Clinical Somatics

Muscle Retraining for Pain-Free Living

** Learn how to relieve your pain and tension with Clinical Somatics. **

Clinical Somatics is a practical approach to relieving muscle pain. Your body is designed to move easily. Pain and tension such as low back pain or neck and shoulder tension develop as a result of injuries, accidents, repetitive motions, emotional stress or whatever else has happened in your life.

Clinical Somatic Education consists of three parts:

  1. Somatic exercises - The self care exercises are gentle but powerful and focus on relaxing the muscles that are holding unnecessary tension. I'll teach you the movement exercises that target your particular issue(s) to reduce your pain and tension levels, and improve your balance and coordination.

  2. Body awareness education - awareness is the first step in changing the way muscles behave. You need to change the way your muscles are behaving in order to feel better. You'll learn to recognize your habits in regards to how you hold yourself and move your body (your postural and movement habits).

  3. Hands-on clinical lessons - an active form of bodywork in which you move and participate as hands-on clinical techniques are integrated into the movement exercises to encourage and accelerate the release of the muscles.

“The body will become better at whatever you do, or don’t do. You don’t move? The body will make you better at NOT moving. If you move, your body will allow more movement.”

-- Ido Portal

What conditions can Clinical Somatics help?

Stress Reflex Patterns

Our patterns of tension often develop within the following patterns.

Front of the body

  • shallow breathing

  • head forward position

  • neck pain

  • rounded shoulders

  • hip & knee pain

  • digestive issues

  • jaw pain / TMJ

  • tight hip flexors / psoas

  • numbness in the hands

Back of the body

  • low back pain

  • foot pain - plantar fasciitis

  • tight hamstrings and calves

  • neck pain

  • tension or migraine headaches

  • piriformis syndrome

  • sciatica

Sides of the body

  • one shoulder raised or forward (carrying a purse on one shoulder)

  • standing with weight primarily on one leg (carrying a baby on one hip)

  • sciatica

  • frozen shoulder

  • uneven leg length

  • scoliosis

Ways of Working Together

Somatics In-person Sessions

One-on-one in-person sessions provide you with a full assessment, a personalized Somatic Movement lesson that includes hands-on clinical guidance to address your pattern of tension, and a self-care routine to reinforce the progress made during your session.

Somatics 1:1 Online Sessions

One-on-one online sessions provide you with a full assessment, expert guidance, a personalized Somatic Movement lesson to address your pattern of tension, and a self-care routine to reinforce the progress made during your session.

Free Phone or Video Consult

Would you like to know more? If you'd like to chat more about what 1:1 therapy involves and how it could help you specifically, why not get in touch first and I can answer any questions you may have.

Online Movement Classes

At the heart of the Clinical Somatics approach is a series of self care movement exercises that you can do for the rest of your life. Anytime. Anywhere. The movements are gentle but powerful and focus on relaxing the muscles that are holding unnecessary tension.

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My pain levels are so much closer to zero - and that is a remarkable gift. Thanks for your support on my journey to health restored. Lorraine W.

Just letting you know I do the exercises every day and my chiropractor and masseuse have seen a huge difference in my muscle tone. My back adjusts way easier. Stacy B.

I recently started taking classes with Brenda and at first I thought the exercises she taught were a little unusual…certainly unlike anything I had ever done before. But I stuck with it and am I ever grateful. With daily practice, as she suggests, the difference is amazing. I also went to see her for a few one-on-one sessions and that just took it to another level entirely as she was able to focus on my particular issues and she helped me understand my patterns better. I’m hooked on Somatics. Lisa B.

How to Get Started

Are you interested in working with me? Here’s how to get started.

Step 1. Click the “Book Online” button below to schedule your session with me. If you book an online one-to-one session you'll need to pay for your appointment before the session begins. You can also email or call/text me to schedule an appointment or sign up for a class at 403-679-1221.

Step 2. After you book your initial appointment, you’ll receive a client intake form to fill out.

Step 3. Watch your email for questions from me. Before we meet online or in-person, I’d like to know a bit about you and what you’d like to get out of working with me.

Step 4. “Reply” to that email and answer the questions.

Step 5. If you are having an online movement session you will need to prepare your space in advance of our session. Find out more about how to prepare your space here. If you are having an in-person session you can skip this step.

Step: 6. Then, at the scheduled time we’ll have our session.

Have questions? Call or Email me.