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Body Movement

A local mind-body training class goes directly to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain.
October 3rd, 2017 by: Misty Milioto

Keith Thompson, a certified therapeutic massage therapist and Hanna Somatics educator, is teaching clients how to relax more deeply during his Move Better, Feel Better class every Saturday at St. Charles Athletic Club at 9 a.m. The Hanna Somatics method is a form of neuromuscular movement re-education that allows the client to regain awareness, sensation and motor control of muscles — an educational process during which the brain can remember how to relax and move the muscles properly.

This process of sensory motor training creates improved muscle function and enhanced sensory awareness. And it’s the only method of pain relief and sensory motor training that targets the condition of Sensory Motor Amnesia — the condition of chronically tight muscles that have learned to stay contracted due to accidents, injuries, surgeries, repetitive tasks or on-going emotional stress. The resulting conditions are chronic back pain; neck, shoulder and hip pain; limited mobility; joint pain; poor posture; shallow breathing; and uneven leg length.

In his class, Thompson focuses on the core areas of the body, (the lower back, waist and abdominal area) and teaches how gaining more control of these muscles groups contributes to better movement in the shoulders, legs and neck. Benefits of the class include improved mobility, strength and coordination; improved posture; long-term pain relief; greater physical independence and mastery of your movement; and more. The class is $12 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Register at