Somatic Yoga Classes and Somatic Movement

Do you want to be pain free and move more easily?

  • Suffering from pain or discomfort?
  • Fed up with taking pain killers?
  • Want more energy, and to look and feel more youthful?

We offer Somatic Yoga classes in Gunthorpe and Radcliffe-on-Trent

In Gunthorpe: Tuesday mornings, 9.30 am to 10.30am

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Somatics may be unlike anything you’ve done before!

Somatics has its roots in Feldenkrais & The Alexander Technique, and is a safe and easy way to reverse chronic tightness and pain.  Somatic Movement engages your brain and teaches it how to re-educate the muscles to let go of chronic tension brought about by habits, injuries or accidents.   The movements are gentle, natural and remarkably effective (I speak from experience as Somatic movement massively helped my frozen shoulder).

Somatic Yoga x2We offer Somatic Yoga classes in Gunthorpe and Radcliffe-on-Trent

The Somatics classes we run are called Somatic Yoga classes, but they are quite different to a standard Yoga class, where we focus on improving your strength and flexibility – we run plenty of regular Yoga classes, so please take a look at our timetable to find one that suits you.

Somatic Yoga is ideally suited to those suffering from chronic pain or discomfort – students who come to Somatics may be suffering from:

  • aches and pains such as neck or shoulder pain, pain when walking, for example
  • stiffness
  • limited flexibility
  • tightness in the hips
  • weakness or a feeling of imbalance (often on one side of the body in particular).

If this sounds like you, then we have two classes to choose from:

In Gunthorpe: Tuesday mornings, 9.30 am to 10.30am
In Radcliffe-on-Trent: Wednesday evenings, 7.00 to 8.00pm.

1-2-1 Somatic Coaching

Karen offers one to one Somatic Movement Education sessions at her clinic in Newton so please contact us to book an appointment.

In your sessions, Karen will coach you in specific Somatic movements, which are self-initiated and self-regulated with awareness, tailored to your individual needs. She’ll also produce a personalised programme for you to do at home.

You’ll learn how to alleviate, prevent, and even reverse chronic physical complaints that we often mistake as an inevitable part of life as we age.

How Somatics Works

The idea behind Somatics is that you’re in pain because your muscles are over-contracted due to an injury or repetitive movement (such as sitting at a computer). These tight muscles can then become fatigued and weak, causing other muscles to compensate too.

Your brain doesn’t realise the muscles are contracted and accepts it as ‘normal’ – we call this sensory motor amnesia. The Somatic movements wake up the brain to the reality of these over-contracted muscles, and we can then retrain them to move in a pain-free way.

Somatic movements are performed very slowly and deliberately to re-calibrate the brain: the brain can notice the muscles are contracted, and then relax them (imagine pressing the re-set button on your computer).

About Somatics – what is it?

What is Somatics?

Somatic Movement involves a series of specific exercises that reconnect the brain with the muscles so you can let go of tightness in the body. The movements are slow and mindful, and are performed on the floor, so your body is more comfortable and isn’t fighting against gravity.  No pain = more gain!

Who is Somatics for?

Anyone who has chronic pain, aches and pains or stiffness, or who wants to keep their body youthful! It doesn’t matter how old you are or how fit you are. The classes also help to improve your Yoga, Pilates or other sports.

What’s the difference between Somatic Yoga and Yoga or Pilates

Yoga and Pilates can also help with pain, but somatic exercises are performed slowly and are mostly floor-based, so you’re not having to hold up your body.   Somatic Movement also provides a sensory feedback loop from the brain: you’ll teach your brain to notice when muscles are contracted, and then educate the muscles to fully release and work in a more energy-efficient and pain-free manner. Somatics is not just about stretching and strengthening either: the problem isn’t that the muscles are short or weak, it’s that they’re exhausted from being constantly over-contracted. Once your muscles have been released and retrained in how to move correctly, they will then become naturally strong again. You’ll find that somatic movement will improve your Pilates or Yoga too – you’ll be able to move deeper and further, and with greater ease too. Please visit our frequently asked questions page for more information about payments, what to wear and what to bring.

How will Somatics help my pain?

Somatics addresses the root cause of WHY you are in pain and teaches you HOW to reverse it. When a muscle has been contracted over a long period of time, the brain accepts this as “normal” and doesn’t know it’s contracted – this is known as muscle motor amnesia. You are in pain because the muscles are constantly over-contracted, causing them to be weak and tired. These contracted muscles can then compress the joints and trap nerves, causing further pain. Your body tries to compensate, changing the way you move and using other muscles instead, which sets up a further pattern of pain. The specific somatic movements “wake up” the brain to the reality of the contracted muscles, and retrain them to release and move in a more efficient and pain-free way! Once this happens, every day movements will seem much easier, you’ll be able to take up those hobbies that you had to put on hold because of pain and stiffness, and you’ll no longer have an excuse not to do your chores! You will be able to enjoy playing with the kids (or grandkids) and will achieve greater results in your sport and fitness training. You will look and feel younger as you move more freely. AboutSME

Somatic Yoga Classes and Somatic One-to-Ones

Please visit our Somatics page for more details of our classes and private sessions.  Our classes are suitable for all abilities, ages and fitness levels. 

Read more about Somatics, including some frequently asked questions by clicking here.

What Our Clients think of Somatics

“I have been doing Somatics for almost two years for lower back pain. The exercises are very gentle and have helped me tremendously in keeping me pain-free”

“I was slightly sceptical about how beneficial Somatic Yoga would be especially as I had been practising ordinary yoga for many years.  However eventually I tried it because I couldn’t get relief for my chronic neck and shoulder pain.   Firstly, it felt I had received a proper workout and over the following weeks I gradually improved.  Now I feel the best I have felt for several years.  (Sue)

“Keeps an old body working smoothly”

“Since taking up Somatics with Karen, my lower back and joint pain has significantly reduced, enabling me to reduce my painkillers from four times a day to once a day. I am now more confident in my mobility and feel less anxious. (Val)