Somatics Workshops

Workshops are a great way to learn the basics of Somatics in a short period of time or release tension and pain in specific areas of the body. Weekend, single-day, and half-day workshops are available upon request. The following list of workshops gives an example of the types of subject matter that can be addressed, although other topics can also become the focus of a workshop.

For more information on workshops, contact me.

Example Workshops:

  • Reversing the effects of stress and aging—This workshop focuses on reversing the effects of postural issues that have accumulated over time due to trauma, stress, or habit. The Somatics movements help free first the core of the body, then include the extremities. They work to reprogram your brain to repattern the movement of the muscles. When habitual postural and movement patterns improve, many other functions also improve, including more efficient breathing, easier walking, and increased ability to easily deal with the stresses of daily life. You will also learn a short series of movements that help keep your muscles loose and your posture erect and relaxed.

 

  • Preventing injury and promoting healthy movement patterns at work—Many people at work sit for long hours at computers, gradually accumulating stress that expresses itself as lower back, shoulder, and neck pain, as well as repetitive motion injury. This workshop is designed to help prevent and reverse the effects of this type of work environment by releasing tight muscles in the core and in the arms, shoulders, neck, face, and eyes. The workshop teaches movement patterns you can easily do sitting at your desk to help you minimize stress and injury.

 

  • Somatics for musicians—Musicians need to be able to move freely and expressively from the center outward. Long hours of practice, however, can lead to repetitive motion injuries. This workshop teaches movements that help free the core muscles, as well as hands, arms, shoulders, head, and neck. It also focuses on freeing the breathing muscles and reversing the effects of what Thomas Hanna called the Red Light reflex, which is the reflexive physical response to anxiety and fear. Many musicians suffer from anxiety and experience the negative effects of the Red Light reflex in the form of rounded shoulders, depressed chest, difficulty breathing freely, and tight neck, arm, and shoulder muscles. This workshop shows you how to sense when you are in this posture and how to release yourself from it.

If you are interested in a workshop with a different specific focus, contact me.