Location: Riverwest, 700 N Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60642.
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Thomas Hanna created a series of gentle, safe, and hugely effective movements that eliminate pain, increase movement, and improve flexibility. During this practice, we are asked to work “smarter” as we reawaken sensory-motor pathways that let us gain full control of our muscles. When we have full control of a muscle – we can contract it to 100% if we need to, and more importantly – we then relax the muscle all the way to 0% contraction at rest. These movements are already “hard-wired” into our system. There is a safe starting point for every individual. The adage “no pain – no gain” does not apply when practicing somatics.
During this Introduction to Hanna Somatics, we will work with several of the primary somatic movements that target the core or center of the body. Arms & legs are optional for this practice session! Come with your trunk, your brain, a curious and attentive mind and begin to learn how to be your own practitioner as you get yourself out of pain using these gentle somatic movements. This class is suitable for every body, whether you are completely new to a movement practice, are experiencing some pain in your body, or have a long-standing practice that you want to deepen.