How to get the most out of your Somatic Movement Practice
We get a lot of positive feedback about the Essential Somatics® free online course and the most frequently asked question we receive is “how can I get more out of my movement practice?” One of the most powerful ways to release chronic muscle tension and pain is through working one-to-one with a Clinical Somatic Educator. Private clinical Somatics sessions are the most rapid way to begin to restore muscle function, improve freedom of movement, and eliminate your particular pattern of habituated muscular pain. The nature of Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) is that we can’t feel what we can’t feel. Often, in order to eliminate SMA, it requires a second set of eyes and hands to help you feel what you can’t feel on your own. This is where Clinical Somatic sessions provide rapid and profound improvement, individualized to your needs and personal pattern of stress habituation.
What Happens in a Clinical Somatics Session
Your practitioner will first complete a thorough assessment by observing the way you walk, how you stand, and your body position while lying down on a Somatics table. You will be encouraged to sense from within what your practitioner is seeing in your posture and movement.
Your practitioner will teach you a full clinical lesson designed to release the muscles of your most dominant stress reflex pattern (Red Light, Green Light, or Trauma). Through the use of hands-on feedback and assisted pandiculation you will learn to gradually release the accumulated tension in your muscles. The hands-on, measured resistance from the practitioner provides strong sensory feedback to your brain, which deepens the learning and accelerates the potential for long-term change. This process improves the brain’s awareness, and facilitates your ability to accurately self-sense, self-monitor, and self-adjust your posture, movement, and responses to stress. Each session builds on the previous one and is based on your particular needs, history of muscular pain, and movement habits.
At the end of your lesson you will learn a few gentle Somatic Movements. These movements, when done daily, reinforce the improvement you made in the clinical session. The movement practice takes short term learning (the clinical lesson) into long-term learning and change. Your movement practice is the linchpin of the work. Remember: nothing takes the place of a good teacher to guide you in your process.
Where Can I Find a Clinical Somatic Educator?
Essential Somatics® has trained Certified Clinical Somatic Educators from ten different countries! You can find them here on our Find a Practitioner page.
Commit to a series of 4-6 clinical sessions and notice the changes in both your Somatic Movement practice and your ability to self-sense, self-correct, and self-monitor on a daily basis. How is it different from when you were only doing your practice without the skilled input and guidance of a teacher?