A: Your practitioner will make sure you are not overwhelmed by the amount of exercises you have to do. The movement exercises should remain fun, so you will gradually add to your daily exercises at the end of each hands-on session. You also have the option of attending Somatic Living weekly movement classes. The classes help you to deepen your understanding and awareness of somatic exercises and give you added confidence to perform them at home by yourself.
A: Ideally you should perform your exercises upon waking and before sleep. Your brain waves are at their slowest during these times, so greater mind-body learning and integration can take place. Do not worry if this is a problem for you, Somatic exercises can be performed anytime and anywhere, all you need is a floor (not to hard/soft) or a chair to practice the daily exercises.
A: Hanna Somatic practitioners are not in the business of diagnosing conditions. Instead practitioners are trained to identify patterns of muscular tension that relate to areas of pain and/or movement dysfunctions. Many clients do arrive with some type of diagnosis from a physician, chiropractor, and osteopath or alike, so we have provided a list of common complaints for your reference. If your condition is not listed, please contact your doctor for advice.
A: Yes, most definitely. Postures typically become distorted due to the way we stand/ sit in characteristic postures because chronically contracted muscles hold us there.
Our muscles become balanced in tonicity, front, back and sides, when we stand/sit in a comfortable and upright position. When our muscles are more contracted on one side, we are pulled in that direction. Improper postures and unpleasant symptoms such as muscle/joint pain, headaches and so on can occur because the nervous system is repeatedly sending” contract” messages to muscles.
During the sessions you will be taught how to recognise, reverse and release chronic and habitual contraction patterns through a series of slow and co-ordinated movements.
This educational process helps awaken your potential to sense and move your body freely, deliberately and naturally. Mastery is achieved by performing your daily movement exercises, coupled with the hands-on sessions you can expect to enjoy a rapid improvement in comfort, quality of movement, posture, fitness levels and overall appearance.
A: It is difficult to say how many sessions you will require until you have been fully assessed. Pain related clients often experience a significant reduction in pain as early as the first session, and often experience total freedom from pain a few sessions later.
But as you can well imagine, every persons needs are different, so we say 3-8 sessions is usually sufficient if you perform your daily exercises set out by your Hanna Somatic Practitioner. How many sessions you have is up to you, improvement is cumulative.
A: Chiropractors use varying manipulative techniques to improve skeletal alignment and joint mobility. They are more focused on the position of the bones, and while the changes can be effective they are often short lived.
Hanna Somatics does not involve adjustments or manipulations; instead, it teaches your brain to make the adjustments from within. This results in long-lasting improvements and self- sufficiency without the need for endless visits.
Hanna Somatic Practitioners understand that the brain controls all voluntary movements in your body, and that the bones only move because tension in the muscle pulls on them.
Therefore the only way to effectively change the tension of the muscle (and allow bones to come into alignment) is to change the message that the brain is sending the muscle to contract. During the session your brain will learn how to replace old, restrictive ways of functioning with free, co-ordinated and more balanced movement patterns. You are able to relax muscles that have been chronically contracted for many years, often resulting in spontaneous self-adjustments. The on-going daily exercises keep you feeling supple, free, moving and self-sufficient for the rest of your life.
A: Sessions typically last between 60-75 minutes depending on particular needs. We suggest you wear loose, comfortable non-restrictive clothing for ease of movement.
Sessions start with an intake of your history and current complaint; your practitioner will also observe your posture along with monitoring different movement patterns.
During the session you will be guided through a series of safe, slow and gentle movements deigned to reverse pain, relax and lengthen muscles and create an overall ease to your movements. The assisted movements known as “pandiculations” (full body contraction and slow elongation) are very subtle yet powerful in bringing about greater balance to your muscles and improving joint mobility.
At the end of each session you will be taught some simple to do exercises to be performed daily. The exercises remind your brain how to efficiently use your muscles with the minimum of effort.
A: Firstly, contact your insurance company and inquire if they cover neuromuscular or movement type therapies. Our current policy is to collect payment each session and provide any paperwork or other information that will allow you to file for reimbursement.
You can also ask your doctor for a referral, which can often help in attaining full reimbursement.