Is a natural bodily response universally familiar to people in the action of yawning and pleasurably stretching (aka “whole-body yawn” though decidedly different than the effort to stretch muscles, as practiced in athletics and dance). It is an action pattern that occurs generally among animals throughout the vertebrate kingdom as animals arouse themselves from rest and prepare for action.
In the pandicular response, a strong voluntary muscular contraction (motor action) feeds back an equally strong sensory stimulation to the sensory areas of the brain. The effect in the nervous system is to “wake up” the sensory-motor cortex of the brain and to awaken the feedback connection between the sensory and motor areas of the brain, which improves voluntary control of muscular action. Systematic use of the pandicular response is the prime technique used in Hanna Somatic Education.
Use of the pandicular response improves muscular control, even over involuntary muscular spasticity. Relaxation occurs as control improves. With relaxation, pain ends while control remains.
At Renew Wellness we train you to recognize the root cause of your muscular tension and arm you with the skills to fix it yourself. We do this using a science-based holistic methods of Movement Education and Therapies based on Neuro-Fascia reprogramming called Neuro-Fascial Somatic (NFS).