Andrew Teufel, RMT, CHSE
Founder/Owner & Instructor
I am the founder/owner of Applied Somatics and love to teach what I have learned and what my clients have taught me about Somatics - this is why I founded Applied Somatics. I have been in Health Care for 30 years working as an RN, CCURN, 24 years as an RMT, 20 years as a Somatic Educator, and 15 years as a Yoga Instructor. My yoga training includes East to West Yoga teacher training 350hrs, Red Door Yoga Teacher Training 500hrs, and Somatic Yoga Teacher Training with Eleanor Criswell, PhD.
I have been working in the field of Acute Care, Injury, Chronic Pain, Stress and Wellness for 24 years. I have practiced 35,000 clinical Somatic Sessions with acute and chronic pain. I have worked Clinical Somatics with herniated discs, hip replacements, whiplash, post surgical procedures, multiple sclerosis, vertebra replacements, and senior populations.
I have taught Somatic classes to these same acute and chronic pain groups. I have taught more than 3,000 public Somatic classes at four different levels:
- Somatics for Pain
- Somatics Health Theme Classes
- Somatic Yoga Level I
- Somatic Yoga level II
Also with Somatics, I walk the talk. Personally, I worked with Somatics through my life of pain and stress: three motor vehicle accidents, three knee surgeries, multiple shoulder dislocations, chronic pain and stress.
At Applied Somatics we can teach you how to work with all populations and we can teach you how to modify Somatic Exercises to the Acute and Sensitive with modifications not taught in most Somatics or Clinical Somatic Education programs. We have learned that Somatics needs to be modified for many people in society especially following surgery, injuries, acute pain, and those beyond the myth of aging. We teach functionality to the level that the person presents.
Violet Reynolds, RMT, ASE
Violet has been an RMT since 1996 and has studied with Applied Somatics since 2004. She completed the Applied Somatics Educator program in 2010 and has been teaching public classes since 2008. In 2013 she completed the 500 hr Yoga Teacher program at Red Door Yoga. Since 2013 she has been a teacher’s assistant for Applied Somatics. She is passionate about helping practitioners learn Somatic education, theory and techniques so they can support their clients in their healing journey.
"I have a daily personal practice of Somatics that has helped me to transform my health- eliminating headaches, recovering from frozen shoulder(right) and acute bursitis(left), improving flexibility and bringing the musculoskeletal position into balance. When I do my practice it is nurturing because it is gentle, and meditative because it is slow and mindful.
Incorporating Clinical Somatics in my Massage Therapy practice gives me cutting-edge knowledge, assessment and manual techniques that are physically easy for me. Applied Somatics techniques are gentle and comfortable for clients with impressive results within each appointment. I know that I am able to continue my practice as an RMT because of practicing Somatics as homecare, and incorporating the clinical techniques with individual clients.
When I am teaching Somatic homecare and classes, I am excited how easy it is for clients to improve their comfort, range of movement and posture, and to hear them share how they feel more comfortable, more relaxed and are enjoying their life journey.”
Eric Bigrigg, MEd
Senior Education Administrator
Eric has many years of experience as an online educator, course writer/developer, and instructional designer, at Royal Roads, Brock and Vancouver Island Universities, and is passionate about the future of online distance education. Eric's experience working in the United Arab Emirates provided him with strategies to be a creative, flexible, adaptable, and culturally sensitive educator.
Eric enjoys consulting with faculty on the design, development, implementation and assessment of a variety of distributed learning initiatives including face-to-face course supplements, hybrid/blended courses and fully online courses and programs.
Eric continues to explore ways in which technology enhances teaching and learning.
Eric started his career as an instructor and coordinator at Brock University and moved forward to become an educator/online facilitator, course writer, and curriculum designer in Brock’s Faculty of Education Bachelor of Adult Education Program. He also worked as an educational technologist and instructional designer in the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning at Vancouver Island University and as faculty at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. Eric is currently employed as an Instructional Designer at Royal Roads University.
- Master of Education in Curriculum Studies (2000) from Brock University
- Bachelor of Education in TESL (1993) from Brock University
- Honours Bachelor of Arts (1986) from McMaster University
- Elluminate Moderator Certificate (2010)