Somatic Movement Therapy

Working primarily with Somatic Movement techniques but also calling on experience and qualifications in dance, gymnastics coaching, fitness instructing and yoga teaching, Jeni provides comprehensive one-to-one sessions working on pain relief and postural alignment. 

What kind of issues can Somatic Movement help?

One-to-one personalised Somatic Movement sessions can help you to live pain free and can assist with issues including:

       Sports injuries
       Symptoms of physical traumas, injuries and operations
       Back and neck pain
       Other physical tension and pains
       Symptoms of MS, Parkinson's and other conditions that
       affect muscular control and reflexes
       Increasing sporting performance

What is Somatic Movement?

Somatic Movement, also known as Hanna Somatics, is a system of neuro muscular reprogramming based on the theory of Sensory Motor Amnesia - SMA. SMA occurs when conscious and controlled movement becomes habitual movement patterns. As our sensory motor system responds to daily stresses and traumas, our muscles respond with specific muscular reflex patterns. Over time, if these reflexes are continuously triggered, we can develop habitual movement patterns which we cease to be able to consciously control, hence "amnesia" of the sensory motor system. SMA can be caused by this repetition of muscular reflex or it can occur as a result of physical injury or trauma or as a result of structural misalignments. In any case, Hanna Somatics is the system whereby you can learn to regain regain control of your mobility, enabling you to release held muscular contractions, recognise your tendency to muscular reflex patterns and thus relieve pain and tension throughout the body.

What can I expect from Postural Rehabilitation and Somatic Movement sessions with Jeni?

In an initial session Jeni will check your current natural reflex patterns and gather information about target areas with pain, discomfort or less mobility. You will be guided through some gentle physical exercises and you will be given "homework" exercises to practice daily.

Over a series of sessions, Jeni will re-evaluate your pain/discomfort/mobility levels and your conscious mobility and tailor the exercises accordingly.

How many sessions will I need?

A minimum of 4 sessions on a weekly or fortnightly basis is recommended. After that you will be advised on an individual basis according to what you require and what conditions or targets you are working with.


Somatic Movement Therapy sessions with Jeni are available in Gloucestershire.

Contact Jeni to enquire or to book a session

Jeni Howland has studied Somatic Movement Therapy and Gentle Somatic Yoga with Tanya Fitzpatrick of Align Somatics and James Knight and has been practicing this method of movement therapy since 2013. 


The way I catch myself sitting and standing when Iā€™m not even aware of it is quite a remarkable change from when I first came [to see you]. I never knew it was possible to retrain the body and mind like this. Thanks so much for your help Jeni!

ā€” Chris

I always feel much happier and energised after our sessions ... they give me a wonderful boost for the rest of the week. I already recommended Kinesiology with Jeni to my friends and family, and will surely recommend it to someone who is looking for a holistic approach to health.

ā€” Olga