What is Somatics?

Somatics also know as Hanna Somatics is a rapidly effective form of neuromuscular (mind-body training) movement re-education that goes directly to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain: the brain and the way

it senses and organizes the muscles and movement.

The discipline of Somatics was developed by the philosopher/teacher Thomas Hanna (1928-1990) He founded the Novato Institute of Somatic research in 1975 specifically to study the impacts of 'movement awareness'. His research identified the phenomenon of 'sensory motor amnesia'. Once identified, he developed the process of somatics, which enables an individual to replace sensory motor amnesia with sensory awareness. It is that awareness which lies at the heart of somatics and offers a permanent solution to pain release.

 

Gain greater freedom of movement & enhance you life with Somatics

Somatic Gentle Yoga is concerned with the evolution of the person-mind, body, spirit. It leans heavily on sensing your somatic self. Imagine the body is like an elastic band: pull it out in all directions and it always returns to its natural state. But sometimes it has been overstretched and eventually, it becomes weak and no longer has the elasticity to bounce back. This is just like the body that can't release tension. Through exploring somatic movement, our inner world is awakened through sensory-motor learning. Therefore the more you can sense and feel the more you can control, making a profound connection between the body and the mind.

When our bodies learn something new we use the motor cortex part of our brain, which receives information from the sensory nerves in our muscles. Then it sends that information to our muscles, this information is stored for our movement.

When our muscles become tight and stay contracted, which may be caused by different reasons. Therefore, over time, it causes what is known as 'sensory motor amnesia' The motor part of the brain has forgotten the send the messages to relax the muscles and they stay permanently contracted, they no longer know how to release and relax, thereby causing muscular pain, reduced mobility and range of movement.