Samantha Holland, PhD, CCSE, ESMT

Certified Clinical Somatic Educator | Certified Essential Somatics® Movement Teacher

Nairn, Scotland; Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK

Services Offered

➡ 1:1 Movement Sessions (In-Person + Online)
➡ 1:1 Clinical Sessions (In-Person)
➡ Group Classes (In-Person + Online)
➡ Workshops (In-Person + Online)

Samantha Holland, PhD teaches self-moving, self-sensing, and self-learning to address ongoing stress, stiffness, discomfort, and pain. A Certified Clinical Somatics Educator and Essential Somatics® Movement Teacher, her approach is grounded in Thomas Hanna’s Clinical Somatic Education.

Like so many of us, Samantha had struggled for years to find a long-term solution to neck, shoulder, and hip pain, and areas of increasingly limited proprioception and smooth movement. Upon discovering Hanna’s unparalleled work following a 3-hour Somatics-inspired yoga workshop, Samantha realised there was something revolutionary about this thing called ‘Somatics’ in the way it treats the whole, embodied human and starts to melt away long-held pain from within. When Martha Peterson’s Essential Somatics® Movements started to free up Samantha’s muscle tension almost immediately—using just cortical self-education and amazingly gentle movements—it confirmed for her that this was something special.

Samantha is an active member of the AHSE. She’s also Somatic Experiencing® Informed and currently completing the SE professional training. She integrates this approach along with aspects of Focusing and polyvagal theory into her Somatic teaching and has studied with Peter Levine, PhD, in person.

Samantha’s main online offerings are her ‘Nurturing Freedom from Stress, Stiffness, Discomfort & Pain: 28 Days of Embodied Stress Release’ and monthly group class. She also sees clients individually for clinical sessions (in person) and 1:1 movement classes (online). Additionally, she teaches in-person and online workshops. Her 10-week ‘SoMA for Counsellors and other Listening Helpers: Listening to the Whole, Embodied Person’ course runs once or twice each year, and introduces ‘Somatics’ and what it really means to counselors, psychotherapists, coaches, and other listening professionals.

Samantha’s based in the Scottish Highlands (near Nairn) and online; she also sees clients in Sheffield (South Yorkshire) a few times each year. She runs an indie bookshop in Nairn.

Phone: +44(0)754 666 6135