• The Somatics Coach

    What would you do if you could calm your nervous system, restore your freedom of movement and move without pain?

    Do you feel like you have you tried everything to relieve the pain in your back, hip, shoulder, neck?

    Have you tried somatics movement ?

What is Somatics?

Somatics is a neuromuscular movement practice which re-educates your central nervous system.

The simple movements bring greater awareness of how your body is moving and specifically targets tight muscles. Tension in muscles can become chronic, which leads to pain, reduced movement, poor posture and compensatory movement patterns.

Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) coined by Hanna is when muscles and movements have become chronically tight, restricted and painful. The part of the brain that controls movement and muscles, the Sensory Motor Cortex has lost either full or partial control over them. You may experience this as pain or restricted movements, you may have been told that you have a weakness and need to strengthen.

Some ways in which SMA can show up;

Hip Pain

Back Pain


Rotator Cuff

Frozen Shoulder

TMJ issues

Knee Pain

Shoulder and neck pain


Plantar fasciitis

In Somatics, which is neuromuscular retraining, you learn how to release this tension for yourself and to put you back in control of your muscles.

“One of the most striking features of Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) is that we are unconscious of muscle contraction while it is going on. It is a startling to discover that we are actively doing something without knowing it” – Thomas Hanna.

Thomas Hanna, who began Somatics, was a student of Mosche Feldenkrais. He developed Hanna Somatics Education in the 1970’s.
Hanna believes that many mobility issues presumed to be associated with old age is a myth.

“….if we are intelligently aware of our bodies and if we use positive countermeasures such as Somatic Exercises to improve our bodily self regulation, the presumed ‘inevitable effects of ageing’ will by and large, not occur”- Thomas Hanna.

What Are The Benefits?

  • Relieves


    Chronic Muscle Pain & Tension

  • Transform


    Posture & Coordination

  • Cultivate



  • Manage


    Stress & Nervous System

  • Enhance


    Breathing & Well-Being

  • Restore


    Balance & Sleep Quality

  • Nurture


    Self-Care & Agency

Can It Help Me?

Somatics is a gentle movement practice that is suitable for all ages, you do not need to be flexible or fit to take part.  By improving the connection between your brain and your muscles you can regain motor control of muscles and movement. Somatics can help chronic back pain, sciatica, hip pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, scoliosis, plantar fasciitis and more…..

What Do I Need?

An exercise mat, comfortable warm clothing (layers or a blanket).

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About Me

Nicki Marshall is a Certified Essential Somatics Movement Teacher based in a small rural village in Lincolnshire, UK.

She has always had a keen interest in health, wellbeing and fitness, participating in many sports.  Unfortunately chronic shoulder pain impacted her everyday life and prevented her from taking part in the sports she loved. Traditional treatments failed to provide any significant pain relief.

Originally a Commercial Solicitor, Nicki reassessed her work life balance and set up as an equine behaviour coach in 2020, The Horse Coach.

Whilst attending a horse behaviour course in 2016 she was introduced to Feldenkrais’ work this led her to Somatics.

What my clients say about me

“It’s like having a full body massage”

“I feel so completely relaxed”

“It’s like having a full nervous system reset”