Somatics

Somatic Movement Classes

  • Specialist class limited to 6 people, for more individual attention.
  • Suitable for those with chronic muscular pain and stiffness
  • Learn simple movements to relieve pain in the body and to bring about coordinated movement
  • Especially suitable for those with existing medical conditions, injuries or limited mobility.
  • Classes sold as 5 week pass

What is Somatics?

‘Somatics’ refers to a practice of movement, developed by Thomas Hanna, that enhances awareness of one’s body, leading to more efficient and pain free movement in our everyday lives.

Somatics works at the level of the nervous system, and can help us to get in touch with our inner bodily sensations and movement patterns or reflexes that often go unnoticed.

Thomas Hanna discovered that there are three basic reflexes in the body that are unconsciously created through our experiences to life. These reflexes can sometimes lead to unhelpful, awkward movements that create pain in the body, and agitation in the mind.

Somatic movement uses simple techniques that teach the nervous system to relax held tensions allowing us to begin to move in a more coordinated, functional and pain free manner.

The Greek word ‘soma’ from which ‘somatics’ derives, refers to the body as it is perceived internally by the individual, or from the first person perspective. The student of Somatics is encouraged to sense from within, to begin to notice what they can and cannot feel, and to learn how to unlock habitual distorted patterns of movement and replace them with more efficient functional patterns. 

Benefits of Somatic Movement

  • Release and reverse neuromuscular pain (chronic and acute)
  • Improve mobility, strength and coordination
  • Improve posture and appearance
  • Eliminate the need for guarding to protect injured areas
  • Improve physical fitness
  • Create a new freedom of movement
  • Ease of breathing
  • Improve athletic skills
  • Long term pain relief from a host of common conditions
  • Life long skills that teach you how to regain voluntary control of habitually tight muscles
  • Greater physical independence and mastery of your movement
  • Increased flexibility, coordination, stress relief, balance and proprioception
  • A safe, easy and common sense alternative to drugs, and surgery