An experiential session which will enable you to understand how Hanna Somatic can benefit you and the people you work with.
"Five years ago I could not get up out of bed in the morning or stand and walk from sitting to go upstairs, without excruciating back pain. I was diagnosed with degeneration of my spine and advised to have steroid injections and not go fell walking any more."~Karen Douglas de Fenzi
Today Karen Douglas de Fenzi walks the Cumbrian Fells like a mountain goat and is leading a normal life, due to her practice of Hanna Somatic Movements.
In this seminar Karen gives a short initial interactive presentation of the research, theory and practice surrounding Hanna Somatic Education. She then verbally guides you through three of the seven specific movements, practiced
slowly, so you release yourself from neuromuscular constraints that inhibit your freedom to move, think and respond to stresses and traumas in life.
Through this brief experience of Hanna Somatic Movement, you are invited to;
- Acknowledge incoming streams of sensory information, proprioceptively, and get into sensory-motor patterns that have become habituated, somatically, so those habits can be changed. You will be actively creating new options for active control of a formerly involuntary process.
- Expand your self-knowledge and associate it with the three universal human responses to environmental stress: the, red light, green light and trauma reflexes.
- Participate in discussion on how taking time to attend to internal sensory information, through movement, engages the voluntary motor cortex of the brain to regain control of your functional abilities.
Karen Douglas de Fenzi is a Cumbria-based Hanna Somatic Educator, having qualified at The Novato Institute for Hanna Somatic Education, in California, earlier this year.
This workshop is designed for:
- Students – it will benefit you individually and also equip you to support other people’s health and wellbeing
- Staff – the workshop will benefit your wellbeing and also enable you to support students and end users
- Practitioners – this will enable you to benefit personally and will also support you to consider its use with your end users
- Researchers – as well as enabling you to consider this as a tool for personal wellbeing, we invite you to consider the research opportunities this presents as relatively new practice in the UK.
Specific, Karen is looking for UK academics and professionals who want to understand the value of Hanna Somatic Education and progress formal, peer-reviewed research in how it directly enables individuals to free themselves from neurophysiological and psychological constraint. We hope you can join us for this session.
To attend the conference please sign up below – the sessions are limited to 12 people each on a first come first served basis:
This seminar is run in collaboration with the Centre of Research in Health and Society and UoC Active.