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CLASS DESCRIPTIO

Are you tired of feeling stiff and achy all day long? Do you long for more freedom and ease in your body? Somatic movement classes might be just what you need!

VIDÉOS EN LIGNE Developed by Moshe Feldenkrais and Thomas Hannah, Somatic Movement is performed with the intention of bringing awareness to the internal experience rather than the external position. The movements are performed as slowly as possible to help re-program the brain to fully relax each muscle.
 

We address the most common reflexes that the body holds:

Red Light - Rounded shoulders, depressed chest, and head jutting forward resulting in neck, jaw, hip, and mid-back pain, postural kyphosis, and shallow breathing.

 

Green Light - Foward leaning body, overly arched back with tight neck & shoulders. Resulting in conditions such as sciatica pain, herniated discs, and tight neck & shoulders. 

 

Trauma - This reflex involves the muscles of the trunk rotators which when contracted hike the hips up and twist the spine slightly. This can show up as scoliosis, sciatica, and an array of other imbalances. 

 

Most people (including myself) have a bit of all three!

 

Why it's so beneficial: 

Somatic's is not a fitness program it's a movement program created to re-educate your body so that you can move freely in every aspect of your life! The neuro-connection you make can reduce pain, improve mobility and reduce symptoms of aging caused by muscular degeneration.


What to expect:
Each class begins with a body scan to establish body awareness and calm the nervous system. You can expect to explore three to five movement patterns designed to relax all areas including the pelvis, shoulders, hips, jaw, and knees. The goal of each class is to establish a new space for functional movement in everyday life.

This practice is suitable for injured and aging bodies, as somatic movements are small, intentional, and easy to perform. 

 

Somatics is not a miracle cure but a natural way of progressively rebalancing your body. Developed by Moshe Feldenkrais and Thomas Hannah, Somatic Movement brings attention to the internal experience, rather than the external position. The movements are performed as slowly as possible to help re-program the brain to fully relax each muscle

Somatics movement is not a fitness program. It's a movement program created to re-educate your body so that you can move freely in every aspect of your life! The neuro-connections you make can reduce pain, improve mobility and reduce symptoms of aging caused by muscular degeneration.

SOMATICS CAN OFFER A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO

FUNCTIONAL PROBLEMS 

  • TMJ

  • Tight Neck and Shoulders

  • Hip & Knee Pain

  • Shallow Breathing

  • Abdominal Discomfort

  • Tinnitus

  • Back Pain

  • Sciatica

  • Anxiety

  • Herniated Discs

  • Glute Pain

  • Fatigue

  • Soreness 

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Bursitis

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Carpal Tunnel

  • Onset Scoliosis

  • Jaw Pain

  • Digestive Issues

WE ADRESS THE MOST COMMON REFLEXES

Red Light 

Rounded shoulders, depressed chest, and head jutting forward resulting in neck, jaw, hip, and mid-back pain, postural kyphosis, and shallow breathing.

Green Light

 Foward leaning body, overly arched back with tight neck & shoulders. Resulting in conditions such as sciatica pain, herniated discs, and tight neck & shoulders. 

Trauma 

This reflex involves the muscles of the trunk rotators which when contracted hike the hips up and twist the spine slightly. This can show up as scoliosis, sciatica, and an array of other imbalances. 

Most people (including myself) have a bit of all three!

THE CAUSE OF FUNCTIONAL PAIN

​When the body loses it’s ability to relax certain muscles, our brain sends our system pain signals, this is called Sensory-Motor Amnesia (SMA). When SMA occurs the muscles become chronically tensed, the nerves become inflamed and eventually we lose function. Somatics uses pandiculation (tense and release) in specific sequences to re-teach your body how to identify chronically tensed areas and to release them gently; kind of like a massage for your insides! 

SOMATICS TEACHES YOUR BODY TO PROGRESSIVELY RELEASE TENSION

 

Imagine if you wanted to give up your daily morning coffee habit of 20 years; you could go the cold turkey route and endure intense headaches, fatigue and irritability, or you could progressively substitute 1tsp of decaf coffee until your bodies caffeine dependance was reduced enough to stop. 

 

Sensory-Motor Amnesia is similar to caffeine dependence. Your brain & body believe you have to chronically hold to certain areas to survive! Somatics supports you as you gently release chronic tension so you can relax the body without causing strain or pain. 

WHAT MY STUDENTS SAY

I am a 65 year old woman. I have been physically active all my life and my number one goal

The benefits I find have been gradual BUT significant. After about six months of classes with Madison, I noticed that my right knee stopped being as sore and irritating as it had been. Within a year I could go up and down stairs with virtually no pain. Today I can go up and down stairs without holding onto a railing, rarely experience pain — particularly going downstairs, and I can “jog” for a short period of time without any pain.

 

- Lorna Doerksen, Age 65

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Somatics has helped me move parts of my body and be aware of muscles that I don't think I've engaged in a long time. I find the classes more challenging than a yoga class, and I think that's because we are forced to slow down and move parts of our body that we haven't used in a long time. My lower back pain has been relieved from these Somatic Movements. Sitting hunched all day has put strain on my back. But through somatics, I've been able to open up more and reduce strain and pressure on the lower back. "

 

- Shawn Setyo, Age 34

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I thoroughly enjoyed the somatics with Madi. As someone who has very little experience with yoga, I was concerned this class would be beyond my abilities. However, this is a class that is truly for everyone and would benefit many people. I was hoping to get some additional tools to help tackle some chronic neck/shoulder pain I have been unable to alleviate with massage, chiro, and physio. And this workshop provided that. I left each class feeling a change in my posture, a reduction in tension, and a sense of calm. Madi was a wonderful teacher. Very calm, positive, and encouraging. 

 

- Candace Bella

Madison’s classes made me focus on muscles my body had forgotten and even some tiny movements were really difficult. Not only did the class make me slow down, and focus on my breath, and my body, but also forced me to allow my body and my mind the freedom to move in ways that I don’t ever move. After every class, I felt amazing. And this was all done virtually, where Madison did an amazing job at walking me through and helping me every step of the way. Madison is calm, soothing, loving, and fun to be around in her class. I felt completely at ease despite doing the class surrounded by my kid's toys in our basement.

 

- Dan Nagy

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