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Learn Somatics - Thomas Hanna's Cat Stretch Series - a 10 session virtual course


Relaxing, feel-good, mind-body movement for stress & tension release, mobility, flexibility, better movement, improved coordination, greater bodily comfort and an increased sense of well-being.


10 x 90 minute live sessions via Zoom.

Class recordings will be accessible to you, so you can participate in the course even if you are not able to attend the live classes.

Dedicated private Facebook group for community, support and learning.

Over the 10 weeks we will cover:

⬤ Flexors and extensors - improving control of the muscles at the back and the front of the body.
⬤ The waist & trunk rotation
⬤ Hips, shoulders & neck
⬤ Breathing, standing & walking
⬤ The activities of daily life
⬤ An invigorating, revitalising daily practice
⬤ A relaxing, soothing and comforting practice


Starts Friday 15th January

1 pm to 2.30 pm London time

Early Bird Investment


until 06/01/21

Weekly sessions

EXCEPT Friday 19th Feb

Starts Friday 15th January

1 pm to 2.30 pm London time




Weekly sessions

EXCEPT Friday 19th Feb


Hanna Somatics is a mindful movement modality with a basis in neuroscience. The target of the practice is the nervous system. A key element is awareness, both of movement and sensation, so the sensation and movement maps of the body in the brain (cortical maps) receive beneficial, novel input and are given the chance to reorganize and improve. Better movement maps = better movement. Simply put, that means that your brain senses and moves more of your self, with the result that you move better, in more comfort, and with a greater range of motion. Your movement options increase, as different movement possibilities are uncovered, rediscovered or enabled.

We teach the skill of  'pandiculation' - a nervous system reset for a more comfortable resting muscle length without strain. This is a skill that can be learned or relearned and integrated into your bodily experience for better movement.

The movements taught are designed to re-stimulate areas of common 'sensory motor amnesia' in the body. Sensory motor amnesia is a somatics term to describe those hard-to-reach areas that seem to have have become tight/stiff, and feel in constant need of stretching, or are inhibited and lack movement. They are no longer under the full control of the brain and are unable to contract and relax in the full range. Somatics helps to bring these areas back 'online' - into the brain's view of its real estate.

It's relaxing, it's interesting and it's pleasurable!


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In his book, Somatics -Reawakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility and Health, Thomas Hanna introduces his technique of pandiculation, and the 'Cat Stretch' - a sequence of somatic movements designed to 'wake up' all the muscle groups of the body, or wind down at the end of the day. These movements can be condensed into a short sequence that you can do to prepare your body to move.

I call that the 'yang' version of the cat series. We stimulate the nervous system, reawaken, revistalise and remind the brain of its movement options.

Alternatively you can enjoy a longer, more indulgent and relaxing 'yin' style.

I will teach you how to access both.

We will begin with a yin style class, without much explanation, just for the experience. Over the weeks I will teach an extended session of each movement so you can experience, sense and understand each part better. There will be opportunity to share experiences or ask questions. this will be at the end of the class or in the dedicated Facebook group.

We will also look at how you can use these movements throughout your day, and how you can establish a simple and effective home practice to suit your lifestyle and goals.