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Kate, a special needs child, being held by an instructor as she reaches for a hangbar

One on One Private Sessions

World Class Somatic Interventions

The Spiral Movement Center offers world-class holistic somatic gross motor learning for children with special needs who need intensive movement interventions. Adapted Spiral Praxis consists of gentle manipulation, stretching and strengthening of individual body zones to integrate the bodymind more fully in locomotive and postural actions. This cutting-edge, non-invasive intervention has helped children with autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, genetic syndromes and ataxia obtain greater gains in recovering their movement abilities.

Adapted Spiral Praxis sessions are designed to evoke a child’s natural motivation to developmentally explore movement. 

A Gentle, Responsive and Non-Invasive Approach

Our treatment is not found anywhere else in the world. A typical Adapted Spiral Praxis somatic session lasts about one hour with two instructors. It is fun, gentle, and can be extremely effective for their development. We never push the child to do something they don't want to do. Many of our children have recovered movement abilities without the use of surgery, medication, splints or other external aids. The session is divided into two main categories: 

Founder performing bodywork on child with AADC, a rare genetic movement disorder
Yuji stabilizing the hips of a young boy with cerebral palsy

Passive Motor Learning

Practitioners perform body manipulations to free contractures in the body, tone postural muscles, and create a well-supported range of motion. The child is placed in different physical equilibrium positions where various oscillatory motions called “learning reflexes” are carried out to release muscular tensions and stress. The motion is smooth and practitioners are careful to never cause pain. Songs and stories are often used to help children relax and make the experience fun.

Active Motor Learning

Children are challenged in various movement activities to expand the range of their self-initiated movements. Activities are carefully graduated so children can improve at their own pace. During this phase of treatment, children will learn all the basic movement co-ordinations of the body and re-visit physical milestones of infancy. The goal in this phase is to prepare children for regular locomotive activities and strengthen their love and desire to move.

Request a Free Assessment for Your Child

All participants at the Spiral Movement Center need to undergo an initial free 20-minute assessment. During the assessment we can discuss your child's situation as well as your goals and concerns. Please fill out the following form.

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