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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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Section 3a: Assessment Tools - With scoliosis clients; which lesson/protocol do you begin with?

A Somatic View of Scoliosis and Uneven Posture by Laura Gates - Section 3a

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Section 3b: How to measure and “quick sketch” a curvy spine.

A Somatic View of Scoliosis by Laura Gates - Section 3b

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Section 4: Zig Zag Shoulders

A Somatic View of Scoliosis by Laura Gates - Section 4

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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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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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