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.

Karoshi: Is Working Long Hours Worth the Health Risks?

By |June 17th, 2020|anxiety, overwork, stress & stress relief|

Karoshi: Is Working Long Hours Worth the Health Risks? In 1969, a 29-year-old man working in the shipping department of Japan's largest newspaper died suddenly of a stroke. While at first his case was called occupational sudden death, it was later determined that his stroke was caused by shift work and an increased workload. [...]

Let There Be Light! Making the Most of Your Serotonin and Melatonin

By |June 3rd, 2020|immune system, neuroscience, neurotransmitters, sleep|

Let There Be Light! Making the Most of Your Serotonin and Melatonin Humans evolved living outdoors, exposed to bright natural light during the day and total darkness at night. The systems of our body rely on natural light to keep us healthy—our eyes and skin actually need to be exposed to daylight in order [...]

How to Get Your Inactive Muscles to Wake Up and Fire

By |May 27th, 2020|athletic training, muscle memory, muscle tension|

How to Get Your Inactive Muscles to Wake Up and Fire People often ask me how to strengthen or “activate” weak or inactive muscles. Well, there's a difference between weak and inactive, and it's important to understand this difference. Do you feel like you can't get a certain muscle group to “fire” no matter [...]

Anaya’s Recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

By |May 14th, 2020|chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), immune system, self-healing, specific conditions|

Anaya's Recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome When I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) two and a half years ago, the doctor told me surely the most famous of all CFS one-liners: “95% of people do not recover, so don’t get your hopes up.” My response internally was “Fuck that!” and [...]

Forced Exercise and Stress Reduction Reverse Parkinson’s Symptoms

By |May 7th, 2020|aging, dopamine, neurogenesis, neuroplasticity, neuroscience, neurotransmitters, Parkinson's disease, self-healing, specific conditions, stress & stress relief|

Forced Exercise and Stress Reduction Reverse Parkinson's Symptoms If you read last week's post Doctors Call for an End to the Parkinson's Pandemic, you learned that Parkinson's disease is most often the result of a complex interplay between genetic and environmental factors, which include exposure to neurotoxic chemicals, head trauma, lack of exercise, diet, [...]

Doctors Call for an End to the Parkinson’s Pandemic

By |April 30th, 2020|aging, books & movies, dopamine, neuroscience, neurotransmitters, Parkinson's disease, specific conditions, stress & stress relief|

Doctors Call for an End to the Parkinson's Pandemic Parkinson's disease is not new—descriptions of the condition can be found in ancient Chinese medical texts from 425 BC and Indian medical texts from 600 BC. There have been references to Parkinson's symptoms in documents from Greek, Roman, and other civilizations over the past two thousand [...]

The Amazing Possibilities of Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis

By |April 16th, 2020|aging, neurogenesis, neuroplasticity, neuroscience|

The Amazing Possibilities of Neuroplasticity and NeurogenesisYou may have heard the phrase “neurons that fire together wire together.” This short phrase summarizes the synaptic plasticity theory of learning described by Canadian psychologist Donald Hebb in his 1949 book The Organization of Behavior.Hebb explained how the connections between neurons (brain cells) change as a result of [...]

The Medical Mystery of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

By |April 9th, 2020|chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), immune system, specific conditions|

The Medical Mystery of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) has long been dismissed as being a psychological condition. Due to a lack of understanding in the medical community, in the past it has taken people years to get an official diagnosis, if they get a diagnosis at all. A 2015 report [...]

Chronic Tension in Facial Muscles Can Keep You Stuck in Stress and Emotions

By |April 2nd, 2020|facial muscles, muscle memory, muscle tension, stress & stress relief|

Chronic Tension in Facial Muscles Can Keep You Stuck in Stress and EmotionsIf you've ever watched the TV show Lie To Me, you know that people automatically express their emotions through their facial expressions, whether they want to or not. Our nervous system is hardwired to contract our mimetic muscles (facial muscles) in certain patterns [...]

Dopamine: Why We Always Want What We Don’t Have

By |March 25th, 2020|books & movies, dopamine, neuroscience, neurotransmitters|

Dopamine: Why We Always Want What We Don't Have Dopamine is commonly thought of as the “pleasure” chemical in our brain, but the reality is that dopamine makes us want things—and often inhibits our ability to enjoy them. A fascinating new book by Daniel Lieberman and Michael Long called The Molecule of More describes [...]

If You Have Osteoarthritis, Here’s How to Give Your Cartilage the Best Chance to Heal

By |March 11th, 2020|aging, knee pain, osteoarthritis, pain & pain relief, specific conditions|

If You Have Osteoarthritis, Here's How to Give Your Cartilage the Best Chance to Heal Osteoarthritis is a painful, debilitating condition that affects millions of people around the world and puts a significant drain on our healthcare system. More than 32 million Americans live with osteoarthritis, and the condition affects approximately 9.6% of men [...]

The Latest Wonder Drug Is Free, and It’s All Around Us

By |March 4th, 2020|immune system, nature, neurotransmitters, outdoor time, sleep, stress & stress relief|

The Latest Wonder Drug Is Free, and It's All Around Us Screens have taken over our lives, and we've reached a point in our existence where we need a doctor to tell us to get outside. A study done in the mid-1990s showed that we spend about 87% of our time in enclosed buildings, [...]

When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection

By |February 26th, 2020|books & movies, immune system, stress & stress relief|

When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection “If you can't say no, your body will do it for you.” You may have experienced coming down with a cold after a period of high stress. You've worked long days, not slept enough, and put your needs last—and as a result, your immune system [...]

How Your Sleeping Position Affects Your Posture, Proprioception, and Pain

By |February 19th, 2020|back pain, forward head posture, neck pain, posture, sleep|

How Your Sleeping Position Affects Your Posture, Proprioception, and PainAside from where you work, the place where you probably spend the most time is your bed. If you suffer from any type of musculoskeletal pain or tension, especially in your neck, shoulders, back, or hips, you should consider how your sleeping position might be contributing [...]

Why Body-Centered Therapies Help Heal Post-Traumatic Stress

By |February 11th, 2020|anxiety, self-healing, stress & stress relief, trauma & PTSD|

Why Body-Centered Therapies Help Heal Post-Traumatic Stress About one-half of adults in the U.S. experience at least one traumatic event during their lives. It might be a violent attack, accident, military combat, natural or human-caused disaster, or physical, verbal, or sexual abuse. People who have experienced trauma, whether or not they get diagnosed with post-traumatic [...]

How to Take Care of Your Knees for the Long Haul

By |February 5th, 2020|aging, athletic training, knee pain, osteoarthritis, pain & pain relief, specific conditions|

How to Take Care of Your Knees for the Long Haul Knee pain is one of the most common types of chronic pain that people experience, and it's no wonder why—our knees support the weight of our body throughout our entire lives! And while the U.S. population is getting older and more overweight, rates [...]

Proteinaholic: How much protein do we need, and what are the best sources?

By |January 29th, 2020|books & movies, diet and nutrition|

Proteinaholic: How much protein do we need, and what are the best sources? At age 35, Dr. Garth Davis looked and felt like an old man. He had dark circles under his eyes, was overweight, had high cholesterol, and felt exhausted and run-down. He also had irritable bowel syndrome, which caused him severe abdominal [...]

What causes Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), and how can you reduce or eliminate your symptoms?

By |January 22nd, 2020|restless legs syndrome, specific conditions|

What causes Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), and how can you reduce or eliminate your symptoms? Restless legs syndrome (RLS; also called Willis-Ekbom Disease) is a condition that causes uncomfortable or unpleasant sensations in the legs, often described as creeping, crawling, itching, tingling, pulling, throbbing, or painful. People with RLS feel an irresistible urge to move [...]

Do you have joint hypermobility, and can Clinical Somatics help?

By |January 16th, 2020|joint hypermobility|

Do you have joint hypermobility, and can Clinical Somatics help? Generalized joint laxity (loose joints throughout the body) is fairly common, present in between 4% and 13% of the population. This hypermobility can occur in the absence of a systemic disease that affects connective tissues, like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or Marfan syndrome. While joint hypermobility [...]

5 Incredible Stories of Self-healing and Transformation

By |January 6th, 2020|books & movies, neuroscience, self-healing|

5 Incredible Stories of Self-healing and Transformation We have an incredible ability to heal ourselves, beyond what science can currently explain. I am fascinated by stories of people who have found ways to cure themselves of incurable conditions. In this post I'll tell you about five of my favorite books on self-healing from aplastic [...]

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