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Finding My Left Foot: Mobilizing the Feet and Healing Foot Sprains - By Susan Koenig

A couple of weeks ago, I sprained my left foot; not a horrible sprain, but a sprain nonetheless. X-rays showed no broken bones. I was fitted with an extremely comfortable wrap and a boot. The boot I never used; just too klutzy amid a confusion of straps and painful to get into. Fortunately, I had a couple of walking sticks and they worked just fine. The scariest part of the accident was the sound I heard coming from my foot, as I mis-stepped on the last step of a staircase. I fell over onto my left side and knew enough to just lie there. I felt the shock through my whole body and while a thousand "Oh no's!" went through my mind, another part of me said, "The healing starts now."

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A Quick look at Auxiliary Therapies - By John Loupos M.S., H.S.E.

I’m sure I am every bit as excited now about Hanna Somatic education as I was when I first stumbled across it in 2003. I regard Somatics as a resource of first recourse for most of my clients. That said, there are times and circumstances when I find that Somatics alone is insufficient to a client’s needs. In this article I will familiarize readers with certain auxiliary resources, herbal and homeopathic, that may be indicated for clients with hurting bodies.

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The Eleanor Criswell Hanna Award Celebrating Women in Humanistic Psychology

The Society for Humanistic Psychology has announced a new Heritage Award: The Eleanor Criswell Hanna Award Celebrating Women in Humanistic Psychology. On August 8, 2018 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, Eleanor Criswell Hanna, Ed.D., Director of the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training, received the inaugural presentation of this award in recognition of her many contributions.

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Somatics Puts More Power Into Powerlifting - by Danny Burke

“Close, but no cigar!” That about sums up the quest of the 2018 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs quest for a 2018 Powerlifting National Title. A fourth place finish is very respectable, but it still left a slightly sour taste in the mouth of many members of the Men's Team. Powerlifting competition is exceptionally fierce at the collegiate level and there are many factors that must go your way to put together a successful National Title. Despite their disappointing 4th place finish this year, Coach A.J. McFarland and Louisiana Tech are already busy recruiting and training for the 2019 season. Looking back over their 2018 season, I can say that individual powerlifters have shown an increased demand for, along with an overall team acceptance of, Hanna Somatic Education as an adjunct to their team training.

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Working With Maribel - A Case Study by Danny Burke

I never thought I'd have a client quite like Maribel. I first started working with her when she was 91 years old. We originally did four Hanna Somatics sessions, but then we we did no more sessions over the next couple of months. We then did four more sessions together. She could only do somatic homework movements while lying in her bed. But she didn't seem to be able to remember these specific homework movements, let alone how to do them somatically. Maribel’s biggest issue was discomfort and pain throughout her body. She displayed the posture Thomas Hanna described as The Dark Vise, with a significant curve toward one side.

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Tai Chi and Hanna Somatic Education by John Loupos

Tai Chi and Hanna Somatics hail from very different cultures, different times, and entirely different circumstances. Nevertheless, the two disciplines are extraordinarily well suited as companion practices. Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that I practiced and taught since 1974. When I undertook my studies in Hanna Somatics some thirty years ago in 2003 it became evident to me on the very first day of my training that Somatics and Tai Chi share many important features. Over my years as a Hanna Somatic Educator I have come to truly appreciate the mutually reinforcing roles between these two practices.

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“Metarobics, Healing and the Power of Tai Chi” by Peter Anthony Gryffin, PhD. - A Book Review

“Metarobics, Healing, and the Power of Tai Chi” is ostensibly about Tai Chi, but is surprisingly apropos to Hanna Somatics, as well as many other mindful movement disciplines. When I undertook to review this book I was initially suspect. My first impression, based solely on the title, was that this would be one more in a litany of books in which an author coined a new term to self-promote his or her new variation on Tai Chi. Happily, and in contrast to my initial concerns, I found myself drawn into this book after just the first several pages as the author’s introductory comments were both scientifically credible and intriguing in their possibilities. Still I wasn't buying into 'metarobics' quite yet

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2018 Annual Meeting:  President’s Acknowledgements

First, I'd like to acknowledge the contributions of every member of the AHSE Board of Directors. They all give willingly of their many talents and their time. Every member of the Board has a busy and varied life, and in the midst of that, they have all dedicated themselves with thoughtfulness, intelligence, and good humor to advancing the work of this association. It is a real pleasure to work with people who care so deeply about this work and who do their best to contribute to it within this organization.

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AHSE Bylaws - Article 2: Purposes

The primary objectives and purposes of this corporation shall be:

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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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