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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, […]

Clinical Somatics Athletes

7 Reasons Why Every Athlete Should Do Clinical Somatics

The benefits of Clinical Somatics exercises are so life-changing that every athlete needs to be doing them in order to improve their performance, prevent injuries, and extend their athletic career. […]

yoga and somatics

Combining Your Clinical Somatics and Yoga Practices

One of the questions that students ask me most often is whether or not they should continue their yoga practice while doing Clinical Somatics exercises […]

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 Control of Movement, Flexibility and Health by Thomas Hanna

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 [...]

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 working. Our brain sends a message to [...]

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 and backward. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain is [...]

How the Withdrawal Response Leads to Rounded 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…

"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

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