Hanna Somatics

Jade Forest Kung Fu - Tai Chi - Internal Arts

Hanna Somatics Education at
The Pain & Mobility Clinic

What is Hanna Somatics Education?

Hanna Somatics Education (HSE) is a natural, safe, noninvasive way to end chronic pain, relieve stress, and restore freedom of movement. HSE employs a unique method of reeducating the brain so as to restore sensory awareness and voluntary control to the brain over the muscles in it’s domain.

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for further information or to schedule an appointment.

What is SMA?

Sifu Loupos - SomaticsHanna Somatics is perfectly designed to address the effects of Sensory Motor Amnesia, or SMA. SMA occurs when you learn to hold yourself tightly (often unconsciously) in reaction to pain, injury, and emotional stress – causing your brain to forget how to sense or experience muscles in your body. Your muscles may function improperly due to strong reflex messages from the brain causing them to involuntarily over contract. Chronically contracted muscles can become sore, painful, or weak from constant use, even to a point of causing general or chronic fatigue. Tightness such as this can lead to soreness in the joints and muscular stiffness that distorts posture.

What causes SMA?

SMA can be caused by any number of factors. Injuries and surgeries can cause you to tighten certain areas. Overuse and stress can also result in chronic or habituated muscle patterns. Often, just the process of living allows for an accumulation, layer upon layer, of the effects of minor and major insults against the body and/or mind. Fortunately, the effects of SMA may be reversible as pain and discomfort are relieved and freedom of movement is restored. Hanna Somatic Education reverses the effects of SMA and restores flexibility through pain-free movements that increase your brain’s motor output and override unhealthy reflex patterns. HSE movements are within normal limits of the body’s range of motion and remain under your control at all times. You are never asked to complete painful or uncomfortable movements.

Think of Hanna Somatics for…

If you suffer from headaches, neck or shoulder pain, lower back pain, sciatica, muscular pain and tension, insomnia, aches and pain or immobility associated with aging, traumatic acute or chronic injuries, or other similar conditions you may have Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA).

What Can You Expect from Hanna Somatics?

It is recommended that you commit to four sessions and reevaluate as your program progresses. The goal of Hanna Somatics is to move you toward your own self-care maintenance program. There are two components to the HSE approach.

  1. First, you can expect a series of one-hour individual sessions where you will be guided through slow-motion exercises that relax tight muscles, strengthen weak ones, and improve coordination and proprioception overall. Unlike a massage session, you will be fully clothed during your HSE session. It is suggested that you wear loose, comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing for ease of movement.
  2. Second, you’ll be given specific moment exercises for home practice. These exercises will be designed to reinforce the lessons of your individual sessions, so that your benefits will be cumulative with continued practice and the likelihood of recurrence of old problems made less likely. Home practice exercises take only about 15 minutes daily and require no special equipment. These exercises will be the key to maintaining beneficial results and long-term wellness.

Pain & Mobility Clinic

John Loupos is the founder of the Pain & Mobility Clinic, and maintains an active clinical practice at his Jade Forest location in Cohasset. John is fully certified as a Clinical Somatic Educator by the Somatics Systems Institute in Northamptom, Ma, where he studied directly with protégés trained by Thomas Hanna, and as a Hanna Somatic Educator by the Novato Institute that Hanna founded in Novato, Ca. John is available for individual private session as well as for special interest group presentations. You may contact John Loupos by calling 781-383-6822, visiting our companion website painandmobility.com, or via this site’s e-mail link.


Movements for Sensing & Freeing the Sacrum & Cranium

Somatics CD Coverfor Tai Chi’ers & other human beings
by John Loupos

Long time Tai Chi teacher and author John Loupos is also a student and teacher of Hanna Somatics and maintains a private clinical practice in same. John regards Tai Chi Chuan and Hanna Somatics as intelligent, even necessary, co-practices – as mutually supportive as one side of a coin to its opposite. This CD learning series is John’s latest project in his continuing quest to provide educational guidance for Tai Chi’ers and other individuals who want to live in their bodies in the best way.

In this CD learning series John includes four lessons, plus an insightful postscript. Listen and follow along to learn how to regain awareness and full voluntary control of the most central regions of your body by attending dually to the movement potential of the sacroiliac arrangement below and the neck and cranium above. In Tai Chi, as in other body disciplines such as dance, yoga, golf, martial arts, and competitive sports, your level of performance is entirely contingent on the degree of control you are able to exercise over your body. It stands to reason that you can’t control what you can’t feel. These unique lessons are designed to help you incrementally optimize your sensory motor awareness and proprioceptive literacy so that you can feel and control your body in order to achieve your personal best. Order your copy of Movements for Sensing & Freeing the Sacrum & Cranium today.

Body movement & education in the tradition of Thomas Hanna

The cost of this CD is $15. To obtain your CD please send check or MO for $15 to Jade Forest, 130 King St, Cohasset, Ma, 02025. Ma residents include 75¢ sales tax. Mail orders please include $3 S&H. Wholesale inquiries are welcome.

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