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Testimonials

Clinical Somatics in Action

I highly endorse Clinical Somatics as a means of body and mind strengthening.

 

"As a medical practitioner who has done 6 months of Somatic Movement with Richard, I highly endorse it as a means of body and mind strengthening. I have sent many patients who found it very helpful." Sincerely,- Susan Wilkinson, M.D.

I have been quite impressed by the ability of Somatic Movement to increase range of motion, decrease muscular pain, and improve sleep.

 

"I have been quite impressed by the ability of Somatic Movement to increase range of motion, decrease muscular pain, and improve sleep. I use it myself, and refer my patients, for one simple reason: it works."- Dr. Marc Engfield

I was suffering from pretty serious chronic back pain that left me with functional limitations and regularly in need of painkillers. Through regular practice of Somatic Movement, I have now managed to control the pain without having to take medication. 

 

"I came to Richard’s class because I was suffering from pretty serious chronic back pain that left me with functional limitations and regularly in need of painkillers. Through regular practice of Somatic Movement, I have now managed to control the pain without having to take medication.

 

Going to the classes is actually good fun--Richard has a great sense of humour, is knowledgable and is extremely respectful and supportive of the people his class and their varying capacities. And best of all, it’s an effective exercise class that’s not hard work! I started working out again but still I was like a cement block.

 

I tried lots of things, from Chiro to NSAIDs and got weak results and I was getting worst not better until one day I saw a colleague who had just been confined to laying down for the past month due to a severe back issue, walk into work with a confident stride and amazing posture. My jaw dropped, I said what happened? That's when she told me about Richard and Clinical Somatics from what she had gone through to what I was witnessing that day that was good enough testimony for me I had to try it for myself. So I went for my first visit. I had not experienced this type of physical manipulation before but I must say it was much less painful than other therapies I had been through and it almost felt like nothing was done but I would find out very quickly that a lot was going on even after the first visit.

 

In my case I slept for 12 hours straight. It was like a lot of tension built up over the years was letting go a bit; and after 3 visits I felt the changes in my body. For me I was was walking straighter with much more ease and less effort, regaining some mobility, back pains flair ups were occurring less often and after a couple of weeks and being back in the gym and jogging again I can say that I do these things more efficiently than I did before. I still have a ways to go to get back in shape but these sessions are helping me to enjoy my workouts with more strength and mobility. Mobility that I am now regaining that no amount of stretching could ever give me back. Mobility; that is the key that enables it all for me. Thank you."

I've been suffering with a bulging disc for several months now and missed weeks of work.  One session with Richard and I've literally kicked my walker to the curb.

 

"I'm a 50 something, relatively young looking, grey haired, hunched back woman, pushing a walker. I limp and truck along with a slow laboured pace, feeling more like 60 something. I've been suffering with a bulging disc for several months now and missed weeks of work.

 

As I came into the Downtown YMCA, along comes Richard and thank goodness I drew his attention. He just so happened to be doing a Clinical Somatic demonstration that very morning. Richard told me that I would probably benefit from Clinical Somatics, but I had never heard of it before and I had tried everything else so I thought what the heck?!

 

One session with Richard and I've literally kicked my walker to the curb. Clinical Somatics has literally changed my life.

 

Not only am I walking upright but I am correcting many years of bad posture. I also carry myself now with a newfound confidence. People are noticing instantly and commenting on my posture and how I look; apparently like a teenager to some. What were once strangers in the elevator are now asking what I've done. People say I've lost weight when in fact I've gained and all this improvement after just 3 sessions. I can't imagine what I'll be like in a month’s time.

 

Richard is gentle and caring as he guides you through the movements and he is as genuinely excited as I am when he sees the results. Don't let society tell you your aches, pains, failing posture etc. are due to age, IT IS NOT SO. I'm still drawing attention that I'm not accustomed to, but this kind...maybe I'll get used to.

 

Thanks to the moves I've learned in Somatic Movement and to the diligent attention of my instructor Richard, I am experiencing periods of being pain free. When I begin the class, I am in so much pain I often wonder if I'll be able to continue. Then, within about 10 minutes, the pain in my back, legs and hips from osteoarthritis, bursitis and fibromyalgia continues to dissipate until I am pain free by end of class. This respite lasts well into the evening so I am able to get a good night's sleep. What's more, I now have a tool kit of positions to practice to return my body to balance again and again." - JM

I had chronic neck and back pain for 20 years but found freedom and ease in my body.

 

"I am so grateful for Somatic Movement and Richard's work. I was in chronic neck and back pain, had been to chiropractors for 20 years and finally decided that I needed a different approach. Richard's exercises have finally brought balance to my body. I now wouldn't go a day without practicing. He has shown me a gentler, more compassionate way to be in my body. His manner is gentle and curious, kind and patient. Certain exercises like shoulder clockwork have ended the sharp muscle spasms I was having when lifting my arms over my head. I started working with Richard to relieve constriction in my hip, but soon found ease in all other areas of my body. I now have freedom of movement that I haven't had in years." - MH

I can perform at a higher intensity for longer periods of time and with a reduced chance for injury.

 

"Not everyone will understand Somatic Movement. Performing somatic movements is like reading Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” for the first time. Most people will not “get it”. But for those who understand the value of what they are doing, it will change your athletic performance for the better. Thanks to Somatic Movement, I am more relaxed before an event. I can perform at a higher intensity for longer periods of time and with a reduced chance for injury. There is no better Somatic instructor than Richard Hudspith. He is patient, articulate and is passionate about his work. I am glad I had the opportunity to learn about Somatic Movement from the best." - Christine

I had almost forgotten what it was like to run pain free until I was introduced to the benefits of Clinical Somatics.

 

"I am in my fifties and just completed my first marathon. I had almost forgotten what it was like to run pain free until I was introduced to the benefits of Clinical Somatics. I learned how to relax tight and tense muscles and in the process I improved my own body awareness. I am able to use what Richard taught me to check for and correct my own imbalances. Running has become more fluid and effortless, and I am injury free. The results I obtained from Clinical Somatics are singular and incomparable to those obtained from any other mode of therapy. Richard brings not only a depth of knowledge and experience to his teaching but infectious enthusiasm and humour as well. It is evident that helping people to move more functionally is his passion." - HM

I can now recognize when peri-menopausal symptoms are going to occur and have the awareness and knowledge about that I can do to lessen them through voluntary mind and muscle relaxation.

 

"I am a 55 year old woman who began experiencing peri-menopausal symptoms about 5 years ago. As these worsened (night sweats, hot flashes, sleep interruptions, mood swings) I began a fitness program that included strength training, cardiovascular exercise and traditional yoga. These were effective in mitigating the symptoms for several years. About 2 years ago I began attending Somatic sessions and for the past 8 months have had regular Clinical Somatic sessions. As my general fitness improved, exercise alone was no longer enough to keep symptoms at bay.

 

I have been taking Richard’s twice-weekly Somatic class for about 2 years. Over that period, I have been impressed by the improvement in my core strength and flexibility that I believe have resulted from those classes, and intend to continue with the practice as long as possible. Thankfully with what I have learned in Clinical Somatic work I can now recognize when symptoms are going to occur and have the awareness and knowledge about that I can do to lessen them through voluntary mind and muscle relaxation." - LC

I have been impressed by the tremendous improvement in my flexibility and core strength.

 

"I was looking for a gentle yoga to help me recuperate from my breast cancer surgeries. My objective was to work on regaining mobility and strength on my left side. I was introduced to Somatic Movement by taking Richard’s class and I have been impressed by the tremendous improvement in my flexibility and core strength that I believe have resulted from the classes. In a very short period of time, each and every session of gentle movements has helped with improving my overall mobility and has given me an awareness of my body, I found what I was looking for. Richard’s classes which are taught with care and appreciation to everyone’s needs. It’s a fun and effective class with great results." - SH