Massage and Structural Integration

Everybody knows what massage is. We know at least roughly what to expect if someone says they offer massage therapy, or even if they offer one of the other many style and flavors of the massage world; therapeutic, deep tissue, swedish, lomi lomi, myofascial, shiatsu, relaxation, and so on. We understand that we may not know the exact details of each style, technique or practitioner. But we know to picture…

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Carli Herrs
Eye on Form - Funky Ankle to Tight Calf

So on this particular morning, I’d posted a link to an article about the effects of tight calves. Then later in the day, I was on the Cadillac, getting in a workout between clients. I was practicing Leg Presses*, a beginner-level exercise that involves laying on your back while flexing and pointing the ankles against a weighted bar. I looked up and was surprised to see my right ankle awkwardly bowed out to the side

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Carli Herrs
Mary's Soma Experiences - Part Two

Last month I posted about a client’s experiences with Somassage. This is part two of that post. Now we pick up the story where Mary went into the Series Work. The Series consists of 10-11 unique sessions, each with a specific intent, all progressing towards the overall goal of optimizing how the body stands and moves in gravity…

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Carli Herrs
Mary's Soma Experiences - Part One

Since many people wonder what it’s like to go through the Soma Structural Integration series work, I’d like to share some of the experiences of a real life client. I selected Mary (not her real name) because her journey was both remarkable and typical. I asked for Mary’s permission to write about her, and have omitted some personal details to protect her confidentiality.

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Carli Herrs
Crossover: Pilates and Bodywork

One of the things I get the most excited about is when I’m working with either a Pilates or Soma client and the issues we’re working on with their body begin to naturally lead into the other modality. I work with many people who do Pilates but have no interest in Soma and vice versa, and it’s important to me that my clients never feel like I want or expect them to do both. But what often happens is the client peeps over the fence, saying “well wait a minute, what’s that over there?”

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Carli Herrs