Somatic Movement Education

Restorative Somatic Education Class

Force does not teachIn a Restorative Somatic Education Class, you will learn a series of self-care movements to release tight muscles on the front, back and sides of your body. The overall goal is to become more aware of habitual muscle tensions in order to release them (and get rid of them). On a deeper level, we also become more aware of general patterns of stress responses – what is our emotional response, what is our habitual thought pattern when something stressful happens? So it’s not only about movement – but movement is the starting point of a meaningful journey of knowing ourselves.
The movement sequences are practiced in a slow manner to allow the brain to ‘catch up’ again (ie. experience movement as non-threatening, in a novel way and as a doable and repeatable, nourishing activity), always within your individual comfortable range of motion and never pushing into pain. You are refreshing your body’s representation / map in your central nervous system (fun fact: there are multiple sites of neural representations of your body, both in the brain / sensory-motor cortex, as well as in the spinal cord) and sensing can become more accurate again.
In a group class, I will teach with a more general approach while adjusting to each person’s profile if possible. Ideally, you start with some Clinical sessions and continue to refine your movement with Somatic Exercise classes.

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I have trained as a Hanna Somatic Exercise Coach under Martha Peterson Essential Somatics beginning of 2014 to teach Somatic Movement classes, building on a decade of teaching movement professionally. The classes are pelvic floor health friendly and follow evidence based best practice for clients with pain.

I also mentor new Essential Somatics Movement Teachers throughout their training.
This is me teaching my colleagues and teachers at one intensive module of my Clinical Somatic Educator training in York (March 2016)

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  1. My name is Shay Obrien and I would like to enquire about your somatic movement classes. I have really tight hips and lower back and hamstrings . Would you be able to assess me or. Would it be better to do the group classes on tue. I train with kettlebells weights do some animal flow and yoga . Look forward to hearing back from you Regards Shay

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