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Since you're searching on-line for information about pain relief, I'm assuming that you've had unsuccessful therapy.

You may have concluded that because therapy didn't work, for you, that your problem is especially difficult. Unlikely.

It's more likely that the therapeutic approaches, themselves, fall short -- quite apart from the proficiency of your practitioners. -- because they are based upon an incomplete understanding of the mechanism of chronic pain from an injury.

This site presents an approach, Clinical Somatic Education (Hanna Somatic Education®), that is completely different from nearly all forms of therapy -- Eastern or Western, allopathic or "complementary/alternative", so its results are different and tangibly better -- faster, more complete, and lasting.

Healthy functioning typically returns completely and durably, permitting safe return to a full range of activities.

For now, let me clarify: The kind of pain this approach works with is pain associated with movement and position -- usually from injuries, sometimes from stress, alone -- not from cancer, an autoimmune or genetic disorder, or a disease entity. I'll explain in detail, shortly.

Your education begins, now.


The term, "education", may imply to you something mental or psychological and slowly-acting.

The reverse is true. While Clinical Somatic Education involves learning, it's the kind of learning that occurred when you learned to walk, to ride a bicycle, to play a sport -- movement learning -- and along with that, the ability to sense and control movement, position, and muscular tension accurately. The techniques of Clinical Somatic Education work far faster than ordinary movement-learning and produce far more complete and lasting results than therapy.


  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis: see Osteoarthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Balance problems
  • Bursitis - See Pain, Chronic
  • Constipation, chronic
  • Dislocations, frequent: see Hypermobility
  • Displaced Patella
  • Dizziness
  • Foot Pain/Tired Feet
  • Frequent Urination
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Hamstrings, tight
  • Headaches
    • migraines
    • tension headaches
    • sinus headaches
  • Hip Pain
  • Hypermobility
  • Groin Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Muscle Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Overweight and In Pain
  • Pain, Chronic
  • Pain, Migrating
  • Psoas Muscle Pain
  • Plantar Fascitis (Foot Pain)
  • Sacro-iliac pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulders, tight/painful
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Tendinitis/Tendonitis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
  • TMD/TMJ Syndrome
  • Uneven Leg Length
  • Whiplash
  • Therapy generally involves external manipulation of joints and soft tissues (e.g., muscles) by strengthening, stretching, drugs, "energy work", electrical stimulation, ultrasound, or surgery. That approach is akin to looking for the problem in your computer's hardware, when it's a software problem. Wrong approach.

    The software is your brain's movement memory (commonly mis-named, "muscle memory"), which includes the sensations of movement and position. It's movement memory that gets altered with injury and long-term stress. Muscles tighten. Joints get compressed. Nerves get pinched. Pain and/or numbness associated with movements and positions results. While it's not "in your head", it is in your brain.

    Clinical Somatic Education reverses these effects. More, below.


    In the pain of injury, we cringe automatically to pull the injured place out of danger. A memory automatically forms of the injury and of the cringe reaction. A tension habit develops suddenly and symptoms develop that may persist for decades and commonly do -- or they may emerge years later. Tension habits are "bugs" in your movement and sensing brain-software. They cause the symptoms.

    That's how people's movement changes and chronic pain appears.


    Every one of us does a movement action that makes us feel more comfortable: yawn and stretch. Clinical Somatic Education has developed the yawning action into a technique that rapidly stops the cringe-reaction of injury, causes muscles to relax, joints to decompress, nerves to come free. In place of stretching, we use an action called, "pandiculation".

    Developing for more than a century under researchers into mind-brain-body development (F.M. ALEXANDER (movement educator), M. FELDENKRAIS (somatic educator), H. SELYE (stress researcher), A.F. FRAZIER (development researcher), T. HANNA (somatic educator), and others Somatic education relieves the pain and restores the mobility lost from trauma, repetitive motion, and stress. Using the brain's capacity for neurological learning ("brain plasticity"), the field of somatics has achieved breakthroughs in human development, pain management, movement rehab, athletic training and sports medicine.

    What to Expect

    Here's what you should expect from clinical somatic education:

    • to get you into the fast-lane to long-term relief from pain
    • to resume progress healing injuries labelled, "chronic" or "permanent and stationary"
    • eliminate trigger points and the need for pain meds, muscle relaxants, stretching, or massage therapy
    • to improve balance, mobility and physical comfort even in the aged
    • to restore energy taxed away by pain
    • to enable you to come back to your life, again, whole

    The Basic Difference Between Pain Management and Clinical Somatic Education

    Pain management is a branch of anaesthesiology. Its approach suppresses symptoms instead of correcting their cause.

    Pain is not to be suppressed; its cause is to be removed. Clinical somatic education removes the cause. It's a completely different approach.

    Which program? Click here.

    Clinical somatic education is a "high-touch/low-tech", breakthrough in pain relief. That means it works better -- faster, more comfortably, and with more lasting results -- than treatments done to you -- and it works reliably.

    You may look at it as a guided self-reprogramming of your muscular control that frees you from the residual grip of injury. Muscles relax and comfort returns -- usually to a better-than-pre-injury condition. It's so reliable that I guarantee results.


    If you've been getting treatment for pain for a long time and aren't getting better, aren't getting better fast enough, or if different doctors have given different diagnoses and you've "tried everything" without satisfactory improvement; if you fear that you may have to live that way for the rest of your life, clinical somatic education is probably for you.

    If you've been drained and slowed down by pain and stiffness, if you have forgotten what it feels like to feel good and move well and now you hope only to reduce or manage your pain, clinical somatic education is likely to far exceed your hopes and expectations.

    Clinical somatic education is for people ready to participate actively in their own healing, ready to learn -- who have lost faith in, or patience with, the medical system and are taking matters into their own hands -- and for health care practitioners looking for something more than the standard modalities, to help their patients.

    There exists a well-defined process in which you, as a client, actively participate, with tangible, obvious (i.e., blatant), cumulative improvements accumulating at each step, until you're done. Typically, five-to-ten clinical sessions are needed, about once weekly. If you're working with a self-relief (somatic education exercise) program, results come more gradually, but distinctly.

    Injuries and Pain Reflexes | to articles

    Injuries, shocks, and pain trigger changes to postural reflexes that rob us of muscular control and cause pain and stiffness to linger long after the injury has healed; we tighten up; we lose the ability to relax tight muscles and to move freely in certain ways.

    People commonly confuse the resulting pain with the pain of the original injury, but it's from the aftermath of injury: changes of muscular activity (habituated cringe response).

    Without retraining, people commonly stay that way indefinitely.  You know: "He was never the same, after that." Many people have had that experience; just watch how people move in public places and notice how many people stand and move in ungainly ways often mistaken for the effects of ageing.

    What's been lacking in most therapeutic approaches is a way to handle the habituated cringe response and the muscle tension and pain they cause. Their best offering is stretching.

    A Promise | to conditions helped

    Rapid, reliable, and enduring pain relief with full recovery of function is the promise made good, here.

    Many people who have unsuccessfully undergone physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy and various forms of bodywork, osteopathy, neurosurgery, et al., have found clinical somatic education to be a successful last resort with relief of pain and recovery of free movement for more than nine out of ten people.

    Even if you've had a problem for a long time, time is not a factor. You can have your life back -- in recreation and athletics, at work, at home and in the bedroom -- in short, in any situation where you need free and easy movement to exercise, lift and carry a heavy box, get into a car, sleep comfortably, or move comfortably from position to position.

    How it Happens | more description

    The key to recovery is your recapturing control of muscles tightened by reflexes triggered by injury or nervous tension. The tension eases, pain fades, and you feel immediate changes in your ease of movement. You feel different -- and more like yourself -- or (more often) end up better than you were, before injury. You gain your independence from therapy, therapists -- and from your clinical somatic educator!

    Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it,

    nor in traditions because they are old and have been handed down from generation to generation and in many locations,

    nor in rumor because it has been spoken by many,

    nor in writings by sages because sages wrote them,

    nor in ones own fancies, thinking that it is such an extraordinary thought, it must have been inspired by God or a higher power,

    nor in inferences drawn from some haphazard assumption made by us,

    nor in what seems to be of necessity by analogy,

    nor in anything merely because it is based on the authority of our teachers, masters, and elders.

    However, after thorough investigation, observation, analysis and reflection, when you find that anything agrees with reason and your experience, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, and of the world at large; accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it; and live up to it.

    ~~ Gautama Siddhartha Shakyamuni

    The proof of the pudding is in . . . . .
    (click to hear:)


    "Somatic" (from the ancient Greek word, "soma": "the whole living, aware, bodily person") means, "pertaining to the body experienced and controlled from within." "Education" means "the developing of your natural faculties."

  • An Easy "Read" -- How Somatic Education Simplifies Complicated Conditions
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