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What is Somato Respiratory Integration?

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What is Somato Respiratory Integration?

What is Somato Respiratory Integration?

SRI is a set of 12 exercises that utilize a combination of breathing, spinal movement and touch to increase your ability to be aware and connected in your body. The more unaware, or “checked out”, you are from your body experience, the more likely symptoms are to increase as a way of getting your attention back into your body. Noticing how your body breathes and moves gives you a “homing beacon” for locating and tracking you in the midst of all the busy input of your daily life. SRI exercises are useful on a daily basis for being more aware of your body’s natural rhythms, which helps your mind to become more relaxed and settled. This transition out of stress allows your mind to move beyond what’s not working and into the growth and thriving of what’s possible.

When your brain is paying attention to your body, it means that you are able to notice building tension as it’s happening, or shortly after. This mind-to-body connection allows you to make the necessary “adjustments” that will help you to regain your focus. 

It’s when we don’t notice this build-up, and are therefore unable to respond, that we get aggravated symptoms which sometimes feel like too much to handle.  This build-up of tension can be due to the physical stress of moving in a specific or repeated way, or from a lack of movement.  It can be caused from an overload of emotional input from changes in our environment or from conflicts that we don’t know how to resolve.  Emotional tension can also build by not allowing ourselves to be expressive as we are experiencing our emotions. 

Sometimes, this build-up of tension occurs due to chemical exposure – from food, drugs, alcohol, cleaners, smoke, etc. – as the body’s ability to filter these pollutants is overwhelmed. 

And, other times, we actually need to recognize that tension is building to establish momentum for growth, so that we will have the fuel to create meaningful change at the right time.  Through the support of these 12 simple exercises, you can gain access to the valuable internal cues that will help you to notice when this build-up of tension is happening.  These cues are your body’s early-alert system for keeping you safe – from harm, accidents and injury – as well as helping you to be prepared to accept and ready to make changes when needed.

Somato Respiratory Integration was designed to partner with Network Spinal Analysis care, so that you’ll have the tools to successfully integrate the body, mind and emotional awareness that are essential for making progress in the different levels of Network care, as well as life.  SRI is a perfect compliment for maximizing your investment of time, money and attention in your health because it makes the process of change more effective overall. It creates more organization so that you can learn, accept and adapt with less resistance and struggle.  It produces more efficiency so that you have a better ability to improve your quality of life sooner than later. 

It also generates more satisfaction as you learn how to connect to what’s important to you through the resources of your creativity, clarity and presence – because when you bring more of YOU into your daily life, then your life can begin to be your own. 

This is the framework that SRI provides so you can come to know the ease that is real and the healing that is possible.

By Dr. Daniel KnowlesApril 13, 2015

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