Mindfulness is like a superpower; there are simply too many benefits to list all of them here. We know we should be mindful, but it can be very challenging to sit still and look inside ourselves when we have pain, numbness, or feel out of touch with our bodies. Scientific studies reveal that mindfulness with movement is even more beneficial than mindfulness alone, which is why Somatic Release includes the practice of Hanna Somatics.
Developed by Thomas Hanna, a long-time Feldenkrais practitioner and trainer, Hanna Somatics is a mindfulness-through-movement technique that uses gentle movements to release tension from your body and mind. "Somatics" comes from the word "soma" , defined as "the body as perceived from within". If you feel disconnected from your body, these movements allow you to reconnect with it by noticing the sensations of ease and comfort while moving. Pain is almost immediately resolved and proper posture becomes effortless. Also, as an added benefit, every time you learn a new movement pattern, your brain will release some dopamine and endorphins to reward your behavior and help you easily create good habits. Other happy brain chemicals, like serotonin and oxytocin, are also made when you move mindfully to release muscle tension.
Additionally, as a trauma-informed practice, Hanna Somatics helps you undo the negative effects trauma has had on your movement and posture.
"Trauma is a fact of life, but it doesn't have to be a life sentence."
Peter A. Levine, Waking the Tiger