I hope this finds you healthy, happy and safe today.
I’m thrilled to share that I’ve graduated from the Essential Somatics® 3-Year 600 hour Clinical Somatic Education Certification Training (an extra fourth year due to covid restrictions – completely worth it!!). Thank you for your encouragement and support throughout this training.
Why do I love this slow, gentle and safe practice? As Thomas Hanna, the founder of Hanna Somatics, so beautifully shared:
“Because you are dealing with something that is so precious; it’s one of the dearest and most satisfying things you could possibly do with your life. To relate to other people in a way that you give and create experiences that are self-transformitory. That’s more than healing. It is in a sense, like giving people back their lives.”
Don’s Kind Words:
“Over the past few years I have had a couple of equine assisted ground impacts. These have resulted in a number of fractures that with time and caution healed but my body also took some precautions which left me with a number of issues. I had worked with Alana on previous occasions and decided I needed her help again. In the past 3 months she has helped fix my posture which relieved some of my ongoing pains. We have also worked on a number of other issues that had shown up because of the fractures and I can now ride my horse pretty much pain free. The material she has provided for my home work has been very informative and easy to follow which has helped us getting such good results.” Don M.
The photos above show Don’s progress over an 8 week time frame from the start of his very first Clinical Somatic Education session on the left to 8 weeks later on the right of each photo.
His amazing progress was due to his commitment to attending private sessions where he became aware of where he was holding muscle tension and learned specific somatic movements to do at home to release it himself.
When you are unaware that you have muscles that are stuck in deeply ingrained dysfunctional movement patterns you may be experiencing discomfort or pain.
Even ten minutes of a daily gentle, slow somatic movement practiced mindfully and with curiosity will allow your brain to begin regaining voluntary control of your muscle function:
- releasing muscle tension to create ease
- improving movement patterns
- improving coordination, mobility, balance, posture
- increasing your energy
- settling your nervous system
- reducing or completely resolving discomfort and/or pain
The purpose of Somatic Movement Education is to enhance your function and body-mind integration through movement awareness.
- postural and movement evaluation
- movement patterning and re-patterning
- communication and guidance through touch and verbal cues