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Collegiate Powerlifting Gets a Big Lift with HSE - by Danny Burke

Relaxing is the new strengthening. At least that's what the elite athletes, the Iron Dawgs, at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana are learning. After a brief introduction to Hanna Somatic Education (HSE) last season, they surprised everyone with a big win at the 2017 National Collegiate Championship Meet in San Antonio, Texas, just a short distance from the Alamo. Unfortunately, one of the team's athletes was disqualified, and the Bulldogs were subsequently relegated to third place, leaving them hungry and motivated for redemption during the current school year.

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NEUROPLASTICITY by Moheb Constandi - A Book Review

This small paperback-sized book delivers more than it claims. Described as a book about "neuroplasticity for the general reader," this book is in its totality an easy but absorbing read. I expect that it would be somewhat beyond the grasp, and interest, of most general readers, though it is likely a rung or two below the clinical discourse you might expect to overhear between conversing neuroscientists in full lab mode. Teaser gems reference research showing...

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A Report on the Novato Institute Teaching Team by Susan Koenig

From England to South America, Asia to Australia, people from all walks of life are coming to learn Hanna Somatic Education at The Novato Institute of Somatic Research and Training. A constant, international stream of inquiring minds are coming to learn from out amazing teachers: Eleanor Criswell-Hanna, Susan Koenig, Phil Shenk, and Lyman Spencer. They are the Teaching Team of The Novato Institute.

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Realize a Deeper, More Subtle Experience of Self-Pandiculation-with Phil Shenk

How do we refresh our somatics practice? How do we step aside of our own habits? What is the experience we bring back that begins to drop away as time goes by? These were some of the important questions Phil Shenk wanted to explore at this year’s AHSE Convention when he was asked to lead the Pandicualtion of the Convention. Phil had attended that first Hanna Somatic Education Training in Wave 1 with Thomas Hanna. As a result, his passion to keep the work going led him to be part of the Teaching Team for Hanna Somatic Education at the Novato Institute ever since.

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The Birth of a Committee: The Convention Hosting Committee

In preparation for last year’s 2016 AHSE annual convention, the Board of Directors informally adopted a new, and some might even say adventurous, policy. Whereas previous conventions had only been open in their entirety to Certified Hanna Somatic Education® practitioners, the BOD decided to allow two somatics professionals who had not been certified by the Novato Institute (individuals whom we now refer to as allied somatics practitioners) to attend on an experimental basis. The experiment proved to be a resounding success.

 Based on the success of that experiment, the BOD decided to formalize its new policy in preparation for future conventions. 

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My Top 3 Client Complaints - with Bogusia Badon

“Let’s wake it all up with washing the hair, skin rubbing and tapping… getting the energy moving with a gyrokinesis session called Awakening.” This was Bogusia’s intro to her workshop and it boosted us into our 3 hours with her. Bogusia owns and operates Farmington Valley Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Connecticut, which has become quite a successful clinic. Bogusia trained at the Somatics Systems Institute in Massachusetts from 2004-2007 and graduated as a Hanna Somatic Education Certified Practitioner. She told us that she always uses Somatics for at least the first hour in her clinic sessions with each of her clients, just for sensing and developing awareness.

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The Mystery Uncovered: Bones and Our Gut - with Suresha Hill

“The bones can move to a better stage of releasing tension with just listening.” Suresha Hill was with us last year at the convention and we invited her back for a more in depth experience of communicating with our bones. She helped us digest the information that healthy bones start with a healthy gut biome. Leaky gut is big news everywhere these days. We learned about foods that support bone density and help with leaky gut.

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A Case Study: Helping Baby Roman

I was driving home from my satellite office, thinking my day was over, when I received a call from a frantic Mom. She said she had been referred to me and that she needed help for her six week old son. I remember mumbling something like "Did you say... six weeks old?" There was something in her voice that really got my attention, like she really needed some hope. She told me he had torticollis of the neck on the right side. There was a very strong muscle contraction that slanted his head severely to the right, visibly causing him misery.

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Choosing Your Words to Best Effect

Many HSE practitioners are well schooled in their ability to lead others through the many movement patterns developed by Thomas Hanna and which serve to characterize Hanna Somatic education. That many of Tom’s original patterns are still practiced and taught in the manner of his original guidance lends testimony to their efficacy. Even so, it’s only natural that long established movement patterns take on something of a unique flavor with each new practitioner who learns them and, in turn, passes them along to others. No two people teach their patterns in precisely the same way.

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Student Profile: Tammie Lyn Martin

Tammie Lyn Martin plans to graduate from the training program at the Novato Institute and become a Hanna Somatic Education Certified Practitioner in March of 2017, with Wave 18.

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