Clinical Somatics Exercises for Full Body Relief
Level One & Level Two Courses
In the Level One & Level Two Courses, 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 courses 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 gives you the opportunity to become completely comfortable with the exercises and the effects that each one has on your body. The pace of the course is set, so you cannot skip ahead, but you can feel free to move more slowly through the course if you want to.
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 & Level Two Courses. 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 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 two-month 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
Level Two Course Curriculum
The three-month Level Two Course is structured in a very similar way to the Level One Course, but it moves a little faster, with twice as many exercises as the Level One Course. And while the Level One Course is focused on working with the core of the body, Level Two moves outward to the extremities. You’ll work with the neck, shoulders, face & jaw, hips, legs, and feet.
The Level Two Course also includes four proprioceptive exercises. The word proprioception means “how you sense your body in space.” As a result of adapting to habitual muscular patterns, many people have an altered, inaccurate sense of their posture. Their proprioception has gradually adapted over time, giving them the sense that they are standing straight up and down even though their spine is curved to some degree forward, backward, or to one side. The proprioceptive exercises help you to retrain your proprioception so that you can improve your posture and have an accurate sense of how you’re sitting and standing.
The Level One Course and Level Two Course together contain all of the Clinical Somatics exercises that are included in all of the audio class downloads that I offer.
*Please note: Before enrolling in the Level Two Course, you must complete either the Level One Course or the Full Body Pain Relief & Relaxation audio series.
In the Level Two Course, you’ll learn exercises that relieve:
- Tension and pain in the face, jaw, neck, shoulders, hips, leg muscles, knees, and feet
Forward head posture
Leg spasms & cramps
Sciatica & piriformis syndrome
Temporomandibular joint disorders
Thoracic outlet syndrome
Uneven leg length