Pins and Needles Acupuncture offers a Soma Neuromuscular Integration®. All massages are performed by Katie Herndon, LMP. 

What is Soma?

Soma Neuromuscular Integration® is a form of manual therapy which works on the fascia (the connective tissue). Clients normally experience this work as an 11 session process known as 'the series.' Soma uses this systematic approach to release bound tissue and realign the body in gravity, thus allowing the body to operate to its full capacity. Structural integration focuses on the mechanics and alignment of the body to alleviate tension and create levity and movement. Clients work with the practitioner to re-educate movement patterns and posture, bringing ease, levity, and self-awareness.



Soma focuses on the connective tissue, or fascia. This web of tissue runs throughout the entire body, supporting its structure. Over time we develop compensation patterns in our body due to stress, injury, or overall movement patterns. Because fascia connects and differentiates every element in the body, including muscles, bones, and organs; it has the ability to thicken and compress, restricting joints and muscles. By releasing the fascia, we can allow the body to reset, stabilize, and move freely again.


  • Relieve chronic pain

  • Improve posture, balance, and body awareness

  • Decrease stress and anxiety

  • Increase strength, flexibility, and athletic performance

  • Alleviate headaches and other conditions

Soma is most effective as a series of sessions; however clients also have the option of choosing Somassage®, or Treatment work.


Somassage® is a lighter version of the work, more similar to traditional massage, that can be done as a single session. This can be an excellent introduction to the work and can also be valuable in maintaining the work for those who have been through the series. Athletes, and those who demand a lot from their bodies, or those who suffer from chronic physical conditions, can utilize Somassage® as a regular part of their self-care.


Treatment work is designed to address immediate issues and alleviate acute pain. This form of work targets specific areas and works to relieve pain as well as address some pieces of overall balance in the body. Though this work can be very effective it may not yield as long term results as those going through the full series.