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 25 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 program.
Personal and Professional Development
Matthew's Clinical Practice
In a somatic patterning approach to massage, I draw upon a wide range of modalities that work effectively with body patterns, from very light, energetic and fluid based approaches to those that use deep, direct pressure. I choose the contributions each approach as they best support your body’s reorganization and its movement towards greater functionality.
You can expect practical and focused assessment at the beginning of your treatment series as well as periodical “check-ins” throughout the treatments to make sure that you are reaching the goals that will allow you to function more fully in life.
The problem solving approach of Somatic Patterning, along with its focus on “working with” your body makes it effective with chronic pain and injury, as well with deep energetic healing.
Clinic Appointments: Because of high volume of bookings, I can only take appointments by email, text or phone. email: email@example.com Text/phone: (778) 952-3757.
The Institute focuses it's work in two areas:
1. Somatics In Everyday Life.
2. Somatics in Massage.