Somatics in the Tradition
of Thomas Hanna
More Brain, More Gain.
Clinical Somatic Education
Hanna Somatic Education (HSE) , also known as Clinical Somatic Education (CSE)
was developed by Thomas Hanna who combined his expertise in philosophy, movement education and neurophysiology to create a system of movement
re-education in which people are taught to reverse the habituated effects
of stress on the muscular system and movement.
His studies in neurophysiology taught him about brain reflexes that are evident in all vertebrate beings. He also realized how the brain has a key role in creating muscular patterns of contraction. He coined the term "somatics" in 1976 to refer to the discipline of movement re-education that supports interoceptive awareness of one's body.
In really simple terms, Clinical Somatic Education highlights areas of your body with chronic muscle tension and/or pain, and teaches you how to get out of that muscular holding pattern so that you and your nervous system feel better. These areas of contraction have gone "off-line" with the brain, so we are on "auto-pilot" which is referred to as Sensory Motor Amnesia. CSE teaches you how to release these contractions, and learn movements to restore more efficient patterns of moving.
You are then given movements to support the new patterns while increasing your awareness of how you are moving through your life. Benefits of CSE can include better posture, reduction or elimination of pain, more energy, less effort, more resiliency to stress, better sleep and more.
"The muscles are the servants of the brain and have
no will of their own."
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What is Clinical Somatic Education?
Clinical Somatic Education (or Hanna Somatic Education) was developed by Thomas Hanna PhD. and is a movement re-education where people are taught to reverse chronic or habituated effects of stress on their muscular system and movement.
What is Pandiculation?
Pandiculation is used in CSE (Clincial Somatic Education) to regain the brains control of painful, tight muscles.
Pandiculation actively uses the muscle ad sends sensory information to the Sensory Motor Cortex of the brain to strengthen their connection. This creates new learning, and upon releasing of the contracted muscle, a new resting length of the becomes available.
People describe pandiculation very much like a "yawn" and we see this movement in our dogs or cats, each time they get up. A pandiculation in somatic education is when we move into an area of contraction a little deeper than what is already there, we must very slowly release that contraction in order to activate the brain/body connection, and then it is slowly released, to a new resting muscle length. We then allow the brain to soak in this new information by allowing zero effort of the few breaths.
Sensory Motor Amnesia
Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) affects movement quality and freedom by reducing muscle control and function. Basically, we have some form of loss in our ability to SENSE and MOVE our muscles. Guess What? Your muscles have 2 functions - they CONTRACT and they RELAX. So if you lose voluntary control of those functions.... you are going to have some issues with your movement.
You can develop Sensory Motor Amnesia by the following ways: Physical Trauma (a fall/injury etc), Stress (physical and emotional), Repetitive Movements, Lack of Movement.
Is this only for those in pain?
No. It is for anyone wants to move better and more efficently. Whether you are struggling with a sore knee/hip that has you shifting your body weight to minimize pain .....or an elite athlete that wants to move with the least amount of effort... Clinical Somatic Education can teach you to keep all of your movements under "voluntary" control.