Friday, February 20, 2015

It's Official! I've been accepted to the Novato Institute of Somatic Research and Training!

Last year marked my initial Somatic Exercise Coach (SEC) certification with Martha Peterson of Essential Somatics. I was so impressed by the results somatic exercises has on one's posture, alignment and pain I just had to delve much deeper. I had a hard time deciding on which school to attend, but am excited with my choice and acceptance into the Novato Institute of Somatic Research and Training (Thomas Hanna's original school) for my Hanna Somatic Educator (HSE) certification.

This is why I love what I do! This is a "before and after" of one of my lovely clients.
She has had multiple traumas to her body, and as a result literally couldn't stand up straight.
 

photo 1- before any Hanna Somatics exercises
photo 2- after her first 1-hour Hanna Somatics session
She has a way to go but is she says she's loving the results, feels like walking is easier too.

Confused about what a SEC does versus a HSE? As a SEC I teach people how to do somatic exercises to help them rid their bodies of faulty patterns that cause pain and/or effect how they walk and function. A Hanna Somatic Educator goes deeper. An HSE does hands on treatments, that are generally quicker to provide results*. An HSE will also share exercises the student/client can do on his own to enhance/speed up/maintain progress.

There aren't a lot of Hanna Somatic Educators out there. Yet. This method is becoming more widely known. Searching online you'll find many variations of somatic educators. To be called a Hanna Somatic Educator, you must be a graduate of the original school, though there are Educators that use Hanna as part of their titles or may call themselves Clinical Somatic Educators. There are only three other Somatic Education schools in the US that teach as true to the original methods of Thomas Hanna.

I'll be starting my training in June 2015. Here's what I'll be learning over the next 3 years.

Semester One focuses on:
  • somatic functional problems of the trunk and vertebral column
  • assessment techniques to recognize common postural disorders: Landau (or green light) Reflex, Startle (or red light )Reflex, and Trauma Reflex
  • sensory motor amnesia
  • kinesiology
  • techniques to eliminate fundamental disorders such as chronic back and neck pain, headaches, sciatica, scoliosis, etc. 
Semester Two focuses on:
  • expanded study of the trunk and spine plus functional problems of the shoulder joints, arms, hip joints and legs. 
  • procedures for eliminating 
    • carpal tunnel syndrome
    • tendinitis
    • frozen shoulders
    • chronic hip and knee pain
    • pronated or supinated feet
  • and my favorite! neurophysiology
Semester Three focuses on:
  • expanded the clinical skills 
  • expanded the understanding of neurophysiology
  • ability to help clients with walking/gait, balance, and other more complicated conditions
* Thomas Hanna felt that most people would be "fixed" i.e. relieved of their chronic pain with three hands-on sessions and daily homework exercises done between sessions. Since there aren't a lot of Hanna Somatic Educators in the world, one can do the "homework" exercises on their own, though it can take about 8 or even more weeks of daily practice of the appropriate exercises for one's particular habitual faulty patterns. You can find basic exercises in Thomas Hanna's book, Somatics, and Martha Peterson's Move Without Pain. I highly recommend getting them both if you can't find a Somatic Exercise Coach or Hanna Somatics Educator in your area.

Cheryl Ramette at Pacific Northwest Pilates and I are the only SECs in Oregon. After my HSE training I'll be the only Hanna Somatics Educator in Portland and second in the Oregon behind Victor Novick in Southern Oregon. 

Pretty exciting! 

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