Video: Somatic Relaxation Exercises

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 us, and its effects tend to build up and get worse over time. Muscular tension resulting from stress accumulates as we age, affecting our posture and making our movements stiff. Muscular tension is linked directly to psychological stress and mental activity, and it is extremely difficult to relax the mind and reduce stress if there is chronic muscular tension in the body. Muscular tension also raises blood pressure and leads to shallow breathing, both of which increase our stress level.

Clinical Somatic Education uses extremely slow, focused movements to train the nervous system to release our chronic muscular contraction. The movements reduce stress, relieve soreness and pain, and improve posture and movement. Clinical Somatic Education is gentle, therapeutic, and suitable for all ages and physical abilities.

Learn more Clinical Somatics exercises!

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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

About the Author:

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 Why We're in Pain, which explains the science behind why learned muscular patterns lead to chronic pain and degeneration.