Somatics for You

January February March 2015

Link to some audio recordings of my Saturday Somatics Classes via SoundCloud.

Link to my YouTube Channel (Somatics For You, Susan Koenig). 
     You can see over 20 short somatic movement videos.

Hanna Somatic Convention, April 23-26, 2015

Many workshops are open to the general public, including a 6 hour Walking Workshop given by myself, Susan Koenig, and Bill Keele. 

For more information: click on this link: and view the information.
Location: IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences), 101 San Antonio Rd., Petaluma, CA.

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Saturday Class Schedule, 10-11:30 am:
January 24
February 21
March 21, 28
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National Holistic Institute
5900 Doyle Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

Saturday Somatic Classes

Come to My Classes Any Time
Somatic exercises are done slowly, gently, always within your comfort zone, and with internal focus on the sensations of the movements.
Every class teaches and reviews some of the basic 7 movements created by Thomas Hanna in his "Daily Cat Routine"  (Somatics, p. 99).  Additionally you'll want to add some of the other movements that especially speak to your specific pain and stiffness.

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Private Sessions with Susan Koenig available

Call 510-848-4129

This is a fabulous book by my dear friend, Jim O'Hara, about his many years in India and Nepal.
Walking Well
Walking is a full body movement activity.  Many people no longer find pleasure in walking due to pain and discomfort in their muscles and joints, especially in their lower back, hips, and legs.  As we get older, we often attribute this stiffness to "old age."  However when we learn to release chronically contracted muscles so the brain can re-organize our walking patterns, we no longer experience "old age." 

The two videos featured in this issue help you to re-organize your walking movements, release contracted muscles, and add new valuable awareness to the process.  Walking with ease and comfort is within your reach!

Video 1:  Following the Movements of Your Feet When Doing Cat Routine #5, the Twist
(This  movement combines some of the features of Cat #5, The Twist, and Cat #6, Inversion-Eversion; pp. 99, Somatics, by Thomas Hanna.) 

Start with other somatic "warm-up" moves like Arch and Flatten (Cat #1), Arch and Curl on the Diagonal (Cat #4), and the regular Twist (Cat #5).  Move slowly and gently in order to experience the connection between your feet, legs, hips, pelvis, back (spine), and into all parts of your trunk, shoulder girdle, and head/neck.  Notice how "sensory-motor amnesia" (stiffness and lack of movement due to contracted muscles), causes constriction of the muscles between the feet, pelvis, and trunk, which causes general stiffness in locomotion.  

Video 2: Releasing Contracted Muscles to Improve Ankle Movement in Standing
This movement was invented (and probably re-invented) by myself and various colleagues as clients asked us to come up with a movement they could do in standing when their calves got stiff during walking and hiking.
Video 1:  Following the Movements of Your Feet When Doing Cat Routine #5, the Twist
Video 2: Releasing Contracted Muscles to Improve Ankle Movement in Standing
Basic Clinical Massage Therapy
Basic Clinical Massage Therapy
Neural Basis of Hanna Somatic Education (HSE)
This quote is from an article called, "Somatics and Trauma," by Eleanor Criswell Hanna, Ed.D., from the journal, "Somatics," Volume XVII Number 2

"Somatics is based on neuroscience.  It involves shifting levels of brain control from the brain stem motor tracks to the voluntary cortex of the brain in order to reset the resting tonus of the muscles.  The client's muscles are being contracted and re-contracted over and over by the brainstem motor tracts.  HSE asks the client to change levels of brain control from the brain stem, which is maintaining the contracted muscles, to the motor cortex." 

"In the somatic approach, we begin with the body and consider the person as a whole.  We begin with assessing the postural pattern that the person has developed and then work to help the person re-set the resting level of the muscles so that the person can move back toward a non-stressed, non-traumatized posture and ease of movement."

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