Laura M Gates is a Certified Hanna Somatic Educator (CHSE), Certified Clinical Somatic Educator (CCSE) and practitioner based in New York City. She trained in Somatic Education at Somatic Systems Institute, Northampton, MA and was also certified by Novato Institute of Somatic Research and Training, Novato, CA in 2007. Laura assists and collaborates with Martha Peterson, CHSE, director of Essential Somatics®, teaching and training somatic movement coaches and practitioners internationally. She enjoys developing somatic curriculum to address various muscle pain conditions with a focus on scoliosis and dancers’ needs. She brings over 40 years of movement education to her work. Laura is also an ongoing student of kinesthetic anatomy with celebrated master teacher Irene Dowd.
Regarding her own issues around scoliosis and chronic pain Laura says, “Thomas Hanna’s techniques and system has proven hugely and uniquely helpful to my scoliosis, increasing comfort and mobility, improving alignment, and giving me a ‘somatic medicine kit’ that I use daily. I can’t imagine life without Somatics.”