What is Clinical Somatics?

Clinical Somatics, also known as Hanna Somatics, is neuromuscular education that relieves chronic pain
and prevents recurring injuries by re-educating the nervous system.

Clinical Somatics uses a technique called pandiculation to release involuntary muscle contraction.
The slow, gentle exercises relieve chronic muscle and joint pain, restore natural posture, retrain muscular patterns,
alleviate common musculoskeletal conditions, and prevent recurring injuries.

Clinical Somatics is far more effective than massage, chiropractic, and other similar therapies for musculoskeletal pain
because it addresses the underlying cause of most muscle and joint pain: The way our nervous system
is telling us to use our bodies.
Watch the video or read below to learn more!

What is Clinical Somatics?

Clinical Somatics, also known as Hanna Somatics, is neuromuscular education that relieves chronic pain and prevents recurring injuries by re-educating the nervous system.

Clinical Somatics uses a technique called pandiculation to release involuntary muscle contraction. The slow, gentle exercises relieve chronic muscle and joint pain, restore natural posture, retrain muscular patterns, alleviate common musculoskeletal conditions, and prevent recurring injuries.

Clinical Somatics is far more effective than massage, chiropractic, and other similar therapies for musculoskeletal pain because it addresses the underlying cause of most muscle and joint pain: The way our nervous system is telling us to use our bodies. Watch the video or read below to learn more!

It’s important to understand that most chronic pain, recurring injuries, and joint degeneration are caused by the way we use our bodies – the way we sit, stand and move, day in and day out, throughout our lives. And our nervous system is responsible for telling us how to use our bodies. Our nervous system tells us which muscles to contract, when to release them, and how to hold our bodies when we’re just sitting or standing still.

As we grow up, our nervous system actually learns how make us do these things. The more we repeat a certain posture or movement, the more deeply learned that muscular pattern becomes. After a while, our patterns become so deeply learned that we don’t even have to think about them. This is what we call muscle memory.

Muscle memory is a wonderful thing, because it allows us to get through our daily lives efficiently. But unfortunately, sometimes we learn patterns that damage our bodies–like sitting hunched over at a computer. The only way to change these deeply learned muscular patterns is to re-educate the nervous system.

And that is what Clinical Somatics does. It engages the nervous system in an active learning process that consists of very slow, focused, conscious movements. The movement techniques used in Clinical Somatics teach the nervous system how to release chronic muscle tension and stand and move in natural, efficient ways so that you aren’t putting yourself in pain or doing damage to your body.

Back pain
Bursitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Disc problems
Fibromyalgia
Frozen shoulder
Joint pain
Kyphosis
Lordosis
Osteoarthritis
Piriformis Syndrome
Plantar Fasciitis
Sciatica
Scoliosis
Spasms & cramps
TMJ
Tendinitis
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Uneven leg length
Whiplash
and more!

Release chronic muscle tightness
Prevent recurring injuries
Prevent joint degeneration
Improve flexibility and range of motion
Reduce stress
Improve sleep and breathing
Improve balance
Enhance athletic performance

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How is Clinical Somatics different?

There are three fundamental things that make Clinical Somatics unique
and much more effective than other pain relief options.

Most therapies that address chronic pain, like massage and chiropractic, are passive. That means that you do not move while the therapy is being performed on you. While passive therapies are often very enjoyable, their results usually don’t last more than a few days simply because they haven’t created any lasting change in your nervous system.

You need to be actively moving in order to form new neural pathways and create lasting change in the functioning of your nervous system. This is very important to understand: You need to be actively, consciously moving in order for your nervous system to learn something new. Nothing that anyone does to you is going to create any lasting change.

Most pain treatments, whether they be medication or a form of bodywork, only address the symptoms of the problem. These treatments either focus on relieving the sensation of pain or use spot work, an approach which assumes that the problem is only occurring in the area of the body where the pain is being felt. For example, if you’re having pain in your elbow, these treatments will only address your elbow. For this reason, the results of most pain treatments typically don’t last.

Clinical Somatics addresses the underlying cause of pain by working with full-body patterns of posture and movement. No part of the human body moves independently. Every time you move, adjustments happen throughout your body to allow the movement to happen. So believe it or not, that pain in your elbow is most likely related to how you are using your entire body. In order for the problem to go away for good, the entire movement pattern must be addressed.

Many treatments and therapies for pain are based on some sort of dependence, whether it be that you have to return on a regular basis for sessions or must continue to take medication.

Clinical Somatics teaches you how to take care of yourself with slow, gentle exercises. In fact, Clinical Somatics is founded upon the belief that people have the ability to and should take care of themselves instead of relying on others to maintain their health.

Is Clinical Somatics right for you?

First, have you and your doctor ruled out disease, infection, or structural damage as being the cause of your problem?

If the answer is yes, then it’s fairly safe to say that your pain, recurring injury, or posture or movement issue is a result of the way you are using your body.

Second, do you like the idea of being
self-sufficient and not relying on others to relieve your pain?

If you like the idea of engaging in a learning process and taking care of yourself by practicing slow, gentle exercises–then Clinical Somatics will be a good fit for you!

Get started today!

The Level One Course

Start learning with the Level One Course, a two-month online course that teaches the exercises one-by-one through video demonstrations, audio classes, and simple written explanations. This course is geared toward beginners and those who have limited experience with Clinical Somatics exercises.

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Audio Class Downloads

Select the class that addresses your individual needs and dive right in! These audio classes offer detailed instruction and are appropriate for both beginners and experienced students. However, many beginners will benefit more from the curriculum and instruction offered in the Level One Course.

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