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Tai Chi and Hanna Somatic Education as Complementary Disciplines – John Loupos. M.S., C.H.S.E.

Tai Chi, for all its inherent merits, can be much enhanced by certain auxiliary practices, the most obvious and prevalent of which are various forms of qigong. One non-traditional practice that I’m well versed in is Hanna Somatic Education, which I’ll be referring to here as Hanna Somatics, or just Somatics. Tai Chi Chuan and Hanna Somatics stem from very different times and cultures. Yet they share many features in common. Tai Chi Chuan and Hanna Somatics both emphasize mindful movement – meaning movement that is slow, deliberate, and purposeful. Both place a high value on self-sensing, on ergonomically correct posture and carriage, on movement that is optimally efficient, and on a healthy mental state that is conducive to self-actualization and personal freedom.

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Somatic Living – A Possibility – Mala Aeto, CHSE - Wave 1

A somatic life is not a normal way of living as being defined in the norms of our modern times. It is a life in which one chooses to live without a stable ground to stand on, or a method or system to live or be defined by. It has no structure or form; it is a life lived by sensations, fluxes and processes that awaken oneself to the possibilities of the present moment. It’s somatic in a sense that the rhythm and process occurring within oneself is the source of functioning as a living organism.

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A Delving into Pull/Push Dynamics –  By John Loupos, H.S.E, M.S.

During the AHSE’s 2021 annual convention I had the privilege of presenting to attendees on the nuances of axial rotation during the Vertical Explorations session. Toward the tail end of my presentation I made some assertions about the dynamics of pulling versus pushing that inspired a spirited discussion. Counterpoints to my assertions about the body’s ability to push aspects of itself in a given manner noted that muscles can only contract, thereby calling into question its ability to push.

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Clarifying Our Message – StoryBrand

Karen Douglas de Fenzi is leading a series of online discussions using Donald Miller's "Building a StoryBrand" to help us clarify and simplify our overall message as to what Hanna Somatic Education is. You can join us each 3rd Thursday of the month. In these discussions, we use the StoryBrand framework to craft a story that goes something like this: A CHARACTER (our HSE client) who wants something, encounters a PROBLEM before they can get what they want. At the peak of their despair in overcoming that problem, a GUIDE (Hanna Somatic Educator) steps into their life, gives them a PLAN, CALLS THEM TO ACTION, and that action helps them AVOID FAILURE and END IN SUCCESS.

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Pandiculation: Stretching Without Stretching – A Discussion with Gabriel Posner

Pandiculation describes the involuntary yawning / stretching we do when tired or waking up. It can also be done to voluntarily integrate and recalibrate the myofascial system. Pandiculation is one of the most basic tools we use to help clients to recover from sensory motor amnesia, so it's very important that we use this tool with understanding and skill. This talk explores the various aspects of pandiculation and how somatic educators use it to address chronic tension and musculoskeletal pain.

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Discover Your GLOW: Grow, Listen, Observe, Water

The GLOW mindset: A frame of reference to examine what brings shine to your being through nurturing self-care and the quality of your thoughts through mindfulness.

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Pelvic Floor Somatic Pain with Susan Koenig

I discovered this somatic movement when looking for something that would bring relief to a client of mine with pelvic floor pain. She had had three children and with each each child she experienced more pain in this area. This move greatly helped her. However, pelvic floor pain is just one of the reasons people can benefit from this pelvic floor movement. Credit goes to Judith Aston who taught me this movement.

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“How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan - A Book Review by John Loupos, M.S., H.S.E.

As a rule, I prefer books that leave me a little smarter about the issues I care about. With half a dozen or so previous books to his credit Michael Pollan hadn’t disappointed yet in this regard. That being said, you never know for sure what a book has to offer until you’ve read it. I purchased his book with the foreknowledge that it offered a contemporary take on what for many of my generation represents a bit of a flashback, namely psychedelic drugs.

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Section 1:  What is Scoliosis and why does it occur?  How can Somatics help?

A Somatic View of Scoliosis and Uneven Posture by Laura Gates - Section 1

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Section 2: My own story with scoliosis illustrating some common symptoms.

A Somatic View of Scoliosis and Uneven Posture by Laura Gates - Section 2

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