For the optimal benefit, Soma is best experienced as the series. This consists of 11 sessions that each address a specific area of the body, yet also work to balance the whole. I recommend clients receive sessions one week apart. Sessions last around 1.5 hours and include bodywork, movement re-education, take-home reading materials, and journaling. Furthermore, each session builds upon the previous, so completing the series is important for receiving the most benefit. Often clients notice changes from one session to the next with their bodies eager to receive the next session. (Note: when scheduling online, you must choose the 1 1/2 hour session if you with to go through the series. One hour session are not series sessions.)
Session 1: Rib Cage
Focus: Free the tissue surrounding the rib cage and lengthen the lower back.
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: Lengthen the sides of the body. The relationship between pelvis, rib cage, and shoulder girdle.
Results: Expanded breathing, greater relaxation, and more immediately available energy.
The Core Sessions
The core is the center vertical line running through your body. In these sessions we restructure, free-up, 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 body’s vertical center line, or core.
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. Up until this point in the series, we focus on differentiating all our functional parts, freeing them to move fully. Now, by focusing on integration and connectivity, we allow the body to “own” this new way of moving and being in the world and encourage it to move optimally as a whole.
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.
The Arm Session:
Focus: Release and integrate the arms and shoulders, the movement of energy through the arms and down the back
Results: Relaxed, energized arms; greater ease and movement through the shoulders; experience of more energy and connection down the back to the sacrum.
Somassage® is a full body massage developed from the principles of SOMA 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 touch-up.
In Somassage® clients typically feel both relaxed and energized. The intent of the work is to support the suspensory component inherent in an easeful and upright posture. Somassage® also uses Holographic body reading to develop a session for each client.
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