SOMA NEUROMUSCULAR INTEGRATION®
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"I first encountered Soma a few years ago from a different practitioner. I only went to one session, and that was definitely the wrong approach. A few years went by and, as a runner, nagging leg injuries kept cropping up. It got to a point where I felt something succinct and undefined was going on in my system. Having exhausted the traditional medical diagnoses and therapies, I rethought my earlier Soma exposure and resolved to give it a dedicated shot. Mind you, it is a significant financial commitment that must be weighed, but for me, running and staying healthy was a far more important factor. You see, I have a coronary blockage that my primary MD felt would have killed me by now (aged 67) if not for the continuous exercise.
I started with Em and did the first series, during which any doubts or considerations died away! She was actually affecting areas that I KNEW were a problem but simply could not describe verbally or even point to. The immediate benefit was a gradual lessening of tension especially in my left leg, which had been the primary offender in the foot, calf, and knee.This relief has continued as I have gone on for maintenance sessions with special attention to these areas. I have been able to run without my typical injury now for about 2 years. In the last 10 years, this is a personal best!
What I have found is that for real success with Soma, one must approach with an open mind and be ready for the changes it will bring, whether expected or not. My first exposure mindset was a little off---I thought I'd see if there were any effects on my obvious symptoms after that first session and, of course, there weren't. This is a process and one I entered with Em. Over time, yes, my concerns have been and are being alleviated, but there is more! There is a systemic wellness that comes along AND many unsuspected skeletal and muscular imbalances will be discovered and improved. For me, as an aging person, it will be of great help in the coming years."
-Ken Stuhr (not pictured)
"I loved going through the Soma Series with Em Boardway and I experienced a physical transformation that I can still feel more than 6 months after completing the series.
Her extraordinary understanding of body structure and alignment sets Em apart from other bodywork practitioners. I highly recommend Em to anyone seeking professional bodywork."
"Stuck. That was me two years ago. And I was afraid my career path would have to change. I tried releasing that Stuck feeling through Deep muscle, Thai and Self massage, but it was only temporary relief. Little did I know that it was my fascia keeping me from expanding and feeling free within my skin. As a performer and musician, I was at a crossroads.
Then. I. Found. Em. I thank the Universe for bringing us together. It was Time. I share a special relationship with Soma, as my liberating medium for physical release, and Em's work is like gold to me. I have now completed the series twice, and in addition to my yogic/meditation practices, I have found peace in my body, mind and soul."
-Maria Scherer Wilson
"There's a moment when you know that you trust someone, fully and completely, with the most important thing you have - your body. For me that moment was when Em stuck her finger up my nose. After having two sinus surgeries and a complacent attitude toward the idea that I would ever be able to fully breathe through my nose again, I was amazed when Em opened up the air passageways in my sinuses. Not to mention the relief I found after visiting Em while struggling with Rheumatoid Arthritis and inflammation of the connective tissues. When I began Soma with Em I was hobbling around in pain. Not only am I walking after only a few months of working with Em, now I am running, dancing and hiking!
Em uses her creativity, breath, body and being to manipulate the fascia and connective tissues -- realigning the muscular skeletal system which provides the body the opportunity to heal. When I go to Em, I feel completely at ease with her kind spirit and in depth knowledge of the body. It is clear that Em brings her entire self to her work as a Soma practitioner - including her love of magic and yoga.
While I have practiced and taught yoga for years, it has been through the Soma sequence itself that I have gained a new awareness of my body - the way that I carry and hold stress in it - the way that I walk - breathe - sleep - and move. I could not more highly recommend a form of therapeutic body work or a more skilled individual to co-create healing with than Em. In my experience of Em, her presence as well as her talent to see clearly seems to enable her to help me release patterns of tension and stress causing dis-ease in my body.
Soma with Em is truly multidimensional - not to be missed for those seeking optimal vitality and total health. Em is a reminder of what possibility for healing exist for each of us! "
"Embody Soma changed my life! After a 90 min. session with Em I feel completely different! I am standing taller, breathing easier, am seeing brighter (after the eye work) and feel that I am walking in a whole new way.
I have had many types of massage therapy but none like this- I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to feel better in their own body. Amazing!"
"Waiting tables for the entire decade of my twenty's plus 2 car accidents left my body in rough shape. I had reoccurring neck and back problems that were not only causing pain, but contributing to a loss in wages and a lack of ability to pursue the physical movement I was craving. In addition, emotional grief had settled into my body in the form of chronic insomnia. I saw multiple sleep experts and tried, literally everything, to heal myself but to no avail.
I found Em through the recommendation of friends and when I met her my body and nervous system felt immediately calm in her presence. I worked with Em for the entire 11 session SOMA series. It is difficult to put into words how much healing my body undertook in that time. I feel like Em and SOMA gave me the keys to unlock the strength, flexibility and peace that existed already in my body- but that I couldn't access. Injuries from the years of waiting tables, the car accidents, plus other minor injuries that I'd been dealing with for years, injuries I assumed I'd just have to deal with for the rest of my life, slowly transitioned. I could feel my body healing, growing and transforming between each session. I kept coming back because I could feel the results in my body. I started to sleep and my body healed even more rapidly.
In my time with Em I found her extremely knowledgeable, continuously soaking up new information, and extremely in-tune with what my body, heart and spirit needed to heal. I would highly recommend Em to anyone ready to heal, expand, or transform. She is a gifted healer who becomes a close advocate in supporting your growth and change and goes above and beyond to support you on your journey."
"The Soma series with Em Boardway was an amazing transformation for me. The fascial work greatly helped my back pain and anterior hip tilt. Doing one session regularly for extended periods of time until the series is complete creates a truly lasting effect. After the soma experience, general massage therapy seems like a cheap temporary solution. Soma is the way if your desire lasting change.
The effect on my emotional body was what stood out to me even more than the physical changes. Em is a gifted practitioner that is capable of more than just body work. Her ability to work with emotional traumas stored in the body and do general energy work concurrently with the body work is what makes her healing services so incredibly valuable.
I recommend Em’s services wholeheartedly."