Welcome to Synergy Somatics, my name is April and I am a qualified Clinical Somatic Educator.
This site is designed to provide you with more information about somatics, also known as Hanna Somatics and promote the ability to free yourself of pain and alignment issues without the need for continued treatment or medication.
There are articles available to keep you updated of somatic news and my blog to document my journey through this intriguing and developing area of education.
Feel free to contact me direct if you have any questions or if you would like to make an appointment. Just hit the 'get in touch' tab above.
What is Somatics?
A good place to start is with; what is a soma? it is the Greek word for ‘ the living body in it’s wholeness’ and I think that is a good way to sum up Somatics, in its essence it is the education of using the body synergistically.
Somatic education teaches a person how to relieve pain through movement of the body and understanding that by one muscle group over-performing or working harder then the rest of the muscular system on a regular basis, it can create sensory motor amnesia (SMA).
Sensory Motor Amnesia occurs when a muscle is so tight and contracted that there is limited elasticity and movement left which results in;
The sensory neuron which feels the muscle , can no longer sense fully because;
The motor neuron which moves the muscle can no longer move it fully
So with little to sense and little to move, it creates an amnesiac state resulting in. limited mobility.
When we repeat a pattern of movement or a reflex, such as moving a computer mouse for a large percentage of the day, or perhaps using the thumb to scroll on your phone, then this can create an habituated muscle pattern that can create SMA.
You will notice SMA show up as back pain, hip pain, leg pain, sciatica, tension headaches (if the neck is strained) pain in shoulders, elbows, plantar fascilitis, pinched or trapped nerves, scoliosis, poor or restricted joint movement....the list goes on.
Likewise, trauma to the body through an accident, injury or surgical procedure will also cause SMA.
By using somatic movement and making it part of your daily routine, the brain can re-set, remember and begin to re-connect to these tight muscles to restore the freedom of movement that was lost and alleviate aches and pains.
price list and classes
A one to one appointment allows a full assessment of an individual to be made so that the session can be tailored to that persons needs.
The amount of sessions will be dependant upon the individual and could range from 1 to 5, or more if there is significant trauma.
Our aim is to free your soma so that you do not have to endure a lifetime of appointments. Once the pattern is corrected and we have achieved what the individual wants, then you are equipped with the knowledge to maintain good muscle health from home, or by attending weekly classes (see below), unless you feel the need to recalibrate every so often.
New Client session £80 ( includes consultation fee) 90 minutes
A single session for existing client £65 60 minutes
New client x3 Sessions £195
1 x 90 minutes session
2 x 60 minute session
New client x5 Sessions £315
1 x 90 minute sessions
4 x 60 minute sessions
For existing /returning clients
X 3 sessions £175 (60/70 mins)
X 5 sessions £195 (60/70 mins)
£30 deposit required upon booking with 48 hour cancellation notice or deposit is non refundable.
All appointments are held in Crosby Chiropractic Clinic, 28 St Johns Road, Waterloo
Thursday 1pm at Love to dance studios, Moor Lane, Crosby £10 drop in or £34 per month
Monday Zoom class £7 - message to book and receive a link to join
The classes work the body from head to toe and give you a chance to ask questions and talk to people who may have similar habit patterns.
Its a good way to relax and loosen up to start the working week.
Certified Clinical Somatic Practitioner
The Green Light Reflex
The green light reflex relates to and is concerned with all the muscles of the back, from the neck down to the ankle.
All of our muscles work synergistically so a pain in the top of the back could relate down to a problem in the knee or the hamstring.
As you can see from the picture, everything is connected so it is important to maintain the muscle movement throughout the whole of the back. If one area is not moving due to stiffness or a habituated movement, such as lifting or pulling heavy objects every day, then it will cause other muscles to move less freely because the muscles are not talking to each other as efficiently any more.
Simple green light reflex movements will help to ensure that all the muscle groups of the back of the body work together and release any contracted areas where you may over work during the day or when you are exercising, maintain healthy movement
Back muscles and the green light reflex are often related to active personalities or lifestyles, as the body springs forward in to action, the muscles pushing you forward are your back and so they contract to make your surge forward strong. If this is a consistent posture of your body then naturally your brain thinks that these muscles need to stay contracted.
Back pain is a common ailment at some point in most peoples lives, whether it be fleeting or long term, and is one of the main causes of sickness in the work place. It is not much wonder when we consider what we put our bodies through on a daily basis, and although manual labour may not be as physical as it once was in times a yonder, we have new patterns of work that contribute to it instead, such as computers, desk jobs and mobile phones that we are consistently hunched over.
Surprisingly, it is something that the medical industry spend thousands upon thousands of pounds on drugs for, yet the pain is still in our lives. Even more surprisingly, it is because we cause our own pain. They we move about all day, sit, eat, watch television walk and all manner of movements are performed without us even thinking about it, without us even feeling it half of the time, that is until it hurts.
If we were more conscious of what we were doing and how we hold our physique, then we would be more conscious of what was the root cause of the discomfort.
Somatics education helps to connect with your soma and brings you in to a more conscious way of moving that leads to the freedom of pain.
The Red Light Reflex
The red light reflex concerns the muscles of the front of the body, like green light reflex its from the head down to the toes.
Many people may not be aware of their posture in red light reflex, but will almost definitely feel the effects of it upon the body.
Red light occurs in a number of ways for instance when shoulders roll forward, the chest compresses and the neck juts forward, the torso might collapse in at the diaphragm or the stomach, the pelvis may become more fixed, knees can turn as well as the feet.
A person could suffer all of the above, but on the whole there will generally only be a few of the above physical traits. The cause of these symptoms will vary from posture to your job, the way you sit at a desk, the way you sit when driving, self esteem, anxiety and mood.
When the body starts to gently curl over in to a red light position then it can really affect a person’s mood. As the chest compresses it can make breathing difficult, causing any existing anxiety to worsen or create anxiety where there was none before. The right light reflex can also be linked to depression and trauma as the body folds in on itself for protection.
By working with this reflex, the effects can be reversed and the contracted muscles that pull the front of the torso forward can be released to allow better posture and bringing with it an improvement on breathing, digestion, possibly appetite (if the stomach has been compressed) confidence can be gained as the body becomes more upright and any associated pain will be relieved.
If you feel that any of these symptoms relate to you then feel free to contact me on the details below for more information.
Trauma reflex is arguably the most common of the 3 reflexes. This is due to trauma being an inevitable fact of life and our bodies tend to absorb it in the same way, how we choose deal with it is down to the individual.
Trauma can come in a lot of guises, it could have been a tumble you had as a toddler, a teenager or an adult, it could have been grief, distress, stress, operation, illness, accident, sports injury… the list goes on. All the seemingly small events or the life changing-ly big obstacles that you have experienced over the course of your years, will still be held in your body in some way.
For example, this trauma can be held in a limp resulting from a broken leg, it could be a gentle curvature to the side of your body where you have slipped and had to save yourself, more obviously, a whiplash injury from a car accident or less obviously, migraine, tension headache or eye strain from a neck injury or stressful situation that can make you pull your neck tensely without realisation.
This list is not exhaustive, every soma is different and we can all feel experiences within our own bodies in varying ways and in varying degrees of pain or discomfort.
It is important to accept that this is just a trauma reflex and the pattern can be reversed with some simple re-training of how the brain is controlling the muscle.
Stress can be a major factor to discomfort within your muscles and the function of your body, as it stays within the muscle until it can be released and only you can release this. If stress remains in the muscle then it compounds, so more stress is added on top until it gets to the point where it is no longer bearable or the seemingly calmest of situations creates deep tension. At its worst, stress can contribute massively to poor health and the effects it can have upon a person can be devastating.
By learning how to re-programme you reaction to these situations and events you can alleviate the restrictions it is placing upon you, your soma and your body.
A happy, free soma is a healthy soma.