Methods/Mythology

Our movement and bodywork embodies both the material and the spiritual; we chose the name SOMA to match this complexity. On one hand, the word SOMA comes from the Greek meaning “body”. On the other hand, Vedic mythology describes SOMA as ritualistic elixir of immortality. According to the ancient scriptures, this ambrosia was held in the sacred storehouse of the full moon and drank down by the Hindu Gods because of it’s qualities  to help them rise above obstacles, conquer fears, and inspire creativity.

For us, SOMA represents the life force that courses through all living things. When we are operating on higher levels of brain and body health, creativity and connection flow through us easily.  We move to keep our cells young, supple, strong and functioning into the last years of our life.

 The GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods

The GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods are complementary exercise methods designed to work the entire body holistically. Both methods allow the body to move the way it was designed, in natural spiraling and circular pathways. Through a sequence of rhythmic and fluid exercises, the body is able to relax, re-energize, and re-pattern itself in a way that encourages supple and dynamic strength. Attention is  placed on the decompression of the spine and joints. Specific breath patterns encourage focus, making each session or class uniquely powerful.

GYROTONIC® exercises are performed on custom-designed equipment. The support, resistance, and sensory information that the equipment provides, allows each client to work in a safe yet challenging environment. The private attention of a GYROTONIC® session, allows your specific needs to be met with care.

GYROKINESIS® exercises are performed on mats and stools. This allows the work to be experienced either privately, or in a group class setting. The uninterrupted flow of a class allows you to move and breathe with others, while connecting to and challenging your body.  

For more information, please visit https://www.gyrotonic.com/

 Yoga

Our approach to yoga, as in life, is to root into the wisdom of our bodies through mindful movement in order to walk with Beauty in all of our relations.  In befriending our minds and bodies through pranayama and asana, we refine our senses and learn how to listen deeply. We also develop our intuition, the subtle “inner healer” that helps us unravel unhealthy physical, psychological, and spiritual patterns that hold us back from showing up fully to our everyday lives.  The lifelong practice of yoga is one of removing these layers and uncovering more authentic, primal pieces that allow us to move more freely and joyfully in our own skin.  Yoga is a practice of returning to the present moment and showing up for whatever is coming up with kindness; a teacher that helps us develop an inner strength that helps us through life’s many curveballs.  When we return to this sacred center, again and again, we discover the deep satisfaction that comes from being in service to our hearts, others, and our communities.   

Pilates

Developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a system that  improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a long, strong core, and improving coordination and balance. The core, consisting of the muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips, is often called the “powerhouse” and is key to a person’s stability.

We are committed to The Pilates Movement Principles for Whole Body Health:

  • Whole Body Movement
  • Breathing
  • Balanced Muscle Development
  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Centering
  • Precision
  • Rhythm

As stated by The Pilates Method Alliance, “The benefits [of Pilates] are both measurable and perceived:

  • Coordination and Strength
  • Efficient Movement and Mobility
  • Proper Posture and Flowing Movement
  • Mental and Spiritual Rejuvenation
  • Self-Awareness and Self-Confidence
  • Integration of body, mind and spirit
  • A Sense of Well-Being
  • Enhanced Quality of Life

CranioSacral Therapy

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system-comprised of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Soft touch is used to release restrictions in the craniosacral system, thus improving the function of the central nervous system. Because the body is intelligent and interconnected, improvement in the central nervous system will affect the whole body. The practitioner follows the movement of the tissue, providing guidance and supportive touch which encourages the natural healing wisdom of the body. The benefits of CST include deep relaxation, decreased pain, more breath capacity, and a sense of ease and well-being in the whole body.

Massage Therapy

Please inquire about 60, 75, and 90 minute massage therapy sessions.