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The pains for which people see chiropractors, osteopaths, massage therapists and physical therapists end for most people with somatic education. This site has what you need for your complete recovery -- information about your condition, guaranteed self-relief instruction, and access to personal guidance.

Allied health professionals and teachers will find key, helpful information, here, as well.

A Growing Trend

As clinical somatic education becomes more well-known, more sports medicine doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors and alternative health care providers are referring patients who are not making progress with persistent problems to clinical somatic educators.

Highly respected health care professionals endorse Hanna somatic education®, the method presented here.

What to Expect

Here's what you should expect clinical somatic education to do:

  • Rapidly bring long-term relief from pain.
  • Heal many injuries labelled, "chronic" or "permanent and stationary".
  • Eliminate trigger points or the need for muscle relaxants.
  • Improve balance, mobility and physical comfort for the aged.
  • Restore energy lost from pain.
  • Enable you to expand your life, again.
HISTORY and APPLICATIONS

Developing for more than a century under researchers into mind-brain-body development (F.M. ALEXANDER, M. FELDENKRAIS, H. SELYE, A.F. FRAZIER, T. HANNA, et. al. -- click for article) somatic education relieves the pain and restores the mobility lost from trauma, repetitive motion, and stress. Using the brain's capacity for neurological learning ("brain plasticity"), the field of somatics is bringing breakthroughs in human development, movement rehab and athletics.

The "health care crisis" -- which is a crisis of effectiveness, a crisis of trust, of affordability and payment, and of the effective use of economic resources -- needs a breakthrough.

Lowering personal health-care costs and uplifting the national economy go together.

Somatic education is one such breakthrough, and a big one.

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ARTICLES | INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CONDITION |SELF-RELIEF PROGRAMS

WHO CAN BENEFIT and HOW IS IT UNIQUE?

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Somatic education is for people ready to participate actively in their own healing, ready to learn -- who have lost faith in, or patience with, the medical system and are taking matters into their own hands -- and for health care practitioners looking for something more than the standard modalities, to help their patients.

There exists a well-defined process in which you actively participate, with obvious (i.e., blatant), cumulative, and lasting improvements accumulating at each step, until you're done. Typically, five-to-ten clinical sessions are needed, about once weekly. If you're working with a self-relief (somatic education exercise) program, results come more gradually, but distinctly.

If you've been getting treatment for pain for a long time and aren't getting better, aren't getting better fast enough, or if different doctors have given different diagnoses and you've "tried everything" without satisfactory improvement; if you fear that you may have to live that way for the rest of your life, this site is for you. If you've been slowed down by pain and stiffness, if you have forgotten what it feels like to feel good and move well and now you hope only to reduce or manage your pain, this site offers an option better than that. It offers something new: results.

Here, you'll find more than emotional support or explanations of the causes of pain and movement disorders and how difficult they are to treat; you'll find a way to end your own pain definitively (and help if you need it), to recover your capacity for healthy activity in a reasonably short period of time, at your preferred standard of movement health (or better).

Injuries and Pain Reflexes | to articles

Injuries, shocks, and pain trigger changes to postural reflexes that rob us of muscular control and cause pain and stiffness to linger long after the injury has healed; we tighten up; we lose the ability to relax tight muscles and to move freely in certain ways.

Tight muscles hurt, compress joints and trap nerves. People commonly confuse the resulting pain with the pain of the original injury, but it's from the aftermath of injury: changes of muscular activity (postural reflexes).

Without retraining, people often stay that way indefinitely.  You know: "He was never the same, after that." Many people have had that experience; just watch how people move in public places and notice how many people stand and move in ungainly ways often mistaken for the effects of ageing.

What's been lacking in most therapeutic approaches (<== click for comparisons) is the ability to deal effectively with these shock-and-injury reflexes and the muscle tension and pain they cause, and a way people can keep themselves well without professional help.

A Promise | to conditions helped

Rapid, reliable, and durable pain relief with full recovery of function is the promise made good, here.

Many people who have unsuccessfully undergone physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy and various forms of bodywork, osteopathy, neurosurgery, et al., have found clinical somatic education to be a successful last resort with relief of pain and recovery of free movement for more than nine out of ten people.

Even if you've had a problem for a long time, time is not a factor. You can have your life back -- in recreation and athletics, at work, at home and in the bedroom -- in short, in any situation where you need free and easy movement to exercise, lift and carry a heavy box, get into a car, sleep comfortably, or move comfortably from position to position.

How it Happens | more description

The key to recovery is your recapturing control of muscles tightened by reflexes triggered by injury or nervous tension. The tension eases, pain fades, and you feel immediate changes in your ease of movement. You feel different -- and more like yourself -- or (more often) end up better than you were, before injury. You gain your independence from therapy and therapists.

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it,

nor in traditions because they are old and have been handed down from generation to generation and in many locations,

nor in rumor because it has been spoken by many,

nor in writings by sages because sages wrote them,

nor in ones own fancies, thinking that it is such an extraordinary thought, it must have been inspired by God or a higher power,

nor in inferences drawn from some haphazard assumption made by us,

nor in what seems to be of necessity by analogy,

nor in anything merely because it is based on the authority of our teachers, masters, and elders.

However, after thorough investigation, observation, analysis and reflection, when you find that anything agrees with reason and your experience, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, and of the world at large; accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it; and live up to it.

~~ Gautama Siddhartha Shakyamuni

The proof of the pudding is in . . . . .
(click to hear:) CLINICAL SOMATIC EDUCATION

"Somatic" (from the ancient Greek word, "soma": "the whole living, aware, bodily person") means, "pertaining to the body experienced and controlled from within." "Education" means "the developing of your natural faculties."

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  • Click for "YOUR STORY, MY STORY, EVERYONE'S STORY" -- HOW and WHY people in pain get stuck in therapy
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