Gardening and walking can be enjoyed with all the family and your enjoyment can be enhanced even more when you can move freely. With Hanna Somatics you can release tension in your muscles and increase resistance to injury by learning a few easy movements. Do a few key movements for around fifteen minutes each time and then get back to tending your garden or walking in the countryside.
One of the unique features of Somatic Education in the Tradition of Thomas Hanna is pandiculation. It is rather like giving your muscles a lovely yawn. We see animals like cats and dogs doing this all through their day, making them ready and fit for action. Pandiculation gives you soft, supple muscles without harmful stretching. Try this alternative to stretching:-
contract the muscle group that feels tight, firmly yet gently, within your comfort range
slowly lengthen the contraction of the muscles
completely relax that group of muscles
This link to Thomas Hanna Somatic Education gives further information about active pandiculation versus passive stretching. Acquiring this knowledge, as well as putting it into practice, has enabled me to continue my enjoyment of fell walking without sustaining injury.