About Sarah Warren

Sarah Warren is a Certified Clinical Somatic Educator and owner of Somatic Movement Center. She has helped people with conditions such as chronic back pain, neck and shoulder pain, hip and knee pain, sciatica, and scoliosis become pain-free by practicing Thomas Hanna's method of Clinical Somatic Education. Warren is the author of the book The Pain Relief Secret, which explains the science behind why learned muscular patterns lead to chronic pain and degeneration, and how Clinical Somatics retrains the nervous system, alleviating many common pain conditions.

The Myth of Aging: What’s Inevitable, and What Isn’t?

By |June 20th, 2019|aging, muscle tension, stress relief|

The Myth of Aging: What's Inevitable, and What Isn't? We like to blame a lot of things on aging: our lack of energy, our stiff joints and sore muscles, our rounded shoulders, and our expanding waistlines. But are these changes in our body and functioning inevitable—or are they a result of gradual changes in our [...]

The Cause of Idiopathic Scoliosis: Involuntary Muscle Contraction

By |June 10th, 2019|back pain, Clinical Somatic Education, posture, scoliosis, specific conditions|

The Cause of Idiopathic Scoliosis: Involuntary Muscle Contraction Scoliosis is regarded as mysterious and incurable by many people in the medical community. While some cases are caused by congenital structural abnormalities or neurological or muscular diseases, the vast majority—around 85%—are of unknown cause. The fact is, the bones in our body do not move [...]

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Anatomy, Causes, and Treatment with Clinical Somatics

By |June 5th, 2019|carpal tunnel syndrome, forward head posture, pain & pain relief, specific conditions, thoracic outlet syndrome|

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Anatomy, Causes, and Treatment with Clinical Somatics Thoracic outlet syndrome might sound a little scary, but most cases are functional—meaning they can be prevented and often eliminated completely. When tight muscles or poor posture compress the thoracic outlet, you may experience symptoms such as pain and numbness in your shoulder, arm, [...]

The Functional Cause of Sciatica

By |May 28th, 2019|Clinical Somatic Education, pain & pain relief, piriformis syndrome, sciatica, specific conditions|

The Functional Cause of Sciatica Sciatica often occurs along with back pain, which 80% of Americans will experience at some point in their lives. By the time your doctor diagnoses you with sciatica, the cause may appear to be structural—most commonly, a herniated disc pressing on the root of the sciatic nerve. However, as [...]

The Myth of Uneven Leg Length

By |May 22nd, 2019|Clinical Somatic Education, leg length discrepancy, specific conditions|

The Myth of Uneven Leg Length Your doctor or chiropractor may have told you that you have one leg longer than the other, and that your leg length discrepancy is the cause of your back, hip, or knee pain. The truth is that while it's certainly possible to have one leg longer than the [...]

What is the Stretch Reflex (Myotatic Reflex)?

By |May 12th, 2019|Clinical Somatic Education, gamma loop, muscle tension, neuroscience, pandiculation, stretching|

What is the stretch reflex (myotatic reflex)? From a young age, we’re taught that stretching is a necessary part of any workout routine. If we’re involved in sports or physical training, we stretch to warm up, cool down, and during breaks to help us stay loose. Unfortunately, stretching usually doesn’t accomplish much, mainly due to [...]

Fix Forward Head Posture with Pandiculation

By |May 5th, 2019|back pain, Clinical Somatic Education, forward head posture, headache, posture, specific conditions, temporomandibular joint disorders|

Fix Forward Head Posture with Pandiculation Forward head posture is becoming an epidemic due to constant use of smartphones and computers. When we look downward over and over, the muscles in the front of our neck, our chest, and our abdomen become chronically contracted—and they keep us stuck in forward head posture all the [...]

What is the Gamma Loop?

By |April 29th, 2019|Clinical Somatic Education, gamma loop, muscle memory, muscle tension, neuroscience, pandiculation, stretching|

What is the gamma loop? The gamma loop (also referred to as the alpha-gamma loop) is a feedback loop in our nervous system that regulates the level of tension in our muscles. The way the gamma loop works can get a little confusing, so in this post I'm going to explain it as simply as [...]

What is Pandiculation?

By |April 21st, 2019|Clinical Somatic Education, neuroscience, pandiculation|

What is pandiculation? Pandiculation is generally defined as the act of stretching oneself and yawning, especially upon waking. However, our automatic pandicular response has far more significance than simply prompting us to stretch and yawn. As you'll learn in this post, pandiculation is a fundamental part of our neuromuscular functioning. In fact, when it comes [...]

Getting out of the Fibromyalgia Pain Cycle

By |April 15th, 2019|anxiety, Clinical Somatic Education, fibromyalgia, muscle tension, pain & pain relief, specific conditions, stress relief|

Getting out of the Fibromyalgia Pain Cycle Fibromyalgia is a painful, often debilitating condition with many symptoms. The causes can seem mysterious, so determining a successful treatment approach can be daunting. In this post I'll discuss how fibromyalgia can be the result of an ongoing, self-perpetuating cycle of chronic pain, psychological stress, overactive immune system [...]

The Anatomy of Your Tension Headache

By |April 7th, 2019|anxiety, Clinical Somatic Education, headache, muscle tension, specific conditions, stress relief, temporomandibular joint disorders|

The Anatomy of Your Tension Headache If you're reading this post, you may be one of the 45 million Americans who suffer from chronic headaches. Headaches are one of the most frustrating pain conditions because the causes are so varied and can seem completely mysterious. In fact, over 150 different types of headache have [...]

The Life-Changing Link Between Anxiety and Muscle Tension

By |April 3rd, 2019|anxiety, Clinical Somatic Education, muscle tension, specific conditions, stress relief|

The Life-Changing Link Between Anxiety and Muscle TensionAnxiety is thought of as a psychological disorder, but it actually involves many systems of the body. Anxiety is a true “somatic” condition: It is typically brought on and made worse not by any external source like a virus, but by our internal psychological and physiological functioning.For many [...]

Did you know that Plantar Fasciitis starts in your lower back?

By |March 17th, 2019|Clinical Somatic Education, plantar fasciitis, specific conditions|

Did you know that Plantar Fasciitis starts in your lower back? Plantar fasciitis is a very painful condition—I've had it, and it's awful. It's considered to be a disorder of the connective tissue that supports the arch of the foot. However, the pain and inflammation that occurs in the plantar fascia is just a [...]

10 Shocking Ways That Your Posture Affects Your Health

By |March 8th, 2019|Clinical Somatic Education, posture|

10 Shocking Ways That Your Posture Affects Your Health Our posture—the way we sit and stand—is rarely genetic or out of our control. It's simply the result of chronic muscle tension pulling our skeleton out of alignment. This muscle tension builds up over time as a result of our daily movement habits and our [...]

Why you can’t release your tight psoas muscle with stretching

By |March 7th, 2019|Clinical Somatic Education, psoas muscle, specific conditions|

Why you can't release your tight psoas muscle with stretching Your physical therapist, chiropractor, or yoga teacher might have told you that you have a tight psoas muscle, and they may have taught you stretching exercises to release it. While they're probably right—having a tight psoas is a very common problem—static stretching has little to [...]

7 Reasons Why Every Athlete Should Do Clinical Somatics

By |February 22nd, 2019|athletic training, Clinical Somatic Education|

7 Reasons Why Every Athlete Should Do Clinical Somatics If you haven't heard of Clinical Somatics before, you've been missing out. These incredibly effective exercises retrain deeply learned, automatic muscular patterns and undo years of chronic muscle tightness and pain. The benefits of the exercises are so life-changing that every athlete needs to be [...]

Why Stretching Doesn’t Work

By |February 1st, 2019|athletic training, Clinical Somatic Education, neuroscience, pandiculation, stretching|

Why Stretching Doesn't Work From the ages of twelve to twenty-one, I was a ballet dancer. It was all I did and all I wanted to do. Being extremely disciplined, I stretched for half an hour every night before bed so I could get more flexible. And it worked—I got pretty darn flexible. Even on [...]

Combining Your Clinical Somatics and Yoga Practices

By |January 20th, 2019|athletic training, Clinical Somatic Education, stretching, yoga|

Combining Your Clinical Somatics and Yoga Practices One of the questions that students ask me most often is whether or not they should continue their yoga practice while doing Clinical Somatics exercises, and if so, how to go about combining the two practices. I love yoga, and I practice it regularly. Everything I've learned and [...]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

By |January 10th, 2019|carpal tunnel syndrome, Clinical Somatic Education, specific conditions|

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you might feel shooting pain, burning, tingling, numbness, and weakness in your hand and wrist. You may have developed carpal tunnel syndrome from doing repetitive tasks with your arms and hands, like computer work, massage therapy, playing a musical instrument, or working on an [...]

Mechanical Back Pain

By |August 14th, 2018|back pain, Clinical Somatic Education, pain & pain relief|

Mechanical Back Pain What is mechanical back pain? If you're suffering from back pain, you're not alone--between 50% and 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.1 It's estimated that 97% of cases of back pain are mechanical in nature,2 meaning that the pain is a result of [...]

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