Somatic Movement Center Announces Professional Somatics Training Program

This is the first ever Boston area training program in Thomas Hanna's groundbreaking method of chronic pain relief. Students learn highly specialized movement techniques which work with the nervous system to relieve chronic pain, and graduate as Certified Somatic Educators.

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Clinical Somatic Education Session

Sarah Warren, CSE working with a client in a Clinical Somatic Education session

In a one-hour session from a student in training I experienced better results than I had in a previous decade with other modalities.

Watertown, MA (PRWEB) January 09, 2013

Somatic Movement Center has announced that it will be launching a professional 500-hour training program in September 2013. Somatic Movement Center provides Clinical Somatic Education, a highly effective method of neuromuscular re-education which works with the underlying cause of chronic muscle and joint pain.

Many chronic pain sufferers are frustrated that the industry is focused on managing symptoms rather than researching and understanding the underlying cause of chronic muscle and joint pain. Somatic Education provides lasting relief from chronic pain by working directly with the nervous system to release involuntary muscle contraction and unlearn damaging movement patterns that have been habituated over many years.

Patrick Flanagan, co-owner of Somatic Movement Center, was injured as a child and spent most of his young life trapped by his condition and limited in the activities he wanted to pursue. Flanagan spent a decade looking for a solution, trying many different modalities in both mainstream and alternative medicine.

“I felt many therapies were effective at temporarily reducing pain, but I didn’t feel that they got to the root of the problem, as the pain would always return and my posture would always be distorted within a short period of time,” says Flanagan. “I stumbled across Somatic Education accidentally, and in a one-hour session from a student in training I experienced better results than I had in a previous decade with other modalities.”

Somatic Education was developed by Dr. Thomas Hanna (1928-1990), who sought to help people eliminate habitual muscular patterns that were causing them pain. Hanna defined the term “sensory-motor amnesia,” which describes a condition of the central nervous system in which habituation has led to chronic muscle contraction and damaging movement patterns. Hanna’s background in neuroscience led him to develop specific movement techniques which release involuntary muscle contraction and allow for relearning of natural, efficient movement patterns.

Somatic Education is a highly specialized profession which requires the mastery not only of advanced movement techniques, but also of the ability to work with individuals and determine the underlying cause of their pain or condition. Through detailed study of anatomy and neurophysiology, students in training learn how to determine the underlying cause of chronic pain, postural distortions, mobility issues, and many musculoskeletal conditions. Students learn advanced hands-on movement techniques and have extensive practice with clients, both inside and outside the classroom.

Somatic Movement Center was formed in 2010 by Clinical Somatic Educators Patrick Flanagan and Sarah Warren. Clinical Somatic Education provides lasting relief from chronic pain by working directly with the nervous system to release involuntary muscle contraction and unlearn damaging movement patterns. Somatic Movement Center provides hands-on clinical sessions, workshops, continuing education classes, and a professional training program.


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