Somatics for You

 Newsletter April, May, June 2014

Due to my very busy teaching schedule including an invitation to teach in Taiwan in May, I am putting out a short Newsletter.  I want to thank you for the positive feedback.  I will continue my Newsletter although not strictly on a monthly basis.

Come to Class
Feel So Much Better!

Saturday Class Schedule:
10 - 11:30 am
April 5
May 3, 31
June 7,28

National Holistic Institute
5900 Doyle Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

Saturday Somatic Classes

Our Winter Theme is
"Creating a Meaningful Daily Somatic Routine for Yourself"
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.

Explore movements done on the floor, in sitting, standing, and walking to expand your ability to move with ease and confidence.  Learn some specific movements for recovering your sense of safety, balance, and alignment under stress. 

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.

Doing somatic exercises this way engages the voluntary motor cortex of the brain, the only part of brain's motor system that can reduce muscular tension (contraction).

Recommended reading is the book, Somatics, by Thomas Hanna (my teacher, now deceased).  Over time you will learn all the basic exercises called the "Daily Cat Routine" (p. 99, Somatics, in the last section of the book).   Class fee: $20 per class, or 4 classes for $60.

Private Sessions with Susan Koenig available

Call 510-848-4129

Picture Gallery
Vernon Williams, a student of Hanna Somatic Education, is teaching a somatic movement class in Saudi Arabia where he works as an engineer.
Vernon Williams has full somatic movement classes with a waiting list!
Vernon Williams - thank you for bringing Hanna Somatic Education to Saudi Arabia.
Somatic Movement
It's All About the Brain-Muscle Connection
Remember, no one muscle ever works alone.  Our whole nervous system is involved: brain, spinal cord, nerves, and musculo-fascial-skeletal system!  We are organized system-wide through our center of gravity and spine (our axis, which is vertical).

Huge neuronal nets are constantly re-arranging the "flux" that is us moment to moment, incorporating our position in space, activity level, emotional state, and hormonal chemistry in a constant feedback - feedforward symphony. 

As you do your somatic movements, focus on the sensations of the movements to increase the ability of your brain to respond motorically with greater efficiency, less unnecessary energy, greater precision, and more grace.
Arch and Flatten with Rotation, Variation 1
Arch and Flatten with Rotation, Variation 2
It doesn't escape me that for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else's.  When I look down at this golden statue may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid. 
Lupita Nyong'o
Phil Shenk, a teacher in the Hanna Somatic Education professional training, demonstrates a Cat Routine Move called, "skiing."

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