Breathing in Clinical Somatics exercises

By |June 30th, 2019|anxiety, breathing, Clinical Somatic Education, Clinical Somatics exercises, learn the basics, stress relief|

Breathing in Clinical Somatics exercises Many students ask me how to breathe correctly when practicing Clinical Somatics exercises. Your breathing pattern is more important in some exercises than others, depending on whether or not the exercise includes extension or flexion of the spine. In this post I'll describe why diaphragmatic breathing is important, the [...]

Unlocking Your Body: Your Personal Process of Releasing Tension and Pain

By |June 24th, 2019|aging, Clinical Somatics exercises, learn the basics, muscle memory, muscle tension, pain & pain relief, pandiculation|

Unlocking Your Body: Your Personal Process of Releasing Tension and Pain Many people ask me how long it will take them to release their chronic tightness or get out of pain. I wish I could answer this question, but the truth is that everyone's patterns of muscular tension and pain are so unique that [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

How is Clinical Somatic Education different from other methods?

By |January 4th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, learn the basics|

What is Somatics? Part Three: How is Clinical Somatic Education different from other methods? Clinical Somatic Education (CSE) uses both hands-on and self-care movement techniques to teach the nervous system how to release chronic muscular contraction and relearn natural, efficient posture and movement patterns. The movements are extremely slow and gentle, and are suitable for [...]

Is Clinical Somatic Education right for me?

By |January 3rd, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, learn the basics|

What is Somatics? Part Four: Is Clinical Somatic Education right for me? Clinical Somatic Education (CSE) is a highly effective chronic pain treatment for people whose pain is being caused by their habitual muscular patterns. CSE also has enormous benefits for athletes, people who experience stress, and anyone who wants to improve their posture and [...]

What to expect in Clinical Somatic Education lessons and classes

By |January 2nd, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, learn the basics|

What is Somatics? Part Five: What to expect in Clinical Somatic Education lessons and classes You can learn Clinical Somatic Education (CSE) exercises in several different ways. You'll get the most personal attention and in-depth understanding of the exercises if you are able to have private lessons with a certified educator. A less expensive option [...]

The Clinical Somatic Education learning process

By |January 1st, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, learn the basics|

What is Somatics? Part Six: The Clinical Somatic Education learning process Please note: You may enjoy reading the updated, expanded version of this post: Unlocking Your Body: Your Personal Process of Releasing Tension and Pain. A series of Clinical Somatic Education (CSE) lessons or classes is a learning process, and that process is different for [...]