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Somatics & Movement course timetables

Brief description

The practice of Somatics helps us develop our awareness of our ‘felt sense’, release tension and improves ease of movement.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

Anyone who wants to improve well being

Course description in brief

An informative and experiential course based on the work of Thomas Hannah. Learners will be verbally guided through a set of gentle movements to help release muscle tension, improve balance and increase awareness of how you move.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    – Basic somatic philosophy and brief history of somatic education
    – What Sensory Motor Amnesia is and why it is often the cause of most chronic muscular pain and movement limitation
    – Recognise the 3 somatic reflexes in yourself
    – The difference between stretching and pandiculation
    – How to apply somatics to your everyday life; walking, standing and sitting
    – A basic routine of somatic movements to practice at home

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

No previous skills needed. Ability to get up and down from the floor and be able to follow instructions

What equipment will I need for the course?

A mat

What materials will I need for the course?

Notepad and pen

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

Explanation from tutor
Learners invited to share what they hope to get out of the course
Exploration of movement (sensing) whilst standing, walking, twisting
Floor based guided gentle movements (with eyes closed if able)
Coming back to standing/moving and noticing if any change in movement and awareness of gravity

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

Daily practice is encouraged to get the best out of the course. From 5 to 30 mins a day if possible

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

Self assessment and group discussion. Tutor may use gentle hands on guidance (with permission)
to help develop more awareness in movement

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

Learners will be signposted to further courses

How will I say what I think about the course?

Feedback forms will be provided at the end of the course. Details of office number will be given to learners at start of course

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
808a 1.5 Wednesday 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM 20 Nov 2019 to 18 Dec 2019 (4 Sessions) £25
841b 1 Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 25 Jan 2020 to 25 Jan 2020 (1 Sessions) £26
807b 1.5 Wednesday 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM 15 Jan 2020 to 12 Feb 2020 (5 Sessions) £30
842b 1 Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 14 March 2020 to 14 Mar 2020 (1 Sessions) £26
808b 1.5 Wednesday 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM 4 Mar 2020 to 8 Apr 2020 (5 Sessions) £26

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes marked by ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘LCC’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.