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.



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.

Daniel is happier and more in tune with himself

I would consider my 20 year old son Daniel as severely autistic. He remains mostly non-verbal with tourette-like characteristics and sensory issues. He remains very sensitive to sound and often requires weighted blankets and vests in order to feel grounded.

Three years ago I received a flyer from his high school from the Spiral Movement Center. They were advertising an adaptive yoga program for developmentally challenged young adults. I thought this was wonderful because as developmentally challenged individuals age programming for their needs decreases. And Daniel like most required more exercise than he was getting in school. I wasn't sure if yoga was his "thing" but decided to give this a try.

Daniel has truly enjoyed his experience with the yoga program. He is much calmer and is able to calm himself down better than ever. He has more awareness of himself. He remembers every single pose and can show them if asked. When he's anxious I will ask him to do the sun salutation and he can. This is quite something not unlike performing 'Kata" in Karate. He and I can do the poses together as well.

I think what Daniel enjoys the most is seeing all of his yoga "mates" every Sunday. He enjoys being with everyone and really likes making the book of yoga poses with the pictures that Yuji takes of them every class. Daniel is happier and more in tune with himself and seems more aware of others around him.

– Susan K., parent

2017-02-19T19:44:52+00:00

– Susan K., parent

Daniel is happier and more in tune with himself

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.

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.

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

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

I was amazed at the progress

We enrolled my 9 year old daughter in Stephanie’s and Yuji’s MOVEMENT!® class for children. I was amazed at the progress from my daughter which absolutely no one in the past has been able to elicit.

– Craig B., parent

2017-02-19T19:32:08+00:00

– Craig B., parent

We enrolled my 9 year old daughter in Stephanie’s and Yuji’s MOVEMENT!® class for children. I was amazed at the progress from my daughter which absolutely no one in the past has been able to elicit.

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

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