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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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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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NEUROPLASTICITY by Moheb Constandi - A Book Review

This small paperback-sized book delivers more than it claims. Described as a book about "neuroplasticity for the general reader," this book is in its totality an easy but absorbing read. I expect that it would be somewhat beyond the grasp, and interest, of most general readers, though it is likely a rung or two below the clinical discourse you might expect to overhear between conversing neuroscientists in full lab mode. Teaser gems reference research showing...

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A Report on the Novato Institute Teaching Team by Susan Koenig

From England to South America, Asia to Australia, people from all walks of life are coming to learn Hanna Somatic Education at The Novato Institute of Somatic Research and Training. A constant, international stream of inquiring minds are coming to learn from out amazing teachers: Eleanor Criswell-Hanna, Susan Koenig, Phil Shenk, and Lyman Spencer. They are the Teaching Team of The Novato Institute.

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Realize a Deeper, More Subtle Experience of Self-Pandiculation-with Phil Shenk

How do we refresh our somatics practice? How do we step aside of our own habits? What is the experience we bring back that begins to drop away as time goes by? These were some of the important questions Phil Shenk wanted to explore at this year’s AHSE Convention when he was asked to lead the Pandicualtion of the Convention. Phil had attended that first Hanna Somatic Education Training in Wave 1 with Thomas Hanna. As a result, his passion to keep the work going led him to be part of the Teaching Team for Hanna Somatic Education at the Novato Institute ever since.

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The Birth of a Committee: The Convention Hosting Committee

In preparation for last year’s 2016 AHSE annual convention, the Board of Directors informally adopted a new, and some might even say adventurous, policy. Whereas previous conventions had only been open in their entirety to Certified Hanna Somatic Education® practitioners, the BOD decided to allow two somatics professionals who had not been certified by the Novato Institute (individuals whom we now refer to as allied somatics practitioners) to attend on an experimental basis. The experiment proved to be a resounding success.

 Based on the success of that experiment, the BOD decided to formalize its new policy in preparation for future conventions. 

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