How somatic methods are different and what to expect in a session.
This may be your first time experiencing any type of somatic work and may be wondering what to expect. Initial visits are usually booked for 90 minutes. At that appointment we will review your medical history, injuries and discuss any goals you have for yourself or your child. I may also observe you walking to see how you organize your movements.
The technique itself utilizes very gentle and targeted touch to identify unconscious holding patterns and/or gaps in the body’s organization. The education to the nervous system is happening using movement patterns of the skeletal system. This identification/recognition of a missing piece to a movement pattern is the first step to change. The second piece is educating the system about a new movement possibility. Suddenly the client feels a release or shift happen and the system has re-organized and a movement has now become possible and/or easy.
Clients get off the table and may immediately notice a difference in the way they feel compared to the when they came in. Depending on what our focus was we revisit the initial complaint whether that be pain in standing, walking, or reaching. Some clients report sleeping better the night after a session.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
Better body awareness can be achieved through the brain’s built-in motor feedback loop. By providing very targeted sensory stimulation to the nervous system through the skeletal system, your brain can learn new things. Unconscious holding patterns in the musculature can be eliminated, and more efficient skeletal movement patterns can be integrated. This means you can learn how to move in the most efficient manner possible . . . at any age and despite any diagnosis or label.
How long will it last?
Habits take time to change. Sometimes one lesson is all you need to make a lasting change. Other times, habits that have been engrained for years need a few sessions to really stick.
Does my child have to lay still on the table for an hour?
No. Children are able to play with toys or read books during sessions.