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- Soma refers to the body.
- Somatics defines a broad umbrella of movement and awareness techniques that help the participant experience their body.
- Somatics is a term coined by its founder, Thomas Hanna, as “exploring one’s body from within.”
- to form, coordinate, or blend into a functioning or unified whole
- an examination of a complex whole, its elements, and their relations
SIA helps participants gain a proprioceptive, kinesthetic and experiential awareness of their applied anatomy. Awareness gives way to understanding which yields empowerment; the hands-on, movement-based and educational process underlying Somatic Integration Analysis gives participants the tools they need to live healthy, more comfortable lives. Analyzing the somatic integration of the body is done through hands-on (passive) movement, full body (engaged/dynamic) motion, and education.
Many people simply state that they are in pain, but when asked to qualify the pain or make any intuitive assumptions about its origin they do not have the proprioceptive repertoire to answer those questions. SIA provides a rich, kinesthetic tap into the mind-body interplay. As we come to learn the unique nature of different tissues and tangible sensory cues from different systems, we become good consumers of our bodies. We can then make better choices about what to do for ourselves. You are at such an advantage when you can keenly discriminate the sensations your existence delivers to you.
SIA can answer many questions for you, including some of the following:
- What do muscles feel like, how do they move?
- What does fascia (connective tissue) feel like, how do I stretch it?
- Is the pain caused by my skeletal system? Perhaps a chiropractor is the best tool.
- Is it lymphatic pain/tenderness? What am I fighting off?
- Is there something I can do or do I need to go in for testing / medication?
SIA looks at the integrative and applied state of functioning human anatomy to analyze chronic pain, overuse injuries and ongoing health concerns. Each structure in the body has unique wisdom. Structures represent the functions they carry out and function determines how the structure looks and moves. This structure – function relationship is a general premise of human anatomy and physiology. SIA looks to explore the functional anatomy of the body. This approach can be applied to chronic pain syndromes, overuse injuries, postural imbalances, developmental movement malpatterning, rehabilitation and health maintenance.