SOMA Neuromuscular Integration®

SOMA Neuromuscular Integration® is a form of manual therapy that focuses on the connective tissue, muscles joints and bones. The primary focus is working with the connective tissue, which facilitates movement in the body, supports nervous and circulatory functions and organizes structure.

SOMA Neuromuscular Integration® is based on several root words: Greek “soma” meaning the whole body, neuromuscular from the Latin “nervus” or nervous system and “musculus” or muscle and Integration meaning to bring parts together into a whole from the Latin “integration” or renewal.

SOMA was developed in 1977 by two psychologists Dr. Bill Williams and his wife Dr. Ellen Gregory-Williams. They based their approach on the work of Ida Rolf who founded the bodywork called Rolfing. SOMA Neuromuscular Integration® is probably a more gentle process as the client progresses through many stages of treatment and healing.

SOMA therapy uses hands-on work to release tensions at a deep fascia level in the body. Stretching, loosening up and softening the fascia takes pressure off muscles and organs, and allows for restored function, improved breathing and pain reduction. Stress reduction, athletic performance, rehabilitation, and reducing chronic pain due to trauma and injury are just a few of the benefits of SOMA Neuromuscular Integration® Therapy.

Treatment typically involves a number of sessions to address specific parts of the body, for example, step 1 would address the rib cage and lower back, step 2 would address the lower legs and feet. The client is actively involved in the process, maintains an ongoing dialogue with the practitioner, and is given feedback about current and more productive ways to move and new channels of expression.

Certified SOMA practitioners are available to provide information and treatment options for those interested in learning more.

Specific Techniques


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