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!® 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.
Daniel is happier and more in tune with himself
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
Her balance and strength have improved
– Colleen, parent
Your movement classes were a joy to watch
– Ms. April, Teaching Assistant, Early Childhood Education Center East
Think personal training, therapist and inventive playmate all in one.
—Karen , parent
They are warm and genuine, bright and hardworking
– Todd R. Ray, School Coordinator for Phoenix Place Day Treatment Center
I was amazed at the progress
– Craig B., parent
Absolutely loved the adapted yoga workshop
– Debbie S, Special Education Teacher, Toronto
You have made a tremendous difference
– Ms. Nora, Teacher at Early Childhood Intervention Center East
Stephanie and Yuji bring a wonderful synergy to their teaching
– Laurie Albright, School Coordinator, Early Intervention Center East
Robbie’s neurosurgeon said that Robbie’s recovery was the most successful he’s seen to date
— Bruce, parent