Tools of the Trade

Somatics: Identifies places in the body that are not moving; use the nervous system to influence muscular activity and change patterns of movement.

Muscle Energy Technique (MET): Assess joint relationships and correct the structure through muscle activation.

Applied Kinesiology: Identifies weak or dysfunctional muscle relationships and then corrects the imbalance.  This also recognizes the role of ligaments with pain and dysfunction.

Aston Patterning: Identifies areas of stress throughout the body by observation and through palpation. Neutralize the stress; observe the changes.

Yoga: Watch how movements are initiated and carried through the body. Observe relationships between breath and movement. This is a useful approach with athletes.
Paula with Ka'iwi

We Need To Move...

The spinal fluid and the lymph system operate as a consequence of movement. Movement promotes circulation, enhances respiration, and general good health. The neuromuscular system is designed for complex movement, to be comfortable in your gait with your weight on one leg during walking as the other leg is in the air.

Get up from your computer and stretch. Get on the floor and move around. Go for a walk. Maintain your range of movement.


A Therapeutic Session… is an opportunity to reduce or eliminate pain from your body, recover from injury or surgery and to change your posture.


We all need balance in our lives. Balance between work and family – balance in our physical body. Many of us spend time in positions that move us off balance. Typically, we tend to manifest the same imbalance regularly.  The role of somatic education is to provide an understanding of the stressors that take us out of balance and to use tools such as specific exercises to return to balance and maintain our well-being.

The Importance of Stretching

Have you ever noticed how a dog or cat stretches after getting up from a nap? Well, we need to do that when we get up from the computer or from watching TV...or even from a nap. We need to stretch our muscles to increase our range of movement.

Try to take a few moments during your workday to stretch and see how much better you feel.

Somatic therapy is a form of exercise that is designed to balance and realign the neuromuscular system of the body, decrease muscle tension, restore functional, graceful movement, and improve posture. This approach is also described as repatterning.

With a combination of breath-work, gentle stretching and movement therapy anyone can benefit and feel better and more energized. Combining it with massage and a healthy diet, real changes can be achieved quickly. By allowing the patient or client to take control of their own physical therapy and training, faster healing can take place with benefits lasting a lifetime.

Comments From Clients

I can really feel the difference! What was once torture to get out of bed, well now I spring out of bed ready to face a great day!

the after-experience is still rippling... the ease in my back has made my whole posture  more easeful!