Somatics Movement

4 Week Course – 1.5 hr class each week

Learn how to retrain the brain to eliminate muscle tension and the body’s adapted patterns of operating.
All are welcome, with or without somatics experience.
Especially those looking for mindful movements to support their body in their meditation & mindfulness practice.
Next courses start:
Sun, 18th Oct 2020 - 2:30pm
Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 - 2:30pm
Booking Info

It is a condition of attending any session that you accept our Terms & Conditions.


All life experiences lead to physical patterns in the body.

The cumulative effects of habitual patterning in response to our physical environment and busy social and work schedules mean that many of us have experienced issues such as;

A sore neck, tight shoulders, stooped posture, lower back pain, sciatica or other aches and pains that we attribute to aging and can’t seem to find long term relief for.

Through the techniques used in somatic movements, we will learn how to retrain the brain to eliminate muscle tension and the body’s adapted patterns of operating.

Somatics is suitable for all ages and body types. The movements are slow and gentle. The only requirement being that you can lie comfortably on the floor.

Soma: Definition – The living body experienced from within. A soma is self aware, self sensing, self regulating and self responsible.

The practice of somatics is about engaging the soma in a sensory motor learning process to increase/expand our interoception (internal sense of self) and proprioception (sensing our self in space).

This course is run by Vicki.


Week 1: Red Light Patterning (Front shortening / Back lengthening) – in this session we will practice movements that will address involuntary tightening of the flexor muscles located in the front of the body. This is a withdrawal response and may be exhibited as slumped shoulders, sunken chest and stooped posture. A typical pattern for those seated or on devices for long periods of time.

Week 2: Green Light Patterning (Back shortening / Front lengthening) – those who display Green light patterning are usually triggered by adult responsibilities, coffee, alarm clocks and deadlines! Physically this shows up as involuntary tightening of the extensor muscles located in the back chain. This contraction causes issues such as swayback, lower back issues, chronic pain and fatigue.

Week 3: Trauma (Side shortening / lengthening) – for those of us who have experienced some sort of injury, there is a tendency to hold ourselves in ways so as to avoid further pain. As one side of the body shortens, the other side automatically lengthens. Side shortening and lengthening brings awareness to the waist muscles and makes it easier to move from the centre.

Week 4: Rotational Patterning – this is a mixture of weeks 1, 2 and 3. For the spine to rotate the waist muscles need to be involved, as do the abdominals, the para spinals and the muscles in the back. It is the combination of them working together that produces a rotational movement.

“Loved it… ‘simple’ and personal but very effective.”Noelle B.

Vicki Franks

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Vicki Franks

Spending most of her adult life wandering and learning, Vicki has travel to Africa, Central Asia and India. Her passion lies in Yoga and Somatics.

Her own journey with long term chronic pain eventually led her to a Clinical Practitioner in Somatics. Vicki is certified in Somatic Movement Education and wants to share this valuable information with as many people as possible as these techniques have transformed her life both physically and mentally.

Somatic Movement can help anyone and is accessible to all - as long as you have the capacity to lay flat, you can participate. If you've had no relief from the usual treatments such as heat, massage or ice packs then Somatic Movements could be the solution for you. You will learn how to release painfully contracted tight muscles and regain a greater range of motion in addition to holding an upright posture.

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Location :Mindfulness Meditation Hub, First Floor, 443 Vincent St West, West Leederville (Google Map)
Course Fee :We operate on a Pay From Your Heart basis.
We recommend a minimum $10 per person per class.
Paying more than this helps cover those that cannot afford the suggested amount.
Booking :Click on your preferred course start date below.
Or Contact us to book.
What to bring :Comfortable clothing is recommended to be able to move without restriction.
Terms & Conditions :It is a condition of attending any session that you accept our Terms & Conditions.

Course Booking

  • Sun, 18th Oct 2020

    2:30pm to 4pm

  • Sun, 22nd Nov 2020

    2:30pm to 4pm

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“Loved it. It brings awareness to the body patterns we’ve created through the years.

It is definitely a great addition to meditation and/or yoga as the exercises/postures are ‘simple’ and personal but very effective.

Really good facilitator as well as Vicki’s explanations were clear and relatable and the presentation was conducive to relaxation with awareness and mindfulness.

Thanks Vicki and the Hub to offer this course, a new modality for me.”Noelle B.

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