I have been a psychotherapist for over 35 years in Los Angeles and for the last 10 years in San Clemente, CA. I specialize in working with anxiety, depression and the impact of grief, trauma and chronic stress on individuals and relationships. I first learned about the Smovey VIBROswing System from Dr. Peter A. Levine in my work as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, which is a unique application for Smovey Rings. At the same time, I discovered that the Smovey rings are an amazing fitness tool, especially helpful for people dealing with various neurological movement conditions. The vibrations generated by a gentle swinging of the rings most often create a pleasant body sensation and can be used as a mindfulness exercise in regulating stress.

Ilene Blaisch, LCSW, SEP

Dr. Levine has found the Smovey Rings to be an effective tool in helping people connect to a “felt-sense” of their bodies. He uses them regularly and personally endorses this product. (An important disclaimer: SE is designed to help heal trauma by working with a trained practitioner. If you are interested in learning more about Somatic Experiencing, check out traumahealing.org or somaticexperiencing.com. Somatic Experiencing aside, the general use of Smovey movement is widely known to enhance a positive sense of well-being.

The Smovey rings are a useful tool for mobilizing the body in a contained, safe way. They organize energy through sound, movement and rhythm, helping to link the autonomic and somatic (systems)

Dr. Peter A. Levine

Regarding Smovey and fitness, I have been personally dealing with a neurological movement condition and workouts with the Smoveys are tremendously beneficial! I use the rings for walking and exercise to a variety of YouTube workouts. The Smovey vibrations feel enormously soothing to my nervous system: like a movement glide, promoting opening in my musculature, natural help with posture and increased stability for balance. I always feel stronger and less tight after a workout. If you purchase the Smoveys and are dealing with specific health concerns, I recommend you bring them to a movement professional for input on using them with your specific condition (see testimony from my own Physical Therapist below).

In early 2015 I contacted the Smovey company in Austria to inquire how I could learn more about the product.  They connected me to Smovey NorthAmerica CEO Bernd Zimmermann, who was just launching the Smoveys in the USA and Canada.  With Bernd’s mentoring, I became a certified Smovey coach and licensed re-seller. I am interested in exploring new ways the Smoveys can help a variety of populations with greater well-being through movement. I hope you enjoy and find value in this product as much as I have.

Ilene with Bernd Zimmermann

I am an Egoscue postural alignment specialist and I am working with people who suffer from chronic pain (Neck, shoulder, hip, back, knee and ankle pain) as well as with people with spinal conditions. Very often the root cause of chronic pain is postural misalignment and muscle imbalance. With the Egoscue exercises I eliminate the misalignment of the major weight bearing joints andthe muscle imbalances with individualized prescribed exercises for my clients.

This year I was looking for more “functional movement forms” in and found the web site of the American Nordic Walking Association (anwa.us) and contacted Bernd Zimmermann, the founder of this association and the CEO of smovey VIBROSWING-System. I was immediately intrigued by smovey VIBROSWING-System as I was confident it would be a great addition to my postural alignment work as it increases the ROM (range of motion) of the shoulder joints but also strengthens the muscles around the shoulder joints, the upper, lower back and the muscles of the core and lower body. I got certified as a smovey coach in spring 2016. I started working with my clients and students in a large fitness club in Charlottesville/VA and also in my studio.

Antje Waxman, PAS

Carol W. is a certified Medical Exercise Specialist, Personal Trainer, Orthopedic Specialist & Mind/Body Specialist through the American Council on Exercise. She has taught T’ai Chi and Qigong for the past 25 years. Carol is one of only a handful of fully certified Essentrics instructors in the U.S. having studied in Montreal with Miranda Esmonde-White, the program originator.

All of this previous and continuing education has provided the basis for development and ever changing of “New Pathways for Parkinson’s” Exercise Group. Carol has been teaching the program for over 16 years and moved it to Las Cruces, NM in 2016. Her free class will be streamed soon on www.pmdalliance.org. Parkinson’s can cause back issues and muscle cramps in legs and the program concentrates on stretching actively. Miranda’s stretching and flexibility DVDs from her PBS series (Season 11 & 12) can be found on the internet.

Carol A. Witham