About Martha Peterson

Martha Peterson is a Certified Hanna Somatic Educator and movement expert, and the founder of Essential Somatics®. She is the author of Move Without Pain (Sterling Publishing, January 2012) and has produced the instructional DVD, Pain Relief Through Movement and a line of Pain-Free Somatic Exercise DVDs, which are selling worldwide.  Martha is a graduate of Somatic Systems Institute in Northampton, MA and certified by the Novato Institute for Somatic Research in Novato, CA. She holds a BA in Dance Education from the State University of New York, and certification in Massage Therapy from the National Holistic Institute in Oakland, CA. Martha is a member of the Association for Hanna Somatic Education (AHSE) and the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).

Her expertise comes from over 30 years of working with professionals in the field of dance, bodywork and somatic disciplines. Martha discovered Hanna Somatic Education after suffering chronic hip and knee pain due to injuries after years of dancing professionally; HSE is the only method that taught her to reverse her hip pain and postural imbalances and regain her freedom of movement. She finds that mastering healthy body mechanics and proprioception is the key to maintaining flexibility and freedom of movement.

Martha teaches Hanna Somatics trainings and workshops across the United States and internationally and offers private clinical sessions in the Denver Metro area. Martha works with clients who have struggled with chronic muscle or joint pain, and postural and mobility problems. She teaches them how to regain freedom of movement and achieve long-term pain relief using the gentle and revolutionary techniques of Hanna Somatics. Martha conducts online video sessions for distance clients who seek personalized help for pain relief and improved movement.

In 2012, she began the Essential Somatics® Clinical Somatic Education Professional Training program, which trains appropriate candidates to become skilled Clinical Somatic Educators in the tradition of Thomas Hanna.  Martha is available for speaking engagements and corporate workshops, which focus on body awareness, injury prevention, healthy biomechanics, worker wellness, and embodied leadership.

In her free time, Martha enjoys traveling, hiking, walking long distances, dancing, gardening, and playing with her grandson. Martha has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and traveled to Sikkim, Northern India, to trek in the Himalayas with her 87-year-old mother. She has learned that the key to remaining healthy and mobile is daily, vigorous, fun movement, a regular Somatic Exercise routine, and learning the fine art of relaxation.

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