This is what I have done for the past 27 years.
(quote of Thomas Hanna, developer)
Let me surprise you with something that you may not ever have seen offered by pain specialists, back specialists, back pain specialists, general practitioners or anyone else who deals with chronic pain, professionally:
DOES THIS MAKE SENSE?
I have offered, “Satisfaction or Refund,” as my standard guarantee since 1996, or so. Since then, something like 18 people have invoked it — rightfully, I feel. No one can help everyone.
Still, does that suggest anything, to you? about all the others who have not invoked my “Satisfaction or Refund” guarantee?
WHAT CLIENTS HAVE SAID
A fairly frequent comment made by new clients (when talking with me after a somatic education session) has been about an article of mine about their condition they that found, on-line — the condition that brought them to me as clients. “It made sense,” has been the comment made a number of times. The feeling is, “It rang true,” for them, rang true to their experience. It appealed to something recognizable, within them. They recognized themselves being described, in it.
the most common comment people make at the very end of a session, with me, is different. It’s,
“I feel like I could take a nap.”
… which is to say, it worked.
I’ve thought of having a plaque made to place over the door frame,
“I feel like I could take a nap.”
A third, a number of times, is, “I wish I had known about this, sooner.”
and another comment, the second most common one, “Why don’t more people know about this?” — to which I have no definitive answer, but only say, “The hardest thing to change is a mind”; people’s mindset determines where they go, for help.
Once, a client of mine told me, “I could have saved about $30,000 I spent on [ unsuccessful therapy, after being struck by a car ] if I had come to you [ first ].” True. There was such a client early in my practice. I think there was also one other person, another client, and it wasn’t as much money.
These are just comments some people have made, but in any case, nearly all who come to me have “gone the medical route” and tried “alternative” approaches, and still remained in their injured state so that they looked for something ELSE — and found me (Hanna somatic education), on line.
Before I accept someone as a new client, I ask them to complete an application form in which they detail their symptoms and history of injuries, life long, so I can assess whether or not my work is what they need.
I ask them to read the book about clinical somatic education (“Somatics”) ~~ pleasant, enjoyable reading. Thomas Hanna was a wonderful writer, lyrical and conversational.
Somatics: ReAwakening the Mind’s Control of Movement, Flexibility, and Health [ by Thomas Hanna ] available at some public libraries and on Amazon.com ~~ available in 14 languages.
A few clients have told me that they have shared this book with friends and family — no kidding ~~ kids (teens/early 20s). It’s been well-received. It is pleasant writing in a nice rhythm, with interludes, as engaging and conversational as it is educational.
Folks, my plight in this work is that when I truthfully describe what we can accomplish, with this approach, people often seem to feel that I’m exaggerating, being flippant or just being a show-off fool who talks the talk without walking the walk. They think it’s New Age, California Froo-Froo.
But, folks, this is no California Froo-Froo. We somatic educators walk the walk — better and better, over time, as we practice.
My clients face the same situation, talking about their experience of somatic education, as I do. When they talk about their experience of somatics to their friends, their friends, who haven’t experienced somatic education, think people are exaggerating, that they never really had anything serious to begin with, or that they are just New-Age nuts. That’s because their friends have no experience of somatic education to remember; you need the memory of an experience for words to have real meaning.
What they do have is the memory of all the therapeutic approaches they have tried, experiences that left them still with a problem — and in their effort to make sense of their friends words, they connect somatic education with their experiences of something else. This is called, “confusion.”
Let’s turn it around. Open to possibility.
Hanna somatic education
an integrally integrative clinical approach
that makes things better, faster
where the rubber meets the road.
The “Satisfaction or Refund” Policy says something about the work, doesn’t it?
Here is a description of Hanna somatic education:
Here are my write-ups on S-I Joint Dysfunction: