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How Does Somatics Compare to...?

Physical Therapy

While Physical Therapy (“PT”) is a varied discipline, many Physical Therapists are trained to manipulate a client externally. A Clinical Somatic Educator uses sophisticated hands-on techniques to teach the client to make the changes through their own neuromuscular system. You will not become dependent on the skill of your Somatic Educator, rather you will learn the skills internally and will have faster and more lon-lasting results. Somatics also always stays within comfortable ranges of motion and never attempts to impose change externally. Many manipulative techniques actually make long-term change harder in the long run.


Most of the benefits of attending Yoga classes are also available through our group movement classes, where students will expand their flexibility, breath, peace of mind, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. We also believe that our classes are a more efficient and direct way to gain these benefits. Our teachers are extensively trained to truly understand the way the muscular system and the brain and other systems interact, and can give students the most hands-on and effective methods for overcoming their challenges and moving forward. Once the principles of Somatic movements are learned, Yoga can be much more effective and fulfilling.

Tai Chi

While Tai Chi truly can be a Somatic movement art, it can be an indirect way for practitioners to get the health benefits they are after. One of our graduates, a 40-year teacher of Tai Chi and Martial Arts, explained that with Somatics he can give his students in ten minutes what sometimes used to take ten years. The tools and methods applied duing Tai Chi do not have the same direct and intentional affect on the Nervous System and muscular system as do Somatic movements. Martial arts will be greatly improved through the practice of Somatics.


Most of the benefits of mainstream meditation are available through Somatics practice. In fact, many meditation practices inadvertantly exclude “body” at the cost of “mind”, while intending to integrate the two. The practice of Somatics is a truly integrated practice that nurtures quiet of mind and the ability to be present to experience life more openly. Somatics actually builds and tunes the Nervous System to be more adaptable, present, and able to sense and respond properly to the environment. Somatics can be an excellent and necessary compliment to meditation, as many meditators are limited by musculoskeletal discomfort.

Personal Training

While strength training can be a very important aspect of rehab or maintenance for people, it must always be built upon a muscular system that is free of maladaptive habits and patterns. When people attempt to strengthen seemingly weak muscles, they often magnify problems that were already there. After experiencing the freedom of movement and coordination that Somatics offers, you can be much more effective in the rest of your training and athletic pursuits.


Somatics and Pilates are similar in their goal of a more controlled and intelligent mind/body. The most profound problem that we have seen in Pilates students is often the building of strength on top of a foundation that needs more freedom, flexibility, and intelligence as its base. Pilates can be a great practice, but we encourage people to also learn the muscular coordination, balance, and freedom of Somatics before or during such a practice.


Generally speaking, chiropractors adjust skeletal alignment. The skeleton does not do anything that the muscles don’t cause it to do, and the muscles don’t do anything the brain doesnt ask them to do. Somatics gets right to the heart of the matter, helping you to adjust the “software” rather than the “hardware”. The muscular system and skeletal system will be under your control through the practice of Somatics. You can get in 3 sessions what you might never get in years at the Chiropractor.