Relax & Restore - Somatic Movement drop-in classes (all levels, online class)

Relax & Restore - Somatic Movement drop-in classes (all levels, online class)

Welcome to our Relax & Restore online Somatic Movement classes - exploring gentle yet powerful movements to release muscle tension, for whole-body relaxation, stress reduction, and freer movement.

Whether you are a complete beginner when it comes to Somatic Movement, or you’ve done some (or plenty!) but want to get some more practice in, these classes are for you.

Not yet familiar with what Somatic Movement can do for you? Read about the benefits here.

Friday drop-in Relax & Restore classes run online, on a monthly basis. No knowledge of Somatic Movement is needed to attend. You can book individual sessions - or you can access these sessions (as well as session recordings) at no extra cost as part of our Somatic Movement membership.

This is a live offering - recordings are only available as part of our Somatic Movement membership.


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Our Friday morning, all levels sessions, run from 10.45-11.45am, with an extra 15 minutes at the end of class for those who want to share their experiences or ask questions.

We will cover the principles and techniques of Somatic Movement, and sessions will be aimed at releasing muscle tension so that you leave at the end feeling relaxed, stress-free, and rejuvenated.

These sessions are aimed at complete beginners - and for those who already have some experience, as you know, attending class will bring even more layers to your practice, as well as giving you a chance to Just Feel Good!

Investment: £12/class. (Or included in your membership.)

Upcoming dates: Friday morning sessions are usually the first Friday of the month. Please visit the calendar page on the website to find specific dates. On booking, you are booking for the next upcoming date.




Preferably a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted; room to lie on the floor (carpet or exercise mat) and spread arms and legs out if possible; Zoom (free download); ideally the ability to position the camera so I can see most or all of your body when you are lying on the floor (or at very least your torso) (optional, but recommended!); ability to get down to/up from the floor to do the practice (this can be using a chair etc for support if needed); ability to lie on your back (this could be propped with cushions if needs be; intention to create space to practise between sessions (optional, but highly recommended!).

Please do get in touch if you are unsure about any of these requirements.


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More details

Live classes are 1-hour, online, group sessions, practising Somatic Movement, and are suitable for anyone who wishes to experience this practice and meets the requirement described above. If you have specific learning needs, or questions about the suitability of these sessions, please do get in touch.

On booking, you will receive class information via email.

I am certified to deliver Somatic Movement education classes, in the tradition of Thomas Hanna. I am a Somatic Movement Center® Certified Exercise Instructor (level 3) (through Sarah Warren’s Somatic Movement Center training), and a certified Essential Somatics Movement Teacher (through Martha Peterson’s Essential Somatics training).

Reflections from Somatics session attendees

“Thank you so much Emilie, I loved it! I never expected to feel so relaxed afterwards. I really enjoyed listening to your recording last night to practice. I’m loving how much concentration and focus it needs to I work out how to do the pandiculation. It’s enough to engage my mind so I’m not away with thinking/worrying and the combination of this and the deep connection with the body seem to allow my system to relax which is really rare. I’m excited to see the effect of the practice on pain and flexibility too.”

“This week I noticed a new internal sensation when I get angry (I feel a tight band of muscles constrict around my upper chest, under my arms). I was quite surprised to feel it! This is great because I can make a mental note to watch for that sensation as a trigger that it’s time to be more intentionally mindful and step away if needed.”

“Thank you Emilie, it’s just been a real revelation, and such a door opening on a whole new sort of physical, mental healing opportunity, so I’m so grateful, just thanks so so much, it’s been brilliant.”

“I’ve really enjoyed connecting with you all and I feel a lot of optimism about the power of CS [Clinical Somatics] to help with ongoing pain and also with my work around calming my nervous system! Thank you for your work in bringing this information to the world.”

“I think your descriptions are so clear - that’s what I’m impressed by, I don’t have to look at you or see what you’re doing, it’s so easy to follow you.”

“You have obviously put so much thought and effort into the course and it really paid off, I felt in very safe hands. I’ve learnt so much, in such a short space of time, but I never felt hurried. Thanks again, it was a great experience.”

“I’ve really noticed a difference, like just that Standing Awareness, and how I might use it in normal things I’m doing - I realise I am checking with my body more. And that’s one of the things I really wanted to get from this, that’s great - even if it’s just a small step forward it feels really positive.”

“I went into the course feeling hopeful. I trust Emilie’s opinion and value her expertise and experience. I wasn’t disappointed! Although life has gotten in the way of me really using the Clinical Somatics exercises regularly, I still felt a huge shift in various ways as a result of participating in the class. I probably only practiced 8 times in 6 weeks. Each time I felt centred, grounded and more connected in to my own feelings and experience. My awareness of my body has really developed. Particularly my awareness of my posture, which is slowly improving. I’ve also found that I’m more able to notice sensations that might be a hint for me to step back from hard situations right at that moment - which has been very helpful! Emilie is a great facilitator, very knowledgeable and trauma informed, with a real focus on participants honouring our own needs and experience. Thank you Emilie, I’m so glad I did the course and I look forward to getting a regular practice going soon and reaping the benefits :) "

“Thank you so much for these past 6 weeks or so. I found the classes to be exactly what I needed to make me stop and take the time to tune in to my body. The exercises seem simple yet there is so much to them and I appreciate the awareness I have been developing to the nuances of the way my body moves. It is like making friends with a stranger, a stranger I often perceive as scary… yet she’s not! I can feel the difference this is making to being able to connect with myself. It’s hard to put into words. You are an awesome instructor/facilitator. I always felt like no question was a stupid question and I felt really safe in your hands. I have been recommending you and will continue to do so. I feel like your classes are a beautiful entry point for parents who are disconnected from themselves and resistant to body awareness.

Love that you’re doing this!”

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