Somatic education started taking hold in the early-to-mid 1900s with the development of the Feldenkrais Method®, Alexander Technique, Rolfing, Hanna Somatics and much more.
Most somatic education programs explore developmental movements and access the power and plasticity of the central nervous system to improve human function by increasing self-awareness in movement. These programs attempt to “de-program”habitual fixations following injury, illness, posture and faulty learning that result in counter-productive movements and poor joint alignment. Reconnecting a person to their natural capacity for feeling, thought, and action, somatic education programs improve movement coordination and the collaborative functions of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems.
Thomas Hanna, who was a student of Dr. Feldenkrais, is often recognized for coining the term “somatic”. Somatic education can be defined as individual development through movement. The word somatic comes from the Greek word sō-mă, meaning the body. The personal living experience of learning through one’s own body is the main element covered in the idea of somatic education. Somatic education can be defined as an individual development with the help of movement exploration (both physical and emotional), kinesthetic sensation, and your awareness. It must be explored creatively without judgement for improved movement patterns. Only then will its positive impact extend beyond the individual to the world.
Because inefficient movement patterns and old injuries can contribute to osteoarthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, degenerative joint issues, and spinal disorders, the field of somatics has various applications and countless benefits. Cultivating the natural state of being, a relaxed readiness, responses from one’s physical, emotional and mental faculties emerge spontaneously and in proportion to environmental demands.
At present, we offer the following ongoing programs in three different areas: Movement Intelligence Programs such as Bones for Life and Walk for Life, the Feldenkrais Method, and Gait for Human Potential.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. -Albert Einstein
We may also offer additional specific workshop throughout the year.
Continuing education plays a vital role in ensuring competency within a profession or certification program. We are dedicated to helping individuals access reliable, credible, and high-quality continuing education throughout their careers. Montgomery Somatics has experience in offering continuing education units for Massage Therapists/Bodyworkers (NCBTMB Certification), Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Athletic Trainers and Personal Trainers (ACE) in the Bones for Life Segment Classes and the Gait For Wild Human Potential Workshop. We also provide private and group mentoring sessions. Contact us for further information.
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My inmost belief is that, just as anatomy has helped us to get an intimate knowledge of the working of the body, and neuroanatomy an understanding of some activities of the psyche, so will understanding of the somatic aspects of consciousness enable us to know ourselves more intimately. – Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc