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Ways to Learn and Practice

Private Sessions with a Certified HSE Practitioner: A series of 60-90 minute sessions with a skilled practitioner of HSE can be a most effective way to release your particular inefficient muscular patterns. In a one on one session, a practitioner will work with you to help you develop a more accurate sense of your body, and to recondition your muscle control. Most people report positive benefit from the first session.

Group Classes are a great way to begin or to reinforce your progress in self- awareness and movement after a private session. The exercises, based on the work of Thomas Hanna, are effective at eliminating pain, and increasing movement and flexibility. The movements reprogram your brain through sensory motor awareness of habitual tensions and re-establish feedback in a variety of slow, gentle and easy moves. These movements compliment any workout routine, yoga practice or athletic activity, reminding your muscles that they can move freely and easily. Group classes teach you techniques and concepts to increase flexibility without harmful stretching, and prevent injury through improved sensory motor function.

Audio CDs are another way to learn and practice somatic movements. There are CDs available both through the Novato Institute of Somatic Research and Training as well as other practitioners of Hanna Somatic Education. These CDs address specific holding patterns and guide you through movements to release and reverse those areas. The CDs led by Thomas Hanna and Eleanor Criswell Hanna offer hours of instructive assistance and entertainment to enjoy in the comfort of your home. The book, "Somatics: Reawakening the Mind’s Control of Movement, Flexibility and Health" by Thomas Hanna includes a detailed description of movement patterns that Hanna deemed essential to learn and practice. Dubbed the Daily Cat Stretch, these movements are also guided in the audio series of Hanna’s called “The Myth of Aging.”