Clinical Somatic Movement is for everyone who wants to learn how to live pain free.

The root of all pain lies within the brain. Just as the brain learns to play music, drive a car, or ride a bike, it can learn negative things like unconsciously holding muscles in contraction around weak and injured areas, or bad posture.

Somatic Movement re-educates your body, taking a safe, gentle approach. Using simple self-care techniques, learn how to release and relax tight muscles, reduce muscular tension and restore muscles to their optimal resting for long-term relief for chronic muscular pain.

Janet Wood offers Clinical Somatic sessions as well as group Somatic Movement classes on Friday’s.

Clinical Somatic Education sessions are a form of sensory motor re-education. A way for your brain and body to relearn movement patterns that are specific to your needs and offers the quickest and most effective was to reverse habitual movement patterns and stop muscular pain.

Each session starts with a postural and joint assessment to help determine what is moving well and where there is restriction. During the session you will be guided thought a series of hands on gentle, easy and supportive movements that offer your brain and body feedback to help you regain awareness of your muscles and your movements. These movements are what are described as a pandiculation.

Pandiculation is at the core of Somatic re-education. It increase our ability to re-engage our brain with our muscles to restore muscle length. It’s like at yawn and teaches our body to reset muscle length at the brain level and regain control of habitually contracted muscles.

During the lessons you will learn to voluntarily contract your muscles beyond their current state, so that you can slowly, deliberately release them until complete relaxation is achieved. In our world of “more is better,” the challenge is to lengthen the muscle to a comfortable length and not beyond it.

You are re-training brain and body so you can relax your muscles on demand. Somatic Movement teaches you specific skills and movements that improve self-awareness and self-monitoring to help you achieve long term pain-free, increased mobility, balance and coordination.

At the end of the session you will learn a 10-minute routine that consists of one or two specific somatic movements to practice each day. The importance of a daily commitment reinforces the work done in the session and provides long-term tools for you to take care of yourself, manage pain from accidents, injuries or the stresses of daily life.

Somatics is Beneficial in Addressing:

  • Chronic and acute back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Herniated or bulging disks
  • Sciatica/piriformis syndrome, tension headaches and whiplash
  • Hip, knee and foot pain such as plantar fasciitis
  • Postural misalignments including leg length discrepancy, scoliosis and kyphotic curvatures caused by muscular tightness

Benefits of Practising Somatics Regularly Include:

  • Improved mobility, strength and co-ordination
  • Eliminate unhelpful or faulty movement patterns
  • Improved breathing and posture
  • Increase flexibility, co-ordination and balance
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Pain relief without medication

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