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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Soma System?

Soma System is an innovative self-bodywork practice that improves athletic performance, mood, and sleep–all the while reducing baseline tension accumulated from active living. Soma System was created by Harvard sleep expert Roman Torgovitsky, Ph.D.

How do I know if it’s for me?

We’ve never met anyone who didn’t have the occasional tight shoulders, stiff neck, achy low back or feet–so it’s safe to say that Soma System is for everyone. We recommend consulting a physician if you are working with a medical condition. And in general, please don’t disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

How does it work?

Soma System practitioners use a variety of techniques to mindfully reduce restriction, dissolve adhesions, and reintroduce blood and nutrients to regions that are tense or in spasm. As fascia becomes softer and more gel-like, waste buildup is flushed from areas that were previously low on oxygen and blood flow. Local blood biochemistry normalizes, reducing the number of local energy crises and related trigger points. Peripheral receptors become less active, and the central nervous system relaxes. In other words, you inflict some good pain, you breathe through sensation, and over time you unwind.

What can it do for me personally?

Great question. If you are…

  • Athletic or in a physically-demanding line of work: You may get a performance boost as a result of better-nourished muscles, improved proprioception, and more restful sleep.
  • A health professional: You’ll learn to care for yourself after a long shift, and If it’s within your scope of practice, you can share relevant techniques with your clients and patients. If they want to know more, you’ll have access to materials on this website and links to published studies that affirm Soma System’s core concepts.
  • A yogi or meditation practitioner: The mindfulness component of Soma System may support deeper and more subtle experiences in your yoga and/or meditation practice.
  • Human: As your practice matures and your body strengthens, the deepest unconscious layers of muscle guarding will likely relent. Gains will show up in different parts of your life: maybe you’ll have more endurance, better posture, more flexibility, better respiratory function. You may sleep better and thus become more patient. Of course there’s no silver bullet; you’ll still be human, entirely capable of having good days and bad, headaches and fatigue, but Soma System will equip you with the tools needed to meet those challenges.

Should I go to class or can I practice at home?

It’s up to you! If you already have training in manual therapy, you’ll probably find plenty of things to do with our tools. But if self-bodywork is relatively new to you, then you’ll want to attend a class or workshop. There, trained instructors will acquaint you with the basics of Soma System: How to assess imbalances and restrictions, how to work safely with a variety of tools (doing both general and detailed muscle work). You’ll learn sequences for specific regions of the body, and you’ll have a chance to connect with the Soma System community. Go ahead and take a look at our classes & events page. If you don’t see something listed in your area, email us and we’ll see what we can do.

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