Patterns of contraction, stress, and tension become normalized over time through repetition and prolonged periods in a position. While these patterns served an initial purpose, the normalization process becomes problematic when we can no longer access or release the muscles. Simply speaking, we forget how to functionally utilize these muscles, which is called sensory motor amnesia (SMA).
While that term might sound intimidating, it is actually a bit of good news…because we can re-remember how to move with ease and freedom in our bodies.
At its foundation, Somatics is neuromuscular retraining which goes directly to the source of many musculoskeletal problems by reorganizing the way your nervous system controls and senses muscles and movement. This work is informed by the teachings of Thomas Hanna and The International Soma Yoga Institute.
Yoga Therapy aims to eliminate, reduce, and/or manage symptoms that cause suffering. It helps improve function to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of the root causes of illness, and supports movement towards improved health and well-being. Yoga Therapists work collaboratively with the client to develop and implement a self-empowering therapeutic plan.
Clients will receive personalized take-home information to help support them in their practices.
Yoga: Physical postures, breath practices and meditation techniques that are aligned with yogic philosophy. These tools cultivate mastery over unproductive physical, mental, and energetic patterns.
Dinacharya: Daily Ayurvedic self-care practices to help create a routine that will support balance in your system and life.
May Also Include: Somatic Exercises & TRE
Ellen is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher, completing her 1000 hour Yoga Therapy training, a TRE Provider, and Yoga Director at the Yoga Sangha at Capital Fitness in downtown Madison. Find out more about her here.