The human body is not an instrument to be used, but a realm of one’s being to be experienced, explored, enriched, and thereby, educated.Thomas Hanna, Founder of Clinical Somatic Education

Hanna Somatic Education

In 1976, Thomas Hanna coined the term “somatics” to refer to the discipline of movement reeducation (somatic education) which seeks to foster internal awareness of one’s body. To experience something somatically is to experience it in your body: i.e to be aware of your own bodily sensations and movement from within. Somatic perception is quite literally, your first-person experience of what it’s like to be in your body. By this definition, other modalities such as Qi Gong, Yoga, Dance etc are considered forms of somatic education, however, it is Thomas Hanna’s discovery of Sensory Motor Amnesia, and his understanding of the reflex patterns our bodies create in response to stress, that distinguish Hanna Somatic Education from other modalities. It stands alone in its rapid and long-term effectiveness in teaching people to reserve some of the most mysterious (and supposedly structural) conditions responsible for chronic and often debilitating pain: sciatica, scoliosis, chronic back pain, herniated discs, and poor posture, to name a few.

Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) occurs when your muscles are so tight that they simply won’t relax, even when you’re doing nothing. When massage, chiropractic, heat, cold, stretching, physiotherapy, or anything else won’t relax muscles long term, you probably have SMA. Over 20 years of clinical practice revealed to Hanna that when muscles become habitually and involuntarily contracted due to real-life stresses such as accidents, injuries, surgeries, illnesses, repetitive movements, and even emotional situations, not only do those muscles lose their ability to relax, but the brain actually loses sensation of the muscles and forgets how to release them. The result is tight, sore muscles, joint stiffness, a loss of smooth controlled movement and chronic pain. Since the brain and nervous system control the muscles, the only way to permanently change a muscle’s tone is to engage one’s brain through movement.
Text from “Move Without Pain”, Martha Peterson

Gentle Somatic Yoga (GSY)

James Knight created GSY; a style of gentle & mindful corrective movement blending together
Hanna Somatic Education, Therapeutic Yoga & Meditation

Raise your self awareness to heal the root cause of muscular pain by re-programming your brain-to-muscle connection. Diminish, correct and/or ease chronic pain conditions such as lower back, poor posture, sciatica, stiff neck & shoulders, muscle spasms, arthritis, headaches & migraines, knee Injuries, TMJ, MS, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, joint pain, PTSD, and much more…

  • * unlock your body’s programmed response to stress
    * increase flexibility & range of motion
    * improve joint mobility
    * strengthen muscles
  • * enhance balance & co-ordination
    * affect overall physiological efficiency
    * promote relaxation & peace of mind
    * improve functional movement into old age

PRIVATE SESSIONS, GROUP CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Be guided through gentle and subtle movements specific to your body’s needs & learn how to practice at home. Available for hire for your events or join us for ours.

SOMATICS with THAI MASSAGE

A perfect integration with Thai Massage to help your body release tension faster, thereby allowing deeper flexibility & freedom in the Thai style joint movements & muscle/myofascial stretching.

SOMATICS with ACUBALL THERAPY

Explore how to re-educate, self regulate and release myofascial tension combining these self healing methods