H A N N A S O M A T I C S
Hanna Somatics is a safe, gentle system of movements designed to unlock postural patterns as well as areas of muscular tension.
The movements were designed by Thomas Hanna, who was influenced by Moshe Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, and others, as a system of self-care which when practiced daily, keeps the body muscularly balanced. It is a brilliant system which provides us with tools to help us to turn our awareness within & to recognize and correct imbalances as they arise and before they become entrenched.
Instead of stretching muscles, we 'reset' muscle tension through gentle specific muscular engagement followed by slow deliberate release & relaxation. Rather than actively stretching, we look for a 'yawn-like" experience of the muscles lengthening and releasing.
These newly released muscles are then used in an integrating movement for better overall co-ordination and function.
The results are often dramatic resulting in increased flexibility, strength and improved posture.
and benefits are cumulative with practice.
Our intention is to teach you these movements so they become an integral part of your self-care routine.
We can work with you one-on-one or in a group class setting.
The Somatics movement explorations are an effective way to support other treatments such as massage, chiropractic, acupuncture etc
so that when treatments are given to release tension you will know what to do to maintain that release.
The movements are done mainly on the floor on a yoga mat (or thick cotton pad for those with particular discomfort or difficulty lying on the floor)
We will also do walking self-assessments to begin to recognize our own movement patterns.
The beauty of Somatics is that it is a first person experience where you become attuned to what your experience within the body (and mind) is.
When we consult any health-care provider, they can only assess us from the third person point-of-view: from the outside.
Our bodies provide us with the information we need to maintain health if we learn to listen.