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, [...]

Somatic Relaxation Exercises

By |June 29th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, stress & 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, muscle tension, 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 [...]

The Flexor Reflex and One-Sided Pain

By |January 26th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, posture|

The Flexor Reflex and One-Sided Pain The Flexor Reflex and Injury Recovery Imagine that you've slipped on your icy front steps and sprained your ankle. On top of the fact that you don't have an exciting mountain climbing story to tell, you have to wear an ankle brace and use crutches for at least a [...]

How the Withdrawal Response Leads to Rounded Posture

By |January 24th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, posture|

How the Withdrawal Response Leads to Rounded Posture What is the Withdrawal Response? You're walking down the street and hear gunshots behind you. Within just fourteen milliseconds, your jaw muscles begin to contract. At twenty-five milliseconds, your upper trapezius muscles contract, raising your shoulders and bringing your head forward. At thirty-four milliseconds, the muscles of [...]

Thomas Hanna Quote: The human body is not an instrument…

By |January 23rd, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, videos & graphics|

"The human body is not an instrument to be used, but a realm of one's being to be experienced, explored, enriched and, thereby, educated." -Thomas Hanna, founder of Clinical Somatic Education

How the Action Response Leads to Back Pain

By |January 22nd, 2016|back pain, Clinical Somatic Education, posture|

How the Action Response Leads to Back Pain How and Why We Develop the Natural Curves in Our Spine In the first few months of life we are entirely helpless, unable to crawl or even sit up by ourselves. We have spent nine months curled up in the fetal position and have yet to gain [...]

Sensory Motor Amnesia and Muscle Memory

By |January 16th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, muscle memory, neuroscience|

Sensory Motor Amnesia and Muscle Memory Most people are familiar with the concept of muscle memory. When we repeat a movement like swinging a golf club over and over, the neurons involved in controlling that movement develop increasingly stronger connections. Existing synapses begin to fire more efficiently, and new synapses are formed as well. As [...]

Somatics Infographic: What Conditions Can Somatics Help?

By |January 9th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, videos & graphics|

This Somatics infographic shows the common musculoskeletal conditions that can be prevented, alleviated and eliminated with Clinical Somatic Education. To start at the beginning and learn the basics of Clinical Somatic Education, click here. Click here to learn how you can get the most out of practicing Somatic Exercises. Ready to download classes and start [...]

What is Clinical Somatic Education?

By |January 6th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, learn the basics|

What is Somatics? Part One: What is Clinical Somatic Education? When people ask me what Clinical Somatic Education is, I usually say something like this: "Clinical Somatics retrains the nervous system to release involuntary muscle tension and relieve pain by retraining damaging posture and movement patterns.” That's a mouthful. And while it's an accurate [...]

How to get the most out of Clinical Somatics exercises

By |January 5th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, Clinical Somatics exercises, learn the basics|

How to Get the Most out of Clinical Somatics Exercises What are Clinical Somatics exercises? Clinical Somatics exercises work directly with the nervous system to release chronic muscular tension, relieve chronic pain, and improve posture and movement. The exercises are extremely slow and gentle, and are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. The exercises [...]

What is somatic movement?

By |January 5th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, learn the basics|

What is somatic movement? A somatic movement, generally speaking, is one which is performed consciously with the intention of focusing on the internal experience of the movement rather than the external appearance or result of the movement. The term somatic has become a bit of a buzzword in the health and wellness industry. The word [...]

Video: Learn the Most Effective Somatics Exercise for Back Pain

By |January 5th, 2016|back pain, Clinical Somatic Education, Clinical Somatics exercises, videos & graphics|

Learn the Most Effective Somatics Exercise for Back Pain Most back pain is caused by chronically tight muscles. As we age and build up learned muscular patterns, our back muscles get increasingly tight. Most of this muscular contraction is involuntary, so we can't easily release it. Chronically tight back muscles are sore [...]

How Clinical Somatic Education was developed

By |January 5th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, learn the basics|

What is Somatics? Part Two: How Clinical Somatic Education Was Developed F.M. Alexander Somatic education, as it came to be known, began with the work of Frederick Matthias Alexander at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century. Alexander was an actor and reciter who struggled with vocal problems during performances. [...]

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