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Women's diversity fitness for pain relief
  • 1. I’ve heard that somatics can help with the processing of emotional trauma that can manifest as pain. Is that what this is?
    There are many reasons that we can experience pain in our bodies. Psychological or emotional trauma is one reason. Some somatic modalities do focus on the processing of emotional trauma, which may manifest as physical pain in the body. That is not the orientation of my services. Using the search terms “somatic experiencing” will help you get the search results that are better matched to what you are looking for if emotional trauma resolution is the service orientation that you seek. The somatic modality that I offer is oriented toward pain in the body as a result of unhealthy sitting, standing, or other repetitive positions and movements, and as residual pain from accidents/injuries that were not completely resolved through a medical approach.
  • 2. What is Clinical Somatic Exercise?
    Although it has “exercise” in the name, I think of Clinical Somatic Exercise as opposite-exercise. It is not “like” other forms of exercise. It is not like yoga, Pilates, cross-training, aerobic classes, or stretching. It is its own thing. You won’t sweat, lift weights, do a lot of sets, or need much equipment, if any, to perform it. It is a collection of gentle movements that are performed with intention in a slow and controlled manner. The result is a draining of chronic muscle tension which allows oxygenation and natural and healthy use of your musculature. These movements that you actively and intentionally perform retrain your neuromuscular pathways to operate through the full range of motion they were designed to instead of only within the smaller and smaller box that we continue to restrict ourselves to as we adopt more and more automation and technology. It is a little bit like getting a clean slate on your muscle function and pain levels. It is ideally done on a yoga mat on the floor. A bed would be too soft, and the bare floor is too uncomfortable for most people. It is possible that a yoga block or exercise strap will come in handy but just about everything can be done by most people with just simply a yoga mat. It is true that the site of your pain may not be where your dysfunction causing the pain originates, however there is a lot we can do in your painful area to provide relief. Clinical Somatic Exercise is a system that addresses full body function but often we can start with movements to address your area of greatest concern.
  • 3. Does this involve touch like other fitness training?
    It can be helpful to your body awareness if I make contact with an area of your body that is frozen, you have stopped moving, you are tensing when it should be relaxed, or if you are moving it too quickly. It is also helpful to assist you with the multitasking of operating more than one area of your body in a specific way. If you have a no-contact policy, simply let me know and I can utilize a visual aid to remind myself to use only verbal cueing.
  • 4. Can clinical somatic exercise and postural rehabilitation help me?
    Clinical Somatic Exercise and postural rehabilitation can help every person. This is because we all use our bodies in ways that cause dysfunction, chronic muscle tension, and pain. Examples of this are: Auto or other accidents, extended periods of sitting improperly for computer work or television time, overuse of a body zone due to handedness or repetitive motions, and positions as a result of hobbies, athletics, or work. These are the most common causes of chronic pain. If you have a fresh/acute injury, you should seek advice from a licensed medical provider on an appropriate course of treatment. The services I offer are outstanding for such time that you have been "released from care" from your medical provider and are on a “home maintenance” program.
  • 5. What will I feel as a result of these modalities?
    The most common feelings experienced may include: · The reduction or absence of pain-which can occur with underwhelming fanfare · Reduction or absence of tension · A smoothness of your baseline muscle perception · More comfort as you execute everyday body functions such as sitting, standing, walking, lying down, getting up from a seated position, climbing stairs, and bending over · The ability to do things with less or no pain that you haven't been able to do before or for a long time such as dancing, running, gym workouts, yoga or Pilates classes, or soccer As with any exercise or other use of the body, you may feel the following effects as your body undergoes changes to improve its condition. Most people don't but it is possible: · Muscle fatigue · Muscle soreness · Muscle spasms during exercise execution as you address a vulnerable muscle · Pain, soreness, or discomfort in new areas or muscles, as your body adjusts to the "new" condition The above effects may not be felt by all people, and they would be temporary. If Clinical Somatic Exercises are performed effectively and the above effects are part of your experience, they are evidence that your body is changing and starting to work in a healthier way by being less reliant on the patterns that cause you pain. When functional parts of your body have been out of use it can feel strange or even sore to start getting the use or sensation back. You just need to give your body some time to adjust.
  • 6. Is this medical treatment?
    No. Clinical Somatic Exercise and postural therapy are not medical treatments, and I am not a medical provider. If you have a new injury that may require medical treatment, you should see a doctor to confirm the medical model can do nothing for you or to engage in a medical treatment plan until you are "released from care". I do not diagnose or treat medical conditions. I will teach you how to perform movements, positions, postures, and exercises so that your body can function in a way that is closer to the intended design. This may have a positive influence on many medical diagnoses, but so does eating healthy, engaging in moderate cardiovascular exercise, and staying hydrated--none of which are medical treatments.
  • 7. How long does it take to work?
    A person’s internal sensations, including pain, are subjective and cannot be measured or felt by another person but here is how you might form your own answer to that question: Regarding Clinical Somatic Exercise: o If you have the type of pain that can be improved by Clinical Somatic Exercise, your pain can improve. o If you execute the movements correctly, you can feel relief after one correct execution. That relief may be measured only by you anywhere from 1%-100% of relief. o If you are a person who does not have at least average body awareness, it will likely take you longer to learn how to effectively perform Clinical Somatic Exercise. Examples would be: Individuals who have Sensory Motor Amnesia in some area of their body Those who have difficulty noticing their internal sensations such as if their leg muscles are sore, they cannot estimate which muscles are sore but only that their “legs” are sore, Those who might be described as being highly analytical, always in their head, feeling the need to academically understand a process fully before they can execute a physical process. None of these examples describe a better or worse match between the person and the modality. They only highlight that we are all diverse in our experiencing and in the way we interface with the universe around us. o If you continue to engage in habits that reinforce the use of your body that cause or exacerbate your pain during the early stage of Clinical Somatic Exercise, such as jogging, gardening, or gaming on the computer for extended hours, your relief may be perceived as less either by percentage or by duration of relief. This does not mean you have to give up these activities but taking a break from them for a few weeks to prioritize the opportunity to heal will pay significant dividends toward your efficacy. Regarding postural rehabilitation: Every person brings unique factors to the table so the schedule of improvements vary. While some improvements may be felt or seen soon after beginning a postural rehabilitation curriculum, most people feel a significant difference in their "new normal" at about the 3 month mark when their program adherence has been 4 or more days of practice per week.
  • 8. Will this permanently relieve me of pain?
    No. Clinical Somatic Exercise has the potential to drain the current chronic tension in your body that causes pain and pulls your bones out of proper position, leading to joint pain and overall body misuse. Posture rehabilitation develops your body toward the intended perfect functional design and help you resist the pain and perils of your previous posture, but this will not make you bullet proof. If you continue to engage in the patterns that cause this misuse of your body such as sitting improperly, standing improperly, rounding your shoulders forward as you work on the computer, and so on, the tension will come back and especially to areas where you have an existing vulnerability. The good news is that if you learn movements that address the muscles in question, you will have the power to relieve your pain throughout your lifespan, on your schedule, at no future required cost.
  • 9. What is the most cost-effective way to do this?
    I get it. If it’s not affordable, you can’t do it. And honestly, there is a learning curve to Clinical Somatic Exercise. To achieve results, you need to understand how to perform the movements correctly. I have a strategy to reduce the financial barrier to entry for you. Step 1: Attend the free informational workshop to learn the foundational academic bits and pieces of Clinical Somatic Exercise. At this workshop, I teach you the basics on how to effectively execute Clinical Somatic Exercise at no charge so that during any subsequent boot camp, group maintenance class, private session, or home practice, you will know or easily be reminded of how to do it properly. If you don’t do it properly, it won’t work. If you decide to continue, this enables you to start your practice, already primed for success without having spent a penny. At least do this. There is no obligation to continue. Step 2: If your neck, back, and/or knees are areas of concern for you, enroll in my 4-week body zone-specific boot camps. The boot camps concentrate your learning to provide relief in these areas and you will have the knowledge to manage future occurrences of pain. You could transition to an at-home program after this. Step 3: Attend body zone-specific group maintenance classes on a schedule of your choosing. This class option is designed to give you access to new exercises for each body zone scheduled; to provide you with coaching on effective execution; and to give you access to supportive practice when you experience a symptom exacerbation or when a new injury develops. You can select a single drop in rate or purchase a package at a discounted price. Through 2024, each of you can get into one group maintenance class free with code INTROHELLO. 😁 If you don't catch the promo code at your first booking, don't worry, it will work on any one group maintenance class during the the 2024 calendar year. Step 4: Optionally, you can schedule periodic private sessions on a schedule of your choosing for any of the following: A customized curriculum for your at-home practice. Coaching on how to improve your execution of the exercises for at-home or group class practice. Learn new exercises to expand your existing at-home practice. Individualized posture rehabilitation (*Disclosure that the individual postural rehabilitation takes a minimum of 3 individual sessions to get you going. After that, you can be on your way with a custom at-home curriculum with the option of attending group maintenance or private sessions on a schedule of your choosing in the future.) We can't accomplish all of the above in a single 1-hour private session but you have the choice to purchase these sessions on a schedule of your choosing and packages are available at a discounted price. Also, through 2024, each of you can get a 50% discount on one private session in the Saturday clinic with code PRIVATE50.😃 This promo code also does not have to be on your "first" session. Valid on one individual session during the 2024 calendar year. Yes, you can use both promo codes.
  • 10. ¿Hablas español?
    Hablo un poco de español. He tenido éxito con un sistema de comunicación que involucra español, inglés, aplicaciones de traducción, tacto apropiado y ayudas visuales para identificar áreas del cuerpo y áreas de dolor o malestar. Agradezco las oportunidades de trabajar con la comunidad hispana.
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