What is Clinical Somatic Education?


Clinical Somatic Education engages the nervous system using an active learning process to help relax muscles and ease pain. First developed by Thomas Hanna, PhD, this process involves slow, focused and gentle movements known as neuromuscular retraining.  Clinical Somatic Education is a direct way to get rid of pain and tension caused by sensory motor amnesia


Clinical Somatic Education teaches you how to relax muscles that contribute to pain and tension, allowing you to move past something called Sensory Motor Amnesia, a major contributor to chronic musculoskeletal conditions. 

Even though you and your practitioner move your body as part of Clinical Somatic Education, it’s BRAIN WORK, and not traditional bodywork. The education of neuromuscular patterns differs from traditional bodywork, where the person receiving the bodywork is passive (e.g., massage). In somatics, you are an active participant in the process.

Additionally, somatic movement classes are different from other movement classes in that students are asked to actively control movements in a specific way. This allows tight muscles to release for more freedom of movement. As a result, you increase flexibility and improve posture without force.

Muscles don’t move by themselves; they are controlled by the brain (motor cortex). Changing the way the brain messages muscles helps change chronically tight muscle and relieve areas of the body and improve flexibility.


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