Tension Reduction

Somax researchers have found that the most common response to stress is that we tense our muscles.

In stressful situations we release endogenous endorphins (a sedative 400 times stronger than morphine) directly into our brain. This strong, internal sedative blocks our awareness of pain and tension so that we often do not realize we have tensed our muscles.

Tension Endures

Since we are not aware we have tensed out muscles, we do not relax once the stress has passed. Many people carry a life-long accumulation of tension.

These chronically tense muscles produce microfibers (a mild form of adhesion or scar tissue) that bind our muscles together. These microfibers tend to accumulate over time, which is why we get stiffer as we get older.

Microfibers cannot be released by stretching. If you have tried to stretch but find that it does not improve your flexibility, you have microfibers. And where there are microfibers, there is tension.

Once the microfibers are in place, it is difficult to relax those muscles, even if you are aware of the tension.

Microfibers can only be released by Microfiber Reduction.

Tension is Specific

Somax researchers have found that each individual has a unique pattern of tension. Some tense their shoulders, others their back, while some tense their legs or abdomen. Methods of general relaxation (meditation and drugs) are often unsuccessful because they don't change this pattern.

Specific Exercises

Somax has found that the key to reducing tension is to fatigue specific muscle groups. Since 1970 our researchers have developed a series of exercises to target specific muscle groups throughout the body.

As our clients continue to use these exercises at home, they have been able to reduce or eliminate chronic neck and shoulder tension, improve breathing and increase flexibility in the back and legs.


You can see clients who have benefited from our Tension and Microfiber Reduction program by going to Clients & Testimonials.

Our Tension Reduction exercises are available with our individual programscamps and clinics.

Schedules and Appointments

Please contact us to discuss our programs and to schedule appointments.

by Bob Prichard