Archive for July, 2014

Comfort Your S-I Joints | Unit 1 Introduction

July 10, 2014

Basic orientation to practice of the Unit 1 somatic education exercises to correct S-I Joint Dysfunction.

Relevant explanatory entry for the condition:

The first step of correcting S-I Joint Dysfunction (and Pelvic Distress Syndrome) is to “unlock” the situation — much like unlocking a lock-nut to free a screw to turn.

In this case, we make more room in the low back and S-I joints so things can move. That involves decompressing the lumbo-sacral junction (where low back and pelvis meet) and elongating the jammed side (the side where the sacrum is too deep).
Comfort Your S-I Joints | Unit 1 Introduction
Clinical Somatic Education | a New Discipline in the Field of Health Care

Psoas Muscle Pain Self-Treatment: 4 way walking integration, INTRO by Lawrence Gold

July 2, 2014

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Iliopsoas Muscle Somatic Exercises: Coordinate legs, pelvis and trunk in the walking pattern. We coordinate legs, pelvis and trunk (mediated by the psoas muscles) in forward/back and side-to-side motions.

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Neck Pain / Can’t Turn Head | Startle Reflex Somatic Education Exercise by Lawrence Gold

July 2, 2014

From The Magic of Somatics, this maneuver quiets pain at the front of the shoulder and side of the neck: pectoralis muscles and sterno-cleido-mastoid (SCM) muscles. It takes you progressively out of the tension pattern of Startle Reflex. (See

The key to this movement is to synchronize the movement elements. That means the lifting movements of the head and shoulder, and breathing.

You use your breathing to pace, that is, start and end, the other movements. Your breath is also what helps you to let go of your pectoral (chest) muscles, so your shoulder can move back (posteriorly).

Be careful to lift only one shoulder at a time; whichever shoulder you lift, you rest and brace yourself upon the other shoulder.

Startle Reflex is a protective action pattern triggered by fear — closing up the soft front of the body. Habituation in this reflex restricts breathing, causes elevated heart rate, and forward head position.

The Magic of Somatics, page 37 |
Clinical Somatic Education: A New Discipline in the Field of Health Care

Startle Reflex Somatic Education Exercise by Lawrence Gold

July 2, 2014

For clients of Hanna somatic educators. Follow-up to Session 3, Startle Reflex lesson (clinical session). Integrates breathing with movements of neck, shoulders, trunk

The key this exercise is to synchronize the movements of breathing with the molling movements of the shoulders and the arching and flattening of your back.

As you roll your arms, your shoulders move with them. Explore for the limit of turning of your arms, both directions.

In the “back arched, chin tucked position”, press the back of your head down equally with the pressure of your tailbone/sacrum.

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder):

Helpful before sleep. More on sleep:

Follow-up to The Cat Stretch exercises, Lesson 2. MORE EXERCISES:

READ about somatic education:

Startle Reflex Somatic Education Exercise
Clinical Somatic Education: A New Discipline in the Field of Health Care