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Improving Scoliosis Workshop–York, UK


  • Railway Institute, York UK 22 Queen Street York, England, YO24 1AD UK (map)

Workshop Leader: Laura M Gates, CHSE, CCSE, NYC
Assistant: Colm MacDonnell, CCSE

This workshop addresses scoliosis and offers effective, non-invasive techniques for changing and improving it. We will celebrate our curves, improve our relationship to our bodies, and explore the natural ability of the brain and nervous system to change itself, towards more mobility, sensation, control, and less pain. This workshop is inspired by and based upon techniques developed by the late neuromuscular pioneer, Thomas Hanna PhD.

Your questions are welcome!  Contact Laura

Workshop Details

Workshop Schedule

Group 1: Students with Scoliosis
Aug 18, 19
Workshop cost: $350/Early bird rate: $275 (by July 18)

Group 2: Somatic Movement Teachers
(HSEC or ESMTT trained, Levels 1 or 2, clinical students prior to Mod 4)
Aug 18, 19
Workshop cost: $400/Early bird rate: $325 (by July 18)

Group 3: Clinical Somatic Practitioners
(or those in training post Module 4)
Aug 18, 19, 20
Workshop cost: $700/Early bird rate: $600 (by July 18)

Intro Class: Required for newcomers to this work
Aug 17
For workshop students—Cost: $25
Open to general public—Cost: $35

1-On-1 Sessions: Discounted Rate
For scoliosis students (and all participants)
Discount for workshop participants: $120
Session length: 90 min.


Laura M Gates is a Certified Hanna Somatic Educator (CHSE) and Clinical Somatic Educator (CCSE) and practitioner based in New York City and Averøy, Norway. As a former professional dancer, she toured internationally with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Co in the 70s and 80s and earned an MFA degree in dance from Bennington College. She brings over 40 years experience as a movement educator to her work and studied kinesthetic anatomy with celebrated master teacher Irene Dowd in NYC. She was certified by both Somatic Systems Institute, Northampton, MA and Novato Institute, CA. She currently assists Martha Peterson, CHSE, director, and the Essential Somatics team, training clinical practitioners and somatic movement teachers internationally. Laura’s own journey with scoliosis has brought her to this excellent work and developing scoliosis specific strategies.