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Lawrence Gold


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Experience in the area

In practice since 1990. Two years on staff at a hospital Wellness and Rehabilitation Center.


Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, American Journal of Pain Management, Somatics: Magazine-Journal of the Mind-Body Arts and Sciences. More complete listing at


Certifications: Hanna Somatic Education, the Dr. Ida P. Rolf method of Structural Integration (partial list)

What do you like about this subject?

the broad applicability and effectiveness of the methods of somatic training

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Attain broad recognition of the field of somatic education as an easier way to recognize, release and reverse pain patterns and stress-related disorders, such as headache.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

When someone has muscular or joint pain, muscular tensions are usually involved that cause the poain and restrict freedom of movement. Muscle/movement memory causes these muscular tensions and can be altered by somatic training, so that symptoms disappear and lasting improvements of function occur.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Stretching has limitations: it doesn't change muscle/movement memory very well. That may explain your experience. If stretching is the current "gold-standard" of therapy, somatic education is the "platinum-standard". It normalizes healthy muscle/movement memory faster and gets things done that strengthening and stretching can't accomplish. more at

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Recent Answers from Lawrence Gold

2017-03-02 back pain exercise:

Hi, Ben,    As asked if there's another home exercise that's better than sit-ups.    Yes.    here: (may need to copy and paste)    Also, you may stop doing

2016-08-26 Sciatica:

That depends on exactly where the pain is and what caused it -- some injury, usually.    The following article explains sciatica and how to eliminate it.

2016-05-16 sore neck pains when i cough:

Dear Dave,    There's not enough information in your query to answer.    If you would like a careful answer, you may download this form and return it to me at    form:  http://somatics

2016-02-22 Keeping my back healthy:

Hi, Bud,    Start with this exercise:    If you find it helpful, send for The Cat Stretch Exercises (no stretching or cat involved)

2015-08-28 THATS SHARP 2:

No, for most people, they cannot be avoided; that would require them either to understand the cause and identify it in themselves before onset or already to have had a movement practice and healthy diet


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