Testimonials

Testimonials

What Client’s are saying about
Hanna Somatic Education Therapy for Chronic Pain

  • I had surgery on my left meniscus more than a year ago. Unfortunately that knee has been stiff, sore and swollen with fluid ever since–the puffiness extending down to my ankle even!  I’ve seen my surgeon been referred to vascular and PT and paid for a couple rounds of imaging to no avail. But this! My very first visit with Renee left my knee feeling lighter and more stable with better range of motion. After 2 days doing the quiet, slow movements Renee sent me home with the knee discomfort resolved. Resolved! The swelling is gone 🙂 My ankle bone is actually visible again! These movements are slow and painless, calming even. All l do is listen to the audio file that talks me through a few minutes of gentle leg work after coffee and before bed. I was steeling myself for years of ongoing knee pain and now have this gift of relief. I’m so grateful. Amy
  • After seeking help for my vertigo and sciatica by visiting medical doctors, acupuncturist, chiropractor and physical therapy, I decided to give Renee a try.  I knew she was working with Somatics  and had good results in her own personal health and I was looking for someone who could “help me-help myself”.  The somatics exercises she has taught me has relieved the vertigo issues I was experiencing.  I even sleep on my left side now and I haven’t done that for 2 and a half years! The sciatica also has improved! I was unwilling to accept my degree of aches, pains and ailments as part of the aging process.  Renee has taught me to work with my body-to help alleviate the amount of pain, inflexibility and balance issues I was experiencing. She is helping me to reacquaint myself with myself and her goal is to teach me to listen to my body and use somatics in my healing process.  My husband said to me this week ”Keep on going to Renee-she is making a difference for you”. Moe
  • Renee helped me work through a lower back and shoulder issues, both of which I had for over a year. She gave me tools that will help me in the future to maintain and improve my new pain free life. It was very freeing to not feel pain in my shoulder for the first time in over a year! Shannon
  • ​​”Got up this morning could barely move. Did the exercises and feel great!” Judd
  • My orthopedic Dr. at Mayo asked, “What did you do?” when noting my progress in reversing the effects of osteoporosis. “Somatics” was the answer I gave! I have participated in various PT programs over the years but nothing has helped me as much as Hanna Somatic Education with Renee!   Paulette
  •      “I must thank you again for helping me on the road to sustained recovery.  Somatics has been the only thing in the last 4-5 years that has given my right buttock, hip, and lower back relief.  It’s amazing how normal I feel!!  Instead of a consistent 7-8, I’m at at 1-2 now.  I know I’m on the right track, again thanks to you.  The renewed vitality and lower body mobility is truly a blessing.Keep up the great work.  You’re wonderful!!  Sue 
  • After years with a lower back issue that limited exercise, Somatics has been a revelation â€” an effective way to gently rebalance through mindful movement.  These techniques have given me an avenue for managing my back problem so I can finally be more active again.  Thanks for your expert guidance and encouragement, Renee.”

  • 6 months ago when I met Renee as my Somatic teacher, I could barely walk up the stairs to the studio. I was in pain every day, all day long, and really felt defeated by back problems that lingered after an L4-5 fusion. I had to rest after 10 minutes of work. Now, I am able to practice the Hanna Somatic assignments for a full hour, I find relief from pain, and have extended periods of time where I am standing tall, and feel like I am back in my body looking toward a future of more movement and strength. Renee is an excellent teacher. I am so grateful.  Karen  
  • I had constant lower back pain but after 3 private sessions with Renee she showed me things that I can do to get rid of the pain.  She knew exactly what was causing the pain and since I saw Renee I have not had any lower back pain since.  Joe
  • Attending Renee’s Hanna Somatic Education sessions has changed my life!   She has many options to find the best exercise for your body, so you learn something new each class.   I love doing my Soma exercises and living pain free! Bonnie
  • “Renee gets to the root of your mobility issues and retrains your mind and body to fix the problem. She discovers muscles not working for you, then helps you to mentally connect with them and begin the process of their rehabilitation and ongoing conditioning. I have felt better for the first time in years, actually decades, and now have a new foundation upon which to build my overall fitness.”​Carl
  •  I started a 3 month series of somatics sessions with Renee which began with me hobbling up a flight of stairs to the studio, left leg in continuous pain and losing strength due to the pain, and ending 3 months later with me standing up straight, and walking with almost 85-90% reduction in pain in my upper left leg. Renee taught me a series of movements that isolated the different key muscle groups of my body. I started doing a basic set of somatic movements every morning after waking up. I continued doing the movements after stopping my one-on-one work with Rene and got better and stronger and was able to return to my cardio work with my swimming, bicycling, and skiing in the winter.  I started going to Rene’s Hanna Somatics and yoga classes to gain more knowledge about Somatics because I am a true believer in the need for we humans to understand the brain body connection and how our sedentary ways as modern day humans works to counter our body’s natural ways of movement. Rene’s somatics knowledge, calm demeanor, and genuine concern about everyone’s well-being really opened a door for me to an approach that anyone can apply to his or her own life for improvement in daily movement. Harlan