Self-care Solutions for Chronic Pain

 

 with Deb McCusker

You can change the way you feel and move in just minutes each day

“When I was in so much pain and no where to turn, you helped me. After doing your gentle and simple exercises I could relax and the pain went away.”

Tanya L.

One to One In Person

Reduce chronic tension and pain in these Interactive sessions designed to facilitate learning and accelerate your somatics practice.

 

 

Group Movement Workshops

Movement lessons tailored to your group.

Introduction to somatic movement for health and well being, back pain, pain-free neck and shoulders.

 

Somatic Movement Workshop Online

Introduction to  Somatic movement for health and well-being. Learn to move without pain and unlock your unlimited potential. Access the lessons anytime from the comfort of your own home.

Deb McCusker head shot

Hello! I’m Deb

Licensed Massage Therapist, Somatic Movement Educator and Chronic Pain Specialist

“I guide people on a journey to help themselves get out of pain and unlock a more youthful and vibrant version of themselves.”

 

 

Getting Started is Easy

Free 20 Min Chat

Find out how Somatics can help you meet your fitness and health goals.

 

Book Appointment

Virtual or in person One to One Sessions.

Accelerate your healing and fine tune your somatic practice.

Somatic Movement Workshop

 Self-guided digital minicourse guides you in the fundamentals of somatic movement to reduce chronic pain and improve mobility. Audio and video lessons yours to keep for life.

My Expertise

Helping people help themselves overcome chronic back pain since 1996

Chronic Back Pain

Back pain is a common condition that affects many adults, with up to 80% of people experiencing it at some point in their lives. In fact, low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and it’s the third most common reason people visit their doctors, behind skin and joint disorders. Additionally, around 50% of working adults report experiencing back pain symptoms each year. However, despite the prevalence of back pain, the good news is that most cases are not serious. While it can be debilitating and scary, treatments such as strong medications, injections, and surgery are usually not necessary. Fortunately, low back pain is rarely a serious medical condition, doesn’t often persist, and is not always related to tissue damage. Even pain with exercise and movement is typically not a warning of harm to the spine, and it’s not caused by weak “core” muscles or prevented by strong ones. Understanding the complexities of back pain can help individuals manage their symptoms and find relief.

My Approach

I use a mindfulness-based approach that uses movement to access the brain and then the brain makes changes to the way the body feels and moves. I work with clients to understand why they are in pain and how they can regain control over chronically held tension levels that lead to chronic pain.

"After a recent diagnosis of scoliosis I was thrilled to find Deb McCusker who is trained in somatic movement education. I've now added new movements to my morning routine and I'm experiencing increased strength and flexibility along with freedom from pain and peace in my body."

Marilyn G.  –

"I had a very sore, tight, weak, painful shoulders and limited movement. After one 3-hour workshop my shoulders feel SO much better and I can move without pain "

Malissa T.

Forty two years of waitressing and thirty four years of Nursing took its toll on my neck, back, legs and feet! I live in remote Alaska, wood heat only, gardening, and a subsistence lifestyle. I was blessed to be introduced to Somatics few years ago and the results were amazing! Simple, gentle moves that repair and rebuild you all over. The Somatics helps me go about my active physical life without pain or medication.

Rebecca D.

Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions can Somatics help?

By addressing deeply held tension in the body Somatics can help relieve many conditions associated with chronic muscular tension such as:

  • Back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Hip pain

Who can benefit from a Somatic movement practice?

Somatics is gentle and safe enough for most people. If you are feeling stiffness and soreness and would like to move with more comfort and ease give Somatics a try. 

 

What is the best way to learn Somatics?

Somatics is easy to learn and practice from digital audio lessons or by attending an introductory workshop. Since we all get used to moving in habitual ways it can be helpful to have guidence from a movement mentor to help you get the most benefits from your practice.

How is Somatics different from yoga or pilates?

Hanna Somatics and Yoga are both practices that aim to improve physical and mental well-being, but they differ in their approach and focus.

Hanna Somatics is a movement therapy that works by re-educating the nervous system and muscles through specific, gentle movements. The aim of Hanna Somatics is to reduce chronic muscle tension and pain, and improve mobility and movement patterns.

Yoga, on the other hand, is a holistic practice that originated in ancient India and encompasses physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation, and ethical principles. Yoga aims to improve physical flexibility, balance and strength, as well as to calm the mind and promote spiritual growth.

In summary, while both practices can have similar benefits, Hanna Somatics focuses on addressing specific physical issues through gentle movement, while yoga is a more comprehensive approach to physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Contact Me

Ask a question or book an appointment below.  

(907)539-1461

Kodiak, Alaska 99615

debmccusker@freshstartsomatics.com