the Somatics blog

Exploring how the brain controls posture and movement, why we experience muscle and joint pain,
and how we can live our lives to the fullest.

The Myth of Uneven Leg Length

Doctors and chiropractors like to tell people that they have one leg longer than the other, and that it is the cause of their back, hip, or knee pain. The truth is that while it is certainly possible to have one leg longer than the other, […]

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 […]

Core strength

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

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 abdominus muscle. […]

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What is Clinical Somatic Education?

Whenever I tell someone that I'm a Clinical Somatic Educator, a look of mild confusion and deep thought comes over their face. I immediately launch into my short explanation, which is some version of [...]

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How to get the most out of Somatic exercises

What are Somatic exercises?Somatic 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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Sensory Motor Amnesia and Muscle Memory

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 [...]

  • Pandiculation

What is 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. [...]

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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 [...]

Video: The Myth of Uneven Leg Length

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 [...]

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Relieve Your TMJ Pain with Clinical Somatics

What is TMJ pain? The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the skull, and is it one of the most complicated joints in the human body. It can open and close the jaw like a [...]

  • Uneven leg length

The Myth of Uneven Leg Length

The Myth of Uneven Leg Length Doctors and chiropractors like to tell people that they have one leg longer than the other, and that it is the cause of their back, hip, or knee pain. [...]

  • mechanical back pain

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 [...]

Video: The Myth of Uneven Leg Length

Recommended reading: Why We're in Pain: Why chronic musculoskeletal pain occurs--and how it can be prevented, alleviated and eliminated with [...]