The Somatics Institute was created to contribute to the developing field of Somatics.
The work you will find on these pages is the result of over 30 years of clinical research by somatic practitioner and educator, Matthew van der Giessen. The Institute continues the work of Somatics theorists such as Thomas Hanna, Don Hanlon Johnson and Elizabeth Benke.
Matthew has developed his understanding of Somatics principles in over 20,000 clinical sessions, numerous developmental workshops and classes with a wide range of somatic practitioners, which included the use of Somatics principles as the core instructional paradigm of a 2 year, 2500 hour Massage Therapy program.
Personal and Professional Development
The Institute focuses it's work in two areas:
You can find out more about our programs on the Continuing Education page.
You can find out more about Applied Somatics by following the Articles or Blog link in the sidebar of this page
If you would like to have a clinical session with Matthew at his clinic in Edmonton, Alberta, appointments can be made by linking below.
I have the unique opportunity to offer tandem sessions with Anne Belohorec.
Anne is a senior therapist with training in Advanced Craniosacral Therapy (adult and pediatric), Advanced Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Touch for Health, Cellular Memory Release, Somato-Emotional Release, Therapeutic Touch, and Reiki.
In a tandem session, Anne and I work together, coordinating our skills to provide new insights to complex body dysfunctions.
For more information, follow this link to contact Healing Connections.