Hanna Somatic Education is available in two forms:
- CLINICAL SESSIONS
- SOMATIC EDUCATION EXERCISES (pandiculation action patterns)
CLINICAL SESSIONS: Hands-on procedures free people from the grip of muscular tensions maintained by muscle/movement memory and improve coordination and muscular control. "Control" means improvement in the person's ability to relax and to tighten muscles in movement, to begin, carry out, and end movements with ease, grace, and confidence. Often, fewer than seven sessions are needed for complete results.
Hanna Somatic Education ®
a L.E.A.R.N. Advantage program
The word, "education" fits with the word "somatic" better than do the terms "therapy" or "treatment". You learn something new that works better.
"Therapy" and "treatment" imply "getting rid of symptoms" -- a return to your "pre-injury" condition. "Education" implies development -- better off than before.
Clinical Somatic Education extinguishes pain far faster than conventional physical therapy or "alternative" methods of treatment. It reduces the likelihood of re-injury and leaves you better than before injury.
Hanna Somatic Education (HSE) is a clinical approach used to correct (CLICK for partial list:) chronic pain conditions commonly referred for osteopathy, physical therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, and other modalities. Used with standard therapies, HSE improves their efficacy dramatically. Used alone, HSE is commonly sufficient.
Every injury or stress-period leaves an imprint in memory that shows up as a muscular tension habit (muscle/movement memory) that often continues indefinitely as if the injury or stress situation is still happening. Changes of movement and posture of this type are so common that people don't recognize their significance and commonly attribute them to aging or to, "that just how he (or she) is", or "how I am."
Hanna Somatic Education (HSE) quickly ends such muscular tension habits and the pain and restricted motion that result, from them.
What distinguishes HSE from other approaches is the use of "the pandicular response" (or "pandiculation") an action pattern related to yawning done instinctively by all animals upon arising from rest, going into activity, to refresh the body-sense and control of movement. View the video, below.
This memory imprint shows up as involuntary muscular tension (a guarding reaction) that resists stretching or external therapeutic modalities -- a guarding reaction that makes you tight enough to cause pain and restrict movement.
Such guarding reactions come from centers in the brain involved in self-protective reflexes and habitual posture -- which are involuntary muscular actions that come from primitive reflex centers of the brain.
Most therapy seeks to "fix the patient" by acting upon the patient chemically (drugs, ultrasound), mechanically (manipulation, stretching, or surgery), or electrically (TENS, electric stim) -- rather than having the patient regain control of their own body. You can't change conditioning, from outside. So, after therapy (hours or days), the patient's previous, injury-caused conditioning takes over and symptoms return.
When therapy uses stretching and strengthening, that doesn't work very well, either. Stretching doesn't work because it works on the effect (tight muscles) rather than the cause (brain conditioning formed suddenly, at the time of injury). Strengthening doesn't work because the pain is caused by muscles that are already too tight. It's the wrong direction for successful therapy.
People commonly remain dependent on therapy for a long time. Improvement is often slow, temporary, and may require many repetitions of the same treatment process. Many people exit therapy with some or all of their symptoms (regrettably) intact.
Pain and restricted movement from muscular tension (which may seem like muscular adhesions) can't be permanently "fixed" from outside. For a lasting change, the "fix" must occur from within; the client/patient must correct themselves. Hanna somatic education (HSE) guides and assists the client/patient through the process.
Rather than being slower than therapeutics, results of clinical sessions of HSE come faster and are far more predictable. You'll feel results immediately during the session, results that last, afterward. Most pain conditions resolve completely in between two and eight sessions. Postural improvements come immediately and are lasting.
The specific advantage seen in Hanna Somatic Education by referring physicians is that, while being effective in the relief of muscular pain and spasticity, it has the specific virtue of teaching the client an ability so to control the muscular complaint that there is little chance of a future return of the problem.
Our goal is for you to become self-sufficient and independent of therapy as soon as possible. Long-term dependency on a Hanna Somatic Education practitioner not to be expected, since we expect your improvements to be durable. Sometimes, people return later, after having complete a course of a few sessions, but it's virtually always to address a new or different problem.
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The Institute for Somatic Study and Development
Milwaukie, OR 97008
Lawrence Gold, C.H.S.E. (certified Hanna somatic educator)
Hanna Somatic Education ®
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