Somatics is about perceiving the body from within; a first person perception, internal awareness. It is a specific progression of movements performed by an individual, which involves the sensing of what is occurring during these specific movements in order to employ the sensory-motor system to help break down habitual patterns that have been formed from childhood.
Somatic movements are a way to help gain back the voluntary control of our muscles and bodies as a whole and become more aware of our “being” from within. It is important to break down the habitual patterns that each of us has built into our sensory – motor systems in order for us to have the “awareness” that is required to not live our lives in a state of muscular reflex or forgetfulness.
In this workshop, participants will learn the theories as well as how to perform specific, natural, gentle, pain free movement patterns that help break habitual muscle patterns in our bodies that we develop over time which leads to musculoskeletal dysfunction. Participants can utilize these movement patterns into their daily routine to enhance their longevity in the massage therapy field and/or incorporate the concepts or movement patterns into their treatment plans as a component of their client's rehabilitation.
This workshop has been approved for 16 primary credits through the MTAM.
About the Instructor
After graduating from Western College of Remedial Massage Therapies with the Abe Reimer Award of Excellence, Dale was invited to pursue instructor traning. An instructor at Wellington College since 1997, Dale teaches Massage Application to advanced full-time and distance education students. For his ongoing dedication to students, Dale received honors from Wellington College in 2000. Dale's work in Somatics was published in an industry journal and his expertise in applied massage has led him to present at conferences and seminars across Canada. He continues to operate a private practice in his spare time. Dale received his Adult Education Certificate from the University of Manitoba in 2008.