begin a gentle healing inner dialogue with your body
from the greek word “soma” – your own direct experience of your living body from within.
clinical somatics teaches gentle awareness-based movements that support the body to release deeply held contractions, tensions and stress.
the main tool is called pandiculation. these are micro-movements that literally wring tension out of the body and remind it of what it has forgotten, that it’s true nature is open, spacious and free.
clinical somatics also supports all movement practices (e.g. yoga, running, dance) – bringing ease, fluidity and undoing damaging habitual postural patterns.
what I offer
I am excited to offer somatic one-on-one and small group sessions (online and in-person). Come try a session. If it feels right, I suggest an initial series of 4 individual classes. You will learn the basic pandicular movements designed to generate greater comfort and ease throughout the body. This will confidently set you up for your own home practice. If you would also like a deeper process we can go from there.
Are you ready to embark on a journey to try these nourishing, soothing and releasing movements for well-being and living into your body’s intelligence?
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about clinical somatics
Clinical somatics or Hanna Somatics (after Thomas Hanna who developed the work) finds its place among Western embodied movement practices such as the Alexander technique and the Feldenkrais Method .
Thomas Hanna was himself a Feldenkrais practitioner. From this foundation he moved in his own direction of explicitly exploring the 3 primary stress reflexes of the body and how to work with releasing them when they become chronic and lead to contraction and pain.
His term Sensory Motor Amnesia describes a “forgetting” that happens in the body, a loss of voluntary control over Somatic movements, done with awareness, and slowly and gently, help the brain reestablish healthy movement patterns, reminding muscles and fascia to return to their natural tone and range of motion.
As a facilitator of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme (MBSR) developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and as a long time mindfulness practitioner, it quickly became apparent that there is a deep and natural resonance between somatics and mindfulness.
People who are drawn to somatics are often in distress and pain, so learning the basic tenets of mindfulness can support and enrich the development of a somatics practice. Indeed the first foundation of the Buddha’s teaching is mindfulness of the body.
Slowing down, paying careful attention, being with what arises in the moment without judgement, and gently meeting pain and discomfort with spaciousness – these are qualities we develop when we begin a mindfulness practice.
My own journey into clinical somatics began 4 years ago. I had suffered a traumatic loss in 2013, was having high levels of work stress and over the next few years developed chronic muscle tension and terrible pain that no amount of body work could sustain for more than a few days. I was so desperate I visited a neurologist and rheumatologist to see if there was anything serious going on.
With nothing revealed, I began to search on the internet for solutions to chronic pain and muscular tension and over a while I noticed that many of my saved bookmarks mentioned Clinical Somatics. I began doing some online classes with Kristin Jackson of Thinksomatics and Susan Koenig of Somatics for you and developed my own daily practice.
Within 8 months all of my symptoms cleared, I’ve had no more pain and have not seen another practitioner since. I feel wonderful and free in my body and have been able to resume dancing again.
I’m currently training through the Somatic Movement Centre. I’m a level 1 practitioner and I’m currently enrolled in Level 2. I’ve developed an incredible zeal for sharing this modality with others and integrating it with my other skills and passions, mindfulness and dance.