SOMA STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION & MASSAGE THERAPY
awareness → movement → vitality
Our physiology is made for a world that no longer exists. I believe this is the root of much of our individual and collective suffering. My passion is uncovering knowledge and practices that allow us to adapt to modern life so our bodies, minds, and spirits can thrive.
I combine my training in Soma Structural Integration, my athletic background (running, circus arts, dance, and functional fitness), and my exploration of nervous system dysregulation (chronic stress). trauma, and Somatics to create a holistic, personalized, multifaceted approach to bodywork and healing. I work with clients of all ages, physical abilities, backgrounds, ailments, and goals. I am not here to "fix" you, rather to facilitate your individual process of healing by helping you understand how your body has supported you up until now (even amidst pain and injuries), and assisting you in updating/upgrading those patterns where needed. I use hands-on work, movement and postural education, lifestyle assessment, nervous system regulation, and somatic exercises to help clients release physical and emotional stress from their bodies, decrease pain and tension, improve physical/athletic performance, and achieve their personal goals.
WHAT IS SOMA?
Soma Structural Integration is a type of bodywork that focuses on releasing fascial adhesions, creating awareness, and restoring alignment, balance, and ease in body and mind. It is typically experienced in a series of 11 sessions, each building upon the last to systematically work through the body, unwinding deep compensation patterns due to injury, posture, and repetitive movements, and leaving clients with less pain and greater mobility.
Soma is a more holistic offshoot of Rolfing, which is a form of bodywork developed by Ida Rolf in the mid-20th century. Ida believed that the human body functioned at its best when it was properly aligned, organized, and integrated in gravity. Conversely, she observed that when the skeletal and muscular systems became out of balance, it created a cascade of tension, dysfunction, and dis-ease in systems throughout the body.
Soma takes the 10-session Rolfing series and adds an additional session, mind/body integration components, readings and worksheets to guide clients through the process, and dynamic movement education to bring the hands-on work to life.
You can read more about Soma at www.soma-institute.org.