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An Introduction to Hanna Somatics. With David Fleming & Amanda Franklin

  • YogaTherapies 214a Rothbury Terrace Newcastle upon Tyne, England, NE6 5DE United Kingdom (map)

Hanna Somatic Education, also known as Hanna Somatics, is a rapidly effective form of neuromuscular (mind-body) movement re-education that goes directly to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain and muscular restriction: the brain and the way in which it senses and organises the muscles and movement.

Our bodies regularly respond to stress with natural (automatic) reflex patterns. If we get stuck in these patterns our bodies can develop pain and dysfunction (Sensory Motor Amnesia - SMA). With Hanna Somatics you use your brain to "reprogram" your muscles so they can relax to their natural resting length (using a process we call - pandiculation). As you reduce the sensory-motor amnesia in the system, your brain also regains better sensation and control of your muscles, so you can move with more ease and grace, fluidly, and ultimately pain free.

Throughout the day you will be introduced to the original 8 movement patterns presented by Thomas Hanna in his book Somatics - Reawakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility & Health. These have become more commonly known as the Myth of Ageing series. If practised over time these movements have the potential to give you the ability to sense for yourself if there is an area of tightness and to deal with it before it leads to pain and further restriction. This is an empowering process giving you the knowledge to maintain your own physical wellbeing on a neuromuscular level. In this workshop, you will be invited to develop a new awareness and therefore a new ability for understanding and controlling your own living body. 


Learn how to:
- release the muscles of the back of your body
- release the muscles of the front of your body
- release and lengthen your waist muscles
- increase the mobility involved rotating your torso
- increase the mobility of your hip muscles
- reduce neck and shoulder muscle tension
- expand your breathing
- then, finally, put it all together for freer walking

The only requirement for attending the workshop is the ability to get down & up from the ground and to be able to lie on your front, back and sides for a short period of time.

Click on the link below for a snapshot of what the workshop will entail: 



David Fleming is a Hanna Somatic Movement Educator. His Somatics journey began in 2008 when he trained in Nia and later Nia 5 Stages (developmental movement). Today he is one of only a few Nia Black Belts in the UK. David is also an Aerial Yoga teacher and has co-delivered Aerial Yoga Teacher Training programmes in the UK and India. He began his Hanna Somatics work in 2013 when he hosted the first Somatic Exercise Coach training in the UK. He has since hosted Martha Peterson, of Essential Somatics, many times and has assisted on numerous Essential Somatics trainings. In February 2015, he began Clinical Somatic Educator training with Martha. More recently he has trained with James Knight – Gentle Somatic Yoga, and together with Amanda Franklin is in the process of developing a somatic based Aerial Yoga training.


Amanda Franklin began her teaching career in secondary schools in Yorkshire. After 8 years as an English teacher, and re-training in Nia (somatic movement), she , alongside David Fleming, set up a social enterprise sharing Nia in the community. After 8 years of this work, she is now a Nia Black Belt teacher, an Aerial Yoga teacher and trainer, and a Somatic Exercise Coach & Gentle Somatic Yoga teacher. Amanda co-teaches and co-trains with David locally Leeds around the UK as well as abroad in India.

Cost for the day £75. Bookings through the YT schedule HERE and will be open from 1 month before the event commences, please contact HERE if you would like to have a place secured for you. 


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