Somatic Stretch® classes are currently taught in two locations: our headquarters in Toronto, Canada, and in Ojai, California, about 80 miles north of Los Angeles.
The main studio is conveniently located at 681 Markham St. in the Annex area of midtown Toronto, Canada, within steps of both the main Bathurst Street stop and the Markham St. exit of the Bloor subway line. City parking is also steps away and street parking can usually be found nearby as well.
Directions to Toronto studio
681 Markham St. is located on the north-east corner of Markham and London. Please note that there is no door on Markham St. The entrance is on London.
Using the Bloor subway line, get off at Bathurst St. and go to the Markham St. exit on the subway level. Two flights of steps will take you up to Markham St. Once there, turn right and walk a half block to London St., where you cross the street to the entrance of 681 Markham on London. If you exit at the main entrance on Bathurst St., you will have to cross Bathurst, walk up to London and go left on London to the same spot.
For class information see Toronto classes below.
Toronto classes run throughout the year with breaks in the latter part of August and December. Intro classes for people new to this work are scheduled periodically.
After an initial 6-week Intro session, which costs $120, fees range from $18 per class for a full series of six or seven weeks to $25 for a single class. It is recommended that not less than 6 classes are taken to evaluate the benefits of the technique. After the Intro session, the Stress Releaser book and Stretchcloth, costing $35, are required for ongoing classes.
Currently there is not an Introductory class scheduled. If you would like to explore what Somatic Stretch can do for you, a private session is recommended as the best way to understand how to use the exercises to improve your own body. While the exercises are intended for general use in releasing tension, developing flexibility and strengthening internal muscles for supporting body weight, each person’s body has unique characteristics that are best addressed by a personal approach to the work. This is what makes the technique effective for each individual. After learning how to apply the technique on a personal basis, class work, or continued personal work, carries on the unfolding of the work toward the ultimate goal of postural alignment and wellbeing.
Please call Lilian at the studio number on the Contact page if you would like further information or to book an appointment for a private session.
As an aid to continuing the personal work, any one of the three Level 1 videos on the store page is highly beneficial. They will all give you a good idea of what to expect in classes and will help you work into the exercises with more familiarity. If you are taking classes, the videos will also help you keep the work going between classes and when you have to miss a class.
Although a private session is recommended for anyone new to this work, you may ask to join an ongoing class beyond the Intro level if you have previous experience in bodywork. Ongoing classes are held on Saturdays, 10.30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Weekly classes in Ojai, California
Classes are held weekly at the Somatic Sanctuary located at 410 Ojai Ave. West, Ojai, CA, 93023. Taught by Meredith Sands Keator, Lilian’s daughter and director of the International Training Program.
Contact Meredith at 323-229-9573 or email her for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ojai Classes & International Workshops
For information regarding classes in California and work shops world wide contact Lilian’s daughter & co-director Meredith Sands Keator. The main branch studio is located in Ojai, CA., one and a half hours north of Los Angeles. Meredith is often on a teaching tour overseas but can always be reached by email or by contacting the Toronto studio.
For information on Meredith and her schedule, please see www.templebody.com.
If you are interested in our International Training Program, please see our training pages here.
A 90-minute private instruction session is encouraged for anyone with physical concerns that limit or interfere with daily activities, such as back, neck and shoulder pain, slouching posture, over-arched lower back, hunched back or forward poking head, lack of abdominal strength, foot problems or overall lack of wellbeing.
The fee for the first session, which includes an assessment of your posture, is $145. A reinforcing 75-minute session is $115. Further sessions of 60 minutes, if required, are $85. An Intro class may also be joined when one is scheduled.
Continuing Education Workshops (CEU)
Two Somatic Stretch® workshops in Category A have been approved for CEUs by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario:
Proper Use of Body Mechanics and Postural Alignment – 7 CEUs
This is a 2-day workshop of 7 hours a day, involving lecture and discussion of postural principles as well as participation in the full Somatic Stretch® floor and standing exercises. This is an excellent workshop for massage therapists to use personally for their own bodily comfort as well as for material to pass on to their clients. It would be especially useful for anyone considering the Teacher Training Program.
Shoulder Tension Release – 1.5 CEUs
The Shoulder Tension Release is a technique developed by Lilian that offers massage or other therapists an alternative method of treating patients who have shoulder tension issues and/or raised shoulders. It is a hands-on method that typically produces an overall sense of total relaxation and results in shoulders being noticeable lowered.
Please contact the studio for workshop dates.
An online, International Training Program is now available. Click here for more details.
Out-of-studio teaching engagements and workshops on Somatic Stretch® or the Stress Releaser book can be arranged on request.
The quiet ambience and carpeted floor of the studio makes it ideal for bodywork classes or workshops such as yoga and Pilates. There are currently several instructors of these disciplines conducting ongoing classes. Rental can be on a one-time, weekly, or weekend basis. Please contact the Toronto studio for rental fees.
For class schedules and additional information, please feel free to contact the studios at any time.
Phone: (416) 531-3816
Cell: (416) 535-8661
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Meredith Sands Keator
Ojai, CA studio
Phone: (323) 229-9573