Somatics Classes

Feel comfortable in your movement again!


The soma was defined by Thomas Hanna as “the body as experienced from within”. Each of us has our own private sense of ourselves. We can learn to consciously use this ability for self-correcting and self-healing. In this class, you’ll learn to make use of your innate self-healing abilities to let go of old muscular habits that lead to pain, inflexibility, and limitation. You will be taught slow, gentle movements that can gradually release even long-standing muscular problems and pain. You will also learn a short, easy set of movements you can do every day to keep yourself moving with ease and without pain for the rest of your life.

Fall Classes in 2018:

  • October and November—Movement Collage
    In these classes we will relax and release all the muscles of the body. You can ask for movements that affect specific areas of your body that are tight or painful, and request your favorite moves. We’ll also review the principles of somatic movement to help you maintain your lengthened and relaxed muscles in your daily movement practice. ($40/month)

All levels of body competency are welcome (although you need to be able to get down and up from the floor). Dress in comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely.

Time—Thursdays from 6:00–7:00 pm

Fee—$40 for a 4-week module / $30 for a 3-week module

Location—Qi Gong Institute of Rochester, 595 Blossom Rd., Suite 307, Rochester, NY. (see map below)

Please call (585) 369-7611 to register for a module.


  • October and November Rochester OASIS Classes—Somatics:  Learn to Move with Ease and Comfort
    In these classes, students learn the basic series of daily Hanna Somatics exercises, become familiar with principles of somatic movement, and in the process release common patterns of chronic muscular contraction and pain. Handouts are provided to help students in their home practice of the exercises.

Time—Thursdays from 2:00–3:00 pm

Fee—$60 for 8 classes

Location—Rochester Oasis, 259 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY 14607