Janelle Leonard - Physical Medicine & Energy Medicine | SOMA
Janelle Leonard is a professional therapist who uses specific trained modalities (including SOMA, CranioSacral, Sound Healing) in sessions on patients to help them release stress, unwind and begin to feel more balance in their tissues, energy bodies and nervous system. Helping them to enjoy their bodies and live within joy.
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SOMA

Move the way you truly want to move

 

SOMA Neuromuscular Integration® is a deep approach to bodywork that unwinds, reorients and re-educates the fascia in your entire body system. It’s a method of Structural Integration that gives you a better sense of organization within gravity. Traditionally, I take you through 11 sessions where we will work to free the restricted tissues in all areas of your body, then integrate them back together into a more perfect balance. It is not exclusive to The Series. SOMA can also be approached by doing treatment work over a progression of time. We assess the issues presenting in your body and determine what’s needed for your short and long-term improvement goals.

 

 

Ease into alignment

 

During the SOMA work, I’ll assess the posture of the body, then use manual therapy to progressively ease the structure into an improved alignment. Along the way, I’ll help you recognize and embody the changes as they occur. Session tools include before and after postural photographs, the SOMA Journey Book, imagery, drawings and movement re-education throughout our work together.

About SOMA Sessions

 

When dealing with chronic pain or injuries, the full 11-session SOMA series is recommended. There are often links between multiple chronic problems or injuries in the structure of the body, and SOMA enables us to unwind them all. This brings those structures and the parasympathetic nervous system of your body into balance and alignment, allowing you to hold changes and release any effort in your movement.

 

Focused treatment work follows the series. Another approach that I might use is Somassage®, which is all over bodywork that was developed from Structural Integration to use effective principles that give you the experience of structural balance.

Guide to the Sessions

 

1-3: Release the deep sideline of the entire body: ribcage, diaphragm, neck, shoulders, hips, IT band, knees, lower legs and feet.

 

4-7: Release the pelvis from front, back and below. Release abdomen, diaphragm, sternum, clavicle and chest. Release entire frontline and backline of the body. Release the entire neck, head and face.

 

8-11: Integrate tissue of the entire body. Release the entire hands, arms and shoulder joints. Free the joints throughout the entire body.

History of Soma

 

SOMA Neuromuscular Integration® formally began as a modality in 1977. Bill Williams Ph.D. and Ellen Gregory-Williams Ph.D. together developed SOMA as a distinct form of Structural Integration. Ten-session Structural Integration began by Dr. Ida P. Rolf in the 1950’s. The Rolf Institute® was founded in 1971 as the first organization to train Rolf practitioners. 

 

Dr. Williams was the first Rolfer™ to leave the Rolf Institute® and develop a distinct structural school, the SOMA Institute of Neuromuscular Integration®. Dr. Williams, a Psychologist, embraced the body, mind and spirit as a non-separate whole. The theory and teaching of SOMA Bodywork reflects this basic understanding of wholeness. 

 

In 1986 the SOMA Institute was moved to Washington State. The SOMA work was expanded into a professional licensing program and was one of the first Structural Integration programs to be licensed in Washington. Karen L. Bolesky M.A., L.M.H.C., L.M.P. is the current owner and primary faculty of the SOMA Institute. She continues to develop and expand the work in Buckley, Washington.