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.



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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Absolutely loved the adapted yoga workshop

Absolutely loved the adapted yoga workshop. We practiced today with the kids and it was great!!! The teacher I work with said it was awesome...one of the little boys who is spastic was able to do all the poses assisted and adapted but the most amazing thing was after he was so relaxed I was able to put his ankle foot orthotics on with him laying on the floor...this has never happened! Can't wait for the adapted movement teacher training.

– Debbie S, Special Education Teacher, Toronto

2017-02-19T19:42:50+00:00

– Debbie S, Special Education Teacher, Toronto

Absolutely loved the adapted yoga workshop

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

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

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

They are warm and genuine, bright and hardworking

They are warm and genuine, bright and hardworking, and showed creativity and initiative in developing and implementing an innovative curriculum with our students. They engaged children in spirited physical routines that filled each child with a greater sense of their physical self and awareness of the pure joy of physical movement…the challenge for the kids was inspiring and memorable.

– Todd R. Ray, School Coordinator for Phoenix Place Day Treatment Center

2017-02-19T19:40:59+00:00

– Todd R. Ray, School Coordinator for Phoenix Place Day Treatment Center

They are warm and genuine, bright and hardworking
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