Frequently Asked Questions
Clinical Somatic Movement Education
What can I expect in a Somatic Movement session?
My Sessions with you are focussed on your own unique needs, history, movement habits, and muscular pain issues. You’ll wear loose comfortable clothing so you can move with ease. We’ll start by examining your movement patterns and posture walking, standing, and lying. Then, while lying on a low table, I will guide you through a series of seemingly simple movements, to help your brain consciously sense the signals from your muscles. As you move, I will add a gentle hands-on resistance called assisted pandiculation to help your conscious brain learn to lengthen and reset your muscles’ resting tension. This process sharpens your brain’s awareness, and facilitates your ability to monitor, correct, and adjust your posture, movement, and responses to stress. During the final phase of the session I will teach you specific Somatic Movements to practice at home. These mindful-movements need only be practiced a few minutes a day to manage chronic stress, relieve aches and pains, improve balance, and monitor and improve your movement and posture.
Are Somatic Movement sessions painful?
The adage of “no pain – no gain” does NOT apply to this work. I aim for you to be in as much comfort as possible. Unnecessary pain distracts you from your bodily sensations of movement that your conscious brain uses to change the way your muscles respond. I will teach you control of your movement patterns to eliminate the underlying triggers of pain. The movements are about expanding your ability to sense and then control your muscles. Paradoxically, the least effort lends itself to the greatest change because it focuses your awareness of the task at hand and reveals unnecessary effort. If you are experiencing pain during a session, just let me know and we will use that information to modify the way you are working to increase your comfort and ease.
What can I expect following the session?
Typically, clients feel relaxed after the session and have greater ease of movement. Some clients are surprised to feel tired because the movements are typically not strenuous. Remember this is “Brain Work” and mental effort can be tiring. Importantly, the sessions change the functioning of your muscles and refines your sensory awareness of bodily processes. Sometimes, if dramatic postural adjustments occur, you may briefly feel disoriented. This is your nervous system adjusting to the new state and is a sign of positive change and will pass. Occasionally, some feel lightheaded or develop soreness after the session. This should subside within a day or two and typically clients feel less pain and move more easily after their somas adjust. Following the session, pay attention to sensations from your body. Notice any differences in the quality of movements and if the effort it takes to move has changed. This is an important part in integrating changes and strengthening your mind-body connection. As your body awareness improves, you will start to notice more subtle sensations like pressure or tightness, which you can use for self-guidance to improve your flexibility.
Can Somatic Movement sessions trigger emotional responses?
Our ability to consciously remember traumatic events can be disrupted and in this case our brains may encode traumatic memories as body sensations and muscular tension patterns. Because Somatic Movements increase your ability to sense and then release muscle tension – emotions associated with old injuries can sometimes bubble up to the surface. This is a normal process and ultimately helps your brain integrate the experience with the rest of your conscious memories and place it into context.
What kind of issues and dysfunctions can you help me with?
Many common physical limitations can have a connection with our inability to control chronically tight muscles. This is a general list of issues that clients have reported Somatics offered relief.
- Back Pain
- Foot Pain
- Headaches, Migraines
- Hip Pain
- Jaw Pain
- Leg Pain
- Muscle Spasm
- Muscular Pain
- Muscular Tension
- Neck Pain
- Numbness, Hands or Feet
- Poor Posture
- Shallow Breathing
- Shoulder Pain
- Spine Curvature
- Tired Muscles
Also helpful if you haven’t found relief from previous:
- Post-Surgical Movement Restrictions
- Similar Conditions…
What are the benefits of Somatic Movement beyond correcting dysfunction and alleviating pain?
- Increase mobility, strength and coordination
- Improve Posture and Appearance
- Improve Physical Fitness and Recovery from Exercise
- Potentiate athletic skills
- Increased pliability and resilience to injury
- Better Balance and Proprioception
- Enhanced Mental Clarity
- Stress Relief and Sleep Quality
Book a Free Consultation with Andy
If you’re interested in working with me, press the button below to schedule a free call. We will discuss your health challenges and goals to determine if Somatic Movement is appropriate and to assess how many sessions you may require to address your needs.