About Somatics

Clinical Somatics (also known as Clinical Somatic Education or "CSE") is a highly effective form of neuromuscular retraining that alleviates chronic pain and improves physical functioning and mobility for clients. CSE stands out from other forms of bodywork (physical therapy, massage, chiropractic) in that it relies upon client participation to provide sensory feedback, not just to muscles and nerves, but to the brain.

CSE most effectively treats chronic musculoskeletal contraction that results from stress, trauma, and repetitive movement. These conditions include: back pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, TMJ, tendonitis, bursitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, scoliosis, chronic headaches, sciatica, knee, hip and shoulder pain, and myofascial pain syndromes. The course of treatment is shorter and more long lasting than physical therapy programs, chiropractic, or manual soft tissue therapies.

Steven Aronstein is an exceptional teacher, of that there is no question. He delivers a passionate and undiluted method of teaching the most direct Thomas Hanna material as humanly and somatically possible, and for that and his unrelenting way of having us get it, we are all becoming amazing Somatics practitioners and educators with each new piece that is revealed and integrated.

I only seek my body work training from direct sources, and for me Steven Aronstein is the next generation, a true disciple of what Thomas Hanna was cultivating, delivering and teaching in terms of movement, anatomy, philosophy and the neuro-biology of coming back to our brilliant human design.

Natasha Boldireff
Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Somatic Educator

About Us

Steven Aronstein

Executive Director & Clinical Somatic Educator

Somatic Systems Institute is the worldwide clinical, academic, research, training, educational and resource center for Somatics, including Clinical Somatic Education, but also the general realms of Somatics, healthcare, science, and philosophy. For three decades, we have carried on the work of Thomas Hanna, and based on that work expanded & developed the field, practice, and method of Clinical Somatic Education™ practiced and known today.


We offer trainings at locations worldwide. Our headquarters are located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. 


104 Main St Northampton MA 01060

Store Hours

Monday — Friday

9:00 AM — 6:00 PM


11:00 AM — 5:00 PM