60 hours of training over 4 levels each 2 days long
The goal of this training is to have Somatic Movement Education in the tradition of Thomas Hanna accessible to other peopIe in New Zealand. I have been trained in Clinical Somatic Education by Martha Peterson of Essential Somatics. I have been practicing Hanna's movements daily from the moment I was introduced to them almost 8 years ago. These movements have shown me a new way of "being", a way of being softer, of enjoying everything more, of being more in control of who I am, of slowing down my ageing process and of functioning with more ease and comfort. I have found Hanna’s work so profound that I feel a responsibility to share it with others.
Through these trainings I hope to develop a group of teachers who have the set of skills, the knowledge and the personal practice to teach this body of work to others. A body of work that is so useful for pain, stiffness, immobility, fatigue and general ease of function in life.
The trainings are a series of four, each of 2 day duration and each one building on the others. They particularly apply to anyone wanting to teach Somatic Movement Education (SME) in the tradition of Thomas Hanna but these trainings are also for anyone interested in developing their own personal movement practice. The current cost is $350.
Overview of the trainings
Introduction to the basic concepts and principles behind Somatic Movement Education in the tradition of Thomas Hanna.
Learn how stress and daily life impact into our whole being creating tight muscles. How this can lead to sensory motor amnesia. Which can lead to one or more of the three habitual reflexive patterns of holding that our posture defaults to. How these postural distortions influence our whole being and can create aches and pain, stiffness and immobility and fatigue.
Learn "Pandiculation", the technique that is used to change these distortions and bring balance back to the body mind systems.
Explore, practice and learn breathing release and ten basic Somatic movements. These basic movements will provide you with a tool for creating more ease, flow and function in all your daily activities and give you a solid understanding of the basics of this approach.
The focus of this Level 1 weekend is developing your own practice and understanding. This is the start of a process of learning to teach Somatic Movement in the tradition of Thomas Hanna.
Revisit the theory, principles and concepts behind SME in the tradition of Thomas Hanna and the movements taught in level 1.
Explore eleven new movements, some are variations of the basic movements learnt in level 1 and others will connect the periphery to the centre of the body.
Experience two classes each focusing on a different reflex. Start to understand how to structure a Somatic Movement class.
During this level, you will be given an opportunity to teach a movement(s) to another person, to refine your own language and teaching skills.
Revisit the movements learnt in Level 2. Learn seven new movements. The focus is to understand and know thoroughly the movements used in Thomas Hanna's approach enabling you to become a competent teacher of them.
Experience a class and learn how to structure your own classes.
Understand the basics of how to assess a client 1:1.
Learn what movements will be most useful for them initially and how you can build on this.
Revisit the movements learnt in Level 3.
Learn and understand peripheral movements for the upper and lower extremities.
Learn and understand movements for different issues such as TMJ pain.
Explore alternative ways of practicing movements such as in a chair.
Learn to structure a class with themes such as walking, sporting activities.
Revisit and deepen your understanding of assessment and what movements are most useful for 1:1 clients.
Training dates 2021
Level 4 - 13th & 14th February, Auckland
Level 1 - 27th & 28th February, Auckland.
Level 1 - 27th & 28th March, Auckland.
Level 2 - 29th & 30th May, Auckland.
Level 3 - 31st July & 1st August, Auckland.
Level 4 - 25th & 26th September, Auckland
Contact Suds for more information on the trainings, to book a place or to register your interest.
027 227 4161 or email@example.com
NB: if you have a group interested I can come to your area to run a training.