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Are we truly free?

If ever there was a time to dive into the philosophy of Somatics , this is it. I'm primarily referring to the attempted coup last week in Washington DC.  I've kept politics and business separate, but the fact that so many  people are not just out of their minds, but out of their bodies , and since I am a Clinical Somatic Educator in the tradition of Thomas Hanna, I can no longer stay silent. This is no longer just about politics, it's about humanity. We all must do something in our own way to set humanity back on an even keel.  So here we go.  Most people come to Somatics because they are in pain. But it's more than that.  Somatics with a capital "S" is based on the work of Thomas Hanna. Hanna was a philosopher and his driving philosophical question was how do humans stay free and autonomous?  The world is a place of constant pressures, all causing us to contract and tighten. Stress to our bodies is like water to a fish. It's so normal to be in a state of

Somatics with a capital S

 The word somatics is being thrown around a lot these days. I just want to interject a quick note amidst all the chatter.  You have a somatic nervous system. It is the part of the nervous system that voluntarily moves your body the way you want, and senses it. A lot of "mind-body" fitness/movement programming can fall under somatics (with a lower case s). Yoga, pilates, tai chi, etc., when done slowly and with awareness can be considered "somatic."  Thomas Hanna, the philosopher behind the work referred to as Hanna Somatics or Clinical Somatics is also a somatic method. Hanna actually wanted to call his work just "Somatics" but couldn't trademark the word, so he added his name to it for his method. So when I refer to Somatics with a capital S, that's what I'm talking about. Somatics is the tradition of Thomas Hanna.  But alas, there are lots of somatic modalities out there, many calling themselves "Somatics" but aren't the same t

6 reasons you should develop a Somatics practice

Happy New Year!  Guess what? I've created a new Somatics 101 | Somatics Fundamentals for Beginners E-course ! What I use to cover in my once-a-month free webinars is now all encompassed in this new streaming e-course. I'll explain what Clinical Somatics is and how it can help so many things that challenge us all. You get to experience basic Somatics movements too.   I've divided it into bite size chunks of info so you can easily digest it at your own pace. Because Somatics is so different from physical therapy, yoga, massage, etc, be sure to go through all the parts so you have a greater understanding of Somatics.  The course is free and open to all. So if you have been trying to explain Somatics to others, be sure to share this with others.  Being a Somatics Educator, of course, I think everyone could benefit from a Somatics practice. :-) We all know by now that being a more mindful and aware are key to not just surviving, but thriving, in our 24/7 world. Somatics 101 |