Students who complete the Somatic Movement Center® Student Survey have been practicing Thomas Hanna’s Clinical Somatics exercises on a regular basis for at least two months. These students learn the exercises in the online Level One Course or the Scoliosis Course, which include video demonstrations, audio instruction, and written explanations.
Clinical Somatics exercises use the movement technique of voluntary pandiculation as developed by Thomas Hanna. Voluntary pandiculation sends feedback to the nervous system about the level of tension in the muscles, and reduces baseline muscle tension. This neuromuscular retraining results in relief from pain, muscle tension, and functional musculoskeletal disorders (such as sciatica and functional leg length discrepancy) for many people.
Students are advised to practice the exercises 5-7 days per week in order to experience the benefits of the movements. It is interesting to note that survey respondents who practice the exercises 1-2 days per week and 3-4 days per week report pain relief at nearly the same rate as those who practice the exercises 5-7 days per week.
The survey is short and simple in order to encourage students to fill it out. However, the simple survey design results in some limitations:
While 85-93% of people experience pain relief, only 74% to 80% of people who use pain medication report that they have reduced their usage of pain medication. So, approximately 20% to 26% of people who use pain medication and then experience pain relief do not reduce their use of pain medication, and the reason for this is unknown.
The questions that are asked non-conditionally might have higher response rates if they were asked conditionally. For example, to get accurate results the question about posture should be asked: When you started practicing Clinical Somatics exercises, did you have a postural issue that you were trying to change? If yes, has your posture improved as a result of practicing Clinical Somatics exercises?
This is an in-house survey carried out by Somatic Movement Center® in order to track the effects of Clinical Somatics exercises as taught by Sarah Warren, CCSE, RSME.