Hanna Somatics is a mind-body technique developed by Thomas Hanna that enables us to move toward greater mind-body integration, ease of movement, and freedom. This workshop introduces the somatic self, somatic theory, and exercises for assessing and somatically transforming ourselves.
Chronic muscle contraction patterns created by past experiences are unconsciously maintained. Thomas Hanna named this tendency sensory-motor amnesia (SMA). Hanna Somatics enables us to use our brains to overcome SMA and the negative effects of stress, trauma, and aging. It enables us to hear more clearly the wisdom of our bodies. Hanna Somatics also enhances performance and well-being.
Through guided somatic exercises, dyad work, and hands-on demonstrations, this workshop explores the neuromuscular responses to emotional states and the wisdom and joy that come from the body’s renewed awareness and freedom. The workshop presents:
• How to assess basic postural reflex patterns that are habituated
• How emotions create muscular contraction patterns
• How muscle contraction patterns affect your somatic disclosures (somatic communications to others) and somatic perception of experiences
• How to use the daily maintenance exercise series and other Somatic Exercises to maintain comfort, ease of movement, and receive wisdom from your somatic self
• How to teach the somatic exercises to individuals and groups
This advanced workshop is designed for mental health professionals, physical therapists, nurses, bodyworkers, and others seeking to bring the somatic dimension into their work, as well as individuals seeking further personal growth. People with prior Hanna Somatics experience will find this workshop the next step in their somatic development. Participants who successfully complete this workshop will be qualified to teach the basic Hanna Somatics Exercises.
Recommended reading: Hanna, Somatics, The Body of Life and Bodies in Revolt; Criswell Hanna, Biofeedback and Somatics.