Clinical Somatic Education is the powerful one-to-one application of Somatic Education in the tradition of Thomas Hanna.
Done on a wide and low table, the practitioner guides movement and uses different techniques to teach you how to release stiff, habituated tensions in full body patterns and encourage smooth, unrestricted movement.
The range of motion is always in your control, and we never push through painful movements. CSE is not body work – we don’t manipulate and work from the outside. We educate and give hands on feedback, so you can regain control over your movement again – you are the active participant in these lessons!
Movement will become more efficient, smoother and more controlled, with your commitment to a daily home practice. Taking responsibility for your body is essential to refine your sensory-motor control and keep you pain free. Ideally, you’ll come for a series of sessions spaced one week apart, and then continue with the established self-care exercises, which you can do on your own without getting dependent on regular sessions to ‘fix’ you. Gain freedom and control again!
Who is it for?
Somatic Movement Education has helped thousands of clients regaining control and awareness, a sense of a agency and choice. Whether you have chronic pain as a result of functional disorders or after a surgery or accident, or simply feel you need to take better care of yourself, Somatic Education can help you find your balance again.
Thomas Hanna’s work places the emphasis on regaining self-directed control and so differs from other methods, where the client is passively moved through sequences. Learning how to observe and teach yourself is a fascinating thing to do, no matter your perceived starting abilities!
The work is suitable for everyone who wants to take charge of getting a bit better every day. The process takes a couple of lessons and a daily home practice. You will feel relief from pain from a session, but to keep it that way, you will need to do the practice. Nobody can evoke change for you from the outside. So if you are ready to invest a little (or a lot) time into yourself, Somatic Education has proven to be successful for a lot of very common issues like
Back Pain ~ Frozen Shoulder ~ Neck Pain ~ Hip Pain ~ Knee Pain ~ Sciatica ~ Foot Pain (Plantarfasciitis and Heel Pain) ~ Tension Headaches and Migraines ~ Shoulder Pain ~ Breathing issues ~ decreased mobility and balance
Clients with chronic conditions like Spondylolithesis, Fibromyalgia, neural pain, Scoliosis can expect pain relief and increased painfree mobility.
I have also worked with clients in post-cancer rehabilitation with great success and am trained in breast-cancer rehabilitation through exercise.
Somatic Education can also be beneficial as a supporting modality in combination with counseling/psychotherapy for clients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression etc. Providing and holding space for reconnecting with the body can be beneficial to take a therapy to the next step of moving forward.
We address movement patterns and teach how to move more efficiently, please note this is not a replacement for medical treatment neither physical nor psychological. I am happy to refer to Dublin based complementary therapists if you wish.
Introduction 80€ (90min)
including detailed intake with medical history, movement assessment, goals for the lessons and a ‘sample’ of hands on work with a movement you can start practicing. This once off session is suitable, if you don’t know yet whether you want to commit to a full series of lessons or not.
Series 495€ (8x75min one to one, plus online home study program)
Series of 8 individual, tailored one to one lessons including detailed intake and assessment, hands on and movement lessons according to your goals and comfort with online home study to keep (audio classes and reading material) – 3 month payment subscription (per invoice) of 165€/month
Single Restorative Movement lesson 70€ (60min)
A private movement lesson includes learning Restorative Somatic Movements specific to your goals, and can include Pilates-based strengthening movements modified to your needs and abilities. The lesson does not include hands on techniques.
Zoom Sessions (online)
I am also offering online 121 lessons via video call. I can see how you move and guide you through a sequence that is suitable to your needs. You will receive the audio recording of the lesson and have taken the first step to a successful home practice.
All you need is a smartphone or laptop with a camera!
I teach movement professionally since over 15 years and even though this is not a hands-on lesson, you will get good results like in a movement 121 in person.
Practice Materials (available to purchase in my office, no shipping)
Yoga/Practice mat €25
Book Essential Somatics Martha Peterson: Move without Pain €18
DVD Essential Somatics Martha Peterson: Move without Pain €29
Book Thomas Hanna: Somatics €15