Suresha has been involved in holistic practices for the body, mind, and spirit for over 40 years. Her initial treatment protocols were transformed by the somatics approach that included opportunities for the body and brain to reestablish a working connection. Its ability to facilitate release, reset, and reintegration was the only thing that resolved chronic back pain from a bulging disc she’d acquired from a dance injury. The rehabilitation approach becoming an inside-out process made all the difference to the recovery. Somatic education’s ability to resolve either short or long-standing issues of pain has been nothing less than remarkable.
She developed NeuroSomatic Integration™ and founded The Marin Center for Somatic Education in order to help generate interest and awareness in the concept of prevention and the process of self- sensing as a door to maintaining health and well-being. Since its inception, the center has promoted and taught numerous movement classes and somatic education workshops for over 20 years, offered private sessions, mentoring to other bodyworkers, as well as client consultations.
Three volumes of ‘Somatic Intelligence™’ were produced and distributed as a manual and guide to students of this work and to help forward the integration of these principles into other forms of movement, therapeutic exercise, and hands-on practices. Suresha recently completed two more volumes of Somatic Intelligence for practitioners and the general public alike that guide the reader in how to develop the type of relationship with their body that allows change to happen quickly using reeducation methods and principles. Volume 5 of this series includes a host of movement sequences that target the main communication systems in the body which know how to create change quickly.
The Marin Center for Somatic Education is a vehicle to help solve the puzzle of chronic pain, to help reverse acute pain and dysfunction, and to help promote self-sensing and self-regulation in ways that both prevent old issues from recurring and new ones from developing. It has proven effective enough for thousands of clients over the years that Suresha felt motivated to share the methods on a wider scale.
Suresha Hill, Ed.S., DOMTP, HSE, RCST
I graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. degree in Elementary and Special Education, an M.S. in School Psychology, and an Ed.S. in the Systems Intervention and Prevention specialty area of School Psychology. My graduate adviser, Dr. Don Wonderly started me on a path of investigation and discovery by introducing his concepts of prevention and a wholistic view of mental health. The Systems Intervention specialty focuses on a comprehensive approach to preventing issues from cropping up in students by replacing the environment that creates problems with one that fosters optimal conditions for learning, including the consideration of parenting and teaching methods.
After working as a school psychologist for a few years and discovering that many learning and behavior issues were body-based, questions arose about the relationship of the body with its own functions and how to facilitate a relationship that resolves the sources of imbalance. My studies approached the system on many levels, beginning with the psyche and the way it best processes information emotionally, then how to relieve stress and tension, followed by energetic practices and a study of making changes through the subconscious.
The principles of entering into an existing system and honoring what’s already in place while suggesting integrative options that could produce better results are the same for the body as they are for the mind or for an institution. My passion to find deeper and more comprehensive ways to address body-mind issues led to further studies.
After working as a psychological consultant for school systems for four years, intrigued by the complex kinds of neurological issues the children presented with, in 1978 I began studying wholistic forms of bodywork such as Shiatsu from Japan, Breema from Afghanistan, The Bowen Method from Australia, Alchemical Hypnotherapy in the U.S., and meditation and a form of Breath Therapy during my stay in India. I wanted to approach the issues from as many vantage points and levels of depth as possible to learn how issues were tied into the system.
Questions arose while working at a chiropractic office and physical therapy clinic with several repetitive strain, sports injury, and automobile accident patients, about the best ways to resolve both chronic and acute pain after the fact, hopefully to gain insight in how best to prevent them. Dr. Tom Hanna came to offer an in-service for the staff using the methods he devised called Hanna Somatic Education, a form of neuromuscular reeducation that proved to be a missing link in my healing process. Many of my questions were finally answered. I went on to complete a training in Hanna Somatic Education developed by Dr. Hanna from 1990 – 1992. This Feldenkrais-based work proved to also be a turning point in for many clients who began achieving greater and more lasting results.
While exploring the neuromuscular approach for 25 years I began expanding my knowledge base to include osteopathic approaches involving muscle energy, manual therapy and visceral techniques. Seeing the benefit of approaching the body through different doorways led to the study and training in techniques for the brain and spinal cord with Dr. Bruno Chikly, Manual Articular Therapy with Drs. Barral and Croibier, the Visceral Manipulation series with the Barral Institute, Mechnanical Link by Dr. Paul Chauffeur, and the Biodynamic Cranial Sacral approach in which I am now certified. The subtle manipulation of structure through energy in bone as taught by Dr. Fritz Smith in Zero Balancing offered a unique influence to working with fulcrums in a deeper way with clients. The completion of a training in 2013 with Dr. Steve Sanet through he Ontario College of Ontario led to being a Diplomate in Osteopathic Manipulative Theory and Practice.
I’ve also become familiar with workings of my body/mind by being involved in dance, sports, and external martial arts, since childhood. In the 1970’s the inner arts of meditation and spiritual practice were incorporated, followed by Awareness Through Movement, T’ai Chi and Chi Kung in the 1990’s.