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Struggling with Pain?

The late Thomas Hanna once said, ‘The living body is a moving body. If life means movement then it may be permissible to think that more movement means more life and less movement means less life.’


Struggling with Pain?

The late Thomas Hanna once said, ‘The living body is a moving body. If life means movement then it may be permissible to think that more movement means more life and less movement means less life.’


Managing chronic pain in the muscles and soft tissues

Chronic pain can arise as a result of muscles becoming chronically contracted over time as a response to daily stress that we experience. We often put it down to getting older but in actual fact this is not the case.

As we get older we have simply accumulated more stress in our bodies. The good news is that chronically contracted muscles can be released resulting in more freedom of movement and less pain. 

When it comes to chronic pain there is no quick fix. One-off sessions, although they give temporary relief, don’t generally fix the problem.

You only get one life. Do you want to spend it in pain all the time, struggling every day, taking pain killers, not sleeping etc? Or would you rather spend it doing all the things you want to do, injury and pain free for years to come. If you are serious and committed to tackling the issue that hold you back then you need to be realistic and invest in your health both financially and with your time. 

Move with Awareness offer sessions in self-care for pain, through a technique called Somatics.

Over the last decade working as a clinical massage therapist, Alison Emery founder of Move with Awareness came to realise that self-care was the most important component for clients remaining pain-free. While clinical massage can be very effective for relieving chronic pain in the short term, it doesn’t often solve the problem in the long term. This is because chronic pain and muscle stiffness is often caused by postural habits which have accumulated over time in a response to the way we live our lives. We are usually unable to break these habits because we are unaware we are doing them. The brain and nervous system are no longer connecting with the muscles efficiently. Change only occurs when this connection between the brain and muscles is re-established. Somatic Movements help to increase your awareness of how your body moves and feels so that you can regain full conscious control of your muscles and improve your postural habits. 

Somatics Movement can help with:

  • Muscle tension, spasm and stiffness
  • Back Pain
  • Herniated disc
    (commonly called slipped disc)
  • Sciatica / Piriformis syndrome
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches/migrains
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff injuries (shoulder injuries)
  • Hip and pelvic Pain
  • Leg, knee and foot pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • RSI conditions e.g Carpal Tunnel & tennis elbow
  • TMJ and jaw pain



Unlock the pain to enjoy an active life!


Unlock the pain to enjoy an active life!


How Somatics can help manage your pain

What is Somatics?

Somatics is a form of gentle movement practice that helps to reduce discomfort and pain in the muscles and improve overall flexibility.

Over the course of our lives our muscles can become so tight and contracted that we develop habitual holding patterns. This can arise due to stressful experiences such as accidents and injuries or doing repetitive things such as sitting for long periods, working at a computer or even holding a child on our hip regularly. As a result we loose the conscious control to relax the muscles involved and this leads to discomfort, pain and stiffness. These symptoms are often attributed to getting older but in actual fact they can be due to chronically contracted muscles which can be reversed. 

Somatic movements help us to relearn how to sense and develop control of the muscles in the body again so that we can voluntarily and consciously contract and relax these muscles as required. The result is an increase in our overall flexibility and a reduction in any pain or discomfort.

Who is Somatics for?

Anyone who wants to:
  • Learn more about their body and how to improve their posture.
  • Have fun learning to move in new ways. 
  • Learn how to release muscle tension.
  • Learn a new skill to help to keep moving well and pain free. 
Try this simple somatic movement for neck and shoulder pain

More about Somatics…

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"I started the Move with Awareness classes as I haven't done any real exercise for years and wanted to realign my body ahead of starting sport again. While the movements appear gentle you really get to stretch out those muscles and learn to listen to your body."