Natural Somatic Healing

The Spiral Movement Center offers high-quality, individualized somatic motor-re-education programs for children with disabilities and special needs.  We specialize in helping these children creatively revisit gross motor milestones so that they can achieve their highest physical potential.  Our programs have been extremely successful with hundreds of kids with autism, ADHD, developmental delays, Cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, and emotional and behavioural challenges.  SMC’s original, holistic programs use cutting-edge somatic techniques that can help your child regain their love for movement.




Somatic Motor Re-education

The Spiral Movement Center offers world-class somatic re-education services for children with moderate to severe postural and locomotive challenges. We use a innovative, non-invasive intervention call Adapted Spiral Praxis which has been very successful in releasing contractures, improving body tone, and restoring physical mobility for children with cerebral palsy, partial paralysis, ataxia and other conditions. Watch our many videos showing the progress that is possible through the power of holistic somatic re-education.



Adapted Yoga Program

Our Adapted Yoga program has garnered attention from Special Needs institutions both in Canada and the US for it’s simple and effective experiential approach. Designed for teens and young adults with special needs, Adapted Yoga can help individuals to gain better body awareness and strength, to learn how build trusting social ties, and to improve relaxation and self-esteem.



MOVEMENT! Program

Movement!® is a holistic gross motor program that has helped hundreds of children with special needs revisit the fundamentals of moving, socially interacting, and being creative. Originally created and implemented at the Positive Education Program in Ohio, Movement! has proven effective for children across a wide range of challenges including autism, ADHD, hyperactivity and developmental delays. It is one of the first developmental group motor curricula for kids with special needs implemented in North America.



You two have a magic teaching way

I remember when Patrick first started with Yoga years ago, his muscle and balancing were so weak. After all these years I can see the difference about Patrick. Now he can put on his skates to walk on the ice by himself. And the most important thing is that Patrick enjoys and is willing to participate in the Yoga class. He is a very good observer, that means he usually likes to watch but nor participate. But in your class this is another story because he is willing to try with high self-motivation. I think that is because you two have a magic teaching way. Your encouragement, your praise and the most important is you two are excellent teachers with lots of patience and creative ways. Patrick has learned a lot from the two of you. By participating in the Yoga class at the SMC Patrick has built up his self-esteem and confidence a lot. Many, many thanks deep, deep from our hearts.

– Rosa T., parent

2017-02-19T19:31:14+00:00

– Rosa T., parent

I remember when Patrick first started with Yoga years ago, his muscle and balancing were so weak. After all these years I can see the difference about Patrick. Now he can put on his skates to walk on the ice by himself. And the most important thing is that Patrick enjoys and is willing to participate in the Yoga class. He is a very good observer, that means he usually likes to watch but nor participate. But in your class this is another story because he is willing to try with high self-motivation. I think that is because you two have a magic teaching way. Your encouragement, your praise and the most important is you two are excellent teachers with lots of patience and creative ways. Patrick has learned a lot from the two of you. By participating in the Yoga class at the SMC Patrick has built up his self-esteem and confidence a lot. Many, many thanks deep, deep from our hearts.

We definitely struck gold with this one.

Definitely some of the best money we've ever spent on this kid!--
"Movement therapy". Hard to describe, but basically it's like re-tracing developmental / foundational / core movements like crawling, and rolling, and building on that to increase the child's ability (and confidence) to "move" and be coordinated. The brain-body connection also proves that it helps him with sensory integration (big time), focus, being centred/ grounded, and learning.
And I'm so proud of him!!!
This stuff is not easy for him. It didn't come naturally. He works so hard.
And now he gives a look like, "Yah, I got this."
It can be exhausting, discouraging and overwhelming raising a child with 'special needs', and you have doubts as to whether the therapies you line up for your child will really make a difference. So finding a therapy that has an impact (and that they enjoy!) is like striking gold.
We definitely struck gold with this one.

—Susan Baker

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2017-02-21T04:44:05+00:00

—Susan Baker

Definitely some of the best money we've ever spent on this kid!-- "Movement therapy". Hard to describe, but basically it's like re-tracing developmental / foundational / core movements like crawling, and rolling, and building on that to increase the child's ability (and confidence) to "move" and be coordinated. The brain-body connection also proves that it helps him with sensory integration (big time), focus, being centred/ grounded, and learning. And I'm so proud of him!!! This stuff is not easy for him. It didn't come naturally. He works so hard. And now he gives a look like, "Yah, I got this." It can be exhausting, discouraging and overwhelming raising a child with 'special needs', and you have doubts as to whether the therapies you line up for your child will really make a difference. So finding a therapy that has an impact (and that they enjoy!) is like striking gold. We definitely struck gold with this one.

My doctor was so surprised how Amanda has progressed.

Amanda has a genetic syndrome and we have a doctors visit to a geneticists every 2 years. This doctor has followed Amanda since birth. We saw him the other day and he was just amazed at her gains. He was so surprised he brought in other doctors to see how Amanda has progressed. He was delighted at what I had done with her and all the work that I exposed her to.

I have been taking Amanda here to the the Spiral Movement Center for almost 3 years. This work has helped Amanda walk, roll, crawl, explore, interact with me and just be more physically engaged with her environment. I feel without it Amanda would not be what she is today. The doctor said that it was wonderful to see Amanda's development because she is a person who is missing hundreds of genes and yet is still able to reach those developmental milestones and progress.

—Ericka , parent

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2017-04-15T23:52:48+00:00

—Ericka , parent

Amanda has a genetic syndrome and we have a doctors visit to a geneticists every 2 years. This doctor has followed Amanda since birth. We saw him the other day and he was just amazed at her gains. He was so surprised he brought in other doctors to see how Amanda has progressed. He was delighted at what I had done with her and all the work that I exposed her to. I have been taking Amanda here to the the Spiral Movement Center for almost 3 years. This work has helped Amanda walk, roll, crawl, explore, interact with me and just be more physically engaged with her environment. I feel without it Amanda would not be what she is today. The doctor said that it was wonderful to see Amanda's development because she is a person who is missing hundreds of genes and yet is still able to reach those developmental milestones and progress.

Your movement classes were a joy to watch

It was truly amazing to see how you integrated movement into a curriculum to teach children how to control their behaviors through movement!! Your movement classes were a joy to watch.

– Ms. April, Teaching Assistant, Early Childhood Education Center East

2017-02-19T19:39:40+00:00

– Ms. April, Teaching Assistant, Early Childhood Education Center East

Your movement classes were a joy to watch

He enjoys the program a great deal

My son, now 19, has been attending Adapted Yoga for almost two years. Although he is not always able to articulate such things, it is clear that he enjoys the program a great deal. We use the photographic record of the poses to praise him for his hard work and to see the improvements for ourselves. Perhaps the greatest change we have seen in him is the ability to stay calm and quiet for lengths of time, and in circumstances, where such behaviour would have been impossible before. Overall he continues to mature and demonstrate new strengths, and his Adapted Yoga program is an important part of that growth.

– Laurie M., parent

2017-02-19T19:46:56+00:00

– Laurie M., parent

He enjoys the program a great deal

Stephanie and Yuji bring a wonderful synergy to their teaching

Stephanie and Yuji bring a wonderful synergy to their teaching. They clearly balance and challenge each other, bringing new curricular ideas and teaching methods into the field of special education. Both are dedicated, independent-minded, and highly competent individuals. Together, I believe they will make contributions that will truly make a difference for human beings.

–  Laurie Albright, School Coordinator, Early Intervention Center East

2017-02-19T19:38:58+00:00

–  Laurie Albright, School Coordinator, Early Intervention Center East

Stephanie and Yuji bring a wonderful synergy to their teaching

Think personal training, therapist and inventive playmate all in one.

Charlie has met Stephanie at exactly the right moment. Think personal training, therapist and inventive playmate all in one. I do not know how she does this but she seems to know what to say to Charlie, mix in imaginative play and has completely gained his trust....what a wonder.

—Karen , parent

2017-08-25T18:13:35+00:00

—Karen , parent

Charlie has met Stephanie at exactly the right moment. Think personal training, therapist and inventive playmate all in one. I do not know how she does this but she seems to know what to say to Charlie, mix in imaginative play and has completely gained his trust....what a wonder.

A wonderful, warm and caring environment

We are very pleased to have found such a wonderful, warm and caring environment for Marcus to practice yoga. Marcus is always eager to attend class. Yoga has had a positive influence on my son's ability to calm himself. He is always in a peaceful mood after yoga class that persists for the entire evening. On days when he has been ruminating over past emotional events, the yoga practice calms him and directs his mind back to the present. Marcus' physical strength has improved due to his yoga practice. He continues to advance to more challenging yoga postures.

– Nadine L., parent

2017-02-19T19:43:46+00:00

– Nadine L., parent

A wonderful, warm and caring environment

Stephanie impressed us dramatically

Stephanie is an incredible teacher. She is certain about her expectations for the child. She gives clear, precise direction accompanied  with easy to understand visuals. The combination is beautiful. It's just what our boy needs. On Marcus' second visit he and Stephanie impressed us dramatically. He would wait in the bean bag chair. He would try to jump. He would try to roll down the mat all by himself. Everything Stephanie asked him to do, he would try! I think Stephanie is a Special Needs Whisperer.

Marcus now sits with his peers, waits for his turn and participates with others in his group! That is probably my favorite part of the program because I never expected to see it happen. To see one special needs child roll down a mat holding onto the hands of another special needs child, to view this, it can literally take your breath away! We are so pleased with Marcus' continued growth in self regulation, gross motor, independence and confidence. We get reports back from the school telling us that he is doing incredible in gym with participation and direction. They were baffled. We told them about the Movement program. What Movements means to us is "watching possible happen!" We are so grateful.

– Jaime, Fern and Alex, parents and caregivers

2017-02-19T19:25:07+00:00

– Jaime, Fern and Alex, parents and caregivers

Stephanie is an incredible teacher. She is certain about her expectations for the child. She gives clear, precise direction accompanied  with easy to understand visuals. The combination is beautiful. It's just what our boy needs. On Marcus' second visit he and Stephanie impressed us dramatically. He would wait in the bean bag chair. He would try to jump. He would try to roll down the mat all by himself. Everything Stephanie asked him to do, he would try! I think Stephanie is a Special Needs Whisperer. Marcus now sits with his peers, waits for his turn and participates with others in his group! That is probably my favorite part of the program because I never expected to see it happen. To see one special needs child roll down a mat holding onto the hands of another special needs child, to view this, it can literally take your breath away! We are so pleased with Marcus' continued growth in self regulation, gross motor, independence and confidence. We get reports back from the school telling us that he is doing incredible in gym with participation and direction. They were baffled. We told them about the Movement program. What Movements means to us is "watching possible happen!" We are so grateful.

Every class is different and challenging

MOVEMENT!® is a key part of the "uncontrolled" experiment that is our son! Every class is different and challenging; making it engaging and unique to the individual. I have seen my son improve in his day to day gross motor skills and now he is able to sit more effectively during carpet time, because he has built up his core and upper body strength in Stephanie's class. It's like his very own personal trainer.

– Charlene S., parent

2017-02-19T19:45:40+00:00

– Charlene S., parent

Every class is different and challenging
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