How did you get started doing this type of work?
Was diagnosed with what "they" said was incurable, fibromyalgia, fortunately I overcame the physical pains that I lived with in my 20's and 30's.
So I began to teach a form of exercise to re-align the body through the use of biomechanics and a proper sequencing which allows a body to end up less compensated.
However... as life happens, I had a sport injury from playing soccer that exercise couldn't address so surgery was on the horizon until an acupuncturist suggested Somatics.
When they let me know that I would have to pass a test on neurophysiology, I was in, yet only to the point to see if the first year of the three training would be worth my time.
Within 3 weeks my knee was responding and I returned to playing soccer but what was incredibly odd was that in spite of all the exercise routines I had learned, this was a completely different animal.
Such that I had to learn to move like an animal using the little known process that animals use called a pandiculation to reset the muscles.
Little did I know that 10 years later I would offer the first online somatics exercises classes.
Once I felt my feet balanced over 14 years ago, I knew if I could finally overcome all the struggles and all the pain, maybe I too could help others cut that time down so we can all get back to doing what we want to do ASAP and enjoy our body over and over, even as we age.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
There are a number of practitioners who will say they provide somatics services.
There is an entire nexus of providers which include massage therapists, other hands-on body workers, feldenkrais, physical educators, somatic therapists, dance therapists, physical therapists and martial artists.
You'll hear terms such as somatic experiencing and soma body work too.
There is a great deal of semantics when it comes to somatics. : )
Thomas Hanna, who wrote the book and coined the term Somatics, described it as "the body experienced from within".
He taught what is known as Hanna Somatic Education® and it is primarily taught at the The Novato Institute of Somatic Research & Training.
This is the 3 year national certification program which I graduated from in 2003.
Hanna Somatic Educators® are competent in both hands-on bodywork and the movement education which is key and known as somatics exercises.