People who experience Hanna Somatic Education, say… 
“The pain under my right shoulder blade that never
goes away, has gone.” 
“I feel more upright”
“I’d forgotten that I can remember how to walk”
“Now I allow myself to do less each day and I don’t get worked up about things that used to work me up”
“When I go home I will be able to talk with my children” 
“My panic attacks have stopped”


Catherine Glenister, September 2018 ~ I have benefited greatly by Hanna Somatic Movement.  Initially finding some movements alien to me e.g. feeling “like I walked like a horse”, my hips moving like a figure of eight on its side, with over exaggerated movements and having to concentrate on the movements, I now have greater flexibility and ease of movement, my walk has changed and is now automatic, I have less pain in my hips and lower back.

Penny Webb, 2nd October 2017 ~ You will be very pleased to hear that despite my decrepid state when we first met, I have just cycled from St Malo on the north coast of France to Nice, over 1000 miles as planned. Although I only managed two of your lessons I have been doing the exercises every morning which has allowed me to undertake this, ambitious for me, adventure. I am still in France at the moment so sadly wont be back for Wednesday but would be interested in meeting up at some point soon to learn some more. Very best wishes and thank you, Penny

Chris MacLeod, 3rd December 2015 ~ I do power yoga 4 or 5 times a week, defenzimovement is complementary to that but very different. The emphasis here is on relaxing, deep breathing and moving continuously through positions – as opposed to holding stretches in yoga.

I had full confidence in Karen throughout and left feeling refreshed and relaxed. I’ve built the main breathing sequence into my routine before stretching before doing sports like tennis. It’s very helpful to focus on that and get the mind totally still for a few minutes, often the only time my mind is like that during the day.

Amber Elliot, 19th July 2015 ~ Eight months after the car accident I still wake up in extreme pain, wondering if I should agree to spinal injections after all. I brought some tramadol with me to take after the session with Karen – but to my amazement I didn’t need to take anything for my back! And my migraine (associated with the whip lash) was gone as well. I’ve only had four sessions with Karen but already I’m willing to tell my doctor a firm no to his proposed steroid injections – somatics is a much more holistic approach to escaping pain.

Susan Neal, North Lakes Yoga Group, 2015 ~ In March this year, NLYG members and some of their keen students, enjoyed a fascinating morning of teaching by Karen Douglas de Fenzi. Karen is studying somatics, which emphasises awareness of the physical body from the inside….the movements were slow and almost hypnotic. The slow movements allow better proprioception (the knowledge of where your limbs are in space) and give time for muscles to release tension….Karen is studying and following the methods proposed by Thomas Hanna. Her teaching is gentle and sympathetic which made for a relaxing yet energising session.