I’m delighted to announce that in December 2017 I became a full Certified Clinical Somatics Educator. The training was spread over three years and covered the philosophy and practicalities of Hanna Somatics.
The course involved learning the clinical procedures for the three core reflexes identified by Thomas Hanna, namely the Green Light, Red Light and Trauma Reflexes. The course also covered working with clients with the upper and lower extremities so that we covered all parts of the body during the three years. These procedures use assisted pandiculations, where the practitioner provides some resistance to movements to enable the client to sense and feel more easily and then to release the muscular tension. This tension often shows up as jumps or jerks in the release which is what Thomas Hanna called sensory motor amnesia; where the brain has lost full control over the muscles. Somatics helps you to regain that control.
As well ask the clinical techniques we also explored Thomas Hanna’s philosophy and how he came to develop Somatic Education. We also explored in depth the neurophysiological implications for the work, looking at how muscles are controlled but he brain and how different parts of the brain have different functions in controlling and releasing muscle tension.
Somatics works from the centre of the body outwards and so when working with a client it is usual to start from the centre, even though their initial concern might be elsewhere. By the time we have finished releasing habituated tensions in the centre those other problems have already disappeared or eased.
Working with clients and watching them develop a greater sense of their own bodies and habituated muscular tensions has been a rewarding experience and one which I hope to share with lots more people. So please feel free to contact me and discuss how Somatic Education could help you relieve chronic pain, move more easily and enjoy the freedom that pain free movement can give you.