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.



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.

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.

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

You have done amazing work

We could never have predicted the progress you would make with Jack. You took a boy that refused to participate in any group activities and was not even capable of balancing on one foot, and you have helped him to actively become a member of the group. He skips everywhere he goes, raises his hand to volunteer, to go first. You have done amazing work with Jack. We appreciate you both very much.

– Chris & Laura, parents

2017-02-19T19:33:15+00:00

– Chris & Laura, parents

We could never have predicted the progress you would make with Jack. You took a boy that refused to participate in any group activities and was not even capable of balancing on one foot, and you have helped him to actively become a member of the group. He skips everywhere he goes, raises his hand to volunteer, to go first. You have done amazing work with Jack. We appreciate you both very much.

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

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.

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

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.

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