Frequently Asked Questions
I recommend practicing the exercises for 20-30 minutes per day. The results are cumulative, so you’ll experience the most benefits from the exercises if you practice them every day. Your muscles will continue to release, your posture and movement will continue to improve, and you’ll continue to feel better and better in your body.
If you’re enrolled in one of the online courses, about 20 minutes per day will allow you to keep up with the pace of the course. But it is absolutely fine if you do not keep up with the pace of your course; you have lifetime access, so there is no rush.
Some people practice the exercises for 45-60 minutes per day, which is absolutely fine. However, there is no benefit to doing more in order to speed up the process. The nervous system and the tissues of the body change gradually. You should pay attention to how your body feels, and do what feels best for your body each day.
Most people should start with the Level One Course. It teaches the exercises through video demonstrations, audio classes, and written explanations. The course addresses many common musculoskeletal conditions that arise in the core of the body, including chronic muscle tension, back pain, disc problems, joint pain, kyphosis, lordosis, scoliosis, sciatica, iliopsoas syndrome, osteoarthritis, uneven leg length, and more. The Level One Course is also the prerequisite for the Level Two Course.
The Level One & Two Courses together include all 40 exercises that I teach (13 in Level One, and 27 in Level Two), so they are the most comprehensive learning experience.
If you have idiopathic scoliosis and that is your only concern, you can instead do the Scoliosis Course. This course includes the 27 exercises that most directly alleviate idiopathic scoliosis. The 13 exercises not included in the Scoliosis Course mainly work with the extremities: legs, feet, arms, hands, face, and jaw.
If you are not able to comfortably get down to the floor or lie on the floor, I recommend starting with the Clinical Somatics Chair Exercises course.
Yes! The Level One & Two Courses are now available in Spanish:
- Level One Course in Spanish
- Level Two Course in Spanish
Other languages will be added in the future!
Clinical Somatics exercises release chronic muscular contraction and restore natural posture and movement. In doing so, they alleviate a range of functional musculoskeletal conditions—conditions caused by the way we habitually use our bodies.
You can see a list of conditions that Clinical Somatics helps on this page. You can also look through the Somatics Blog to see if I’ve written about your condition. Most of these blog posts list exercises that help each condition. And on the exercise pages throughout the courses, the conditions that each exercise helps are listed at the top of the page.
If you’re still unsure whether or not Clinical Somatics can help you, please Call Us at: 913-461-8495
There are endless benefits to physical exercise, and you should keep up with regular physical activity—unless it is making your pain worse.
If you find that exercise makes your pain worse, take a break from that particular workout. If you can’t exercise at all because everything seems to make your pain worse, then take a break from working out until your pain is reduced or eliminated. You won’t make progress with Clinical Somatics exercises if your regular workouts are keeping you in pain.
If you feel that your regular workout is keeping you stuck in habitual posture and movement patterns, try something new! It can be difficult to make progress with Clinical Somatics exercises if you keep reinforcing old muscular patterns with your regular workout routine. So, mix up your workouts and try new activities that make you move your body in new ways.
The truth is that everyone’s patterns of muscular tension and pain are so unique that there is no way for me or anyone else to accurately predict a time frame for your learning and healing process. Some people experience significant benefits within the first few days or weeks of practicing the exercises, while for others it takes longer. There are many factors that affect your progress, including: your current level of pain and/or muscle tension, your stress level, your regular daily activities, any physical activities you engage in, and any structural issues you have (such as joint or nerve damage). I strongly encourage everyone to read this post, which gives my best advice about how to approach your learning and healing process: Unlocking Your Body: Your Personal Process of Releasing Tension and Pain.