Clinical Somatics

Individuals of any age with complaints of pain, stiffness or tightness may benefit from a Clinical Somatics session. Somatics most effectively treats chronic musculoskeletal contraction that results from stress, trauma, and repetitive movement.

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What is Clinical Somatics?

Clinical Somatics (also called Clinical Somatic Education) is a safe, gentle, and holistic approach to eliminate chronic muscle pain for the long term. It is unique in that it relies upon client participation to provide sensory feedback, not just to muscles and nerves, but to the brain. The objective of Somatics is to help build awareness of unconscious habitual movement patterns, and learn a simple but effective method for conquering dysfunctional movement habits with sensory-motor awareness. During a session, muscle and joint movements are broken down into their component parts and rebuilt into healthier movement patterns. Clients are taught safe, gentle movements that help lengthen and relax chronically tight muscles. Since the body is inherently a self-regulating system, Somatics allows people to reconnect to the wisdom of their own bodies.

The problems that you’ve always thought of as the symptoms of age — stiffness, bad back, chronic pain, fatigue — need never occur if you maintain conscious control of your nerves and muscles.

Somatics workshop January 22-23rd

This workshop is designed to reduce the effects of accumulated tightness and stiffness that are usually associated with getting older.  We call this Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) which is like a “memory loss” of how to control certain muscle groups and how they feel. How does this happen? Throughout our lives, our nervous system continually responds automatically to daily stresses and traumas with specific muscular reflexes. Over time, these muscular contractions become so deeply involuntary and unconscious that we no longer “remember” how to move about freely.

Through slow and gentle movements, you’ll learn to release the muscles that are limiting you. This workshop is ideal for most everyone and can be taken again and again to help reinforce proper movement patterns.

This workshop progresses gradually, focusing on the areas in the body where SMA occurs. Day 1 trains you in sensing and controlling the muscles in the middle of your body, at its centre of gravity (back muscles, abdominal muscles and obliques). Day 2 deals with the periphery of your body: namely your hips, legs, shoulders, arms and neck. These work more efficiently and feel looser when the middle of the body has been freed up first.

Here’s one student’s experience in this workshop:

“For years I’ve been dealing with chronic neck and lower back pain. My first Somatics class focused on releasing the muscles in my lower back with a very small, gentle movement. The release I felt was huge! Since taking the classes, the pulling sensation in my neck is gone, I can sleep the entire night without shifting to alleviate the pain in my shoulders. Bending over no longer hurts my back and I can sit cross-legged easily. My overall flexibility and range of motion is noticeably improved. I would highly recommend Somatics!”

Workshop includes The Cat Stretch Daily Somatic Essentials exercise sheet and Companion Guide. Consistent and regular practice of these Somatic Essentials helps maintain the beneficial effects of this workshop.

When: January 22-23, 2022

Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm each day

Cost: $160

Early bird savings: only $145 if you register by December 30!

Location: Club Physio Plus, Oakville clinic, 609 Ford Drive, Unit #8

To register: call 905-822-1823 or 905-337-2122

Who can benefit from Clinical Somatic Education?

Individuals of any age with complaints of pain, stiffness or tightness may benefit from a Clinical Somatics session. Somatics most effectively treats chronic musculoskeletal contraction that results from stress, trauma, and repetitive movement. These conditions include:

  • back pain
  • repetitive stress disorders
  • TMJ
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • tendonitis
  • bursitis
  • scoliosis
  • thoracic outlet syndrome
  • chronic headaches
  • sciatica
  • knee, hip and shoulder pain
  • myofascial pain syndromes

Club Physio Plus Somatics Practitioner

Who pays for Clinical Somatics?

Some private insurance companies may have a health spending account that this may fall under.