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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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Practitioner Profile: Lawrence Gold

I have studied under numerous teachers and have had numerous mentors; some publicly known, some not. Those who were not publicly known were the most powerful individuals. My academic studies led to the major in Physical Therapy. I did not complete that major, but instead studied with Thomas Hanna in Wave 1.

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Somatic Reflections by Mala Aeto

Seeing From Within: Moving Through the Looking Glass into the Unknown... Thomas Hanna stated the following concern on the very first day of our training in 1990. He welcomed us, and then he said, "Now, the basic thing that is going to occur is that I’m going to try to teach you the things that I have been doing, and I want to try to teach you the ways in which I do these things, but most particularly, I am concerned that you learn to see in the way that I see things and in some sense, that is the most central part of the task."

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Irish Invasion

This year’s Convention got a special infusion of international energy when Tanya Fitzpatrick and Lisa Petersen, both from Ireland, decided to crash the party. Tanya and Lisa are longtime friends, having met through their Yoga training. Together, they used to train yoga instructors in Ireland before becoming world travelers, running Yoga retreats in Canada, Vancouver, New Zealand, USA and Germany. Between 2004-2008, they trained with Brian Ingle (Siddhartha), H.S.E.® Certified Practitioner, to become Clinical Somatic Educators. They found there was a real demand for Somatics, resulting in very busy schedules teaching classes, seeing clients, and training Somatic Exercise Coaches.

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Tribute to Lyman Spencer

One of the major functions of the AHSE Annual Convention is to host the Annual Meeting of the AHSE Membership. This year marked the peaceful transition of leadership from President Lyman Spencer to the newly elected President, Carol Kerner. Congratulations are in order to both of you!

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An Evening With Thomas Hanna

Saturday night, during the AHSE Convention, is usually reserved for group entertainment. This year, the Education Committee decided to offer a session in floor work guided by Thomas Hanna himself. AHSE attendees eagerly gathered to experience this special evening with Thomas. In preparation, John Loupos had the idea to excerpt multiple related movement patterns drawn from several of Thomas Hanna's CD series and to edit each excerpt down to its best features. The end result offered a unique,and at times challenging flow of movements, which gave participants some new perspectives on how we might experience Tom Hanna's work.

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Releasing Back Muscles While in Supine Position - Susan Koenig

It seems Susan Koenig always has something fascinating and substantive to share as a regular convention presenter. This time around Susan focused on clients with muscles contracted in the Red Light and Green Light reflexes. Susan advocated for a protocol sequence emphasizing release of the pectorals and anterior red light muscles of the shoulder and trunk first, prior to releasing the Green Light muscles. Susan argued that this makes for an effective strategy in working with clients who may be uncomfortable lying face down.

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Book Review: The Body Keeps the Score - by Bessel van der Kolk

The Education Committee for this year’s convention decided to introduce a special panel discussion on a book called The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD. The book describes how trauma affects our daily life and what alternative avenues there are for treatment.

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