The Essential Somatics®
Move Without Pain Fundamentals Immersion Course 

"The Somatics fundamentals weekend was the best two days ever and far surpassed any workshop/training I have attended. I'm still immersed and loving every minute."      — Ali Perkins, York, UK



This two-day introductory course is for anyone with an interest in learning about or seeking to deepen their understanding of Hanna Somatics for their own personal education and exploration. No prior experience or training is required to participate in this course.

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the core principles of Hanna Somatics: the science, philosophy, techniques, and Somatic Exercises. You will be led through Somatic Exercises in order to explore your own movement areas of Sensory Motor Amnesia. You will learn a basic routine of Somatic Exercises that can be practiced daily in order to restore muscle function and somatic awareness. We will explore the technique of pandiculation in pairs to establish a better understanding of how this technique affects sensory and motor function. Participants will receive a free digital download of our Pain Relief Through Movement audio CD and all appropriate learning materials.

As of January 1, 2017 participation in a Fundamentals Immersion Course will be a requirement for attendance at the HSEC Level 1. Alternately, proof of attendance at a 6-week Myth of Aging series or similar series taught by an approved Essential Somatics® somatic movement teacher will be sufficient to fulfill this requirement. Approval by the teacher is required.

Program Details

What you will learn

  • Basic somatic philosophy, a brief history of Somatic Education, and basic neurophysiology as it applies to Hanna Somatics
  • What sets Hanna Somatic (Clinical Somatic) Education apart from other methods of pain-relief and movement education
  • What “Sensory Motor Amnesia” is, how it occurs in the brain and central nervous system, and why it is the cause of most chronic muscular pain and movement limitation
  • How pandiculation differs from stretching (and how it restores voluntary sensory and motor control of muscles)
  • How to apply the principles and concepts of Hanna Somatics to your life
  • A basic routine of Somatic Exercises that, when done regularly, will result in renewed muscle control and awareness

How you will benefit

You will leave the course with a daily routine of movements that, when practiced regularly, will relieve chronic pain and maintain freedom of movement for the long-term. The result is more fluid, efficient movement, improved breathing, drastic reduction of functional muscle pain, and improved somatic awareness. You will also have a sound basis of understanding of the principles and basic science behind the method of Hanna Somatics.

To prepare

Bring paper and pen, water, and a yoga mat.  Wear loose, comfortable clothing (no jeans, skirts, or dresses) that is easy to move in, as this is a movement-based course.


Prices vary upon location ($350-450)

Cancellation Policy

You may request a full refund minus a 5% cancellation fee if canceling more than 4 weeks prior to training start date. No refund will be available if canceling less than 4 weeks prior to training start date. We thank you for your cooperation.

Essential Somatics® reserves the right to cancel any event or change event dates if necessary. In the unlikely situation that this may occur, a full refund of all monies paid will be returned to the client. For this reason, we highly recommend purchasing travel cancellation insurance to protect your trip investment in the event of date changes, illness, emergency, weather conditions, or any unforeseen circumstances.