What is Clinical Somatic Education?

Clinical Somatic Education is based on neuro-science........and uses your brain to help you release pain and tension in your muscles and joints.

Clinical Somatic Education uses a combination of hands-on techniques, movement exercises and body awareness training to help alleviate pain and habitual muscle tension, speed recovery from injuries and surgeries, and restore natural movement patterns that are more coordinated, balanced and efficient. It is a profoundly effective form of muscular retraining that directly addresses the root causes of most chronic muscular pain: your brain and the way in which it senses and organizes your muscles and the way you move.

When you have tight muscles that you are unable to release, your ability to sense and control your muscles is less than optimal. This is Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA). Somatics focuses on teaching you how to pandiculate your muscles to release your chronic muscle tension and pain. A pandiculation is an active movement that gives your brain lots of feedback about your muscles and resets the length of the muscles at the level of the nervous system.

Clinical Somatic Education (CSE) is 'hands-on neuroplasticity'. (Click on the link for more information.)

A short video explaining what Somatics is.

The Three Reflex Patterns

Habituated- Involuntary- Patterns

Our patterns of tension often develop within one or a combination of patterns.

Green Light Reflex – muscles of the back of the body

  • back pain - low/middle/upper
  • tight hamstrings and calves
  • plantar fasciitis
  • neck pain
  • tension headaches
  • sciatica
  • piriformis syndrome

Red Light Reflex – muscles of the front of the body

  • shallow breathing
  • a head forward position
  • neck pain
  • tight hip flexors / psoas
  • rounded shoulders
  • hip & knee pain
  • jaw clenching / TMJ
  • digestive issues

Trauma Reflex – muscles of the sides of the body

  • one shoulder raised or forward (carrying a purse on one shoulder)
  • standing with weight primarily on one leg / hip (carrying a baby on one hip)
  • pain on one side of the body
  • sciatica
  • piriformis syndrome
  • uneven leg length
  • scoliosis

How do muscles become tight in the first place?

“ Muscles never move unless directed to do so by the brain. The brain controls the entire muscular system. The only thing that can really change a muscle's tone is engaging one's brain through movement.”

Martha Peterson –CHSE / author of ‘Move without Pain’