Somatics For Chronic Pain, Improved Posture and Performance

What is Somatics?  Hanna Somatics is a method of pain relief that uses slow conscious  movements to help regain awareness, sensation and motor control of muscles.  Hanna Somatic Education (also known as Hanna Somatics) is a rapidly effective form of neuromuscular (mind-body training) movement re-education that goes directly to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain: the brain and the way in which it senses and organizes the muscles and movement.
By learning to regain both awareness, sensation, and motor control of muscles – an educational process that can only be achieved through movement – the brain can remember how to relax and move the muscles properly. This process of sensory motor training creates improved muscle function and enhanced sensory awareness.
Hanna Somatic Education is a safe, gentle and common sense approach to reverse chronic pain. It is the only method of pain relief and sensory motor training that targets the condition of Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA).  Learn more at:

Good Luck to Alayna as she embarks on her Professional Ballet Career. L-R: Danny Burke, Alayna Acosta

Testimonial:  “As a dancer, I’m an athlete and an artist, and Somatics helped both. Throughout my training I had drive, motivation, and great teachers, but there were times when my body could not meet the demands of my craft; the worst part was not knowing why. I randomly came across an article on Somatics, described as a healing work that restores muscles to their natural relaxed state, leading to increased strength and flexibility.   It did that and so much more. My flexibility nearly tripled, my muscles lengthened, my shoulders dropped and my spine grew! Somatic sessions allow one to feel the natural directional path muscles were designed to follow, allowing athletes in dance and other fields to get the optimal performance from every part of our bodies. Fortunately, Somatics doesn’t stop there. Even the way I walk is different!  My gait is symmetrical, balanced and light.  All of the steps that held me back in dance are now doable and exceeding expectations. For me, Somatics will always be a miracle.  Anytime dance pushes my body too hard, I repeat the exercises I learned in my somatic session. The goal is to teach us how to teach ourselves.

Somatics made me fall in love with my body again.  I had stress from others plus stress from myself all adding tension to any available muscle.  I lived this way for so long that I accepted the widespread constant tension as normal, not knowing there was another way to live, to move, to breathe.  Yes, not only does Somatics break the chains of stiff and limited mobility of muscles instantaneously, but it also teaches you how to breathe in a full, relaxed, confident, and gentle way. I am not the same person I was when I first walked into Danny’s office four years ago seeking help, willing to try something new.
Now, I still see Danny for “tune ups” and he never fails to exceed my expectations of what is possible in living stress free;  life is just easier with Somatics!” – Alayna Acosta