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.

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 [...]

What is Pandiculation?

By |February 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. Pandiculation is the nervous system's natural way of waking up the sensory-motor system and preparing for movement. Humans, along with [...]

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 [...]

Core Strength: How to get optimal strength, stability and flexibility in your core

By |July 11th, 2018|athletic training, Clinical Somatic Education, core strength, posture|

How to get optimal strength, stability, and flexibility in your coreWhat does core strength really mean, and why is it so important?The most common misconception about core strength is that it means simply having strong abdominals—like the enviable washboard stomach achieved by developing your rectus abdominis muscle.In truth, optimal core strength means having balanced flexibility, [...]

Idiopathic scoliosis: The role of tight muscles in idiopathic scoliosis

By |July 26th, 2017|Clinical Somatic Education, scoliosis, specific conditions|

The role of tight muscles in idiopathic scoliosis Approximately 80% of all scoliosis cases are idiopathic, which means that the cause is unknown. So 80% of the people who get diagnosed with scoliosis get no explanation as to what has caused it. Involuntary muscular contraction, resulting from injury, stress, or repetitive activities, can play a [...]

Video: Your Pain and Injuries are Caused by the Way You’re Using Your Body

By |July 5th, 2017|Clinical Somatic Education, learn the basics, muscle memory, pain & pain relief, videos & graphics|

Recommended reading: Why We're in Pain: Why chronic musculoskeletal pain occurs--and how it can be prevented, alleviated and eliminated with Clinical Somatic Education by Sarah St. Pierre, CSE Somatics: Reawakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility and Health by Thomas Hanna

Somatic Relaxation Exercises

By |June 29th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, stress relief, videos & graphics|

In this short Somatics class, you'll learn gentle movements that release chronic muscular tension in the lower back, abdomen, shoulders, chest, face and jaw. Did you know that chronic muscular tension is directly linked to psychological stress? Human beings are naturally well equipped to recover from short-term, life-threatening stress. Unfortunately, long-term, psychological stress stays with [...]

Chronic Muscle Soreness: The Cause and Cure

By |May 2nd, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, pain & pain relief|

Chronic Muscle Soreness: The Cause and Cure Chronic muscle soreness is, quite literally, a pain to live with. Often, no amount of stretching, massage, heat, ice, or ibuprofen can provide much lasting relief. To understand the cause of chronic muscle soreness, we need to start by examining what's happening inside our muscles when they're actively [...]

How Personality Affects Posture

By |May 1st, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, posture|

How Personality Affects Posture We like to blame our posture on our genetics, on job stress, or on long hours spent at the computer-but did you know that our posture can be largely determined by our personality? Our posture, facial expressions, and movement communicate the way we feel inside, whether we like it or not. [...]

Relieve Your TMJ Pain with Clinical Somatics

By |March 3rd, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, specific conditions, temporomandibular joint disorders|

Relieve Your TMJ Pain with Clinical Somatics What is TMJ pain? The temporomandibular joints connect the jawbone to the skull, and they are two of the most complicated joints in the human body. They can open and close the jaw like a hinge, and allow the jaw to slide from side to side and forward [...]

Why We’re in Pain

By |January 29th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, pain & pain relief|

Why We're in Pain It's not an understatement to say that we have a health epidemic in our country: an epidemic of lifestyle-related conditions that includes heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and chronic pain. By and large, these conditions can be prevented, alleviated, and often completely eliminated with proper self-care. So why aren't we taking care [...]

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