I suffered a painful back injury that required spine surgery and a great amount of physiotherapy. After five months of post-operative physiotherapy my rehabilitation stalled, and I began to seek an alternative mode of recovery. In just five weeks of seeing Nicole, my recovery jumped in leaps and bounds. Under Nicole’s care I have been able to regain a great amount of mobility pain-free. Through controlled movements and exercises she has given me back not only my strength but flexibility and confidence. She is incredibly knowledgeable, caring and compassionate. Nicole understands pain and is sympathetic but also realises that sometimes you need a push to prove to yourself that yes, you can. Nicole looks at the chain or system of muscles and can quickly determine a plan of controlled movements that will give relief and eventually restore strength. Prior to surgery I felt that I would never be able rise out of bed without grimacing with pain, simply roll over, or unload the dishwasher, now I feel relief: relief to be able to move pain-free and even enjoy a 5km walk. I urge anyone who has low back pain to trust Nicole to help you out of pain.
I have been suffering from chronic pain and tightness in my jaw, neck and shoulders for over three years now. I have tried every possible treatment available to try and ease my symptoms. I began seeing Carrie after being referred to her by my physiotherapist and have been working with her for over four months now. She has taught me how to take control over my symptoms and to manage things in a positive and preventative way. Although my symptoms are still present, I have experienced a significant decrease in their intensity. I am so happy with the results of doing this somatic work with Carrie!
I am conscientious about doing the somatic exercises that Carrie has recommended for me every day. I actually look forward to my daily practice as it is a great stress reliever and a time for me to focus on healing. In fact, the somatic work has improved not only my physical health but my emotional well being too!
Carrie is lovely to work with. She is positive, encouraging and patient, and really takes the time to understand and explore what is going on in my body. Each session with her adds to my learning and helps to further my progress in improving my symptoms. I would highly recommend Carrie to anyone who suffers from chronic pain! I am so grateful for all that Carrie has done for me and I plan on continuing my work with her!
Working with Nicole has been a game-changing experience for me. For years, I’ve been struggling with low back pain as a result of several serious injuries. I’ve tried numerous different exercise programs and various therapies. But nothing helped to alleviate that chronic pain in my lower back and hips. Luckily, my long journey led me to Nicole. I was hopeful that by working with her and following her individualized program, that I would get some relief. Much to my surprise, I gained so much more from the experience. I drastically reduced my pain level and have become even stronger. Nicole was extremely supportive throughout the process and encouraged me to move forward each week. Together, we flipped a switch in my body and mind. Seemingly simple movements lead to extraordinary results. Her kind spirit and knowledgeable practices have changed the way I feel inside my own body. With the tools she has given me, I finally feel that I can start to trust my body again. I know how to get myself out of pain and that is something I never thought was possible. Thank you, Nicole, you have helped me in so many ways. I’m so grateful to have met you
My story begins in my earlier years when I was involved with many sports and activities.
Through my involvement in competitive situations, I eventually adopted a sports attitude – play hard; play to win, win at all costs. Needless to say it was long before minor injuries started to develop and play a big role in how I succeeded. In that process, my body took a back seat in order to get the job done.
Growing into my adult years I was able to use that same attitude to formulate my road to success. “Work hard – Play Hard”. Well at the age of 47 with an attitude like that, my body started experiencing lots of aches and pains. It was matter of fighting through the pain or help it with a superficial pain reliever. With the stress I put on myself, I ignored the signals my body was trying to tell me, I used my strong determination to carry on. And I see now that my body was perfect at compensating for any weakness I developed.
Eventually a year ago I faced the most unfortunate event of my life. I survived from a stroke and lost the complete use and sensation of the left side of my body. This is where my story transpires into my testimonial to how I met Carrie and her unique and beneficial techniques that have helped me. I spent 3 months in a rehabilitation facility helping to regain important everyday functional movements working with many very good therapists. In March 2016 I was able to return home to Whitehorse. Just to be at home was a huge step physiologically; I am very thankful for “my second chance. “
My initial meeting with Carrie was to discuss and identify some of my chronic pains and my lack of ability to move certain ways. I remember that meeting to be relaxed and informative. Her explanations and descriptions of how we would proceed were very professional. It was very easy to build trust and start my therapy immediately.
I had a pain that I could only explain to be as painful as sciatica pain. It was very deep in my pelvic area that it was hard to pinpoint and explain exactly what was the cause or location. I had tried to resolve the issue with countless therapists but there was never was never much change.
In my first meeting with Carrie, she taught me pelvic mobilizing movement supported by correct breathing, and gave that to me in my first home program. By my third visit, I could actually feel that deep unexplainable pain dissipate. To date the pain is gone and has not returned.
She has helped me reconnect my brain to movements that seemed to be unnatural on my left side, making them more fluid and natural. I have also learned to connect deeply with and be aware of my body through yoga nidra.
I know that everybody’s story is not the same as mine but I can bet that there are a lot of people that wake up in the morning and wonder why they have pain and if that is normal.
I love the fact that I am back enjoying the things I love with a new and healthy attitude, awareness and increased mobility and function.
This therapy is much better than medication for dealing with those nagging pains that come and go. I wish I had met Carrie earlier. She has helped me considerably and I am positive she can come up with a helpful plan for you.
I had previously experienced many types of body therapies and private yoga sessions, but I found Carrie’s therapeutic sessions to be far beyond anything else that I had tried. The practice accesses the body and the core self at a very deep level. After only one session, my chronic jaw pain disappeared permanently. After 3 sessions, I was surprised by a positive shift in my mood and outlook that I had not even been aware that I needed. Now, I have been working with Carrie for 9 months and I am aware that my pelvis sits at an entirely new angle. I can stand and walk with greater ease and all movement is so much more enjoyable. Also, I have finally learned what it really means to relax. And the work just keeps going further than I thought possible. Thank you so much!
It recently dawned on me how amazing and aligned my body has felt since the first few sessions of Nicole’s Tight Hips and Low Back Pain class. For years I suffered from symptoms of a misaligned body: pain in my right knee, sciatica on the left side of my body, swollen joints and constant low back pain. It is funny that you forget about the consistent pain you had in the past once you feel sooo good. I used to attend the chiropractor, receive regular massage and wear orthotics. I honestly have yet to use my orthotic shoes since I started the class. My body has re-integrated into its natural aligned position which has allowed me to thrive and be free of discomfort. The sciatica and knee pain are gone. It can be perplexing that a process quite simple can make such profound changes in a person’s Life. This class provides simplicity with success to make a winning combination.
So I hit the rope wall today at lunch… & experienced 1st hand what Nicole has been describing this past week: I could’ve planked for hours!!!
Usually it feels like so much more effort but today, it was just easy… shockingly so!
Also experienced the b-e-s-t spinal decompression when we went into inversions on the ropes… & not just in the spine but I could feel the change in my hips as well, much more open & airy than usual. MAGIC!!! really excited to see what happens after 2/3/6mths with a regular SomaYoga practice
SomaYoga Intensive Sept 2019
I came to the training because students keep coming to me with pain. I now have a greater understanding of how to help people move well and still present them with the physical challenge and relaxation that so many people want from yoga.
This (SomaYoga Training) absolutely blew my mind, thank you for the wonderful gift.
As a yoga teacher people constantly tell me about pain in their body and their limitations in movement. I came to this SomaYoga training to be able to help my students.
I learned how to teach myself and others how to move well and that there is so much more to yoga then feeling sensation.
Pain runs deeper than the body and we need to be open to freeing pain in our mind. We are made to move and everyone would benefit from SomaYoga.
Great content and presentation. I could listen for days.
This course shows you tools that you can use to move through hesitation, resistances, tension and pain on a journey towards freedom.
At 15, I discovered I had a scoliosis and for the following 30 years I mostly just ignored it because I was told there was nothing that could be done about it. I loved to run and hike and put up with the occasional time when my back would give me trouble for a few weeks or months at a time.
Then one day, during a particularly stressful time period, I woke up with lower back pain that got progressively worse. As the weeks led to months, I sought out all sorts of specialists: chiropractor, physiotherapist, massage therapist, pelvic health physiotherapist. Most would ultimately tell me that they didn’t know how to help me as all their usual “tricks” were not working. My back had become one tight mass of muscles that simply would not release themselves. Even taking the dogs for a short walk was painful.
After a year and a half, I stumbled upon Carrie Meyer and her Somatic Neuromuscular Re-education Therapy. It has been a lifesaver.
My back has transformed from a mass that moved as one unit, to a functional back where I have regained control over individual muscle groups.
My posture has changed dramatically. I can lie flat on a table again. I can walk the dogs without pain again. Most importantly, she has given me the skills to keep working on my back.
This is not a type of treatment where someone works on your back and fixes it for you – Carrie teaches you how to fix it yourself, giving you incredibly valuable skills and body awareness. It has not been easy, it has taken a long time and I am not yet fully re-covered, but I am seeing tremendous improvements. I feel empowered, and I feel that someday I may run again.
While I will always have a scoliosis, I have learned there are things I can do to ease the effects of scoliosis on my entire body. To anyone with chronic backpain, for whatever reason, I would highly recommend Carrie’s treatment.