problem as it is, but only the surface appearance.

Somatic education is peculiar in this regard:  the processes we use during clinical sessions are mostly slow-motion action patterns -- we go slower -- but the changes that result come very quickly.

The reason:  the changes sought through somatic education (generally, pain relief) come by means of an internalized learning process that involves new physiological adaptation.  Adaptation and learning require, inevitably, at least two things:  attention and intention.

Attention and intention go together.  To exercise an intention, we must direct our attention to what we are doing.

The thing about attention is that it is not instantaneous; it fades in.  Test for yourself.  Look away from the screen toward anything and notice that it takes a good part of a second even to focus on it.  The same is true of music.  Turn on the radio into the middle of a piece of music and notice that it takes some seconds to recognize even one with which you are familiar.

When taking in new information, going slower helps you "catch" it and take it in.

Then, and only then, you can apply your intention to it.

Most forms of therapy require little or no attention on the part of a patient; result:  little or no exercise of intention and little or no lasting change!

So, as a somatic educator, I find that one of the most common bits of coaching I have to give with my clients (/patients, although I don't use the word) is to slow down.  Doing things too fast, too hard, and with too little attention ("mindfulness") is a common American fault (and a popular editing technique of advertising and the entertainment media which perpetuates and reinforces this fault-- sequences of "split-second video clips").  Too many people are "A-D-D" ! ! !  That makes them accident-prone (and generally, sloppy and error prone).  They must slow down -- not because it's easier (generally, it's not), not because they need a rest (which is generally true), but because they need to pay more attention and to exercise intention more carefully.  They need to work smarter, not harder.

If people don't slow down, they end up doing things the way they habitually do them and, by repetition, reinforcing the very thing they are wanting to get out of -- the movement patterns and functional habits that cause their pain.  They have to slow down enough to do the things they do in a new way.

When it comes to somatic exercises (a way people can relieve their own pain without direct coaching by a somatic educator), people must exercise patience.  In this case, the patience they must exercise is two-fold:  (1) they must slow down in what they're doing (somatic exercises) enough to feel clearly what they are doing and to do it in good form (not merely count repetitions) and (2) they must persist in a somatic exercise program long enough to obtain its designed-in effect (entailing, generally, some days or weeks of practice -- and some hours of experience).  The result:  substantial and durable improvement -- faster and more durable than by conventional therapeutic, "low-attention" methods.

If patients are impatient for relief, they must be patient so they can get it more quickly than has previously been possible.

Only once they have slowed down and made the necessary changes can they return to "the speed of life" and keep their new-found freedom and well-being -- or even go faster than before and still keep it together.

"A man of true means,
whatever the day's pace
keeps his wits about him
and however a fine offer be presented to him
keeps a level head.

What ruler of countless chariots
would make himself laughing stock,
fool of the realm,
with pace beyond rein,
speed beyond helm?"
-- Lao Tzu

An Entirely New Class of Therapeutic Exercises (article)
Software for Your Body (instructional programs)

Religious Faces of Superman

There exists an archetype in contemporary culture with which many generations present can identify. Every generation alive today knows Superman.

Superman who, having emerged from the midwestern farming tradition came to represent a person of virtue, of kindness and of strength, of benificent values, of positive intent -- and who hides a secret: his identity -- and a vulnerability that few others share.

Remembering that Superman was adopted by his midwestern farmer parents, his last name was not originally, "Kent" -- but Kantrowitz.  Superman (pronounced with "super" rhyming "soup-pear") was a nickname his Kryptonian parents bestowed upon him after a visit to Paris, one spring -- "little Soup-pear-man" -- because that was all he would eat -- pear soup.  It was on the note in the space capsule in which he arrived:  His name was Kal-El, but his nickname was Little Soup-pear-man. You can figure out the rest. And, of course, they Anglicized the name. As a boy, he was big for his age, but very nice, an intelligent boy.

Another clue: His original name-at-birth was Kal-El -- "El", in Hebrew, meaning "God". Taking a Kabbalistic approach, the Hebrew name, Kal-El, can be spelled in three consonants (four letters), read right to left, "K""L""e""L",  , the eleventh letter of the alphabet (English or Hebrew), K, the thirteenth letter (Hebrew) or the twelveth (12-English), L, and the nineteenth letter, a silent carrier for a vowel, "ayin", where in English, the nineteenth letter is, S -- "S", get it?  Coincidence?  I think not.  The symbolic meaning of the numerical equivalents of "K""L""e""L" =  "11""13""19""13" (or "11""12""19""12") is "Great Potentiality" and "Great Faith".

But what if Superman were Buddhist? What would he do differently? Since he strives to minimize harm to anyone and uses his powers beneficently, for the sake of all sentient beings, what would he do differently? Perform service even while in his dreams? What do you think he dreams about? Lois Lane? Lana Lang? Lex Luthor? Batman? -- feminine archetypes and masculine archetypes? Do you think he behaves differently in his dreams than he does in the waking state? Or do you think that, as he sleeps, he rests in the Source of Light and Life, the Silent Bliss-Being beyond the human mind and body? (the super-man state). Do you think that he rests in deep Silence (of which the Fortress of Solitude is a Metaphor), "silence" and "solitude" -- which also start with "S" -- the silent nineteenth Hebrew letter.

What if Superman was Hindu? Then what? What would he do differently? Well, for one thing, he probably wouldn't eat beef or wear cows-leather shoes. Those boots? They're patent leather. Other than that? Would he play the flute and seduce virgin cowgirls into a mass-"big one"? Would he transform his appearance to show the various powers and viewpoints and wonders of the Great Universe? And who knows what he does in the privacy of his own home with "company"? Would he declare, of himself, that "atman" (individual self-being) and "brahman" (silent, imageless, aware Groundless Ground of Being) are one? ("I and my Father are one"? -- again, getting a little ahead of ourselves).  Would he appear as Krishna -- the avatar God-embodiment (emanation) of Godhead? flying around saving people from demons?

What if Superman was Moslem? Would he pray five times a day, facing Mecca? abjure alcoholic beverages? Not eat pork? He would eat beef -- but those boots? Still patent leather. Imagine if he were a fantasy/religion-crazed Muslim extremist who was sent on a suicide mission, but suddenly realized that he couldn't blow himself up and that there would be no "72 virgins" for Superman, so he gave it up. Could Superman "do" 72 virgins simultaneously? Maybe he could. Probably he could. That would be like Krishna.

If Superman were Tibetan Buddhist, he would live consciously emanating from the Clear Light as his embodied existence, radiating the force of beneficence, fearlessly and peacefully present, attentive, intelligently responsive, compassionate, protective, empowering, and emanating silent wisdom and virtue not merely unto living beings, but into, as and through all, serving all sentient beings, communicating The Great Emancipation.

For him, kryptonite is the reminder of the mortal and transitory nature of things, even transitory even in his origins -- being sent into the unknown, "out there", and arriving at Earth -- ever-vulnerable -- even as he is eternally unchanging (primitively rendered in language as, "invulnerable") and super-regenerating -- and so, in that sense invulnerable to most hazards by virtue of his exquisite embodiment, in his transient body (Nirmanakaya), of the subtle self-organizing field of his subtle mind-body (Sambhogakaya); steadily intuiting our transcendental nature (Dharmakaya), the formless ground of being that persists even in the absence of activity or self-sense -- self-emergent, self-regenerating, self-equilibrizing with super-speed, i.e., invulnerable. Vulnerable and invulnerable. See? You didn't know that about Superman. Why would he talk about it?  What's he going to say to everyone?  "I'm vulnerable -- just as you are -- but I heal quickly"?  Would he go around saying that?  Why?  On the other hand, who knows what he says, at home -- and he is emotionally vulnerable, same as any man.

If Zen Buddhhist, same as Tibetan Buddhism, but without the kryptonite.

In this respect, he is very similar to another personage -- Harold Somaman.  Somaman is different from Superman, in that his special powers have manifested differently -- energy field transformations, sensitivity to probability pressure waves (leading to precognition and synchronicities), special ways of dealing with attention and intention. certain ways of biological self-regeneration and psychological transformation, occasions of remarkable telekinesis, things mysteriously disappearing from his life -- odd things like that.

If Superman were a Christian, would he address Jesus as "Father"? -- and how would that make Jor-El, his father, feel? But wait! What if Jor-El was a name for Jesus' father in Heaven? who sent his only-begotten son to save humankind?  Kabbalistically speaking, the names Jor-El and Joseph have significance. Alphanumerically, either of those names is impossible to analyze -- there's no "j" sound in Aramaic, so their names would have had to have been "Yosef" and "Yor-El". Then, Kabbalistically, that would get interesting.  Taking a Kabbalistic approach, again, "Yorel": YORL: four letters: "10" "6" "25" "13" (with a symbolic meaning of "Divine Conception"): and "Yosef": YOSF: four letters, "10" "6" "18" "20 (changeable with "P")" (symbolizing "the leap into newness, bringing memories of the past, along"). Confused? I am -- but back to Superman. With the benefit of time-travel, he would reach Earth when he was truly needed -- second time around.  He would still save people, but still not be able to be everywhere at once, except in spirit. I don't think he would raise the dead; I think that was just a demonstration to make a point. Other than that, how would his character change? Maybe he'd be more loving? But then, we don't know how he is, at home, and his benificient actions can certainly be seen as coming from a loving spirit -- wouldn't you say? But he wouldn't eat meat on Fridays, only fish. Or would he?

But remember -- his name is Superman -- pronounced 'aha-ward" (Howard) Superman ("soup-pear-man"), superhero and goodness-doer extraordinaire -- who loved his mother and who lived up to his father's dreams -- a real mensch.


For more on Harold Somaman, click here.
For more on Superman and other topics from The Other Side of the Looking Glass, click here.

Palpation -- One of a Somatic Educator's Essential Techniques

Thomas Hanna said that palpation -- gathering information by touch -- is a lost art among medical professionals, and that we, his students, would become masters of it.

In the process of Hanna somatic education, palpation isn't just done at the initial functional assessment of a client's condition, nor is it only an information-gathering action.  It's properly done at every stage of a clinical session of Hanna somatic education to evaluate the results of each pandiculation, and it provides information not only to the practitioner, but also to the client about his or her current condition.  How else are we to know whether we are finished with a region and its movements?

In a previous writing, "Precision Positioning for Miraculous Results", I speak of this last point in some detail.

For now, I want to communicate some things about the art of palpation, itself.

Now, before you go bounding off screaming, "another New Age twinko!!!", I want to clarify.  The fourth dimension, time, is not a Twilight Zone alternate reality or a mysterious abstraction (as implied by the term, "time-travel").  It's motion, itself, in the most ordinary sense.

We measure time by means of devices that move or display regular changes (watches and clocks) and we experience time the same way.  The term, "second", refers to the period of time between two heartbeats, the second heartbeat defining the end of a second.  It's an approximate term, the way the length of a foot is about one foot and the length of the first segment of the thumb is about one inch and one swallow is about once ounce.  Time is motion.

In palpation, many people touch surfaces with their fingertips and think they are palpating.  When such a technique provides little useful information, they abandon palpation as an investigatory act.  It's not a shortcoming of palpation; it's a shortcoming of their technique and their understanding.

To do a decent palpation that actually provides useful information, you've got to feel, not for a surface, but for a volume -- three (3) dimensions.  And you don't go rushing in, do a couple of quick presses, and move out.  What you do is soften your hands, reach in, and feel for the first resistance for reaching more deeply; you feel for where soft space becomes firm contact.  You go in slowly -- both out of respect for your client and for rich information.  Then, you wrap your hands around what you feel to discern its shape.  If you're squeamish, palpate in yourself until you learn the lay of the land and what it might feel like to your clients.

If you want to get more out of palpation, trace muscles from origin to insertion; that gives you something on which to anchor your attention and gives your client new sensory information that tells them in which direction, along what lines, to contract in pandiculation.

Once your client has done the pandiculation, or after you have done Kinetic Mirroring, you use palpation and movement to evaluate the completeness of the result.  If some sensory-motor amnesia -- and muscular contraction -- remains, you either repeat the process or have your client adjust positions to reach what's left.  Palpate -- Pandiculate -- Palpate.  Continue until the involuntary tendency to contract is gone or it ceases to decrease, then move on.

Understanding SacroIliac Joint Pain, Stopping the Pain and Weird Symptoms

This article is about sacroiliac joint pain, also called, sacroileitis, sacral torsion, S-I joint sprain or strain, and "twisted (or turned) sacrum".

It explains the causes of the condition and what you need to do to correct it (how and why, based on results) to eliminate its often complex array of symptoms.

It discusses different forms of treatment in a way that I expect will make sense, to you, so you can act based upon understanding, instead of upon mere hopeful trust in your doctor's recommendation or in a physical therapist.

The article lists symptoms and contains a link to an article with a more complete list of symptoms and explanations of their causes (triggered by a turned sacrum).

Read this article, if . . . 
  • You have found the information provided both by medical practitioners and "alternative" medical practitioners to be "thin soup" that doesn't increase your understanding, much, and that doesn't leave you feeling particularly optimistic about your recovery.
  • You have found pain medications or electrical stimulation inadequate to deal with the pain.
  • You have tried therapies and/or surgery and are still in pain.
  • You are willing to do the work to get out of pain.


  • symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • what happens to your sacrum that causes sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • a comparison of ways of addressing sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • an explanation of how clinical somatic education addresses sacroiliac joint dysfunction differently from standard therapeutics or "alternative" therapies
  • a clickable link to the approach used in clinical somatic education to correct the problem scroll down )
You can read a more technical article, here.

A Simple Explanation of Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome (Dysfunction)

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't really understand it."
Richard P. Feynman

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD) comes from displacement (misalignment) of the bones of the pelvis (of which the sacrum is one), from muscular gripping caused by that misalignment, and from strain in the ligaments that bind the S-I joints together and that line the pelvic cavity. The shape of the pelvis, which is supposed to be symmetrical, gets distorted. Symptoms follow and may worsen, over time.

Of the symptoms of SIJD, pain at a sacroiliac joint (at waistline level, in back, two to three inches to one side) combined with groin pain are the most common. I list other frequent symptoms, below.


Following are the most common symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
    • pain at the groin and waistline, in back, same side - in combination
    • pain around the top rim of the pelvis
    • deep buttock pain, one side
    • reduced ability either to bend forward or to stand up straight
    • There are a lot more symptoms listed on the VIEW OTHER SYMPTOMS page.
      On that page, I list and explain more symptoms grouped by:




      If you have two or more of the symptoms listed on this page, you likely have sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

      But don't assume that, from the symptoms. Numerous conditions may cause the same symptoms. Symptoms only suggest where to look for the cause. 

      The definitive test to tell if you have SIJD is by manual examination of your sacroiliac joints -- something you can do, by yourself, as instructed in the video, immediately below, SELF-ASSESSMENT OF SACRAL POSITION
      You can feel the difference in the two S-I joints with your fingers, by this self-assessment.

      You might as well do the self-check, right away. You may save yourself some "reading time". If you find one side deeper, that's it: a turned sacrum and S-I joint strain.

      The Self-Check

      Follow the instructions. Self-examination involves a simple movement with your hands to feel the region of your S-I joints. Pay close attention to the spoken instructions so you know what you're feeling for. Don't guess. Either you can feel it, or you can't. 

      If you can't tell, you may visit a chiropractor or osteopath to get a diagnosis and to get trained how to examine yourself. (If you're going to use the program of exercises to correct your own SIJD, you'll need to be able to examine yourself before each exercise practice session to know which side to do.)


      By feeling the region of your back described in the video, you can feel ridges on both sides with your fingertips. These are not the S-I joints, but the edges of the neighboring hip bones. Toward the midline (the spinal line), next to those ridges, you feel, and others may see, dimples. Your S-I joints are deep to the dimples. 

      If, by doing this self-assessment, you've found one side sacroiliac joint deeper ("jammed"), you know what's going on with you.  

      Now, you know what you need: a way to normalize the position of your sacrum so it stays normal. ( SCROLL TO THE END )

      NOTE: The side that hurts is usually the non-jammed side (contrary to what one might expect).

      If neither side S-I joint seems deeper, your symptoms may come from other injuries -- which is good news for you because other injuries are much easier to clear up than SIJD.  Visit the Consultation page to get a free Functional Assessment form. Complete it and return it by email for a recommendation of the program you need.


      Some symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction occur at locations distant from or seemingly unrelated to the sacrum or S-I joints. 

      That's because the nervous and muscular systems are involved and not just mechanical relationships between the bones of the pelvis.

      Some of these pains are medically un-diagnosable -- meaning, their causes are mysterious to medical practitioners or they are "not well understood".

      If you've had extended therapy for pain, and therapy didn't help, or didn't help enough, or didn't bring lasting relief (common), it's a sign that either the symptoms were coming from your sacrum being turned but were being treated as if they were coming from the location of the pain, or the therapy used wasn't well-suited for a lasting relief of that kind of pain.

      Causes of a Turned Sacrum


      This Mayo Clinic entry describes recognized causes of a turned sacrum.

      Sacroileitis — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment of inflammation of the sacroiliac joints. 
      ref: Overview - Sacroiliitis - Mayo Clinic

      Causes for sacroiliac joint dysfunction include:

      • Traumatic injury. A sudden impact, such as a motor vehicle accident or a fall, can damage your sacroiliac joints.
      • Arthritis. Wear-and-tear arthritis (osteoarthritis) can occur in sacroiliac joints, as can ankylosing spondylitis — a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects the spine.
      • Pregnancy. The sacroiliac joints must loosen and stretch to accommodate childbirth. The added weight and altered gait during pregnancy can cause additional stress on these joints and can lead to abnormal wear.
      • Infection. In rare cases, the sacroiliac joint can become infected.

      In my clients' experience, nearly all cases came from an injury, rarely from pregnancy or other causes. Injuries include falls (bicycle, horse, rooftop, skating, ladder, etc.) and motor vehicle accidents with one foot on the brake at the moment of impact jamming the leg into the hip on one side.

      Approaches Used to Clear Up S-I Joint Pain

      Two surgical measures used to stop S-I joint pain are radio frequency nerve ablation ("RFA" - cooking the nerve endings) and Sacro-Iliac Joint Fusion.

      Neither measure corrects the underlying problem, but, at best, only minimizes symptoms.
      • (TEMPORARY PAIN RELIEF:)  Nerve ablation ("RFA") costs about $2,100 and lasts 9-12 months before the nerve regenerates -- making repetition necessary.
      • (NOT RELIABLE:  See the article, below.)  Sacro-Iliac Joint Fusion surgery costs about $22,000 and has side effects. 

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      S-I joint fusion surgery by Dr. Centeno.
      Click for this article by Dr. Centeno.

      • (MODEST  EFFECTIVENESS:)  Skeletal manipulation 
        Bones go where muscles pull and hold them.  Because muscle spasms get triggered by a turned sacrum and commonly persist, despite skeletal adjustments, skeletal manipulation of the sacrum doesn't "take". Muscular pulls and weight-bearing forces that distort the pelvis cause distortions of pelvic shape -- and symptoms -- to return.
      Two other approaches have to do with the ligaments that bind the S-I joints -- and they're opposites.
      • Massage:  Loosen the ligaments by direct or manipulation. 
      • Prolotherapy: Tighten the ligaments.
      It may strike you that these are two opposite approaches to the same problem -- suggesting that these approaches may be "shot in the dark" efforts.  If ligament strain was the cause and if treated, would SIJD be considered so difficult to clear up?

      Ligaments are not the cause, but the victims of the turned sacrum. 

      Other approaches include electrical stimulation and drugs to mask the pain without correcting its cause.

      A successful approach should somehow address the condition in terms of its cause, don't you think?  Wouldn't the results be telling?

      Clinical Somatic Education to Eliminate Sacroiliac Joint Pain and Related Symptoms

      Because the field of clinical somatic education is relatively new and not well-known, I'll briefly explain it, to you. 

      Clinical somatic education is a non-mainstream health discipline that works reliably to extinguish pain and improve mobility by means completely different from standard therapies.  

      It works by normalizing movement, muscular tensions and posture distorted by injury, to reshape the pelvis and normalize sacral position.  Muscles relax, joints loosen, and nerve pain ends. 

      Instead of stretching and strengthening, the common techniques of physical therapy, we use a completely different technique that changes muscular activity at the brain-level, so the body becomes self-correcting. 

      The technique is called, pandiculation.

      Pandiculation: The Direct and Natural Way to Change Movement Memory and Pelvic Shape

      Pandiculation is an action pattern done by every animal with a backbone.  Related to yawning, it normalizes muscular tension levels, improves mobility and restores physical comfort. 

      It's ideally suited for normalizing muscle/movement memory and the forces that control pelvic shape and sacral position.


      Everyone has experienced pandiculation in ordinary life (although not in the "assisted" way used in clinical somatic education).

      Pandiculation is what cats, dogs, and every animal with a backbone does, upon arising from rest.  Some people call it, "stretching", but it isn't stretching; it's  tightening and relaxing muscles in a patterned way, as explained in the video clip. It's completely different from therapeutic (or athletic) stretching.

      The “morning yawn and stretch” is pandiculation. You can be taught to pandiculate in more ways than just yawning or the morning "waking up" stretch. You can do it to correct the movement changes and to eliminate the pain caused by most injuries.

      Pandiculation is the easiest and most efficient way to reprogram muscles and movement. Unlike stretching, it affects movement memory directly, so changes occur comfortably and, for the most part, quickly.  

      My earlier description of the causes of SIJD cites muscular involvement and distortion of pelvic shape. The two go together, as I have explained -- but, to put it more succinctly, "Bones go where muscles pull them." Clinical somatic education addresses the muscular involvement and skeletal alignment.

      Pandiculation unlocks muscle/movement memory, so movement and posture can be changed to recover comfortable freedom of movement. You must unlock something, first, before you can adjust it, so clinical somatic education uses pandiculation as its primary technique.

      After the unlocking, other action patterns that use pandiculation change movement memory. The pelvis starts to reshape and the sacrum gradually migrates to a new, healthier position. As the pelvis reshapes, symptoms disappear. This statement is a bit of an oversimplification, but that's how clinical somatic education works.

      After unlocking and repatterning, pandiculation exercises reinforce the new pattern. Job done.  All kinds of ordinary activity, including strenuous activity, are now safe to do.

      The system of somatic education exercises I developed to correct my own SIJD uses patterned movements to retrain muscle/movement memory. Changes of muscular pulls cause the pelvis to reshape. These changes can clearly be felt. Again, "bones go where muscles pull them."

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      TO SUMMARIZE: Compression and twisting forces that converge at the S-I joints cause compression of the S-I joints, strain the S-I ligaments, trigger reflexive muscular contractions throughout the trunk and legs that cause muscle and cause radiating nerve pain (that may be mistaken for spasm) -- symptoms that never let up, day or night.

      S-I Joint Dysfunction or Sacroiliac Pain Syndrome (the word, "syndrome " meaning a recognizable cluster of symptoms) causes a complex collection of symptoms that doesn't respond to therapy, when addressed directly. The key to stopping the pain is to get the position of the sacrum to straighten.


      By now, we can see how the forces of an injury initially distorted the pelvis and how muscular contractions, maintained by muscle/movement memory, have kept the problem in place.

      We also see that the strain on ligaments is not the fault of the ligaments, but of the nervous system and muscular actions moving the bones of the pelvis into unnatural position. That puts strain on the ligaments.

      That means that we can't correct the problem in any lasting way by addressing the ligaments. (To tighten the ligaments, as in prolotherapy, misses the point and to stretch or loosen the ligaments may reduce their strain, but doesn't correct pelvic shape or habituated muscular tension patterns).

      It also means that we can't massage away the problem (have you noticed?). It means that we have to free the person from the grip of cringe response and develop balanced, well-coordinated movement that supports the sacrum properly and induces the pelvis to become symmetrical.


      Clinical Somatic Education to Correct Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: The Role of Muscle/Movement Memory

      The medical model, which uses drugs, surgery, and electrical or mechanical devices, generally targets a specific symptom or location of pain, but does not, typically, address muscle/movement memory -- even if it does address skeletal alignment, as in chiropractic or osteopathy. Moreover, the medical specialty, "pain management", is a branch of anaesthesiology; it's primary approach is to mask or hide pain, not to eliminate its cause.

      Unlike the medical model and standard therapeutics, clinical somatic education uses action (movement) patterns to free -- and then re-pattern -- the muscular tensions that cause the pain of S-I joint dysfunction and keep the condition in place.

      The key term, here, is, "patterns". Thomas Hanna, in his book, Somatics | ReAwakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility and Health (available at many public libraries and via, talks about how those tension patterns form with an injury and the process of ending them and their symptoms.

      These changes of muscular tension pattern influence pelvic shape over the long term. It's an entirely new, brain-muscle-based approach that works without need for stretching, strengthening, or soft-tissue manipulation. Instead, it corrects muscle/movement memory, and thereby gets all of the effects of strengthening, stretching, and soft-tissue manipulation -- but in a lasting way.

      Somatic education causes no undesirable side-effects, other than occasional, short-term soreness immediately after a practice session and lasting 1-2 hours.

      With clinical somatic education, we correct S-I Joint Dysfunction in three stages.
      1. Unlock the Situation. We reduce the tension levels of the involved muscles, sufficiently to unjam the jammed S-I joint to permit repatterning of the forces that keep the pelvis distorted. 
      2. Reshape muscular tension and movement patterns through practice of movement patterns consistent with a sound, symmetrical pelvis and healthy S-I joint function. 
      3. Reinforce healthy, free, balanced patterns of movement -- not by strengthening, but by developing better integrated movement habits. These movement habits become second nature and do not require special attention in daily life.

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      Comforting Your S-I Joints | A RECIPE for RELIEF

      If you're used to exercises or therapies that produce such small changes that you can hardly tell if anything is different, this isn't that. With somatic education exercises, you can feel changes rather quickly (obvious after two practice sessions). As, your movement and posture change, the symptoms of SIJD fade out.

      This self-renewal program been well-tested and found consistently reliable -- starting with myself as the first "guinea pig". I had most of the symptoms listed. Once I found the exercises worked in me, I published them as preliminary instructional videos and then started teaching them to clients. When they reported success, I rendered the videos into "polished form" and published the paid program.

      I understand why someone might be afraid to take an alternate approach to clearing up the problem: it's very painful and you might be afraid of getting worse -- and I suspect that you may already have tried other approaches, to little avail. Those are good reasons to hesitate.

      What I can say is that most people have gotten better -- completely or partially -- and no one has gotten worse, with this approach. 

      Everyone I have worked with, personally (I've been in practice since 1990), has been pleased with the relief -- and I offer a lifetime satisfaction refund guarantee.


      The program, Comforting Your S-I Joints, consists of a system of safe-to-do action patterns (somatic education exercises) done in a specific order.

      As in a recipe, no one ingredient constitutes the entire recipe, and there are steps of preparation; each action pattern may be viewed as an ingredient and the whole program is the recipe.

      Who is This Program For?

      The "Gentle Spine Waves exercise" in Unit 1 of the program is such an ingredient and a step of preparation. It's not expected to relieve your S-I symptoms, by itself (although it works for simple back pain); it's a necessary step to unlock the situation. What it does is relax the back muscles; this step is one of preparation, not of "cure".

      To get started with the program, Comforting Your S-I Joints and to see a statement of the expected result of each section of exercises, you may enter your information, below.

      A quick-response email message will come to your email address requesting permission to mail to you. Once you give permission, "Getting Started for Free" emails will come to you with bite-size steps for Unit 1 of Comforting Your S-I Joints.

      Comforting Your S-I Joints is a system of movement-based exercises that reprograms muscle/movement memory in a lasting way. You'll feel changes for the better with each practice session; changes accumulate over time. The entire system extinguishes the pain and restores mobility. They enabled me to get back to my life with no limitati

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      Lawrence Gold has been a practitioner of a pain-relief discipline called, Clinical Somatic Education, since 1990. Since 2013, he has offered a program for the relief of all of the symptoms of S-I joint dysfunction, that he first developed to relieve the pain of his own S-I joint dysfunction.  You can reach him by email or by phone at 1+ 505 892-0858 (Santa Fe, New Mexico).


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      The Somatic Codes

      There is a special meaning for that term -- The Somatic Codes.

      It's more akin to Morse Code than it is to the Codes of Hammurabi.  However there is virtue to it that would potentize the Codes of Hammurabi, if they were integrated together.

      The Somatic Codes are rhythmic numerical sequences that beat a resonance through oneself -- using specific movement elements to create specific rhythmic and timed sensations.

      This resonance of deliberately created self-sensations links or integrates memory, imagination, and sensation into an integrated, resonant, mobile faculty of intelligence.

      (And what would that do for your golf game -- or your video games.)

      I have detailed a portion of The Somatic Codes in my piece:  The Diamond Penetration Pandiculation Technique.

      These codes accelerate and deepen the effects of somatic exercises when incorporated with somatic exercises.  There will be video in the near future on YouTube showing how this is done.

      See many videos of pandicular maneuvers.  Here's the general channel of (some) of my videos.

      Hypothesis on Developing Obesity

      Just a summary entry:

      Anciently, during periods following famine (and also, at the harvest), there followed periods of feasting and celebration.  Understandable.

      What do people do, when feasting?  Overeat.  Consider Thanksgiving.

      Now, that's not the end of the story; it's where something new makes it interesting.

      What happens to the size of the stomach, when we overeat?  It enlarges.

      And what happens to the abdominal cavity, as the stomach enlarges?  It enlarges, to accommodate.

      And what happens when the abdominal cavity enlarges?  The muscles of the abdominal wall relax.

      And what happens when the muscles of the abdominal wall relax?  They make room not only for food, but for the additional blood circulation needed needed for the stomach to digest all that food (particularly, the proteins).

      Well and good.  Sounds healthy.

      However, what happens when a person habitually overeats?  The muscles of the abdominal wall come to stay habitually relaxed.

      And what's below (or just interior to) the abdominal wall?  It's called, "the greater omentum".  The greater omentum is a body of fat that drapes, like an apron (apropos) over the abdominal organs.

      And what do you think happens to all those nice, juicy nutrients from habitual overeating, with habitually relaxed abdominal wall muscles and all that increased blood circulation and with the greater omentum nearby, through which some of that circulation circulates?  By George!  That greater omentum, which has lots of nice space around it, is just waiting for all that nice excess nutrition to fatten it up. The body adapts to our way of life and changes shape accordingly; ask any fitness nut.  We become how we live.

      The fault doesn't lie with the greater omentum.
      The fault doesn't lie with the increased circulation.
      The fault doesn't lie with those relaxed abdominal muscles (that everybody wants to tighten).
      The fault doesn't lie even with all those nutrients.
      The fault lies with the fact that the person habitually eats too much at one sitting.

      If (s)he ate less, the stomach would not enlarge, so much, the abdominal wall would not distend as much, and there would be less room for the greater omentum, and less circulation.  And less belly fat gain.

      After times of famine, it's understandable that people might feast.  And it seems somehow "naturally sound" for people feasting after famine to get fatter -- as a way of "putting somthing away" in case of future famine -- a protective evolutionary development.

      And in fact, what has been observed is that people who starve themselves to lose weight end up gaining more weight, than before, after the starvation diet ends.  That's one reason why it's being said, "Diets don't work."  It's the evolutionary program for famine.

      Maybe I've just described more about how that works -- and why it's better to eat many small meals and snacks than it is to eat a few large meals -- as, in some people's case, one big meal each day.

      Now, it's also understandable why some people overeat. Famine is a "stressor".  And under stress, our belly wall does tighten ("Startle Reflex").  Feasting after fasting is a way of relieving that stress and also of forcing that tight belly wall to relax, simulating relief from stress.

      Does the nature of the stressor matter, when it comes to relieving stress?  Do we really differentiate one stressor from another at the feeling-level?  or do we just go for the all-purpose stress-reliever, the traditional one, the ancient one, that one that was appropriate after the stress of famine (or deprivation) -- food.

      Could it be, that is why people are seek to relieve stress by overeating?  Why we might eat when depressed?  or lonely?

      And what does it say about our times?

      Obesity is a symptom of a distressed society and of ignorance about stress and eating (including poor choices/quality of food/quantity).

      Just a hypothesis.

      "Never eat anything bigger than your head."
      ~~ R. Crumb

      a few resources:

      Calmly Energizing

      Somatic Breathing Training to Reduce Stress


      The Cat Stretch

      Somatic Exercises to Reduce Neuromuscular Stress

      free instructional somatic exercise video:
      to reduce Startle Reflex

      5 Movement Exercises to End
      TMJ Syndrome in about
      Two Weeks

      Hypermasculinity, Habituation, and the Apparent Spirit-Matter Split

      Habituation leads to pain through inadequacy of adaptation (dysfunctional behaviors), and this pain goads us to the Spirit-Matter Split, as dissociation ("I am not the body; I am pure subjectivity," -- the absurd Eastern error) and as materialism ("I am the body; I am objective, without personal biases," -- the pathetic Western error).  These are not mental ideals, but pervasive moods, our very underlying logic of life.

      One way disowns material existence and the body; the other disowns or is oblivious to subjectivity, or ones inner, personal life; one disowns the "outer", the other ignores or disowns or is oblivious to the "inner". 

      Interesting point:  when "outer" and "inner" perceptions (and identification with either) are differentiated (observed individually), equalized (made equally observable through practice), and integrated (observed simultaneously), formless Spirit appears as ones own nature.  (Jesus' saying, "If your 'eye' be single, your whole body will be full of light.").  But even habituation in that equalized state, as an effort, is impractical as a moment-to-moment life practice.

      Habituation shows up as being set in our ways, as resisting change, as persistent wounds, as persistent dysfunction, as fear, as force (forceful idealism or aggressive materialism), as bogged-down politics, as hypermasculine "spirituality" (celibacy, imposition of ideals upon oneself, striving to overcome self), as "final" knowledge, as the (presumed or apparently actual) inaccessibility of transcendental intuition, and at last as at first,
      as self-identification and our repressed and unconscious "shadow material" that goes with identification.  (We hide or resist aspects of ourselves, which become shadow material, entrenched, unconscious, as subconsciously controlled states of stress and compulsive behavior in-and-as our very bodily existence.  It does not hide in transcendental Spirit, but in our "immanent" selves).

      The problem is, habituation is the very vehicle of the transmission and survival of civilization from generation to generation (knowledge and tradition), and this present generation unwisely (and habitually) rejects habituation (via post-modern deconstructionism of knowledge and views) -- rather than recognizing habitual habituation as the problem and choosing habituations wisely!  (or we tend to think our habituations are wise and so reinforce them.)

      Thus, the global crisis of transformation and ("first tier") culture wars so often spoken of in integral circles come down to the drag of habituation upon necessary evolutionary transformation.

      Transcendental intuition makes transcendence of habituation possible (or easier), but transcendence without conscious embodiment (and people typically underestimate what that is), is dissociation, subject (vulnerable) to our own "shadow" influences -- the very Spirit-Matter Split.  And, of course, the work of conscious embodiment is limited without self-transcendence, which makes shadow material palatable enough (and witnessable enough) for differentiation and integration.

      The problem may be seen as incompetence in regulating habituation -- full spectrum.