Conditions Helped by Hanna Somatics

Many conditions that are commonly thought to be structural in nature, are functional, neuromuscular problems that can be prevented and improved with Hanna Somatic Education (HSE). When the brain forgets how to sense and control muscles properly, coordination, balance and proprioception is impaired and pain develops. Chronically tight muscles are the result of Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) – a habituated response to stress (accidents, injuries, surgeries, improper biomechanics, repetitive stress).

Examples of Sensory Motor Amnesia that can be eliminated with Hanna Somatics include:

These conditions cannot be stretched away or changed for the long term through passive manipulation. Stretching can often cause muscles to become tighter, in effect, worsening your muscle pain. Medicine can block the pain but not address the root cause of your pain. Passive methods like chiropractic and massage only confer temporary relief.

Hanna Somatic Education is not magic. It is education, which requires your participation and engagement in order to eliminate chronic muscle pain that has developed due to your unique responses to stress. We don’t fix people; we teach you to fix yourself! Creating new habits requires practice, just like any other skill. The slow, gentle, safe Somatic Exercises we teach in classes and workshops, or in a private clinical session are movement patterns that reprogram your brain to muscle connection, create efficient movement and improve your self-awareness. These movements are basic to all human movement – running, walking, reaching, bending. When you remember how to move without overly contracted muscles, your movement is more efficient and effortless and your pain disappears!

Who Needs Pain Relief?

Anyone whose daily movement habits cause stress and muscle pain can benefit from Hanna Somatic Education. Many people sit for extended periods of time at a desk or in a vehicle, stand for long hours or do repetitive movements at their jobs and in their daily lives, and every day our brain responds to stressful events, good or bad, mental, physical, or emotional – all of which contribute to muscle pain and Sensory Motor Amnesia. Through Hanna Somatic Education, you can learn to reduce and prevent muscle pain that comes with poor posture, long term sitting and a high stress lifestyle regardless of your age.

Hanna Somatic is beneficial to:

  • Office workers and computer specialists
  • Athletes of any age (including "weekend warriors") or dancers with repeat injuries
  • Factory and construction workers
  • Medical professionals: doctors, nurses, dental hygienists – on their feet all day
  • Frequent drivers of any type of vehicle
  • Hairdressers
  • Gardeners and landscapers
  • Mothers or caregivers – carrying children all day
  • Those who have suffered severe illness, such as breast cancer survivors
  • Those recovering from accidents or surgery

Unsure if Hanna Somatics is appropriate for you?

This website does not contain medical advice. It is intended for informational and educational purposes only and not for the purpose of rendering medical advice. It is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your healthcare provider for personalized medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional medical advice or treatment because of something you have seen on this website.

If I could, I would put Somatics in the hands of every neurologist, internist, nurse, psychophysiologic therapist, and clinical psychologist in the country.
— Elmer E. Green, PhD at the Menninger Clinic
I cannot begin to describe what a difference that first Somatics session and the exercises you gave me have made. I felt an immediate improvement the next day and every day I continue to improve. Even my yoga practice has been positively affected.
— D.M., Bergen County, NJ