Somatic Movement beginner's course (live online)

Somatic Movement Beginner’s Course (live online)

Our online, live Somatic Movement beginner’s course.

This course runs for 4 online, live sessions, via Zoom.

In our 4x 75-90-minute sessions, you will receive a grounding in the Somatic Movement approach, including the basis of the theory underpinning the practice, and experiencing a range of Somatics movements. Time will also be given over each week for any questions that might arise, as well as for sharing experiences from the week’s session, or from daily life.

Please check the course dates carefully when booking - although this is a 4-week course, it sometimes runs on fortnightly dates.

2024 course dates: to be confirmed.

If there are no upcoming live course dates listed, or you can’t make the dates of the next course, you can access this course via recordings. (Please note, I aim to respond to orders and emails during my work hours which are on Saturdays and Mondays, and I’m welcoming your support and understanding in this, as I continually learn to honour both my work and my family/life needs. This means it may take a few days for you to hear back from me regarding your purchase. Thank you for supporting my one-woman business.)

You can sign up to our Somatics emails to be kept informed of upcoming course dates.


Session details

4x 1.5-hour online sessions. (Note: the 4 sessions may be delivered over an 8-week period (i.e. fortnightly) - please check dates carefully when booking.)

What you will learn

  • The basic underlying theory of the Somatic Movement approach
  • Foundational movements which you can practice at home
  • How Somatic Movement supports your unique body
  • An effective way to settle your nervous system
  • How to become more aware of your own body sensations

Pre-requisites: none.

Requirements: preferably a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted; room to lie on the floor (carpet or exercise mat) and spread arms and legs out; Zoom (free download); ability to position the camera so I can see most or all of your body when you are lying on the floor (or at the very least your torso) (optional, but recommended!); ability to get down to/up from the floor to do the practice (this can be using a chair etc for support if needed); ability to lie on your back (this could be propped with cushions if needs be); intention to create space to practise between sessions (optional, but recommended!). Please get in touch if you are unsure about any of these requirements.

Upcoming course dates/times: Saturdays, dates to be confirmed, 10-11.30am. (Note: in addition the live classes, you will also have access to pre-recorded versions of all sessions, so if you need to miss a live session, you won’t miss out.)

Exchange: £40-50 for the full course of 4 live sessions, plus lifetime access to pre-recorded versions of the sessions, and to supplementary online resources to support your practice. Various price levels are available - we offer these different levels to keep the work as accessible as possible. Please pay what you can afford from the available options on booking.

Please note, this group course gives a basic grounding in the approach, and enables you to continue to practise for yourself at home, or to join our ongoing membership after the course - to address specific or complex issues, please get in touch to enquire about 1:1 sessions.

If you click through the booking link, and see the message, “There are no options to purchase this currently - sorry!” the event is either full, or we have no dates scheduled as yet for the next run-through. To be kept informed about future dates, you can sign up to our Somatics emails here.

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Somatic Movement

Somatic Movement is a gentle modality, originally developed by Thomas Hanna, which retrains your nervous system to overcome chronic pain caused by trauma, stress, injury or habits. It is a slow, conscious form of physical movement, and is suitable for all abilities. It is also a wonderful way to become more aware of your internal sensations, which is essential for learning new patterns. For more information about what Somatics is and how it works, you can visit this page, or of course you can contact us if you have questions.

Benefits of Somatics:

Reducing chronic pain

Improving posture

Increasing body awareness

Retraining movement patterns

Settling the nervous system

Improving breathing patterns

Increasing sense of grounding and relaxation

Ability to move more freely

Increasing ability to attend effectively to the body’s needs

Lowering the chance of recurring injuries

Re-educating the nervous system in better stillness and movement patterns

Reducing stress and anxiety

Improving range of movement

Alleviating or preventing many functional conditions

Preventing joint degeneration

Learning an empowering practice

About Emilie

I am certified to deliver Somatic Movement education classes, in the tradition of Thomas Hanna. I am a Somatic Movement Center® Certified Exercise Instructor (level 3) (through Sarah Warren’s Somatic Movement Center training), and a certified Essential Somatics Movement Teacher (through Martha Peterson’s Essential Somatics training).

Reflections from Somatics session attendees

“Thank you so much Emilie, I loved it! I never expected to feel so relaxed afterwards. I really enjoyed listening to your recording last night to practice. I’m loving how much concentration and focus it needs to I work out how to do the pandiculation. It’s enough to engage my mind so I’m not away with thinking/worrying and the combination of this and the deep connection with the body seem to allow my system to relax which is really rare. I’m excited to see the effect of the practice on pain and flexibility too.”

“This week I noticed a new internal sensation when I get angry (I feel a tight band of muscles constrict around my upper chest, under my arms). I was quite surprised to feel it! This is great because I can make a mental note to watch for that sensation as a trigger that it’s time to be more intentionally mindful and step away if needed.”

“Thank you Emilie, it’s just been a real revelation, and such a door opening on a whole new sort of physical, mental healing opportunity, so I’m so grateful, just thanks so so much, it’s been brilliant.”

“I’ve really enjoyed connecting with you all and I feel a lot of optimism about the power of CS [Clinical Somatics] to help with ongoing pain and also with my work around calming my nervous system! Thank you for your work in bringing this information to the world.”

“I think your descriptions are so clear - that’s what I’m impressed by, I don’t have to look at you or see what you’re doing, it’s so easy to follow you.”

“You have obviously put so much thought and effort into the course and it really paid off, I felt in very safe hands. I’ve learnt so much, in such a short space of time, but I never felt hurried. Thanks again, it was a great experience.”

“I’ve really noticed a difference, like just that Standing Awareness, and how I might use it in normal things I’m doing - I realise I am checking with my body more. And that’s one of the things I really wanted to get from this, that’s great - even if it’s just a small step forward it feels really positive.”

“I went into the course feeling hopeful. I trust Emilie’s opinion and value her expertise and experience. I wasn’t disappointed! Although life has gotten in the way of me really using the Clinical Somatics exercises regularly, I still felt a huge shift in various ways as a result of participating in the class. I probably only practiced 8 times in 6 weeks. Each time I felt centred, grounded and more connected in to my own feelings and experience. My awareness of my body has really developed. Particularly my awareness of my posture, which is slowly improving. I’ve also found that I’m more able to notice sensations that might be a hint for me to step back from hard situations right at that moment - which has been very helpful! Emilie is a great facilitator, very knowledgeable and trauma informed, with a real focus on participants honouring our own needs and experience. Thank you Emilie, I’m so glad I did the course and I look forward to getting a regular practice going soon and reaping the benefits :) "

“Thank you so much for these past 6 weeks or so. I found the classes to be exactly what I needed to make me stop and take the time to tune in to my body. The exercises seem simple yet there is so much to them and I appreciate the awareness I have been developing to the nuances of the way my body moves. It is like making friends with a stranger, a stranger I often perceive as scary… yet she’s not! I can feel the difference this is making to being able to connect with myself. It’s hard to put into words. You are an awesome instructor/facilitator. I always felt like no question was a stupid question and I felt really safe in your hands. I have been recommending you and will continue to do so. I feel like your classes are a beautiful entry point for parents who are disconnected from themselves and resistant to body awareness. Love that you’re doing this!”

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