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 have made a tremendous difference

You have made a tremendous difference in the lives of these children and helped their parents realize their children may be capable of things they never dreamed of.

– Ms. Nora, Teacher at Early Childhood Intervention Center East

2017-02-19T19:34:54+00:00

– Ms. Nora, Teacher at Early Childhood Intervention Center East

You have made a tremendous difference

Her balance and strength have improved

Our 11-year-old daughter, who has a diagnosis of ASD, loves going to Adapted Yoga. Stephanie and Yuji use a great combination of high expectations and appropriate support to help students reach their potential. Since Ella started yoga, her balance and strength have improved, and she has more confidence in her movements in general. She frequently does yoga poses at home and at school, so we know it feels good to her. Ella also has a better understanding of breathing in and out, and since starting yoga, she is much more successful at using breathing to calm herself when she’s upset.

– Colleen, parent

2017-02-19T19:47:45+00:00

– Colleen, parent

Her balance and strength have improved

I could not be happier with Sean’s progress

Stephanie is amazingly resourceful and knew how to engage Sean since the very first class. On the spot she creates little stories and games to keep him motivated.  For me,  Stephanie’s years of experience on her field is what makes the difference. I could not be happier with Sean’s progress. This is my piece of  advice to any parent who wants to see his/her child improve in his/her motor, social and play skills: reach out to Stephanie!

—Juan A., father of 4 year-old Sean

2017-02-19T19:48:31+00:00

—Juan A., father of 4 year-old Sean

I could not be happier with Sean’s progress

You have helped these kids make very substantial gains

Every time I watch one of your classes I was in awe of your skills and talents and your special way of supporting the kids. You have helped these kids make very substantial gains that they never would have reached without you.

– Ms. Chris, teacher, evening program at Early Childhood Education Center East

2017-02-19T19:41:50+00:00

– Ms. Chris, teacher, evening program at Early Childhood Education Center East

You have helped these kids make very substantial gains

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.

Creative and groundbreaking work with children

I have known Mr. Oka and Ms. Gottlob for ten years and have admired their creative and groundbreaking work with children with serious emotional disturbances. Mr. Oka and Ms. Gottlob observed the children through a dancer’s eyes and saw much more than those of us traditionally trained in education and psychology. They demonstrated great patience and skill in de-escalating emotional intensity and restoring a level of emotional homeostasis in children. Our occupational therapists regularly observed MOVEMENT! sessions to expand their knowledge of interventions, and Mr. Oka and Ms. Gottlob organized training sessions with our teaching staff to enable them to integrate movement in the curriculum. It’s rare to meet people so driven by a passion for their field that they dedicate their lives to its advancement.

—Dr. Frank Fecser, Executive Director of the Positive Education Program

2017-02-13T04:10:53+00:00

—Dr. Frank Fecser, Executive Director of the Positive Education Program

I have known Mr. Oka and Ms. Gottlob for ten years and have admired their creative and groundbreaking work with children with serious emotional disturbances. Mr. Oka and Ms. Gottlob observed the children through a dancer’s eyes and saw much more than those of us traditionally trained in education and psychology. They demonstrated great patience and skill in de-escalating emotional intensity and restoring a level of emotional homeostasis in children. Our occupational therapists regularly observed MOVEMENT! sessions to expand their knowledge of interventions, and Mr. Oka and Ms. Gottlob organized training sessions with our teaching staff to enable them to integrate movement in the curriculum. It’s rare to meet people so driven by a passion for their field that they dedicate their lives to its advancement.

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

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.

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

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.