Soma Syntax Studio

Los Angeles, CA

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After more than 25 years of study, practice and professional certification, I offer a unique treatment that blends Rolfing Myofascial therapy, CranioSacral therapy, Visceral, Neural Manipulation, Lymphatic drainage and Energy therapy to relieve persistent or recurring pain and issues. My clients experience relief from their digestive, women, mens issues, low back aches, headaches, chronic fatigue, TMJ, IBS, scoliosis, Lyme, stress and tension related problems. The work is gentle and effective. I work by appointment in Los Angeles.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

". . .being an organ mechanic is a beautiful thing, and there are lots of organisms out there that need help" Jean Pierre Barral I like helping people with a game changing set of modalities and techniques that helps reset the body's natural self corrective mechanism. Instead of using a one size fits all algorithm that may or may not work; I listen to the intelligence of the body that remembers everything that happened to it. This instruction leads me to the area and then the specifics of what needs help and how to do it. I know it sounds woo-woo, but it's very scientific and I'm happy to tell you all about what I'm doing as I'm doing it. {Visceral Manipulation is a modality that assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. It is an organ specific fascial mobilization technique that evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. Tissue tension lines can cause pulls on the musculoskeletal system. By connecting with these tissue tension lines to facilitate release, VM is often the missing link in chronic orthopedic dysfunctions that have not responded to standard rehabilitation protocols. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture. An integrative approach to evaluation and treatment of a patient requires assessment of the structural relationships between the viscera, and their fascial or ligamentous attachments to the musculoskeletal system. Strains in the connective tissue of the viscera can result from surgical scars, adhesions, illness, posture or injury. Tension patterns form through the fascial network deep within the body, creating a cascade of effects far from their sources for which the body will have to compensate. This creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body must move around, and this chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems. Advanced VM training includes the role of the emotions in causing or maintaining dysfunctional patterns in the body, and vice versa.}
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Los Angeles, CA 90025

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6 Reviews
  • Paul B. Oct 4, 2014
    I've been seeing Anne for several years to help deal with recurrent back pain as a byproduct of a herniated disk which led to back surgery. Anne is a magician of bodywork delving into a palette of therapeutic techniques that she has mastered and customizing her treatment not just by client but by session. So, she has both rescued me from both severe debilitating pain when i could barely walk into her office (and left walking normally) and also used Rolfing and Pilates to help with core strengthening/flexibility. I have recommended several friends who were in accidents or just struggling to find treatment that would actually work after various physical therapy efforts failed and they raved about the impact Anne had on them after only a couple sessions.
  • Diana H. Sep 27, 2014
    in the twenty years i have worked with anne i increased my body strength and corrected my posture.with the combination of pilates,bodywork and manuel therapy techniques i was able to develop better self-care skills to manage permanent damage and manage pain.i remain a client because she keeps adding on to her arsenal of techniques and refining existing techniques.
  • Jody P. Sep 27, 2014
    Anne is one of the best health and fitness professionals in the country. She draws on her experience as a professional dancer, on her gentle and kind personality, and an amazing amount of knowledge and sensitivity. Working with Anne on Pilates and the Swiss ball kept me in shape during my first pregnancy and after. My legs look about three inches longer after training with Anne, and my confidence is much much greater. If you want to work hard, but in a way that you can take out of the gym, Anne is your trainer. She explains every exercise in a way that increases your awareness of your body. I enjoy aerial dancing, and I know that working with Anne has really helped prevent injury. EVERY SERIOUS ATHLETE should train with this woman, she will help you remain injury free!
  • Meghan O. Sep 24, 2014
    I have been going to Soma Syntax Studio since 2009/2010 after I injured my back which subsequently led to back surgery. Anne Sotelo came highly recommended by my Orthopedist. After each treatment my pain was relieved and as I improved Anne pushed me ( in the most gentile way) to expand my workouts. Anne's efforts are absolutely result oriented. I saw results and continued to improve. Last year I re-injured my back and immediately went to Anne who helped get me back on track and moving. I can't endorse Anne enough for all of her efforts and hard work in helping me rehabilitate my back injury. I've had some personal training with her and am working to expand my own efforts in my own well being. She's amazing...
  • Tracy M. Sep 16, 2014
    Anne is such a special find and a wonderful soul. She puts extraordinary time and effort into each visit, really connecting with me, my body and my needs. I've seen her monthly for almost a year and I feel it is invaluable to my healing.
  • Kate H. Sep 15, 2014
    I found Anne at a crucial moment. The pain caused by 3 herniated cervical discs pressing into my spinal cord had stopped responding to epidural shots and i was getting closer to the dreaded surgery. Had been unable to sleep lying down for 6 months. Anne painstakingly unraveled the damage my years of high heels, children on my hip, oversized purses etc had wreaked and she did so in such a timely manner that i was sleeping lying down in less than a month, avoided the surgery, and have never had any back pain since. Not only did she rescue me from the cliff, she kindly taught me to correct any new problems as soon as they start, on my own with simple tools. Truly a healer, a teacher. She is extremely knowledgeable and stays current in her field. I am forever grateful and continue today to refer many friends to Anne.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
First session, Eval and treatment 1.5 hours $150 Following sessions 60 minutes $120, 75 minutes $135, 90 minutes $180 6 series package (pd in advance) $10 off /session 10 series package $20 off /session other packages by arrangement
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
A first session is 90 minutes. I do a thorough workup to find the Area of Greatest Restriction, and orthopedic pretests to assess for range of motion. Review the Health questionnaire, and the treatment and develop a treatment plan. I plan on getting results with 5-6 sessions or I refer them on to another practitioner.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Certified at the Rolf School of Structural Integration 1997, over 1200 hours.I have intensively studied to be an 'organ mechanic' with the Barral Institute, Upledger Institute, Chikly Institute, and Colorado Cranial Institute: 1,000's of hours.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
After having had major injuries from car and other 'accidents' (and a lot of course work toward a UC Davis BS in International Agricultural Development) I turned down a path to reclaim my body and my sanity and I became a professional dancer (California Institute of the Arts BFA in Dance). Performing Dance injured in Europe became a search for pain free living. I retired from dance and followed a Pilates, Rolfing certification path. (Rolf Institute, Boulder CO) Fascinated with my clients and my own movement /pain patterns I have intensively studied to be an 'organ mechanic' with the Barral Institute, Upledger Institute, Chikly Institute, and Colorado Cranial Institute. (See almost all of my coursework at IAHP
What types of customers have you worked with?
All ages, types. Most people have had pain for at least several years. They have seen at least 3 Doctors/therapists to no avail before coming to me. Often doctors can't find anything 'wrong'.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Working with an ex-pro football line backer with neck pain. 1 Session. 50% increase of range of motion, 90% decrease in pain.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Search with the IAHP, International Association of Healthcare Providers. If I am not in your area, you can see all the education they have taken and if they are rated for Teaching Assistant status.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What are their goals? Pain free? recover motion? What do they think is contributing to the problem? What do they think should be done? Did someone try that before? Did that treatment help? Are they willing to try another approach?