Virtual Workshop: Relieving Tension and Pain in Your Neck and Shoulders

Thursday, 1/20/2022

Relieving Tension and Pain in Your Neck and Shoulders
The Gentle Power of Somatic Movement and Embodiment

with Donna Brooks, BS, RSMT, C-IAYT
Somatic Movement Educator and Meditation Therapist

Thursday, January 27th, 2022 • 7pm – 8pm

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Do you know how your neck and shoulders can get really tight from screen time, driving, or just feeling the stress and pressure of having to get things done?

I have worked with many clients to change ordinary (if subtle) patterns of movement so their shoulders don't automatically grip and raise up when reaching, typing, lifting, driving, or just moving reflexively. The secret is to know how your body is designed to move and feel that moment from the inside out rather than giving outward cues that actually don't reflect the natural movement of the body.   

My clients regularly report long-term pain relief, increased mobility with agility, emotional resilience, calm and more comfort in their skin. I look forward to working with you!

In this workshop, you will learn...

  • Why pinning your shoulders back and down is not useful
  • How your shoulder blade is a functional joint
  • How to balance your head properly on your spine
  • How using your arms as wings can inhibit shoulder and neck tension


Helpful blog post links for pain relief assistance through somatic movement:

Relieving Pain and Building Strength -
- Using Somatic Movement in Yoga -


Donna is a certified Yoga Therapist and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator with a bachelor's degree from SUNY Stony Brook. She has been teaching yoga since 1981 and somatics since 1993. She is trained in Iyengar yoga and has studied with Somatics pioneers like Thomas Hanna, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and Emilie Conrad. She's also learned about the geometry and physics of movement and momentum with tennis pro Art Carrington as well as through Contact Improvisation, and she is even trained in the healing groundwork of Judith Blackstone.

In the 1980s, Donna worked with Karin Stephen to teach yoga to AIDS patients. She has also presented her approach to using tensegrity and fascia for Parkinson's patients at Dartmouth—Hitchcock Parkinson's conferences, and offered movement labs at Northfield Mount Hermon School, the University of Massachusetts, Norwich University and Greenfield Community College. She has instructed courses for the Pioneer Valley TBI support group, as well as Cancer Connection, and ran an ongoing pain clinic at Valley Medical Group in Greenfield for 6 years.

Ready to meet Donna? Watch her introduction video here, then click here for an explanation of somatic movement.

To get in touch with Donna, you can visit her website at or e-mail

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