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Section 1: Learn your life’s goal to avoid having regrets!

I am sure you have a goal. Chances are you even may have several goals, such fall in love and have a family, get a well-paid job or maybe become a physician to provide healthcare to disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

All these goals are great!

But, I would argue that for most people I encounter, these goals are local or fragmented. For example, if you focus on your professional life and getting an awesome job, and you work for 15 hours a day and make $300K a year by the time you are 40, are you sure that you would actually be happy? Maybe good education and job are necessary, but not sufficient for a fulfilling and happy life?

Are you sure that in 5 years or when you are 80, you would not regret you have spent way too much time working instead of loving and spending more time with your family? Check out MMS series of articles of end of life regrets (link to articles 8.1, 8.2, 8.3). Similarly, if you focus wholeheartedly on contributing to the well-being of the society, are you sure that in 10 years or by the end of life you will not regret that you did not have enough money to create an enjoyable life for your family and kids?

The point is that we would probably all agree there are many factors that define good quality of life. Importance of these factors might be different for different people. Some people, for example, may value money much more than others. Still, since we agree that there are many factors, we need to understand what these factors are and we need to set up a clear goal for life.

If we don’t understand all the factors and don’t set a clear and measurable goal, the chances are we will not be able to achieve the goal.

Is there one thing in this world that everybody wants?

I think there is!

And I think this thing is called “Great QUALITY of LIFE”.

We all have some intuitive sense of what it is… Because we use intuition, we end up with a fragmented idea of “Life Quality” and this is a problem! So, instead of using our intuition, why do not we see what scientists tell us about life quality? The past 25 years have seen an upsurge of research in this area.

So, what is great “QUALITY of LIFE”?

This is exactly what I would like to talk about in this article! But before we get into little greedy details, let me clarify the main point.

Life quality is not one thing!

It is not happiness!

It is not health!

It is not love!

Instead, it is a combination of a great variety of factors!

This is the life full of physical health, meaning, achieving valuable goals and authentic and affectionate relationships.

This is the life:

– When you have great sleep quality, have no pain, wake up refreshed, energized and with a smile.

– When you have a deep and powerful bodily sense of self-worth.

– When you have no blame and shame stuck with you.

– When you don’t suppress your feelings & can express your emotions.

– When you stand by your values and don’t succumb to social pressures, expectations, evaluations, and judgments be they from your family, friends, your colleagues or the President.

– When you have affectionate, warm, trusting and authentically loving relationships in your life.

– When you can manage your everyday affairs to build the lifestyle you like.

– When you feel that you continuously grow in a variety of directions: personally and professionally.

– When you know you have a special calling and a potential hidden within you. You have a zest for life, a sense of deep meaning, direction and goal for your life.

– When you feel being part of a community. You feel that you belong.

– When you feel that you contribute something valuable to your community, society, and the world. You feel that what you give is valued by the community.

– And many more factors!

What all of this has to do with soma system? Soma system was designed to help you build this kind of life!  Soma System is a scientifically-based non-pharmaceutical method that helps you to dramatically increase your quality life.

 

Hierarchy of Your Goals

Now that we set up the goal of achieving a high quality of life, the question is: can we clearly define what constitutes quality of life and how we actually achieve this good quality of life?  Based on recent scientific research and our own empirical and clinical work, soma system conceptualizes quality of life through four second-order factors [1-4]:

Physical well-being describes the well-being of all major organs/functions of the body and the overall feeling of physical wellness and energy.

Emotional Well-Being describes joy, enjoyment, and satisfaction you experience in your life

Psychological Well-Being describes a variety of factors ranging from a sense of life meaning and ego integrity to the ability to create the kind of life that you want.

Social Well-Being describes your well-being not as an individual, but as part of the society

Soma system aims to improve the quality of life by boosting these four factors.

 

 

Interdependence of Your Goals

Let’s say you have a particular issue you would like to solve, maybe you have insomnia. The standard medical approach would focus on treating your insomnia by means of drugs or psychotherapy. Soma system approach is different. We recognize that the state of human organism can be described by the four factors I discussed above:

– Physical Well-Being

– Emotional Well-Being

– Psychological Well-Being

– Social Well-Being

These four well-being factors are inter-connected. For example,

Psychological Well-Being affects physical health.

One longitudinal study demonstrated that older adults with higher levels of psychological well-being (or to be more precise higher level of purpose in life at the beginning of the study) had reduced risk of death 6 years later [5] as well as reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment [6]. Moreover, the study found that among those showing high levels of brain pathology, a better cognitive function was evident among those who reported higher levels of purpose in life compared to those with comparable brain pathology but with lower levels of purpose in life [7].

Social Well-being affects physical health.

Another study [8] showed that among older adults with high comorbidity, those reporting high social well being (or to be more precise, high level of positive relations) showed lower levels of inflammatory markers compared to people with a similar level of comorbidity, but who reported low purpose and low social connections. Now that we know that the four well-being factors are inter-connected, let’s go back to the insomnia example. What is the most effective way to help you resolve a specific problem you may have, such as insomnia?

 

Most Effective Way to Maximise Your Quality of Life and Health

Since these four interconnected factors create a quality of life, it becomes almost obvious that the most optimal way to resolve your insomnia is by maximizing these four well-being factors.

This is why soma system focuses on restoring balances to the four well-being factors rather than on the treatment of a particular disorder.

Let me continue with the insomnia example for an illustration. soma system treats insomnia as a signal that your entire system is out of balance. Most likely all of the four well-being factors above moved out of balance. And this means that our goal is not to treat you from insomnia, but to restore all these four factors back to balance.

For example, your insomnia might be coming from the stress you experience due to the lack of warm and affectionate relationships. Medical treatment of insomnia does not address in any way this imbalance.

Similarly, insomnia might be caused by an accumulation of pain and muscle tension. Once again, medical or psychotherapeutic treatment of insomnia does absolutely nothing to address these causative factors.

The key point is as follows: to effectively treat any disorder, the intervention should affect the entire system instead of one small element of the system.

 

Section 2: Boost your Quality of Life: Discover What Factors You Need to Work on!

It is easy to say: I want to improve my psychological or social well-being, but how do you actually do this?

We may all have some intuitive sense of what these four well-being factors are, but unless we can figure out what these factors are composed of, our attempt to improve them would be fragmented and hardly successful. The four well-being factors have a hierarchical structure, and in this section, you will learn over 20 of these sub-factors. I am sure that after reading this section you will discover at least five factors which are highly imbalanced. These highly imbalanced factors detrimentally affect your physical and psychological well-being and increase the severity of symptoms of physical, psychological, emotional and social issues you may have. Learning which of these factors are imbalanced will give you a powerful key to improving your health!

Physical Well-Being

Physical well-being describes many factors that create a well-functioning physical body.

The following four skills are a must for effective self-regulation. They create a foundation not only for physical well-being but also for emotional, psychological and social well-being:

– Ability to observe physical and emotional inner body sensations

– Ability to create a pleasant and comfortable inner body sensations

– Ability to detect action impulses being sent by the inner body sensations

– Ability to implement these impulse actions in real life by changing one’s behaviour

Self-regulation is an absolutely essential skill. Highly developed self-regulation capacity means that after experiencing a physical or emotional stressful situation, you can quickly and effectively restore your mood and inner balance. When you do not have a well-developed self-regulation capacity, your physical and emotional health starts deteriorating under the impact of stressors.

Soma system is unique in its ability to quickly and effectively develop your self-regulation.

Now is the time to ask yourself the following questions:

– How well can you feel your inner body sensations (score of 0: no inner body sensations; score of 10: many body sensations)

– Do you have unpleasant sensations (score of 0) within your body or your body is full of pleasant inner body sensations (score of 10)

– Do you feel impulses your body sends you? Examples may include: do you feel a sense of hunger or do you eat because it is time to eat? Do you feel an impulse to rest or you are always “ok”?

Do you feel an impulse to see your friends or actualize yourself, for example, learn to paint or play a musical instrument? (score of 0: feel no impulses, a score of 10: feel many impulses)

– Do you materialize these impulses into real life? Do you take a nap when you are tired? Do you focus on resolving pain, when you feel pain? Do you learn to paint, if you feel an urge to do so?   of 0: you do not change your behaviour based on action impulses you get. A score of 10: you do change behaviour based on action impulses you get.

There are many higher-order factors defining physical well-being including:

– Good Quality of Sleep

– Balanced Diet

– Balanced Breathing

– Balanced Muscle Tone & Strength

– Low Level of Muscle Tightness

– Balanced Posture

Ask yourself:

– How is my sleep quality? (score of 0: poor quality of sleep; a score of 10: great quality of sleep)

– How is my diet? (score of 0: poor; a score of 10: great)

– How are my posture and breathing? (score of 0: poor; a score of 10: great)

– Do I have pain? (score of 0: yes; a score of 10: no)

I understand that it might be challenging to do good quality self-assessment, especially for factors such as breathing and posture. You will learn how to assess these skills in soma system. For now, just try to do the best you can!

Emotional Well-Being

Roughly speaking, emotional well-being describes the level of positive and pleasant emotional experiences.

Research in psychology conceptualizes emotional well being as a combination of three factors [9]:

– High level of positive emotions such as joy and contentment

– Low level of negative emotions such as sadness and anger

– High level of life satisfaction

Soma system emphasizes that there is another important factor: the presence of pleasant and comfortable inner body sensations. We call this state “inner happiness.” Based on empirical clinical experience, we believe that this inner state of happiness provides the foundation for emotional well-being (read more on this here: Do Not Try Another Relationship Until You Learn What It Really Means To Love Yourself )

Please ask yourself the following questions:

– How often do I feel pleasant emotions?  (score of 0: rarely; a score of 10: often)

– How often do I feel negative emotions? (score of 0: often; a score of 10: rarely)

– What is my level of life satisfaction? (score of 0: unsatisfied; a score of 10: satisfied)

– Do I feel well and comfortable within my own body?  (score of 0: no; a score of 10: yes, most of the time)

 

Psychological well-being

Psychological well-being consists of five factors: ego integrity, autonomy, environmental mastery, personal growth, and life meaning.

There is research evidence indicating that factors creating psychological well-being are more important for long-term physical health than a high level of positive emotions. For example, one study demonstrated that higher levels of psychological well-being associated with much better endocrine, immune, cardiovascular and sleep health (lower levels of daily salivary cortisol, lower pro-inflammatory cytokines, lower cardiovascular risk, and longer-duration REM sleep). High levels of emotional well-being had minimal association with positive health biomarkers [10].

Below, you will learn the bare minimum about these five factors.

1. Ego Integrity

An individual’s ego is integrated when there are no internal conflicts, and when these conflicts arise, one has the skills to resolve these conflicts effectively without suppression. When one has no internal conflicts, you have a sense of self-acceptance.

What is an internal conflict?

 

In an internal conflict, one part of the self habitually attacks another part of the self. For example, I can regret and judge myself severely for the choices I made in the past. In this case, I in the now judges the self in the past.

This judgment, may not be only directed towards the past. It can also be directed towards me in the now. For example, I get angry, and I immediately prohibit myself from experiencing or expressing this anger. In this case, one part of myself suppresses another part of myself that is trying to get angry. This leads to an internal conflict.

When one is immersed in severe self-judgment, one gets stuck with repeatedly blaming and degrading oneself.  One forgets that there is an opportunity to change some of the things you may not like about yourself. Instead of focusing on the change and growth, one focuses on self-blame. This process is quite toxic as it may affect the immune and nervous system and predisposes to physical disorders. For example, one study showed that inducing self-blame in study subjects resulted in elevations of proinflammatory cytokine activity [11-12].

Ask yourself: do you feel that you have a high level of internal conflicts (score of 0) or a low level of internal conflicts (score of 10)?

2. Autonomy: Externalisation vs. Internalisation

This factor describes one’s tendency to rely on external or internal resources. For example, when things get stressful, can you make yourself feel better using internal resources, or you need external resources such as sweet cake, wine, coffee, or an interesting book or movie?

Similarly, when you assess your performance, do you rely on your own values or do you rely primarily on the values provided by the society and your social circle?

An individual relying solely on external factors may become very unstable under the onslaught of stress, especially when external resources become unavailable. Internal resources are like a solid foundation for the house. When the house has a solid foundation, it has a greater capacity to withstand a hurricane. House without a foundation, has little chances to survive a hurricane.

There are six factors reflecting different aspects of autonomy:

Locus of Safety and Security. Do you depend exclusively on external factors to create a sense of safety, or you have internal resources that create your sense of safety? Ability to create a pleasant and wonderful inner body sensation is an example of the most internal locus of safety. Ability to defend yourself using your body (i.e. hand-to-hand combat) provides internal locus of safety of a higher-order [13].

For self-assessment: 0 – I have no sense of internal safety and security; 10 – I have a high level of internal safety and security.

Locus of Inner State Regulation. Can you effectively regulate your mood with your internal resources? Or do you habitually really on external resources to feel better? For example, working with inner body sensations, getting sleep would be examples using internal locus to improve your state of being. Consuming sweets and comfort food would be an example of an external locus.

For self-assessment: 0 – I cannot regulate my state of being from within; 10 – I can regulate my state of being from within.

Locus of Values and Beliefs. Are you aware of all of your values? Have you unconsciously internalized some of these values? A typical example is “Boys don’t cry” or “Boys don’t get scared.”

Of course, many times it is rather tricky to differentiate between your own values and values imposed by society. But if you are not aware of some of the values, like “Boys done get scared”, there is a good chance it is an externally imposed value [14].

For self-assessment: 0 – I rely on external values and believes; 10 – I am aware of the source of my values and believes and rely on my own values.

Locus of Evaluation. When you evaluate your actions, do you use your system of values and believes? Or do you rely on how other people evaluate your performance [15]?

For self-assessment: 0 – I rely on my own evaluation of myself; 10 – I rely on other peoples’ assessment.

– Locus of Control. A person with an internal locus of control believes that outcomes of her actions depend on what she does. A person with an external locus of control believes that the outcomes of her actions depend on events outside of her personal control [16].

For self-assessment: 0 – the success or failure of my actions depend on external factors; 10 – the success or failure of my actions depend on me.

– Locus of Authority. An individual with an internal locus of authority uses knowledge from various sources without creating gurus. People with external locus of authority tend to rely on gurus and leaders to lead one to “salvation” [17].

For self-assessment: 0 – I am in search of gurus; 10 – I obtain knowledge from various resources and have no need to create guru or savior for myself.

(3) Environmental Mastery

This factor incorporates many factors that help an individual to create the kind of life s/he wants.

The main question to ask yourself now is: do you have sufficient skills to create the context and environments that help you to achieve your goals?

For self-assessment: score of 0 – I lack a number of skills required to create the kind of life I want; a score of 10 – I have plenty of skills and I have been successful in creating the life I want.

(4) Personal Growth

There are two primary types of personal growth. One type focuses on the goal-oriented growth. For example, learning to skydive would be an example of a goal-oriented growth. The other type describes experiences that are not about achieving a specific goal but are rather about the experience and the journey. Examples include state of flow and peak experience [18-19].

There are two main questions to ask yourself now:

– Do you feel that you acquire new skills and achieve new goals? (score of 0: no, a score of 10: yes)

– Do you experience transcendental moments: experiencing joy from doing something without trying o achieve any specific goal? (score of 0: no, a score of 10: yes)

(5) Life Meaning

The sense of meaning is created from several components [20] :

– Acknowledgement of the existence of laws that govern the life of the ecological system within which all of us live

– Understanding at least some of these laws

– Observing that these laws in fact work and life is cohesive and at least somewhat predictable

– Being connected to one’s spirit together with the spirit’s yearnings, callings, and dreams.

– Fulfilling spirit’s callings and dreams in real life.

Oftentimes, we forget of the existence of laws that govern the existence and functioning of not only our household, city, and society but also of the entire ecological system of which we are part. In old times, religion used to create this sense of supra-human order, a sense of higher power.

Progressive decrease of religion’s effect on our lives created a vacuum, with many people feeling there are no laws, no higher authority. This brings a feeling that members of society can do anything and everything they want irrespective of the impact their actions have on other people and nature.

This vacuum may have a detrimental effect on these people health and their neuroendocrine system. Another component of meaning is understanding that these laws that govern the functioning of the ecological system, in fact, do work. Imagine that one day, you walk down a street, and suddenly a piece of brick falls on your head. You say: “ouch”. The next time you venture out into this area, you put a hard protective hat on your head. And this time, suddenly a piece of stone jumps out from the ground and hits you in the groin. You say: “ouch”. And the next time, you put groin protector.

But the next time, you walk by this place, suddenly a piece of stone cracks from the side of a house and hits you in the abdomen. You realize that all the laws that you have learned from childhood, such as that stones only fall down are no longer valid! You observe that now stones can fly up and even fly in a parabola, circling around you, finding an unprotected spot and hitting you there.How would this reality make you feel?

Most people would get extremely stressed, and they will start losing a sense of safety and meaning as no matter what you do, you can and will be hit and injured. This just goes to demonstrate that understanding the laws and observing that laws, in fact, do work, creates predictability and a sense of meaning in our lives. Another important component of meaning is created by being in touch with your spirit’s yearnings and acting to fulfil these dreams.

Imagine a 50-something-year-old woman who spent her entire life caring about kids, house, parents and her husband. She has been ignoring herself and her needs to decades. Have you encountered such a woman or a man? You might have noticed once one stops satisfying spirit’s yearnings, the sense of meaning start decreasing rather rapidly. Now, try to  how well you are doing with the sense of meaning:

– Do you feel that there are laws that govern the life of the ecological system? (score of 0: no, a score of 10: yes)

– Do you feel that these laws in fact work and life has at least some of level of being predictable? (score of 0: no, a score of 10: yes)

– Are you connected to your spirit together with the spirit’s yearnings, callings, and dreams? (score of 0: no, a score of 10: yes)

– Do you fulfilling spirit’s callings and dreams in real life? (score of 0: no, a score of 10: yes)

Social Well-being

Social well-being is composed of six factors:

– Having positive and affectionate relationships

– Social coherence

– Social acceptance

– Social growth

– Social contribution

– Social integration

 

 

– Positive and affectionate relationships

This factor describes a sufficient number of deep, warm and affection relationships present in one’s life. A wealth of research shows how important it is for one to have nurturing and warm relationships [21]. Ask yourself if you have sufficient warm and authentic relationships in your life both in terms of the number of relationships as well as the quality and depth; score of 0: no; score of 10: I am satisfied with my relationships.

– Social Acceptance

Recall ego integration component of psychological well-being. Part of ego integration is acceptance of oneself. Social acceptance is analogous to self-acceptance. It describes one’s acceptance of all aspects of society. It also involves a favorable view of human nature and believing that people are kind.  Believing that people can be creative and feeling comfortable with other people [4].

Ask yourself if you accept the society you live in. A score of 0: no; score of 10: yet. Please note that there are different levels of society: your close family, your distant family, your work colleagues, your neighbourhood, town, country etc… You can make this assessment separately for several levels of society, thus discovering your level of acceptance of different levels of society.

Social Actualization & Growth

This concept is analogous to the personal growth factor from psychological well-being. This is the belief in the evolution of society and the sense that society has potential which is being realized through its institutions and citizens. Socially healthier people can envision that they, and people like them, are potential beneficiaries of social growth [4].Ask yourself if you feel that the society (family, neighbourhood, country) is growing and improving. A score of 0: no; a score of 10: yes.

Social Coherence & Meaning

This is analogous to the psychological well-being component of life meaning. An individual with a high level of social meaning understands laws, organization, and operation of the social world. The individual does not delude himself into thinking they live in a perfect world [4]. Do you feel that the society you live in (e.g. family, neighbourhood, country, world) is evolving according to a set of laws? Do you understand these laws? Do you feel that this evolution is predictable? A score of 0: no, a score of 10: yes.

Social Contribution

Social contribution is the evaluation of one’s social value. It includes the belief that one is a vital member of society, with something of value to give to the world. Moreover, it includes feeling that whatever one does in the world is valued by society [4]. A score of 0: no, a score of 10: yes.

Social Integration

Social integration is about feeling that you belong, the feeling that you have something in common with others (e.g. in the neighborhood or company). A score of 0: I don’t feel integrated; a score of 10: I feel integrated.  

Section 3: How You Can Boost the Newly Discovered Factors

Now that you have gained a much broader perspective on your quality of life and which factors prevent you from maximizing your quality of life, what is the next step?

First, you may benefit from a more in-depth discussion of these factors with a professional soma system therapist. The therapist will help you to build and execute a plan that improves these factors.

What we find in clinical work is that irrespective of what factors you need to boost, there is a set of four skills that you always need to improve. These skills form the foundation for quality of life, and they are imbalanced for everybody I have encountered.

 

 

Soma system therapy usually starts from developing these foundational skills of learning to observe inner body sensations, taking notice of action impulses and learning to change your behavior based on these inner body signals.

 

 

This work with inner body sensations gives a powerful jump start by improving one’s overall quality of life.  In parallel, if the work happens in the group settings, group dynamics is built in such a way as to build up all social well-being components within the context of the soma system therapy group.

Once the client has passed the initial stage of training, the therapist initiates the second stage whereby the therapist identifies imbalanced well-being factors and methodically assists the client to develop these functions. The most practical ways for you to start boosting the skills we discussed is by a combination of soma system online trainingTranquil Body  Programcombined with regular online consultations with soma system therapist.

 

Section 4: soma system: how to build stronger health and resolve disorders

It is very important to remember that soma system does not aim to treat disease.Instead, soma system aims to restore foundational functions and skills of the human body-mind. When these functions start working properly, many symptoms and disorders get naturally resolved. Moreover, properly working foundational functions create a buffer that protects one from future physical and psychological disorders.There are two broad categories of people who can benefit from soma system:

1) Patients with disorders that can be resolved

Modern pharmaceutical medicine does not have answers to many common problems such as insomnia, pain, depression, anxiety, metabolic syndrome, and many others. Soma system® therapy can successfully help with a number of these conditions.

2) Patients with serious chronic conditions

There are chronic conditions, which are exceptionally hard or even impossible to heal or completely resolve, at least based on the current medical state of the art.  From the standpoint of classical medicine, the main goal for treating patients with many chronic conditions is careful management of the chronic condition. Oftentimes, pharmaceutical treatment is absolutely essential to successfully manage the conditions.

While medical researchers understand the importance of improving the quality of life for patients, most clinicians fail to maximize the patient’s quality of life. And this is exactly what soma system does and where it can bring the most benefit! An example might help you to better understand what I am talking about.

Recently, we helped a patient who has been suffering from arthritis, chronic hypertension, and depression. She has been on medications for over a decade.  Her quality of life was so poor and she suffered so much that she complained that this kind of life was not worth leaving…We knew that there was nothing we could do about the patient’s joint pain. Instead of trying to “treat” her condition, we methodically focused on training her skills and functionalities I discussed above.

During the first stage (first 10 days), we focused on bringing her interoceptive system (inner body sensations) closer to the state of balance. She learned to fill her body with pleasant and comfortable inner body sensations. By the end of 10 days, she started feeling much more upbeat during the day and sleeping much better.Prior to soma therapy, she had no energy to be social and spend time with her family and friends.  Moreover, whenever she would spend time with her family, the conversations would revolve around how sick she felt. Her family and friends did not particularly like these topics. The woman felt this and shied away from socializing.

By the end of stage 1 soma therapy, she started getting a yearning to socialize with friends. She tried going out with friends and had a great time. This is when we started training her skills related to social well-being.On stage 2 (days 11-30), we started training nutritional aspects, she changed her diet and started losing extra pounds.  She had poorly developed conflict prevention and resolution skills. This got her in frequent conflicts and raised her blood pressure. So, our next project was to train conflict prevention and resolution skills.By the end of stage two, she was getting 8 hours of good quality of sleep per night, she enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, she lost weight, had more energy, felt positive emotions much more often, learned to avoid conflicts and had lower blood pressure.  Two months later she looked like a different person altogether.

 

Now, did our program heal her arthritis?

Absolutely not! But her symptoms decreased by about 50%. The pain has decreased due to decreased muscle pain (versus joint pain) and tightness and much better sleep! Her overall quality of life improved dramatically. Before soma therapy, she suffered from life. After therapy she enjoyed life. Yes, she still had some chronic conditions, but they were not bothering her as much! And she started enjoying her life!Now let’s turn to the third group – healthy people…

– Healthy people.

You may have a variety of goals. Some people might be under continuous threat of a burn-out.  Or maybe you would like to increase your athletic or professional performance. Other people may have low energy or may feel lonely. Whatever your goal is, chances are this goal is part of your attempt to increase your quality of life. And soma system can help you to do this!

Section 5: What problems Soma system can help you to solve?

1.Medical Conditions

Here is a partial list of conditions for which soma system can substantially decrease the symptoms or resolve the problem altogether:

– pain

– insomnia

– depression

– anxiety

– post-traumatic stress symptoms

– metabolic syndrome & obesity

– sleep disturbances

– heightened emotional reactivity

– depressed libido and sensuality

– Sleep apnea

For all chronic disorders, soma system is used to ameliorate symptoms and improve quality of life.

2.  I want to look better!

Soma therapy helps you to:

– Look younger

– Feel more energetic

– Improv Posture

3. Athletics (Sports, Yoga, Pilates, Fitness)

Many people come to athletics with pre-existing myofascial tightness, pain and postural imbalances. Stretching is not an effective method of healing soft tissue. Soma system helps athletes to heal soft tissues, release muscle tension and trigger points. This helps athletes to heal old injuries and prevent new injuries. Never Suffer From Overstretching in Yoga Again

 

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