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A somatic movement practice involves gentle movements seated and lying down that helps us to recognize where we hold muscular tension and to learn to soften it. Through this process we can manage accumulated muscular tension that leads to restricted movement and chronic or reoccurring pain associated with sciatica, frozen shoulder, hip pain, S.I. joint pain, neck/shoulder pain, TMJ, herniated discs, and chronic back pain to name a few.
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A somatic movement practice helps us manage our being within the context of our lives. Life is hard. Life creates stress in our bodies and minds and the grind mentality of the world in which we lives disconnects us from our bodies.
Our bodies are designed to help us regulate our experiences - what is too much, too little, just enough. This innate sensing is our internal compass, and for many of us we have become experts at ignoring it.
A somatic movement practice reteaches us how to listen to our bodies through awareness, adjust what we are doing and how we are doing it through choice, and to rediscover that ease is a possibility.
For more information scroll down to find the FAQ section or two short video clips where Erin explains the power of somatic movement.
Check out upcoming workshops here.
Chronic Back Pain Relief
“Somatic movement is the only thing that has given consistent relief from my lower back pain. Before coming to see Erin, I tried many different things: physical therapy, chiropractic and even had epidural injections. To be completely honest, I was very skeptical walking into my first session of somatic movement. Erin’s energy and approach made me feel really comfortable and about half way through I began to feel a change in my back. I walked out of that first session feeling relief that continued to increase. I continued to notice less tingling and pain with more flexibility and strength. My skepticism has been relieved. Also, I really appreciate being able to do the movements anywhere without special equipment. While I am able to do many of the exercises on my own at this point, I continue to benefit from in person sessions with Erin - her energy and gentle guidance are like nothing I’ve experienced before.” ~Corey S.
~ Deepak Chopra, author of Perfect Health
~ John O’Donohue, quoted in Walking in Wonder
~ Tricia Hersey, author of Rest is Resistance
Erin is an Essential Somatics® Movement Teacher. In both private and small group settings, she guides clients through movement patterns that re-educate the nervous system. Done in a conscious way, this self-awareness building experience helps restore ease in the body.
These gentle and subtle movements can be explored laying down, seated in a chair and/or standing making them accessible to anyone.
Somatic movement is so effective because it involves re-educating the nervous system - both on how to control muscle function and in how to let your guard down again. From a muscular point of view, when chronic tension is released, proper coordination of the muscles is restored and ease of movement is re-established.
When present moment awareness is practiced through your attention on your body, the part of your nervous system responsible for fight/flight can quiet down and the part responsible for rest/digest can rise up. You can experience inner peace.
Whether you have chronic low back pain, are perpetually tired or burnt out, your own somatic movement practice can help your soma (being) reset. When you address your being in this kind and gentle way, you will find more ease and joy in all aspects of your life.
Consultation & Follow-up sessions: 60 minutes each
In addition to the studio in Waterford, Erin will be also seeing clients in Portland at Blue Heron Synergy (306 Congress Street) on Fridays. Contact her directly to set up an appointment in either location.
With Erin’s guidance and your commitment to a daily practice, you will connect with your own ability to eliminate pain, restore freedom of movement and ground yourself. Best of all, going forward you will have the tools you need to manage your body in the future.
See below for details about classes. Contact Erin to book a consultation here.
Wednesdays @ 10:30am
Location: In-person at the studio (683 Waterford Road) or virtually (live or recorded)
For current series details (dates/cost) click here.
Accountability and Support
With a consultation under your belt, these on-going classes offer guidance as you explore the habits in your body. Our ability to notice is layered. We start superficially and each time we practice we are deepening our connection to ourselves and what we can notice. This weekly class helps you be accountable to yourself as well. Most of us would agree that attending a class is easier to make time for than our own practice. Each week, learn something new in class that can direct your exploration in your own practice.
A prior somatic movement consultation with Erin is recommended, but not required.
As an Essential Somatics® Movement Teacher, Erin helps clients create and maintain a daily movement practice to reduce/eliminate chronic pain and movement restrictions.
The practice involves releasing muscular tension by re-education the nervous system with safe and gentle movements lying down, seated and or standing.
It focuses on restoring proper muscle function to alleviate pain, including functional disorders that result from chronic tension such as: chronic low back pain, neck pain, frozen shoulder, SI joint pain, sciatica, jaw pain, thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel, leg length discrepancy, shallow breathing.
It helps individuals find more ease in any and all daily movements: walking, running, reaching up, bending down, twisting, lifting etc.
In general, the intention is different from any other type of movement practice. When practicing somatic movements, we are taking subconscious, habitual muscle tension and making it conscious to regain control of the muscle function.
Because it involves re-educating our nervous system, the movements are done slowly so there is time for feedback to be processed by the brain.
Muscular strength is found in connection and control of the muscles rather than in working harder.
Muscle weakness results from a lack of connection and control of the muscles and/or fatigue of the muscles due to being chronically contracted.
It can be an effective warm-up and cool-down for fitness workouts, running, sports games, etc. It helps individuals move their bodies with precision, reduce soreness, fatigue and injury.
It increases self-awareness and improves the benefits of any rehabilitation program including physical therapy exercises, fitness exercises, and yoga, for individuals that are post-injury, post-surgery or postpartum.
Somatic movement practice works at the level of the nervous system which controls how we move, think and feel. It can have a much greater impact on an individual beyond just improving movement.
It can also reduce anxiety and the impact of stress, improve breath capacity and quality of sleep to name a few.
Curious about Somatic Movement? In this video, Erin Girzone will shed some light on this powerful self-care modality.
To experience a somatic movement, check out the Good Health is a Habit Youtube channel.
We have an inner wisdom that can guide how we use our bodies. We just have to learn to listen to it! With this self-awareness we can move through life with more intelligence and precision.
"I did too much yesterday. I walked 15,000 steps, did laundry, cooked, and baked. I woke up this morning with a sore back and usually I would take Advil and lay low to try to prevent my back from 'going out.' Instead, I did my Somatic exercises and voila! My back is much better and instead of losing a day I am moving. I am going to slow it down a little today but I do not have to stop.
Thank you for everything that you do. Know that you are appreciated."
~ Brenda H.
“The somatic movement series has increased my awareness of certain connections in my body that I was unaware of or had previously lost. By working on rebuilding these connections, I have increased my range of motion in places, relaxed places of tension, and reduced pain in chronic aches. I have also become more aware of what habitual movements or practices cause my pain and how to avoid doing that. The class is also simply relaxing and meditative; it is a unique experience to be so focused on such small movements for one solid hour. And, the skills I have learned are transferring into a personal practice I can implement anytime and anywhere. ” ~ Martha L.
“Thanks, Erin for opening up a new body awareness for me. All these years i have tried to muscle through the aches and pains believing that I would master a better way to move until you opened the door that has allowed me to trust what my body has been telling me all along and I haven’t been listening to. I love that I have at my fingertips a practice that helps me recognize my body’s needs and gentle ways to work toward greater balance. This is a tool I can use throughout my life. ”
~ Doretta C.
"Erin has a wonderful ability to tap us into our bodies. I started seeing her for support with pain from a traumatic event. I've been doing yoga and various forms of stretching, a runner and very active for years. And I could not ease the recurring pain which was caused and rooted in my body due to trauma. In a much shorter amount of time than I was anticipating, I gained an incredible amount of pain relief. But the greater gift has been the way that my relationship with my body continues to shift. Erin has a way of supporting this engagement intuitively. Her 1-1 instruction is an incredible opportunity to get to know our bodies and release what no longer serves us, listen to the messages our body is attempting to share. If you're interested in deeply transformative and effective body work, look no further. Erin has skills, knowledge and intuitive ability to support pain free movement and a closer relationship with ourselves. Thank you, Erin!" ~ Kelley H.
"I have noticed that there is a difference in how I do my daily morning routine of cat-cow repetitions followed by some sun salutations. I am more conscious of the movements of the arch and curl and am more attentive of slowing them down and making them smaller with my mind more attuned to the movement and the moment." ~ Gere O.
“I met Erin from Good Health is a Habit almost 4 years ago when I first moved to Waterford – I started doing personal training and somatic movement with Erin on a weekly basis. She helped me prepare for my first hip replacement. I quickly saw the connection between how the movements were positively impacting my balance and strength. Fast forward, I have now been through 2 hip replacements and the recovery from both has been amazing. My doctor was impressed at how quickly I was able to get moving without any discomfort and support from a cane/walker, which I attest to the work with Erin. She provides each person with encouragement and is committed to helping them meet their individual goals. I will be a lifelong member of Good Health is a Habit.” ~ Fran T.