Clinical Somatics Exercises: Level One Course
In the Level One Course, you’ll learn how to use Clinical Somatics exercises to alleviate common musculoskeletal conditions, improve your posture and movement, and prevent recurring pain and injuries. By the end of the course you’ll be self-sufficient, able to prevent and relieve your own pain by doing the exercises you feel that you need each day.
Level One Course Curriculum
Clinical Somatics exercises are slow, gentle, and therapeutic. The exercises are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. In the two-month Level One Course, you’ll learn Thomas Hanna’s Clinical Somatics exercises one by one though video demonstrations, audio classes, and written explanations. You’ll spend several days focusing on each exercise before moving on to the next one. This focused time will give you the opportunity to become completely comfortable with the exercises and the effects that each one has on your body.
Periodically, you will do short audio classes that combine the exercises into sequences. At the end of the course, you’ll receive a comprehensive Daily Practice Class that includes all of the exercises. Throughout the course, you’ll receive a daily email letting you know that there is a new exercise to learn, a new class to use, or suggesting what to practice that day. Ultimately, you will have learned the exercises well enough that you are able to assess yourself and do what you need on a daily basis to prevent and relieve your pain and continue to improve your posture and movement.
The Level One Course is a two-month online course that teaches the exercises one by one through video demonstrations, audio classes, and written explanations. I believe that this course is the ideal way for a beginner to learn Clinical Somatics exercises from home without the guidance of a practitioner. You’ll focus on each exercise individually and have the time to understand how it affects you before moving on to the next one. You’ll receive a daily email letting you know that there is a new exercise to learn, a new class to use, or suggesting what to practice that day. The course does require you to log into the website on a very regular basis in order to learn each new exercise, periodically download audio classes, and keep up with the course. The course is structured to help you to incorporate a short Somatics practice into your daily routine, which is a critical part of preventing and relieving functional pain and injuries.
For the same reason that Somatics practitioners do not demonstrate the exercises, audio classes have been the traditional tool used to learn and practice the exercises at home. Visually copying someone else’s movement versus doing the movement completely on your own entail different neurological processes. You are more effectively able to retrain your nervous system by doing the movement on your own, with all of your focus on your own sensory-motor experience of the movement. However, many people requested video classes, so I incorporated video demonstrations into the Level One Course. The videos are used as a tool to help you initially learn the movement, after which you are encouraged to use just the audio to guide you.
The Level One Course and Level Two Course (a four-month course to be released by end of 2017) together contain all of the Clinical Somatics exercises that are included in all of the audio class downloads that I offer. If you are unsure of whether to start with the Level One Course or an audio class tailored specifically to your condition, please email me at [email protected].
In the Level One Course, you’ll learn how to:
- Use Thomas Hanna’s technique of pandiculation to release chronic muscle tension and relieve chronic pain
- Alleviate back pain, disc problems, joint pain, kyphosis, lordosis, scoliosis, sciatica, osteoarthritis, uneven leg length, and more
- Learn exercises that release the lower back, hips, abdominals, obliques, shoulders, iliopsoas muscle, and more
- Improve posture, mobility, balance, body awareness, and muscular control
- Prevent recurring injuries and degeneration
- Improve athletic performance and speed recovery time
- Develop a daily practice that addresses your individual needs