Somatic Neuromuscular Re-education

It is important that you have a solid understanding of the difference pandiculation and stretching to inform the why and how of the work that you are doing with your SomaYoga therapist. A pandiculation - is the fundamental technique of Clinical Somatics, and the most effective way to re-educate muscles or chains of muscles that are tight, sore and in chronic pain. When you learn how to effectively "re-educate" muscles releasing them from involuntary chronic contraction, tension dissolves and strength and ease naturally appear. Here is why.

Must read's on somatics

Somatics, Re-Awakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility and Health, Thomas Hanna, 1988

The Body of Life, Creating New Pathways for Sensory Awareness and Fluid Movement Thomas Hanna, 1979

Move Without Pain, Martha Peterson, 2012

Why We're in Pain, Sara St. Pierre, 2015


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The nervous system is the control center for your body. It interprets the things your body senses, and it sends information to the muscles and glands telling them what to do.


The nervous system includes the central (CNS) and peripheral (PNS) systems.

The central nervous system includes the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system includes the nerves that branch out from the spinal cord and the brain the periphery of the body.

Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) is a memory loss of how to feel and control certain muscles or muscles groups in the body. It is a learned motor pattern of the nervous system whereby these muscles display a limited range of motion, maintain a higher than normal level of involuntary contraction at rest, experience ongoing pain, and other dysfunctions at rest or in use.

SMA is undiagnosible and untreatable through the traditional medical model because the treatment requires work involving the sensory motor feedback loop.