WHAT IS CLINICAL SOMATIC EDUCATION?
Clinical Somatic Education (CSE) is a simple and effective method of eradicating chronic muscular pain in the long term. It does this by addressing the root cause of pain, the Sensory Motor Cortex of your brain and how it controls the level of tension in your muscles. CSE teaches you to release and relax the tight muscles that cause pain using simple, specific hands on techniques. It also teaches you enjoyable Self Care Exercises that you can use anytime. These simple exercises enable you to keep your muscles loose and relaxed for long term pain free movement.
WHO DEVELOPED CSE?
Clinical Somatic Education (also known as Hanna Somatic Education) was developed by Thomas Hanna Ph.D. (1928-1990) He was the founder of the field of Somatics and the Director of the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training in Novato, California. In 1970 Hanna was exposed to, and greatly impressed by, the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, an Israeli Physicist, Judoka and Body Educator. Hanna studied with Feldenkrais for several years. He eventually built on Feldenkrais’ work and combined it with all he learned during his time studying Neurology at the University of Miami Medical School. The outcome was his own unique system of Sensory Motor Education which he called Hanna Somatic Education.
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HOW CAN CSE HELP ME?
CSE can teach you HOW and WHY muscles become chronically tight and cause pain. A condition known in Somatics as Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA)
CSE can teach you how to recognise The Three Brain Reflexes, universal to all vertebrate creatures, which show up in your posture and indicate when you have some SMA. For more on the reflexes check out the following links; Green Light Reflex, Red Light Reflex and Trauma Reflex.
CSE can teach you how to release, relax and lengthen these muscles voluntarily through a simple technique called Pandiculation for PAIN FREE MOVEMENT
CSE can teach you life long movement skills that you can use to ensure you can move pain free for the rest of your life
WHAT MAKES CSE DIFFERENT TO OTHER MODALITIES?
Most other modalities focus on the specific area of pain (eg. neck, back etc.) In CSE we look at the body in its totality, as we understand that pain in one area indicates a larger more sytemic pattern of muscular dysfunction. By addressing the whole body, we can expect to eliminate the pain and also improve the function of the body as a whole. The result is improved movement throughout the whole body.
Another element that sets CSE apart is the Educational component. CSE teaches you how to LOOK AFTER YOURSELF, by teaching you how to regain, maintain and refine your own muscular control. CSE is not therapy, you will be an active participant in the process, continually learning as you Move free from Pain.
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