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    Calling any of our locations is like calling all of our locations. If you wish to make an appointment or register for a class at any location, request information, order a product, or anything else, you may contact us at the above location. Or find local contact information for any of our locations in our Locations directory.


Clinic Policies, Procedures, & Preparation

New clients and students can find helpful information here to prepare for your upcoming session or class, as well as learn our policies for your business, including lateness and cancellations.


Unless otherwise specified, attire for classes and workshops is generally the same as for clinic sessions:

Somatic Exercises, while gentle, do of course involve movement, and that movement should generally be slow and unrestricted, not forced or uncomfortable. As such, it is important that you wear appropriate, non-restrictive clothing. Jeans and other tight pants will interfere with doing exercises (and may significantly limit your results and the value for you). Shirts that do not allow comfortable movement will also interfere. Skirts or dresses should also not be worn, as they do not allow comfortable movement of the lower body. Be prepared to remove your shoes, jewelry, belts or restricting apparel, and pocket items.

Slacks, yoga pants, sweat pants, shorts or other easy moving pants are the best things to wear, along with a comfortable shirt such as a t-shirt or jersey (“button-down”/“oxford” shirts may work, but some clients find them restrictive).

Classes will usually be conducted without shoes, and we recommend that socks be worn during class (even during summer months). If you are wearing sandals in bare feet, or if you are arriving from an athletic situation, please bring a pair of clean socks as a courtesy to your classmates. Similarly, if you will be coming to the session from a setting where your clothing will be excessively soiled or covered in chemicals or industrial materials, please bring a change of clothing. Our clinic tables are expensive, and can be torn by sharp parts of clothing or permanently damaged by paints, solvents, etc. Furthermore, our practitioners work with other members of the public all day and we can't expose them or their belongings to dangerous or destructive substances. Please also refrain from wearing strong perfumes, as others may have chemical sensitivities to synthetic fragrances. We thank you in advance for your responsibility and consideration in these matters.

Classes and Workshops Arrival

Please arrive 5 minutes early for your regular weekly class, to be ready in time for the start of class. If you have brought a change of clothes (to change out of restrictive work clothes, etc.), you should change before the scheduled start time for your class. Most of our locations have bathrooms or other changing facilities for your convenience.

For the first day of a regular weekly class, please arrive 10 minutes early, to get oriented and settled in before the start of class, and to take care of any outstanding logistical details.

If you have not registered or paid for your class, please arrive at least 15 minutes early, to register and pay for class. In some cases, if you are unregistered and arrive late, you may not be able to get into the class.

One-time Workshops may have different arrival and registration schedules. When in doubt, it is a good idea to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to be prepared to start class on time. This is especially true if you have not yet registered and/or paid for the workshop.

Canceling or Rescheduling Classes and Workshops

Registration for exercise classes reserves a place for you in the class. In weekly exercise class series, refunds cannot be issued for students missing a class.

However, in some regular weekly class series, if you miss a week, you will be allowed to attend that same class at another time the series is offered. For example, if you miss Class #3 of the Somatics Exercises for the Hip Joints class series, you can attend Class #3 for that series when it is offered again in the future. This offer is available on a space available basis, meaning that if the class you wish to attend is fully occupied, you may have to wait for the next available offering of the class.

One-time Workshops may be booked based on reservations, and may be space-limited, so cancellations must be made sooner than 5 days before the start of the workshops. Refunds may not be able to be issued for cancellations after that time.

Medical Advice

Somatics, including promotional and educational materials as well as conversations with staff and information provided in sessions and classes, is not intended, nor should it be regarded, as medical advice. For such advice, you should consult a medical doctor. If you experience serious or protracted pain during or after Somatics sessions or exercises, then you may have problems other than sensory-motor amnesia, and you should consult your doctor immediately.

Of course, you should always speak with your doctor before beginning any exercise or movement regimen, or if you have concerns about your health. Neither Somatic Systems Institute nor your Somatics practitioners and teachers are medical doctors; they cannot provide medical advice or diagnose medical conditions.