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San Diego Movement Therapy

About SD Movement Therapy

The primary modality used is called Hanna Somatics. Dr. Hanna developed a system of specific assessments and protocols to address common sources of pain and restricted movement. Hanna Somatics is a system of neuromuscular education (mind-body training) which helps you to enjoy freedom from pain and more comfortable movement for the rest of your life. Its principles are rooted in advanced research and knowledge of the brain and how we function using our sensory-motor system, and at the same time is results oriented and easily felt and understood. It’s an art that is based on widely observable scientific principles.

Hanna Somatic Education
teaches you to recognize, release, and reverse chronic pain patterns resulting from injury, stress, repetitive motion, or habituated postures. It shares some roots with the Alexander Technique and Moshe Feldenkrais’ Functional Integration. [Read more]

About Ben Kotnik

Ben earned a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from UCLA and a teaching credential from SDSU. His ability to analyze and explain has served him well working in business, teaching, and now as a Hanna Somatic Educator. Ben credits his parents and other mentors (especially Marilyn Warnock, Tom Deets and Forrest Folck) for allowing him to explore and develop a deep understanding of physics and movement. Complementing this deep interest in motion and mechanics, Ben teaches clients to work with the neuro-physiological systems of the body--the muscles, sensory-motor (nervous) system, and the brain to help people move better and with less pain.

Ben grew up in an athletic family and played many sports: basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, golf, baseball, and more. He currently enjoys working in his home orchard and garden, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, and playing disc golf. Ben changed his career path from working in a corporate setting for companies like Arthur Andersen, KPMG, and Sony, to one dealing with movement arts and sustainability after years of debilitating back pain, searching for answers and then finally finding them after more than 15 years of struggles. Ben states, "I know how pain can destroy one's quality of life and after giving up many activities due to back pain, I found I had given up too much and renewed my interest to become empowered by learning as much as I could to help myself and others in similar circumstances." While the techniques and movements used in Ben's practice are most effective with guidance, they are all designed to be part of one's own self-awareness exercise program.