The Essential Somatics®
Move Without Pain Fundamentals Immersion Course 

"The Somatics fundamentals weekend was the best two days ever and far surpassed any workshop/training I have attended. I'm still immersed and loving every minute." — Ali , York, UK



Come and learn to be more present, comfortable, and masterful in your body and in your life.

Trauma, stress, and postural compensations change the way the brain senses and moves us, and how we experience ourselves on a physical and emotional level. If you have “tried everything” to relieve your back, neck, shoulder, or hip pain for the long term and have only experienced short term relief (or none at all), then this course is for you! Eliminating muscle pain, stiffness, and the feeling of ‘getting old” starts with the brain. Clinical Somatics teaches you to  restore fluid, effortless, and joyful movement – on your own, wherever you are and whenever you need it.

This two-day introductory course is for anyone with an interest in learning about or seeking to deepen their understanding of Clinical Somatics for their own personal education and exploration. No prior experience or training is required to participate in this course.

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the core principles of Clinical Somatics: the science, philosophy, techniques, and Somatic Movements founded on the work of Thomas Hanna. You will be guided through Somatic Movements in order to explore your ability to self and move from the inside out. In so doing you will discover areas of Sensory Motor Amnesia. You will learn a basic routine of Somatic Movements that can be practiced daily in order to be more present to yourself, as well as to restore muscle function and somatic awareness. We will explore the technique of pandiculation, a powerful technique that restores sensory and motor function and lengthens muscles without forcing. Participants will receive a free digital download of our Pain Relief Through Movement audio CD and all appropriate learning materials.

Program Details

What you will learn

  • Basic somatic philosophy, a brief history of Somatic Education, and basic neurophysiology as it applies to Clinical Somatics

  • What sets Clinical Somatic Education apart from other methods of pain-relief and movement education

  • What “Sensory Motor Amnesia” is, how it occurs in the brain and central nervous system due to stress and trauma, and why it is the cause of most chronic muscular pain and movement limitation

  • How pandiculation differs from stretching (and how it restores pleasant, voluntary sensory and motor control of muscles)

  • How to apply the principles and concepts of Clinical Somatics to your life, mentally, emotionally, and physically

  • A basic routine of Somatic Movements that, when done regularly, will result in renewed muscle control and awareness, ease of movement, and more movement choices

How you will benefit

You will leave the course with a daily routine of movements that, when practiced regularly, will relieve chronic pain and maintain freedom of movement for the long-term. The result is more fluid, efficient movement, improved breathing, lower stress levels, and improved somatic awareness. You will also have a sound basis of understanding of the principles and basic science behind the method of Clinical Somatics.

To prepare

Bring paper and pen, water, and a yoga mat.  Wear loose, comfortable clothing (no jeans, skirts, or dresses) that is easy to move in, as this is a movement-based course.


Prices vary upon location ($350-450). Those who have already completed this course may review it for 50% off the full price of tuition.

Cancellation Policy

You may request a full refund minus a 5% cancellation fee if canceling more than 4 weeks prior to training start date. No refund will be available if canceling less than 4 weeks prior to training start date. We thank you for your understanding.

Essential Somatics® reserves the right to cancel any event or change event dates if necessary. In the unlikely situation that this may occur, a full refund of all monies paid will be returned to the client. For this reason, we highly recommend purchasing travel cancellation insurance to protect your trip investment in the event of date changes, illness, emergency, weather conditions, or any unforeseen circumstances.