At Applied Somatics we educate practitioners with the skills to help others manage acute pain and pain management first and foremost. The valuable information in the Myth of Aging - one of the roots of Clincial Somatic Education, as presented by Thomas Hanna, is not accessible to all individuals in pain, aged individuals or those who have histories of surgeries, motor vehicle accidents and injuries that limit mobility and are complicated with areas of Sensory Motor Amnesia.
By teaching you about those individuals in society with the most needs, and considerations for gentle care, you weil learn to see Clinical Somatics more wholistically and be able to apply the education and clinical skills to a wider base of the population that you may currently being working with. We address safely helping those in acute and chronic pain.
You will learn a more expansive view and a broader skill set, enabling you to educate and provide clinic-based Somatics and homecare that is safer and suitable for individuals of all capabilities.
Clinical Somatic training is offered in five weekend modules. Those wishing to take the courses should have a strong background in anatomy and physiology. Training is accredited with the CMT of BC for Continuing Education Credits and is often attended by Registered Massage Therapists, Physiotherapists and Kinesiologists. Individuals with other backgrounds can apply to determine which stage of our training is appropriate.
Our Level I courses (3 modules) can be taken in any order and would be followed by Level II and Level III to attain eventual certification.
Note: Hanna Somatic Education is a registered trademark of the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training. Used with permission.
1. Teaching Somatics/Self Regulation
The goal of clinical somatic education is to teach voluntary control of the human being through somatic (mind/body) education, use of the hands (manual) and through mat exercises. A renewed field of study called Somatology (the study of anatomy and physiology) in the first person (how it applies to the individual) is the learning objective. The introduction to Somatology is to help individuals have knowledge to make long term changes with health issues and stress, and chronic tension and pain. Learning self regulation is learning a functional model to the mind/body (Somatic).
2.Teaching How to Change Movement and Posture through sensory-motor learning
Learning outcomes for this course include assessing, recognizing postural, dysfunctional patterns and unconscious habits of standing, sitting, laying and gait/walking. The sitting, standing and laying postures are evaluated to determine any compensations in life’s unconscious habits. When patterns are discovered then the right application of Somatic Education, Somatic mat exercise and manual techniques become a part of the Clinical Somatic Educators tool box from which change and healing are possible.
3.Teaching How to Change Tension, Pain , Flexibility through Manual Techniques
Other learning outcomes include the hands to accelerate change in individuals as a form of biofeedback to disengage the autonomic nervous system(fight/flight/freeze). In all of the courses a deep study of four hands on techniques: 1. Facilitated-Pandiculation (controlled shortening and lengthening of muscle groups/patterns to reset resting tone of the muscle and improve function), 2. reciprocal inhibition (using one muscle group by contracting to turn off its opposing muscle group), 3. kinetic mirroring (passive gathering/approximating of the attachments), and 4. Tapping/palpation for awareness. These four manual techniques are a form of release, balance, awareness, change, and healing of multiple muscle groups and movement patterns.
4.Teaching How to Change Tension ,Flexibility, Pain and Posture through Mat Exercises
More learning outcomes for the students in all courses/immersions include learning to use somatic mat exercises to reinforce the reduction of sensory motor amnesia in the appropriate somatic patterns and muscle groups. Each immersion explores approximately 15 different mat exercises that Health practitioners practice to teach to prospective patients/clients for voluntary control of their Somas (minds and bodies).