The Ingle Institute for Somatics Education (IISE) offers a professional training in SomaticEducation and Clinical Somatics. The training consists of five segments and takes place during a two-year period.
The professional training covers the protocols, lessons and clinical techniques of Somatic Education. Lectures include neurophysiology, somatic philosophy, somatology, functional anatomy and kinesiology. By the end of the training, participants will be competent in teaching their clients to understand the cause of their pain and training them in specific protocols and movement lessons to eradicate it.
The training covers somathology, functional anatomy and kinesiology, somatic philosophy, neurophysiology, and the protocols, lessons and techniques of Somatic Education. By the end of the training, all educators will be competent in teaching their clients to understand the cause of their pain and training them in specific protocols and movements to eradicate it.
The body of this work is based on the somatic tradition of Thomas Hanna, one of the first students of Moshe Feldenkrais. The primary focus of Somatic Education is to empower clients and students to master their own self-healing capacities.Somatic Education is not a new approach to treating pain, it is a new understanding of the causative factors. It is not alternative medicine, it is science based on simple neurophysiology, which has been confirmed by recent developments in neuroplasticity. This method stands out from other forms of bodywork in that it relies upon client participation to provide sensory-motor feedback, thus enabling the clients to make changes for themselves.
Segment 1(9 days) or Segment 1 Part 1 (4 days) & Part 2 (5 days)
In this segment the somatic functional problems of the spine and trunk are addressed. You learn to examine clients from a somatic perspective, how to conduct a standing examination, a passive examination and how to take a case history/intake. The clinical techniques of Somatic Education; pandiculation, kinetic mirroring and means-whereby are taught on this segment. These techniques are used to address disorders, such as chronic back pain, sciatica and scoliosis. The Red Light (startle) reflex and the Trauma reflex are the two fundamental protocols taught in this segment. These clinical protocols address the habituated posture of contraction through the front of the body as well as the trauma or ‘cringing reflex’, that often is seen as a side-bending of the trunk causing scoliosis. There will be talks on embodied learning and on the essential principles, strategies and skills to enable participants to move freely and with ease. There will also be discussions to help participants understand the pedagogy of learning from a somatic viewpoint. Lectures include functional and embodied anatomy, neurophysiology, assessment techniques, clinical techniques, case history taking, somatic principles and philosophy, sensory motor amnesia, and the history and evolution of Somatics. The movement lessons taught in the first segment are the eight Myth of Ageing lessons from Thomas Hanna’s book Somatics.
Segment 2(6 days)
In this segment the Green Light clinical protocol is taught. This protocol addresses the habituated posture of contcated back muscles, often seen as an over arched lumbar spine which often results in lower back pain. Refinements of the Red Light and Trauma protocol learned in Segment 1 are also taught. The clincal work in Segment 2 focuses on how to address conditions of the upper limbs: shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands. Techniques for the following conditions will be taught: frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, repetitive strain injury, and more. You will also learn to teach new somatic movement lessons that go beyond the Myth of Ageing series.
Segment 3 (10 days)
In this segment the Breathing and Neck protocols are taught. In the Breathing protocol participants learn clinical techniques to release the diaphragm, ribcage and primary muscles of respiration.
In the Neck clinical protocol we address the structure and function of the cervical spine and musculature in relation to the thoracic and lumbar spine, pelvis and shoulder girdle. The neck protocol includes applied somatic techniques with a whole body perspective in order to address acute and chronic neck pain conditions.
Refinemenof the Red Light, Trauma and Green Light protocols are also taught in this segment. The clinical work in Segment 3 also addresses conditions of the lower limbs related to the knee, ankle and foot. Participants continue to learn more advanced somatic movement lessons, from the Beyond the Myth of Ageing series and more. During this segment participants will start the process of learning how to create their own clinical lessons for an individual client’s needs.
Lectures include neurophysiology, Polyvagal theory, functional anatomy and kinesiology. Students present their case studies and there is a written anatomy and kinesiology exam. Between Segment 3 and 4, the participants will see individual clients to practice the new clinical protocols and teach more advanced somatic movement lessons. Part of this segment’s homework is to write a short neurophysiology paper based on somatic thinking, which will be handed in before Segment 4.
Segment 4 (7 days)
In this segment the Walking and the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) protocols are taught. Assessment and mechanics of walking and conditions related to TMJ dysfunction are addressed. The Breathing, Neck and Green Light protocols are reviewed with refinements. New movement lesson related to walking, TMJ and breathing are presented. In this segment there is a clinic for students to demonstrate their competency with new clients. Students continue to present their clinical case studies.
Segment 5 (8 days)
In this segment participants will learn how to work with their clients in new positions and ways. There will be an emphasis on how to address very acute low back pain. Participants will design and present their own somatic movement lesson on this segment and continue the journey to create their own unique clinical. Lectures include Somatic embodiment and conditions that benefit from Somatic Education and Clinical Somatics. Those who successfully demonstrate competence in the clinical work, teaching movement lessons and who have completed all assignments will be certified as approved Clinical Somatic Practitioners and certified Somatic Educators.
Training Resources and Materials
In addition to the in-house training you will receive:
- A course book for each segment that includes a synopsis of lectures, clinical hands-on instructions for the protocols taught in that particular segment, movement lessons in an “easy-to-teach-from” table format.
- Assignmetn books.
- DVDs of the clinical hands-on protocols.
- Access to a mentor between segments who offers practical guidance on the application of Somatics.
- Meetings with a mentor and mentor group to discuss questions, difficult cases and progress on assignments. These meetings can be attended in person or virtually.
Brian Siddhartha Ingle ND, DO, certified Hanna Somatic Educator, certified Feldenkrais practitioner .
Gayatri Schriefer BSc Ed, certified Hanna Somatic Educator.
Teaching assistants that have graduated from the Ingle Institute for Somatic Education frequently assist on trainings.
"This intense Somatic training has been an inspiring experience, a remarkable journey into rediscovering the joy of being alive. The teaching was clear, concise and effective. The training opened up into a deeper dimension of insights and experience of 'the living body' as a functional unity where body and mind merge. After 16 years of practicing different approaches to body work, I have found a straightforward, well-grounded, effective technique. I can clearly perceive how this learning experience is not only an asset at the personal level, but also for my clients as it is work that empowers the receiver, putting them back at the 'driver's seat' of their life."
Joan Sala, Graduate IISE, Somatic Educator, author of "Awareness Through the Body"
"Brian has all the qualities I look for in a teacher: passion, integrity, authenticity, skill, and a sincere desire to teach so that others can benefit. I found Somatics profoundly transformative, yet incredibly simple, practical and accessible. It's like someone turned a light on in the parts of me that were asleep. The practice plugs me into a sense of spaciousness, freedom, innocence and potential. It helps me both access my centre and stay there in a way I haven't experienced before."
Lisa Peterson, Graduate IISE, Somatic Educator, yoga teacher
"This training has been extremely valuable to me for my personal growth and awareness. I feel as if it has made me, not only more conscious of my body and its holding patterns, but also more aware of how my body's stiffness is constraining my mind and my whole being. The movements have worked on my whole neural system, expanding my awareness and making me a more integrated being. I feel more open and expanded to the world and less confined in my body, mind and spiritual awareness. I would call it a more practical guide to enlightenment than a set of physical exercises."
Pratima Mumford Septhon,Somatic Educator, designer