Visitor Offers Back Pain Help

BAR HARBOR — If your back and joints are stiff or painful, you have sensory motor amnesia, says Noreen Owens, a somatic educator and author of “Where Comfort Hides.”


She offers workshops to relieve and prevent back and joint pain by reawakening self-awareness, she said.

Participants lie on the floor, close their eyes, and follow simple instructions, she said, adding that there is no stretching or force involved. There are no postures to achieve. In fact, said Ms. Owens, the less effort you use, the more you achieve, so it is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.

She says sensory motor amnesia is simply a loss of sensory self-awareness, and it happens to all of us throughout life, and is a missing piece in comfort, fitness and wellness. Even folks who have had back pain for 30 years, she said, experience immediate results when they relax the tight muscles that are restricting their spine and joints.

In addition to the comfort you restore during the workshop, Ms. Owens said, participants will learn a brief movement routine to continue to improve on their own.

There will be two workshops in Bar Harbor while Ms. Owens is here vacationing here in July: Monday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to noon at the YWCA located at 36 Mount Desert Street; and Tuesday, July 13, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Bar Harbor Municipal Building Auditorium located at 93 Cottage Street.

Both workshops are $25 per participant. Participants should dress comfortably and take a towel or mat. The first twenty minutes of the workshop are crucial, she said, so it is important to be there on time.

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