As mentioned above, I’ve used Bach flower remedies since I was a teenager, & have long found them to be the most effective & appealing of the ‘natural’ remedies.
Unlike many of my peers, I come to Thomas Hanna’s work, & Clinical Somatics, through & primarily from the perspective of existential & phenomenological philosophy. (I’ve studied philosophy since sixth form at school, & it’s informed all my other studies & professional practice, as well as my experiences & studies of psychotherapy, Bach, reiki, yoga, & other approaches to well-being.)
I’ve carried out postgraduate research on the history of yoga & its incorporation into ‘western’ culture since the late 1800s, as well as practised yoga with a variety of teachers internationally, since first encountering it as a grad student in Iowa in 1994. Dissatisfied with aspects of yoga, I became interested in Peter Blackaby’s approach to yoga, ‘Intelligent Yoga’, which focuses on cutting out yoga asanas that are not necessarily helpful for the human body, & emphasises ‘the innate intelligence of the body (and how to take heed of it)’.
This, along with my personal experiences (as a client) of both Rolfing & Bowen Technique - as well as chiropractic & mainstream medicine - to try to address chronic & longstanding problems with pain, numbness & other symptoms felt primarily in my right hand & arm, is what lead me to decide to train & practise as a Clinical Somatic Educator, having discovered it for myself & had such amazing & long-lasting results from it in a very short time - for my 85-year-old mother, as well as for myself.
Bach flower remedies & Clinical Somatic Education share some fundamental approaches to healing & self-help that make them work well together, in my view, although I teach them as entirely separate systems (& do not promote the idea that either needs the other to ‘work’).
Both approaches privilege the role & importance of self-awareness & the need for us to actively engage with & participate in our own healing & self-improvement to get truly effective & long-lasting results.
As such, education is key to both - and this is one reason I practise these systems, & not others, to help others: I believe that for any of us to achieve a sense of ease, of balance - whether emotional or physical, & given those two are inextricably intertwined in any event - the ability to identify areas of dis-ease and im-balance must come from within, as must the awareness to address & improve how we feel at bodily & emotional levels.
Fundamentally, for me practising Clinical Somatics & Bach flower remedies are ways to embody & practically put to use my philosophical beliefs in the value & inevitability of human freedom, the inescapably embodied nature of our being, & the essential importance of being as self-aware & ethically responsible as possible. They are both practices that enable profound transformation for many people, & can hugely enhance self-awareness & the capacity for self-care.