For the greatest benefit, Soma is best experienced as the series. This
consists of 11-sessions that each address a specific part of the
body, yet also work to balance the whole. Sessions are generally
one week apart and approximately 1.5 to 2 hours in length. In addition
to the actual bodywork, movement re-education, reading materials,
and other activities may be used. Furthermore, each session builds
on the previous, so completing the series is important for receiving
the most benefit. Often clients will notice changes from one session
to the next, with their bodies often eager to receive the next session.
Session 1: Rib Cage
Focus: Releasing the tissue surrounding the rib cage and lengthen the
Results: A sense of lightness and well-being, a more upright posture
and fuller deeper breathing.
Session 2: Legs & Feet
Focus: The body’s foundation: lower legs and feet.
Results: A sense of being firmly grounded and in touch with reality.
Session 3: Sides
Focus: The relationship between pelvis, ribcage and shoulder girdle.
Results: Expanded breathing, greater relaxation and more immediately
The Core Sessions
To bring about the most profound benefits of SOMA work, we restructure,
educate and enliven the center of your body: legs, pelvis, entire spine
and muscles that support you from deep within.
Sessions 4, 5 & 6: Vertical Core
Focus: Adjust and lengthen the center line, or core, that runs vertically
through the body.
Results: Better balance and freedom of movement. Walking takes a fraction
of the energy typically expended.
Session 7: Head and Neck
Focus: Release the muscles of the neck, face and head.
Results: More softened and relaxed appearance in the face, with increased
self-reliance and personal power.
The Integrative Sessions
These final sessions are the key to the lasting “effects” of
SOMA. By focusing largely on integration and connectivity, we allow your
body-mind to fully “own” this new way of moving and being
in the world.
Sessions 8, 9 & 10: Integration
Focus: Integrate the whole body in a new and more efficient manner.
Results: Less stress and increased energy as the body’s structure
becomes better aligned with gravity.
Session 9A: Arms
Focus: Release and integrate the arms and shoulders
Results: A lighter experience of the arms, greater ease through the shoulders,
an experience of more connection through the entire torso.
Somassage is also available for those interested in a lighter version
of the bodywork. It’s great for those new to Structural Integration
or those who have already been through the series and just need a
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