Farmington Valley Physical Therapy (FVPT) opened its doors in 1995 in Unionville, CT and has had a continuous presence in the Farmington Valley community ever since. FVPT has always had a multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation and the Soma Movement Studio is the culmination of this multidisciplinary approach to fitness. The Soma Movement Studio does more than teach "exercise." We teach our clients how to experience their body with the goal of creating more fluid, efficient, and thoughtful movement. We offer movement classes in Pilates, Yoga, and Hanna Somatic Neuroreeducation.


Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates, a physical-culturist from Germany. His father was a prize-winning gymnast and his mother a naturopath. He studied both Eastern and Western forms of exercise including yoga. During the first half of the twentieth century, he developed a system of exercises which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body. Pilates believed that mental and physical health were interrelated. The main principles of the exercise system Joe Pilates coined Contrology include concentration, control, centering, flow or efficiency of movement, precision, and breathing.

Joseph Pilates accompanied his mat based exercise method with a variety of equipment, for which he used the term "apparatus." Each apparatus was designed to help accelerate the process of stretching, strengthening, body alignment and increased core strength started by the mat work. The best-known and most popular apparatus today, the Reformer, was originally called the Universal Reformer, aptly named for "universally reforming the body." Eventually a full complement of equipment and accessories was designed by Pilates, including the Cadillac, Wunda Chair, High "Electric" Chair, Spine Corrector, Ladder Barrel and Pedi-Pole, many of which are available for use in Soma Movement Studio and Farmington Valley Physical Therapy.

The Soma Movement studio offers both group and private Pilates mat and apparatus sessions.

Hanna Somatic Education

Hanna Somatic Education (also known as Hanna Somatics) is a rapidly effective form of neuromuscular (mind-body training) movement re-education that goes directly to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain: the brain and the way in which it senses and organizes the muscles and movement. By learning to regain both awareness, sensation, and motor control of muscles – an educational process that can only be achieved through movement – the brain can remember how to relax and move the muscles properly. This process of sensory motor training creates improved muscle function and enhanced sensory awareness.

Hanna Somatic Education is a safe, gentle and common sense approach to reverse chronic pain. It is the only method of pain relief and sensory motor training that targets the condition of SENSORY MOTOR AMNESIA (SMA).

Sensory Motor Amnesia is the condition of chronically-tight muscles that have learned to stay contracted due to repeated and reflexive response to stress such as accidents, injuries, surgeries, repetitive tasks, and on-going emotional stress. This muscle "tightness" and the resulting patterns of muscular contraction that develop result in such common conditions as chronic muscular tension and pain, poor posture, shallow breathing, and uneven leg length.

Hanna Somatic Education helps you to enjoy freedom from pain and more comfortable movement for the rest of your life.


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