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Client Success Stories

Here's a fairly detailed list of some of my clients and their success stories. Somatic Movements are incredibly healing and have helped so many people to find new home inside their bodies.

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Nicole Sochacz

Esthetician, Truth-seeker and Graduate of Radiance

Now, I am able to hold space for myself and others without being quickly triggered. And I notice quicker when my body needs something. For example, rest and relaxation, and I’m not guilting myself for it!

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Sadie Stockamp

Digital Nomad

She didn’t give me fluff or fairy dust and tell me to just believe. 

 

She gave me the damn wand!! 

 

It was always obvious that she does her work to actually educate so that I could understand and morph this somatic work into what works for me

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Galia Nitzen

Therapist-in-Training

Aimee is someone I learned to trust, because she is consistent, present and totally hands-on.  She is amongst the most committed, dedicated, competent, and knowledgeable of body practitioners. The passion that she brings to her work is evident in the attentive way she conducts each session.

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Valerie Stanton, an energy-worker, yoga teacher, and Free Your Soma client, has lavender hair and a black collared shirt. She smiles at the camera .

Valerie Stanton

Energy-worker, Intuitive Guide, Gentle Yoga Teacher, Entrepreneur and Graduate of Radiance

Aimee's 1:1 sessions helped me drop DEEP into my body and experience a near-psychedelic ecstasy of being so in tune with myself, and so encouraged to both listen, slow down and make the movements as subtle as I desired. 

Drew Fuerstman, professional musician and Free Your Soma client, sits in the back of his car with two golden retriever puppies, one on each side. He wears a gray sweater and gray scarf and is holding hands up to the dogs who are wearing a blue scarf and a pink scarf.

Drew Fuerstman

Professional Musician, Meditation and Mindfulness Practitioner and Graduate of Radiance

These small, easeful, and embodied movements done skillfully have a dramatic positive impact that compounds over time. 

 

I am so thankful for Aimee’s expertise in Hanna Somatics and gifts as body worker. 

Emily Valentin, mathamatician and Free Your Soma client wears a gray, tan, and yellow striped shirt and has auburn hair. She smiles and is set again a forest background.

Emily Valentin

Mathematician for a Pharmacy, Athlete and Graduate of Radiance

The pain in my neck and back is completely gone. My face looks less scrunched. I've lost weight and I am able to go on longer runs comfortably because my body isn't screaming at me anymore. Even my skin looks better!

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Zoe Hewett

Exercise Physiologist, Yoga Teacher, Mother

“I can’t unlearn the concepts of this movement practice and it is already integrating into my personal health identity and into my professional life as a movement teacher.

This practice has the ability to foster a strong connection to self, and therefore, to purpose.“

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Celeste Gamboa

Caregiver, Amateur Astrologer, Empath, Relentless Growth Seeker

“I’ve always heard that quote ‘your body is a temple’ but I’ve never embraced it.

 

I’ve learned to listen to my body which has helped me give it what it needs.

 

This practice has brought me back to my body. I feel whole.”

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Svetlana Maust

Senior Localization Project Manager

“I was genuinely astonished by the incredible relief I felt in my face, neck, and shoulders.

Aimee not only helped me release the physical tension, but she also demonstrated how I could train my body to relax completely."

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Gina Duran, teacher and Free Your Soma client, sits amongst a forest background. She has dark brown hair and wears a floral top with jeans. Four birds in flight are tattooed on her arm.

Gina Duran

Teacher, Activist, Radio Personality, Restorative Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist and Poet

Since beginning this practice and receiving hands-on bodywork with Aimee I feel safe in my body for the first time that I can remember.

I feel a joyful with a sense of calm. The tone in my voice has shifted. My eyes are smiling.

Heather Hanning, midwife and Free Your Soma client stands in a forest and holds onto a thick branch above her head. She wears a light tan shawl and pink dress. She has long light brown hair.

Heather Hanning

Midwife, Owner of Intuitive Rhythms Midwifery, Licensed Massage Therapist

After my 8th session with Aimee, my higher-self came to me in a dream, she put her hand on my shoulder and said “where have you been”. That was confirmation that I had done the appropriate work that led me back to myself after being lost in darkness.

Jeannie Shaw, a writer and Free Your Soma client, has pink lipstick and nail polish. She pulls on a strand of her tightly curled golden hair.

Jeannie Shaw

Writer, Visual Artist, Digital Creator

At the beginning, I doubted that these tiny movements would do anything to alleviate my pain but as the days went by, I found myself releasing, releasing, releasing. Before I knew it, I was sitting on my meditation pillow with no stiffness and no pain.

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Corey Faye, business owner and Free Your Soma Client, has light brown hair and a beard and wears an orange shirt.

Corey Foye

Owner of All of the Above Mountain Maintenance

I was born with Cerebral Palsy and the right arm and leg has been affected by this all of my life…She said she'd helped someone recovering from a stroke. I was incredibly curious to try it and see if it would help me with my hand…

Jen Barber, success coach and Free Your Soma client has graying brown hair and wears a black tank top. There appears to be plants a light filled window in the background.

Jen Barber

Success Coach, Reiki Master, Transformational Guide and Graduate of Radiance

I am forever grateful for Aimee and her work. She came into my life at the perfect time, and the somatic tools helped me physically and mentally handle the most difficult time of my life.

David, a Free Your Soma client, has a white beard and mustache and stands in front of a desert lake with a rocky mountain behind him. He wears a white hat and blue fleece with a green jacket on top.

David Kell

Retired High School Special Needs Teacher. Mountaineer and Graduate of Radiance

She is clear and precise in her directions…I often go into a trance like space…At the end of the sessions I’m floating. She is one of the very best healers I have met.

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Beth Warner

Physiotherapist, Yoga Teacher and Graduate of Radiance

Now, I have an even greater appreciation of the contribution of habitual muscle tension to pain and reduced function. And I am confident that people can learn to release tension and change even long-held patterns of trauma and pain.


This is safe and effective for anyone.

Free Your Soma client Kylie Brda

Kylie Brda

Owner of Brda Skincare and Graduate of Radiance

I feel safer in my body knowing that life happens and pain will come but now I have tools to unwind the pain on my own.

I have this new sense of empowerment and invaluable knowledge that will keep me on the right path of listening to my body and connecting with myself more deeply everyday!

Amanda Weiss

Amanda Weiss

Operations Manager for a Financial Tech Company, Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher and Graduate of Radiance

I had been practicing Somatics with Aimee for a few years but the deep dive this program takes you on into your body is so different from having an on and off practice. Stress and pain do not control my life anymore and I feel free and safe in my body for the first time!

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Parisa Frost

Therapist AMFT, ATR-P, EMDR

I feel this work is allowing me to access that much more embodied wisdom within my Spirit and physical form. I can feel myself almost instantaneously dropping into a meditative state that gradually deepens during sessions.

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Aden B. Ascher

Life and Nutrition Coach

Although I had released the trapped emotions and integrated the trauma, the physical body was still held in it’s traumatic positioning…This is healing on all levels. Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual.

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Marie Benoit

Nervous System and Trauma Coach, Therapist

The emotional and spiritual blockages I've been able to release have been immense... Aimee has been a godsend in my healing journey...I would recommend Aimee 1000%

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April Ruffner

Owner/Instructor at Bourne Pilates & Fitness, Reiki Master

I wish everyone could experience Somatic Education, especially with Aimee who is a great leader and example in her own life.

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ESL and High School French Teacher and Graduate of Radiance

Aimee is very loving and has helped me realize that going slow, and loving myself is extremely important to my overall well-being.

Krysta Free Your Soma client.

Krysta Kinslow

Shadow Work and
Ascension Guide

We go through our lives feeling like contraction in our body is normal...We've normalized pain, we've normalized, you know, 'shoulder hurts and back pain, I'm just getting older, hahaha, it's so funny.' It's not.

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Sarah Borodzik Free Your Soma client.

Sarah Borodzik

Owner of Chicory Kin : Floral & Apothecary and Mother of Three

She is a gentle and strong voice of guidance that encourages one to commit to their healing in an empowered and possible way.

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Conflict Resolution Coach, Energy
Healer and Graduate of Radiance

This is a wonderful investment for anybody's future. Anybody with a body could benefit from embedding this practice into their daily lives.

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Veronika Lee Hoover

Former Psychotherapist, Former LSCW and Full-time Mama

After my first session, I had immediate relief in my entire back, neck and I felt lighter.

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Kevin Riel

High School English Teacher at La Jolla Country Day School, San Diego

Over a year later, my body still craves a nightly dose of somatic movements.

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Riki Wolf

Owner and Masseuse at Free Reign Healing Arts, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, RN, BSN, MS, CMT

Hanna Somatics techniques are really helpful in maintaining alignment and preventing chronic contraction from recurring. 

Chris, Free Your Soma client.

Chris Kroutil

Substitute Teacher

After just 30 minutes I am able to transition from the stress of the world into a healing atmosphere by reducing muscle tension throughout my body. 

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Lynn Burrows, Free Your Soma client.

Lynn Burrows

Cellist and Lifelong Musician

She has the most amazing and soothing manner about her and I can instantly relax when with her. 

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Katie Wilton

Mom, Wife, Teacher

In spite of 25 years of practicing yoga, learning Hanna Somatics with Aimee gave me a new way of understanding my body as well as a gracious pathway to heal it!

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Mike Warner

Retired Teacher, Mentor for high-risk youth and Athletic Coach

Her program’s emphasis on helping build self-generated practices puts the client in charge.  If I were still coaching, we’d be using these techniques. 

Phil Zuckerman & Stacy Elliott, Free Your Soma clients.

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Dean at Pitzer College & Archivist for Pitzer College

She has been truly amazing: patient, warm, kind. She is extremely knowledgeable about the body, about balance, about well-being.

Clista Prelle-Tworek, Free Your Soma client.

Clista Prelle-Tworek

Licensed Professional Counselor, Visual Artist, Writer and Graduate of Radiance

She helps me map the way my body has coped with trauma over my many decades, and gives me a way forward to navigate daily life with less pain, and a renewed sense of confidence and joy.

Rosie, Free Your Soma client.

Rosie Velasquez

Founder of The Mystic Rose Studio & Find Your Mojo Coaching, Spiritual Mentor

and Energy Guide

My body remembered and learned how to adjust naturally and today I am walking with a more natural posture because of what Aimee taught me. All my aches and ailments are no longer the focus of my day.

Galia Nitzen

Therapist-in-Training

When I met Aimee, I was having the most excruciating back, neck, and shoulder pain, so much so that there were days I could not move and had to lay on my bed alternating heat pads with ice packs to soothe the painful areas. The pain was often so debilitating that I would cry from the abject hopelessness I felt. I had started resorting to painkillers, having tried everything I could to manage the pain. Nothing seemed to work, and this just compounded my anxiety. 

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Our first session was a little strange to me as I wondered how such tiny little movements could make a difference. It was closer to the third or fourth session that I started feeling the motion of the movements, as they are incredibly subtle. These are not large gestures; they are very small, minute shifts in body awareness such that I began to experience my body more mindfully. 

Now, I am more aware of how my body tenses and contracts and becomes clenched and painful to the point where I cannot move. 

In these moments, I am taking the time to lay on my yoga mat and do the 20-minute or 40-minute routine that Aimee has generously provided me. The breathing and gentle motions immediately calm my nervous system. 

This practice is working really well for me! 

Aimee is someone I learned to trust because she is consistent, present, and totally hands-on.  She is amongst the most committed, dedicated, competent, and knowledgeable of body practitioners. The passion that she brings to her work is evident in the attentive way she conducts each session. She honestly and truly cared, from the moment she placed her strong hands on my body to her call the next day asking how I felt and if I had any pain. 

I would recommend Aimee without a doubt!

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Sadie Stockamp

Digital Nomad

I’ve trudged through the last 5-7 years with many dysfunctions and lots of pain, and I’m only 22 years old. I’ve experienced immense and constant back pain following a tailbone fracture as a young girl. I’ve also struggled with constant dizziness, nausea, random blackouts, jaw locking to the point of not being able to eat, odd skin sensitivity issues, and general body tension and disconnect.

After my first session with Aimee, I was in awe and a bit of a daze. I wasn’t expecting to get right to any huge results but I felt very grounded throughout the session and immediately afterwards.

I went to bed happy with that shift in energy even if it was just my mind playing tricks on me but then the next morning I woke up and immediately felt that the way I stood was different. My pelvis and tailbone was slightly tucked in, which is a relieving position that I usually have to intentionally move and hold my body to. So I was very excited to see that change and it gave me so much hope and trust in the process going forward.

My favorite thing about working with Aimee is that she got right down to business to start bringing ease into my body. She didn’t give me fluff or fairy dust and tell me to just believe. She gave me the damn wand!! It was always obvious that she does her work to actually educate so that I could understand and morph this somatic work into what works for me even if new health issues come in the future.

Since starting somatic work, I’ve finally felt hope that pain doesn’t have to be forever. That's been huge because it affected my mental health so much to have a lack of hope. I have gained hope because I experienced moments of ZERO pain for the first time in years. I’ve had new issues or tensions arise, and I’ve felt confident that I have the tools to help my body through it.

I have gained a “me and my body against the world” mindset rather than “me vs. my body”. And pain is a signal now rather than an enemy.

I’ve always believed our body knows how to heal itself and that it WANTS us to feel in alignment. But I never had anything tangible to do much with that belief — no tools — until somatic work. 

 

I’ve already told so many people about Aimee and I think everyone needs to get on a call with her to let your own body convince you. Because it was that first complimentary intro call that I had with her that my body said “yep, we need this”. 

Aimee really listens and understands you as an individual human and she’s so knowledgeable that she can tailor this work to you and teach you how to release as well!

Sadie Stockamp

Nicole Sochacz

Esthetician, Truth-seeker and Graduate of Radiance

Nicole is a powerhouse of helpful knowledge and discriminating curiosity! 

She has told me how careful she is about choosing a teacher because she knows the power of influence.

It has been my honor to be her guide in accessing MORE of herself and experience deeper ease and harmony in her body/life.

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“Being in Radiance “connected the dots” for me. 

Since being in this program I am honoring my higher self, God and the process of life with more ease. 

I came into the program seeking to educate my body on how to regulate my stress and emotions on a deeper level. 

With Aimee’s interaction, the weekly classes and my own practice it has become easier to access all parts of my Self. 

My 3 biggest takeaways: 

1. My body is super smart. 
2. We can experience change without painful modalities. 
3. I am so glad I took the leap into the unknown! 

What’s different about this body-based approach is that it is not strenuous. I work out a lot and getting results without intense effort was new to me. 

I found Aimee’s instructions intricate and yet easy to follow. 

After every movement session I felt super relaxed and balanced in my body-mind-spirit, my SOMA. 

Now, I am able to hold space for myself and others without being quickly triggered. And I notice quicker when my body needs something. For example, rest and relaxation, and I’m not guilting myself for it! 

Funny enough, I feel like people who need this work the most are the ones who might not “believe in it”. 

I have been blessed to have this experience with Aimee and be a part of this program. THANK YOU!”

Nicole Sochaz
Krysta Kinslow

Krysta Kinslow

Shadow Work and Ascension Guide

In this clip, Krysta describes her first session with me and the big emotional release she experienced that was connected to the tension she had been carrying in her body.

"We go through our lives feeling like contraction in our body is normal...We've normalized pain, we've normalized, you know, 'shoulder hurts and back pain, I'm just getting older, hahaha, it's so funny.' It's not. And it's not normal, it's something that's trying to get your attention and [Aimee] has such a beautiful way of shining a flashlight on it. Of saying, 'Hey, there's something here for you. Let's do something about it, together."

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Laurel Pear

Conflict Resolution Coach, Energy Healer and Graduate of Radiance

What I’ve learned connects with everything that I do! 

 

It's helped me embody my energy clearing practices more...I have more confidence being in my body and [to continue] to try new things because now I have this tool to lower tension and come out of trauma patterns...This is a wonderful investment for anybody's future. Anybody with a body could benefit from embedding this practice into their daily lives.

I felt instant relief from stress and anxiety in my body after doing just one session with Aimee in her 3 Day’s to Radiance event. 

What I’ve learned connects with everything that I do! 

It's helped me embody my energy clearing practices more...I have more confidence being in my body and [to continue] to try new things because now I have this tool to lower tension and come out of trauma patterns...This is a wonderful investment for anybody's future. Anybody with a body could benefit from embedding this practice into their daily lives.

I felt instant relief from stress and anxiety in my body after doing just one session with Aimee in her 3 Day’s to Radiance event. 

 

I asked my dad if he would support me so that I could take her 6-month program and he did, and it has honestly been one of the most helpful things that I have been able to do for my anxiety and overall understanding of wellness and what it means to be healthy.

I have been dealing with severe anxiety on and off since I was little surrounding certain events in my life and for me change can feel really hard, so I have found it very beneficial to have the support as well as the knowledge from this program to be able to use in times of stress but also whenever I need it as this is a lifelong skill. 

 

I also sometimes succumb to overeating in times of stress but Aimee has helped me with this too by teaching me that I don’t have to get scared or upset when I eat in a way that does not support my actual lifestyle goals but instead I can focus on what to do to balance it all out. 

 

Having the tools for me has given me so much more confidence to continue living my life, knowing that I am never stuck quite literally. 

 

I have found that doing these soma movements twice or sometimes three times a day is the most helpful thing that I can do for my anxiety aside from eating healthy.

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Veronika Lee Hoover

Former Psychotherapist, Former LSCW, Full-time Mama

I’ve had chronic pain in my left lower back and hip for about 6 years, and it got worse after giving birth to my 2nd child two years ago. My pelvic floor also had transient pain. My quad and IT band were also on fire. It became very hard to workout which provided relief, but also pain. I felt like I was missing out on having fun with my kids and also had to give up a big part of my self-care. 
 

After my first session, I had immediate relief in my entire back, neck and I felt lighter. It was just so much easier to move. I also noticed I felt happy and it was easier to play and have fun.

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Since starting this somatic journey, I started to notice my holding patterns during my usual day to day tasks that contribute to tension and pain. I know how to let it go. In just 5 sessions, my pain is 80% less. My mood is better (my husband says he appreciates how I've been handling disappointments and my daughter now calls me the best mom.. LOL) I can now do workouts again, and use my somatic exercises as a warm up and cool down to ensure my body remembers to let go. 

 

I worked as a psychotherapist and my work primarily focused on mind-body and energy centers as a way of working through issues and traumas. I also integrated nature connection and plant medicine into my work and personal healing journey. 

 

I had many breakthroughs and realizations of what it was that my own body needed. My husband is a chiropractor and acupuncturist, so I have been able to experience many types of hands on work and advanced technology for my chronic pain.  

 

I knew inside that my body needed to re-pattern its own memory from “holding on” to “letting go” from the inside out. 

 

When I found Aimee and did my consult, I knew immediately this was what my soul was calling in. I now have a way to work with my body's innate intelligence to heal and let go of old patterns that my body subconsciously kept bringing back into my life. 

 

It’s allowed me to feel safe, open and surrendered to living fully and even more authentically.  At one point in a session with Aimee, I was brought back to a plant medicine journey where my body knew exactly what it needed but I didn't know how to attain that level of ease without first going through a very scary process of letting go. However, this time, it was gentle like a lullaby, lulling me into ease and comfort. 

Aimee is so present and non-judgmental, not just to what's happening physically, but what might be happening emotionally. I love that she just knows how to tune in and hold space in such a neutral way. 

I’ve been recommending Aimee to all the people I know who are also in the healing community and who are also on a personal journey of self-development and healing!

Veroika Lee Hoover
Phil Zuckerman & Stacy Elliott, Free Your Soma clients.

Phil Zuckerman & Stacy Elliott

Associate Dean at Pitzer College & Archivist at Pitzer College

Two years ago, my wife Stacy, had a bad stroke. Aimee came highly recommended – to work with her and help her heal her affected limbs, alignment, back, movement, etc. Aimee has been working with Stacy weekly. She has been truly amazing: patient, warm, kind. She is extremely knowledgeable about the body, about balance, about well-being.

Aimee explains thing so well and clearly and thoughtfully. They work on breathing together. Somatic healing. She gives Stacy such wonderful movements and exercises to practice throughout the week, which make Stacy feel so good. 

 

Stacy always feels so replenished and inspired after every session with Aimee.

 

Aimee is a wonderful guide, a healer, and a trusted teacher. She has been so incredible.

I began working with Stacy at the start of the pandemic. We were lucky enough to begin working together a few weeks after she had suffered a moderate-severe stroke that affected the right side of her body. 

 

When I met her she was getting around in a wheelchair and had no sensation in her right leg and arm.

 

She had difficulty communicating, but we quickly bonded.

 

She has made HUGE progress in the last two years. 

 

We have been working together weekly and she is now able to have her own movement practice that keeps her pain free and supports her life!

Phil Zuckeman

Clista Prelle-Tworek

Licensed Professional Counselor, Visual Artist, Writer

Hi, All-- I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (among other roles). For the past 20 years, I have worked with survivors of early childhood trauma, as well as providing integrated treatment for recovery from PTSD, substance use disorders, and for people who live with chronic pain.

 

I am a survivor of adverse childhood experiences. and live with a chronic pain condition and complex PTSD. I have tried virtually every modality of healing for the body, heart and mind, to try to find relief from the often intense pain I feel.

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All of the things I have tried have provided some level of relief, for a short span of time. Usually when I worked directly with a practitioner who was administering a treatment through direct body contact (massage, chiropractic, physical therapy).

One of the most wonderful things about Hanna Somatics is that Aimee teaches how to sense my body in a way that provides not only immediate relief while in session with her, but also a method that allows me to connect with my body in a totally new way. I can practice the exercises independently. This is empowering and effective. Aimee is intuitive, and can see and understand what is happening in my body through the video platform. She guides me with patience, compassion and exquisite skill in the Hanna Somatics processes. She helps me map the way my body has coped with trauma over my many decades, and gives me a way forward to navigate daily life with less pain, and a renewed sense of confidence and joy.

 

Rather than placing the body with an external, abstract. mechanical or cognitive precept of what will help, Aimee helps me feel the deep aspects of my body that are out of balance due to contraction and constriction, and through an elegant and powerful method, guides me to release tension, connect my heart, mind, and spirit with my body in miraculous healing ways.

 

In addition, Aimee also recommends dietary changes that are congruent with the preferences of my body, and information from other sources, that help me experience optimal energy and digestive processes. This plant based diet is also sustainable for our wounded planet, as well as nourishing for my body. And it is delicious!

 

This course in Hanna Somatics with Aimee is a blessing, and she is an angel! I am growing in compassion and love for my body and my whole self.

 

Thank you, Aimee!

Clista Prelle Tworek
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Rosie Velasquez

Founder of The Mystic Rose Studio & Find Your Mojo Coaching

Aimee is amazing! I seriously can't even remember how long I lived with my neck being stiff. I tried switching different pillows and different sleeping positions and if I couldn't get that right combination I'd wake up with my neck stiff or in some kind of pain. 

 

After a few sessions with Aimee she asked me about my neck pain and honestly I didn't even notice that it was gone. I didn't notice that I hadn't felt the stiffness! That's how incredible and natural this is!

My body remembered and learned how to adjust naturally and today I am walking with a more natural posture because of what Aimee taught me. All my aches and ailments are no longer the focus of my day. 

 

Now, I'm not the best at practicing all the time, but even with the few sessions that I had last year, I still don't have neck pain. 

 

Aimee is absolutely incredible, she's intuitive, she's so knowledgeable and absolutely cares about your well-being and that radiates through her excitement when she hears about these huge wins you experience when realigning your body and mind.

Kevin Riel

High School English Teacher at La Jolla Country Day School

Aimee helped me work through a raging case of SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) that had frozen my abdomen with tension and rendered me couch-ridden with persistent reflux. 

 

Aimee helped me refine my posture to aid digestion and used somatics to reintroduce movement to ignite my sluggish metabolism. 

Kevin Riel

Aimee helped me work through a raging case of SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) that had frozen my abdomen with tension and rendered me couch-ridden with persistent reflux. 

 

Aimee helped me refine my posture to aid digestion and used somatics to reintroduce movement to ignite my sluggish metabolism. 

 

When we began working together I was listless and miserable; after two months of weekly treatment, along with the daily mobility exercises that she taught me, I was significantly improved and on the path to recovery.

 

Over a year later, and my body still craves a nightly dose of somatic movements. 

Kevin Riel
Riki Wolf

Riki Wolf

Owner And Masseuse at Free Reign Healing Arts, RN, BSN, MS, CMT

What I liked about working with Aimee was how I learned to control muscle groups in a way that would bring about pain relief quite quickly. 

 

She also has a very relaxing and pleasant tone to her voice which I found peaceful and encouraging. 

 

Hanna Somatics techniques are really helpful in maintaining alignment and preventing chronic contraction from recurring. 

At one point, I worked with Aimee on an acute inflammatory issue. My pain was significantly lessened and resolved in 2 sessions. Frankly, I could barely fathom going from excruciating to tolerable in only one hour. 

In general, I recommend HSE to clients who have a long history of their bodies responding with tightening in response to stress or worry. 

 

HSE offers them a way to respond differently and as a result they experience their bodies in a more relaxed and comfortable state.

Riki Wolf

Chris Kroutil

Substitute Teacher

Hanna Somatic Education has been a life changing experience for me in treating and managing symptoms from a car accident.  

After just 30 minutes I am able to transition from the stress of the world into a healing atmosphere by reducing muscle tension throughout my body. My first Somatics class showed me its potential, but taking regular classes with Aimee has allowed me to reinforce proper technique such that I can have a regular practice on my own. 

Chris Kroutil

I am much more able to manage symptoms and function in my daily life as a result of working with Aimee and will always be grateful.

Chris Kroutil
Amanda Weiss

Amanda Weiss

Operations Manager for a Financial Technology Company, Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher

When I started the Radiance Program I had chronic pain and was looking for a new way to manage stress.

 

Since beginning the program  I am able to observe how connected my stress is to the pain in my body. I have the tools to lessen (or rid!) my body of the daily pain I had been experiencing for so long! This allows me to have a much more even mood in even tough situations. I also have so much more energy throughout the whole day.

I had been practicing somatics with Aimee for a few years but the deep dive this program takes you on into your body is so different from having an on and off practice. Hanna somatics is a modality unlike any other I have regularly practiced. 

 

I struggled with "gentle" types of yoga because it forced me to observe and be inside of a body that I didn't trust or feel comfortable in. Hanna somatics has taught me how to experience, observe and be friends with my body again in a way that feels safe. It also teaches you how to slow down in an authentic way.

 

So many modalities, including many types of yoga, can disconnect us from what is happening in our bodies when the focus is "perfection" or a no pain, no gain mentality. It can, unfortunately, turn into an escape from our emotions, our bodies and ourselves.

 

Aimee’s way of guiding is authentic and graceful. She is incredibly honest and holds space for all the different experiences you may have. She is full of so much knowledge and takes the time to present it in a way that is digestible and takes the time to check in and fill the gaps when there are questions.

 

I really enjoyed the food conversation! I think there is so much misinformation with diet culture, fads and the commercialization of nutrition. I have always been connected to what I eat but it shifted my thinking in why I make the choices I do and explore some different recipes and ways of eating. It also made me feel comfortable exploring my relationship with some food sensitivities. And I am eating more fruit and it has helped me have a more sustained energy throughout the day!

Having a calmer nervous system has allowed me to explore my relationship with food and how it truly makes me feel because I am not experiencing a constant state of anxiety/depression.

Whenever we finish our movement session, it feels like a combination of just having had a massage, finished a workout and meditated. I always feel the tension in my body turn down or off, I feel more connected and "inside" of my body and have a general feeling of well being. Sometimes it makes me feel a little loopy but in a good way.

I manage multiple teams at work and I have had the energy to be present and calm for them in even adverse situations. I have so much more energy because I am not constantly bouncing between anxiety and depressive thoughts on a daily basis, I feel so much more balanced.

Teaching my body how to truly let go has allowed me to experience and process memories from the past that I had forgotten but my body was holding on to. I have way more energy to do the things I love! 

 

Stress and pain do not control my life anymore and I feel free and safe in my body for the first time!

 

I wish everyone had the opportunity to do this program!

Amanda Weiss
Valerie Stanton
Valerie Stanton

Valerie Stanton

Energy-Worker, Intuitive Guide, Gentle Yoga Teacher,  Entrepreneur and Currently Enrolled in Radiance

“I joined Radiance to address feeling really out of sorts in my own body. It was vulnerable to admit I felt out of whack since I’m a gentle yoga teacher and have done extensive healing work.

However, I had pretty persistent lower back pain which had led to me throwing my back out several times. My neck was also constantly tight, honestly since I can remember. Since having my kiddo and gaining a bunch of weight, my body felt really different than it used to, and I needed new tools to BE with myself.

During the program I felt such a softening occur!

In the beginning, I had a hard time getting into the daily practice - part of that was having my wisdom teeth removed in the first month! But once I finally did, I started experiencing an ease in my body that I could rely on.

I was finally able to do things like weed in my garden without worrying about my back. If I went on a long drive, flight or had a day that was especially taxing for my body and nervous system, I had a set of tools to work with it and helped me truly release the muscles that were so tight.

Aimee's 1:1 sessions helped me drop DEEP into my body and experience a near-psychedelic ecstasy of being so in tune with myself, and so encouraged to both listen, slow down and make the movements as subtle as I desired. Plus the group experiences felt bonding, and helped to drop me even further into my own body.

This program brings in such a fine-tuned level of intimacy with one's body and movements. I actually have a lot of wounding around feeling like the world around me is moving SO FAST and the pressure to "keep up". This practice is SO slow and I truly love it. It's so much about me, and me trusting my body.

Aimee’s Teaching style is very thorough, precise, loving and compassionate.

Now I have a simple, gentle, daily (or close to daily) practice and I feel more relaxed and "leaned back" in my body. I have helpful food guidelines that I can return to to help me feel more easeful in my body. I feel relaxed and confident in my body to do things I love like walking, gardening, etc. without worrying I will get irrevocably injured.

I also feel much calmer and more natural in my business. Less of a sense of "pushing" as an entrepreneur and more of an easeful, honest sharing of what I have to offer. This practice invites in a full body union that is felt while doing it.

I’m excited and motivated to weave these practices around movement and food deeper into my life and yoga practice.”

Katie Wilton

Mom, Wife, Teacher

When Aimee introduced me to Hanna Somatics, I was having such difficulty with both of my knees. It was a struggle to perform basic tasks and functions like getting up off of the floor, transitioning from sitting to standing and caring for my toddler. 

 

The trouble with my knees had suddenly appeared about three or four months before our session and never let up (in spite of ample stretching!).

Katie Wilton

I was shocked that after a single targeted Hanna Somatics session with Aimee the problem altogether vanished. Persuaded by the power of this modality and Aimee's effectiveness as a practitioner, we went on to do several sessions together. 

 

I admired Aimee's vigilant checking in with how I was feeling in my body during our sessions and her ability to instantly integrate feedback, as well as her attentive follow up after sessions. Her unique knowledge of this system, as well as extensive understanding of the human body, enabled her to target exactly what was needed for me and produce big results quickly. 

 

I loved her clear, slow, gentle approach to instructing this method. Dissimilar to other physical practices I've turned to in the past, I appreciate that Hanna Somatics focuses on creating change through micro movements, subtle awareness and paying attention to discomfort. 

Aimee has a knack for creating a relaxing and soothing experience while paying attention to the most minute details. We worked together virtually, which I had never done before - and I was amazed at how well Aimee could speak to my body as if she were right there, while I got to be in the comfort of my own home. 

 

In spite of 25 years of practicing yoga, learning Hanna Somatics with Aimee gave me a new way of understanding my body as well as a gracious pathway to heal it!

Katie Wilton

April Ruffner

Owner of Bourne Pilates & Fitness

“I wish everyone could experience Somatic Education, especially with Aimee who is a great leader and example in her own life.”

I started doing Somatics with Aimee because I felt that I had trauma stored in my body that I didn't know how to release. As I began this somatic work, my body felt safe and Aimee spoke in a comforting tone, which is important for healing. As I worked with Aimee, she uncovered muscular patterns in my body. 

 

There were 3 significant shifts that I felt: 

April Ruffner

1) As I walked, Aimee pointed out that I would lean more of my body weight to the right side of my body. So, my back muscles were shortened on one side. After doing somatics, a few sessions later, I was able to balance and shift some of the weight back to my left side, equalizing both sides of my body. 

 

2) I used to have a hard time breathing, or taking a full breath lying down on my back. Aimee pointed out that this was due to tight muscles and fascia around my chest. As she helped me open up through my sessions, I felt like I was able to breathe better on my back. I can now stay for an extended time on my back now without feeling uncomfortable. 

 

3) My shoulders were protracted (rounded forward). Aimee explained to me about patterns that were called "red light" or protective patterns that kept me contracted forward. The more sessions we did, I started to see a shift and my shoulders felt more openness and length. 

 

After my six sessions with Aimee, my nervous system was able to relax and calm down more.  I definitely feel the somatic “reset” in my body that has made significant changes. My body is very grateful for it. I will continue to do the exercises that Aimee gave me to do on my own, so I can continue the somatic experience. 

 

I have also learned to slow down and sometimes less is more. I have made the internal changes that have made all the difference in my world and my internal happiness. I wish everyone could experience Somatic Education, especially with Aimee who is a great leader and example in her own life. 

April Ruffner
Mike Warner
Mike Warner

Mike Warner

Retired Teacher/Coach

My name is Mike Warner, a former teacher, coach and life-long runner.  Nearly 70, I’ve been running for over 50 years; I have known Aimee since she was in 6th grade.  

 

As a runner, my number one concern is skeletal alignment.  Leg length discrepancies and hip rotations create imbalances and injuries, and I have the injury history to prove it.  I run up to an hour a day, making alignment critical to me. 

I use simple somatic exercises before I run, which almost immediately correct those areas.  I can literally feel my body coming back into alignment as I do them.  I don’t spend hours doing them, and they’ve reduced the number of chiropractor appointments I’ve needed to accomplish the same thing.  

 

I was primarily open to Hanna Somatics because of Aimee.  She is brilliant, has a wonderful background in Yoga (she’s taught all over the world), and I trust her implicitly.  

 

Her program’s emphasis on helping build self-generated practices puts the client in charge.  If I were still coaching, we’d be using these techniques.

Jen Barber

Success Coach, Reiki Master and Transformational Guide

Meeting Aimee was a serendipitous moment. We both joined an online group at the same time and she started talking about her work. I immediately reached out. I had torn my rotator cuff while kayaking two years before and still had discomfort and did not have a full range of motion in my shoulder.

 

I was beyond frustrated. I also have two crushed discs in my lumbar spine from an old injury. This created tightness and discomfort in my hips and back. I was in different levels of pain all of the time.

Jen Barker

I scheduled a session; I needed to know what Hanna Somatics was! I was hooked halfway through the first session. I felt immediate relief in my shoulder, hips, and back. I joke that it's magic. And yes, the process is powerful, but Aimee's incredible wealth of knowledge on how to apply the movements changed my life. She is a Master at what she does. 

 

I had a couple of 1 on 1 sessions with her, and I felt more and more relief in my body every time. Aimee was in the process of launching Radiance, her group program, and I signed up immediately. I felt that having a container to dive deeper into Somatics and adding the food element was just what my body was asking for. Every session was filled with useful ,easy to incorporate knowledge. I was feeling better than I had in years. 

 

Toward the end of the Radiance program, I broke my arm in a freak accident with my dog, and it was discovered I had breast cancer. I spent two weeks in the hospital, and I only felt I had control over using my somatics tools to ease anxiety and gain motion in my broken arm.  So that's what I did! My doctors were amazed at how quickly I could move my arm. Multiple times a day, I did the movements Aimee taught me. I was amazed at how grounded and able to cope with everything I was. 

 

I am forever grateful for Aimee and her work. She came into my life at the perfect time, and the somatic tools helped me physically and mentally handle the most difficult time of my life.

 

If you are wondering whether to work with Aimee, do it. The future you will be so grateful to the you right now who made such an incredible decision to improve your life.

Jen Barber
David Kell

David Kell

Retired High School Special Needs Teacher. Mountaineer and Graduate of Radiance

I’ve enjoyed an outdoors-centred athletic life: bike to work, regular swimming, gym and hiking. I spent Summers, weekends and holidays backpacking, climbing and skiing. I started yoga practice and classes in my 20s and I maintained good flexibility. 

 

Various activity injuries caused physical limitations as I aged. A ski accident in my late 40s followed by two bike accidents which led to a knee replacement.

Familial osteoarthritis led to both hips being replaced, and a foot surgery that required long rehabilitation. All this affected my gait and mobility and post-op physical therapy helped greatly. 

 

Since my 20’s I experienced lower back and neck tightness that at times verged on spasms. Now in my 70’s I’ve lost five inches in height; my back has accordioned, the discs compressing. The good news is that my vertebrae are in good shape, but my neck has definite scoliosis. Two years ago my neck tilting to the left became noticeable, and was commented on by friends and family. At times I was having great discomfort, having to sleep in a certain position and wear a neck brace to avoid a spasm.

 

I have experienced and been guided by a variety of excellent body and movement practitioners: chiropractic, Jin Shin Jyutsu, massage, acupuncture, Neo-Reichian Radix, and Rolfing. They were all beneficial. Three times over the years, starting in the 1970s, I attended Feldenkrais workshops, and was impressed with the common sense approach to body awareness and movement through physical space. 

 

I have had the great pleasure of knowing Aimee for going on five years. When I first met Aimee she told me a bit of her training in Hanna Somatics. My interest was piqued when she said that Thomas Hanna had developed his movements from Feldenkrais. I did an individual in person sessions with Aimee in 2020 and again in 2021, then began having regular individual zoom sessions the  rest of that year. When she developed her Radiance Program, I joined the first group in the Winter of 2022, which continued through last August. 

 

Aimee is extremely empathic and nurturing, well trained and knowledgeable in Hanna Somatics. She begins with the session by reading what is going on in your body by your posture and stance and then tailoring directions to your uniqueness. She is clear and precise in her directions, even when the movement is complicated. I often go into a trance like space, sometimes have to ask her to repeat. At the end of the sessions I’m floating. She is one of the very best healers I have met.

 

For me the main difference between Hanna Somatics and other disciplines is the way in which it focuses on relaxing; a gentle movement, then just let your body go. I have incorporated a variety of the movements into my daily life, they have become my automatic response to tension. 

 

I do 3-5  green light /red light/trauma movements daily; always when I get up in the morning, and before I swim. When my lower back tightens up while weight lifting or at my desk, I immediately do the movements. I often notice neck tightness looking over my shoulder while driving; waiting at a red light is the perfect time to do neck releases, as is between laps while swimming. I do the Cat Stretch Series before bed.

 

After 2 1/2 years of working with Aimee, the improvement in my body and neck is definite. I feel less tension, my neck has straightened quite a bit, and others have told me they see the improvement.

 

Three cheers for Aimee! 

David Kell
Sarah Borodzik
Sarah Borodzik

Sarah Borodzik

Owner of Chicory Kin : Floral and Apothecary, Mother of Three

I came to Aimee for assistance in preparation of the birth of my 3rd child- looking to release some stuck patterns and make space for movement and realignment. 

 

After our 1st session I was opened in some unexpected, beautiful ways, realizing tensions that I didn't know I was carrying in my body.

 

Aimee made sure I was comfortable and had full understanding before moving forward into other positions. 

 

She is a gentle and strong voice of guidance that encourages one to commit to their healing in an empowered and possible way. 

As a child I received physical therapy that helped with coordination and some motor skills, but as an adult there really wasn't much expectation that I could get more use of my hand and arm than I already had. 

 

When I met Aimee, she told me about Hanna Somatics helping to reconnect the motor system of the brain to the body. She said she'd helped someone recovering from a stroke. I was incredibly curious to try it and see if it would help me with my hand.

 

Within our first few sessions my right hand went from tight, like I might crush something by grabbing it, to softer and more controlled.

 

Now, I feel more aware of my hand and more likely to use it for basic household things instead of always using my left hand. My arm has been gradually lengthening out and there is more range of motion available in my shoulder.

 

The exercises she has taught me allow me to continue the work we do in sessions together on my own, which is very useful. I practice mainly in the morning before my workout and before my job, which is physically demanding. Sometimes I practice the movements in the evening, which is a really nice way to wind down and relax.

 

After every session I feel more balanced in the way I walk and very relaxed. Overall, I've been very impressed with this method and Aimee's ability to guide and teach. I wish more people knew about this work and its powerful effects.

 

I am thankful for the difference Aimee and Somatics has made in my life over the last 8 months and I'm excited to see what happens as we continue to work together.

Corey Foye

Owner of All of the Above : Mountain Maintenance 

Working with Aimee and learning this technique has given me more awareness and control of the right side of my body and specifically my right hand.

 

I committed to working with Aimee weekly after our first session. I was amazed to feel my right foot bear more weight and the position of my right hand soften and lengthen.

 

I was born with Cerebral Palsy and the right arm and leg has been affected by this all of my life.

Corey Foye
Corey Foye
Rosie Velasquez

I loved working with Rosie! She is so in tune with subtle energy and could really feel the changes taking place. She has a depth of knowledge about both the spiritual realm and scientific process, so Somatics really made sense to her.

 

Here’s what she had to say about our time together: “Aimee is amazing! I seriously can't even remember how long I lived with my neck being stiff.
 

Rosie Velasquez

Founder of The Mystic Rose Studio & Find Your Mojo Coaching, Spiritual Mentor and Energy Guide

I tried switching different pillows and different sleeping positions and if I couldn't get that right combination I'd wake up with my neck stiff or in some kind of pain.

After a few sessions with Aimee she asked me about my neck pain and honestly I didn't even notice that it was gone. I didn't notice that I hadn't felt the stiffness!

That's how incredible and natural this is! My body remembered and learned how to adjust naturally and today I am walking with a more natural posture because of what Aimee taught me.

All my aches and ailments are no longer the focus of my day. Now, I'm not the best at practicing all the time, but even with the few sessions that I had last year, I still don't have neck pain.

Aimee is absolutely incredible, she's intuitive, she's so knowledgeable and absolutely cares about your well-being and that radiates through her excitement when she hears about these huge wins you experience when realigning your body and mind.”

Rosie Velasquez

Starlyn Cappello

ESL and High School French Teacher and Graduate of the Radiance Program

Working with Aimee has greatly benefitted me on many different levels. Being invited into a space where slowing down was encouraged has been a unique experience. 

 

After our somatic movement sessions, I noticed my mental stress level and body tension significantly decreased. In her class, Aimee provides instruction, correction, support, and encouragement, and is surprisingly intuitive. For example, I had no idea that my neck pain was directly connected with my lower back tension. 

Starlyn Cappello

At the beginning of class, she usually asks us to stand up and can see our misalignments, and potentially painful areas, then teaches based on our personal challenges.

 

Most of all, Aimee is very loving and has helped me realize that going slow, and loving myself is extremely important to my overall well-being. 

Starlyn Cappello
Parisa Frost

Parisa Frost

Therapist AMFT, ATR-P, EMDR

I feel this work is allowing me to access that much more embodied wisdom within my Spirit and physical form. I can feel myself almost instantaneously dropping into a meditative state that gradually deepens during sessions.

I think other trauma therapists, yoga teachers, athletes, or pretty much anyone who "holds" a lot in their bodies whether mentally, emotionally, or physically would benefit from this practice.

It’s time to let go! And Aimee can help you do that.

I can't remember when I WASN'T tight- extreme low back pain; tight hips; tight shoulders -- It's been this way for years!

After my first session with Aimee, I Immediately felt more limber and taller, almost as if I'd grown a couple inches in our session! A deep feeling of release.

Since beginning our work together, I’m in far less pain!

I'm still in awe of how much my low back has released from these small movements. I've been incorporating then in my daily routine and I always feel calmer within the first few movements. 

Parisa Frost

Aden B. Ascher

Life and Nutrition Coach

Prior to working with Aimee, I was experiencing debilitating nerve pain associated with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome that started after a sever traumatic shoulder injury. The nerve pain had gone on for close to 7 years, with such severity that I was completely unable to workout, except for going on long walks/hikes for almost 4 years.

 

This was incredibly difficult to do being someone who invested his entire life into bodybuilding and being the image of fitness for over 13 years.

Aden Ascher

I had done extensive inner work/healing and underwent shoulder surgery prior to working with Aimee. Her approach with Hanna Somatics was my final attempt at relieving the pain, and trust me when I say I had done everything outside of surgery to get relief.

During my first session with Aimee, I felt understood and cared for. Aimee took the time to make sure I felt safe and asked me thorough questions in order to meet me where I was and understand exactly what I was experiencing. Aimee gave me hope that allowed me to see a future without pain.

During our actual session, I felt that I was exactly where I needed to be in order to get clarity and relief from the pain I was experiencing. Aimee guided me through each movement with patience, empathy and compassion. I have full faith in her skills as a practitioner and teacher knowing she practices what she preaches. Being a coach myself, I know I can only lead and guide others having done the work myself. 

Having chosen to opt out of TOS surgery and find another way to heal the body, after working with Aimee, the results further instill in me the truth of our body having the ability to heal itself, given the proper knowledge, facilitation and guidance.

I can confidently say that just after our first session, I instantly felt a change in my body for the better. With the education Aimee provided before, during and after our session, I I now have an understanding of what caused the painful state to begin with and what to do moving forward. My posture is now in an upright position. My back is no longer stiff/restricted as I feel my spine freely rotating when I walk as my arms and legs swing bilaterally. I feel taller, and both my arms and legs feel even, rather than before our session when they felt as if one was longer than the other. My neck feels free and elongated as well, and most importantly.. I am currently typing this completely PAIN-FREE!! You can say my mood has shifted for the better, without a doubt!

I now understand the importance of releasing trauma from the body through the Somatic therapy that Aimee provides. I used to put my body through absolute hell with training and the toxic lifestyle I was living due to the internal traumas I used to harbor. Although I had released the trapped emotions and integrated the trauma, the physical body was still held in it’s traumatic positioning by the connecting muscle fibers, as if frozen in time from the moment of the induced trauma (PTSD). This is healing on all levels. Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual.

I am beyond grateful for the work I’ve been blessed to do with Aimee and for her as a Somatic practitioner, healer, teacher, and overall phenomenal human being. To say I recommend her services to everyone experiencing pain and/or discomfort, is an understatement. If you’re having any doubts or second thoughts.. trust me when I say you have nothing to lose (other than pain/discomfort). To be free of pain and moving freely is a true gift I encourage everyone reading this to give to themselves and loved ones. Book her now while you can!

Aden Ascher
Marie Benoit

Marie Benoit

Nervous System and Trauma Coach, Therapist

When I started working with Aimee, I was having intense pain in my hip flexors on and off for about 6 months to a year. I also suffered a general achy feeling in my body, especially in my shoulders and lower back. I can't even remember the last time I didn't have pain in my body. I was in a car accident in 2009 that seemed to shift into a different state since then, even with treatment.

During our first session I almost fell asleep, but in the best way! Aimee was so good at explaining the movents over Zoom that it wasn't complicated and I feel my mind and body connection easily picked up on the micro movements she had me engage in. 

I was completely in awe with how my body felt at the end when Aimee did an assessment of me standing up versus how my body felt and looked at the beginning of the session. My body felt so relaxed and aligned.

In each session since I’ve felt relaxed in my parasympathetic nervous system.  I’ve felt very safe in her presence and like I could be completely myself and ask as many questions as I wanted or comment on what I was experiencing. I also like that she checked in periodically to see what I was noticing to bring more awareness online.

I feel like I now have more presence with my body in real time and can use the movements she gave me to find relief. 

Since I am a therapist and nervous system coach I often engage in healing practices. After working with Aimee, I've noticed in my own somatic practices I am gentler to my body and can now envision myself to be very aligned and to be pain free. 

In the past I had so much trauma around the way my body moved through the world with my "duck feet" composition and the general pain that reminded me, "your body isn't working for you and you can't change it." 

I feel this blockage has finally been cleared, as I have immense confidence in my body and my ability to find relief when needed.

The emotional and spiritual blockages I've been able to release have been immense. Aimee taught me around the connection of the left side of my brain where we use logic and reason, is in charge of the right side of the body. It was assessed that I carried most of my pain in the right side of my body because I was trying to "outwit" my trauma. This was a huge lightbulb for me and I have used this teaching to guide many of my clients through somatic work and this sentiment has been very helpful to them as well.

I would recommend Aimee 1000%!

I am hoping to collaborate with her in the future because I fully understand how powerful her work is in the healing process! Anyone with a body and nervous system would benefit from this work.

Marie Benoit

Kylie Brda

Owner of Brda Skincare

When I met Aimee I was suffering from recurring back pain. I had found some relief with chiropractic care but I didn’t  like how dependent I was on chiropractors. I had never heard of somatic education and was intrigued about learning how to get out of pain myself.

 

In the Radiance Program, I became aware of all the things I unconsciously did to create the tension in my back. Everything from weightlifting injuries, to dancing all night in heels, to working hunched over for hours, driving long distances and not being connected to know what my body was trying to communicate to me. I started to be able to listen to my body through learning specific micromovements. My body started to deeply let go and relax and pain reduced and went away.

Kylie Brda

I felt like the program came at the perfect time. I had already worked with Aimee privately and I  was ready to learn everything I could.

 

My 3 biggest takeaways 

1. I feel empowered with my daily practice to keep my body out of pain. 

2. I’m feeling safer in my body, more calm and connected to who I am and where I am in space. 

3. I can create regulation internally Instead of seeking it externally.

This program doesn’t just give you information you’ll one day forget. It helps you build a healthy habit and embodiment practice to carry with you throughout your life. When pain comes you learn how to turn it down by yourself.

 

Aimee’s teaching style is fun, interesting, exciting, empowering, relaxing, calm, inspiring and open.

 

After each session I feel like I have extremely good posture. The pain, if any, is always less. My breathing is deeper and more relaxed and I usually feel a sense of calm, clarity and joy.

Because of this program: 

I connect back to myself when I notice I’m tensing my back from stress and emotion.  

 

I can better care for my body because I know how to listen to what it needs. 

 

I feel safer in my body knowing that life happens and pain will come but now I have tools to unwind the pain on my own.

 

I have this new sense of empowerment and invaluable knowledge that will keep me on the right path of listening to my body and connecting with myself more deeply everyday!

 

Calming my nervous system and connecting deeply to myself has felt spiritual. This movement practice helps me get in touch with myself and where I’m at mentally, physically and spiritually. It helps me process emotions and memories.

 

I wish this same freedom and peace for my friends and family!

Kylie Brda
Beth Warner

Beth Warner

Physiotherapist, Yoga Teacher

Since a hip fracture in 2018 I have had ongoing pain and reduced mobility. I joined the Radiance Program because I wanted to learn how to release muscle tension and reduce pain overall, as well as to get back to my pre-injury levels of mobility.


After the first 3 months of the program I have had a significant reduction in pain. My gait, walking and endurance have improved, and I am better able to self-regulate physical and emotional tension and stress. 

Now, I have an even greater appreciation of the contribution of habitual muscle tension to pain and reduced function.

And as a Physiotherapist, I am confident that people can learn to release tension and change even long-held patterns of trauma and pain.

This is safe and effective for anyone.

 

I liked the structure of a combination of education + group movement practices + individual sessions, I think it works very well! 

 

Aimee is both intelligent and intuitive as a teacher. She is calm and gentle but also encouraging and genuinely enthusiastic and supportive of the changes people are making.

 

After a movement session with Aimee, I usually feel calm, clear and much lighter. I notice changes in the way I hold myself and move.

 

I really loved our group sessions. I found the structure of having a weekly appointment to be really helpful, andI learned a lot from the other people in our group.

 

Even though there was quite a bit that I already knew during the food conversation, it was helpful to re-focus my attention on trying to heal my gut through food and to notice the connection between my long-standing allergies, food issues and the tension in my body. 

 

I have integrated the food knowledge in my daily life and this has helped me to have less anxiety and fear around food and eating.

 

I have renewed faith in my body to move and in particular, to walk long distances again. 

 

I am able to, in the moment, notice increases in tension and release them. 

 

Everyone would benefit from this program! But especially movement teachers and practitioners.

 

I found the knowledge and movement practice helped to solidify a lot of my spiritual inclinations, and I was able to connect more with the things that are nourishing to my soul, and prioritize those.

 

I will absolutely be practicing these movements and sharing them with my own patients every day!

Beth Waner

Lynn Burrows

Cellist and Lifelong Musician

Lynn Burrows

I’ve known Aimee for a few years now and have not only taken her classes, but had private sessions with her as well.

She has the most amazing and soothing manner about her and I can instantly relax when with her. 

I have been helped in my day to day movement and activity by her sessions and follow through exercises.

 I would recommend anyone concerned with their body functioning to spend some quality time with Aimee.

Lynn Burrows
Drew Fuerstman

Drew Fuerstman

Professional Musician, Meditation and Mindfulness Practitioner and Currently Enrolled in Radiance

 

When I joined Radiance I had ongoing chronic pain with hot spots in my neck and upper back. I wanted some relief from the ongoing pain as well as a tool to self-manage my flare-ups, hopefully moving toward less of them. Because the movement practice is less well-known, I had some concerns about the efficacy of the practice, as well as concerns about limitations of doing the work over zoom. I was uncertain if the cost would be justified, or if I would have the appropriate amount of time to devote to the practice.

Within the first 3 months, tension areas of frequent concern were either managed before becoming debilitating, or altogether eradicated. This daily movement practice is an integral part of my life now. Asking my girlfriend about the difference she says it's like night and day, now I just do my "little movements" and I am much better.

When I play music I'm much more able to relax in my body, as well as recover afterwards from the patterns that are part of the activity. I’m able to feel and address patterns of tension before they become exasperated, which has allowed me to increase my activity level drastically!

My three biggest takeaways:

1. These small, easeful, and embodied movements done skillfully have a dramatic positive impact that compounds over time.
2. Adapting the practice to fit your life leads to a full integration.
3. Going with a pattern is the key to releasing it, you don't want to meet resistance with force.

This modality is grounded in the practice itself, not just in knowledge about it. Hanna Somatics doesn't require you be in any special clothes, place, or have any particular ability to see its benefits, it's very adaptable.

“Aimee's teaching style is inspiring and flexible. She was able to adapt to different concerns or patterns easily. I had to take one of the calls driving and she pivoted easily to showing how to apply those in that context. She always seems passionate about the practice.

After a movement session there is a state of more connection with the body, so typically a more regulated nervous system as well. There's often a sense of ease and a balanced energy in the body and mind.

I see Hanna Somatics as a component of wisdom in my spiritual practice. It allows me to tend to my body in a way that allows greater ease. It helps my meditation practice by allowing me to sit for longer without pain, as well as recover from long periods of sitting. Also by virtue of awareness of the body, it connects to the first foundation of mindfulness, and strengthens that awareness.

I am so thankful for Aimee’s expertise in Hanna Somatics and gifts as body worker. I feel her care and calling to help others awaken”

Beth Waner

Emily Valentin

Mathematician for a Pharmacy, Athlete and Currently Enrolled in Radiance

When I met Aimee I had chronic pain and discomfort in neck/upper back. My head was forward from working a desk job and I would grind my teeth during my sleep.

I met Aimee one of her events in Joshua Tree and experienced both the movement and the bodywork. I joined Radiance because I wanted to lose weight and be generally healthier as well as experience the pain relief from a daily practice of this method.

Emily Valentin

Now the pain in my neck and back is completely gone. My face looks less scrunched. I've lost weight and I am able to go on longer runs comfortably because my body isn't screaming at me anymore. Even my skin looks better!

My three biggest takeaways

1. I know now how great I can feel if I take better care of my body.
2. My body doesn't need a lot of the foods I previously thought were essential.
3. Little changes can make such a huge difference in my health and happiness

I found the food conversation in month two extremely helpful and relevant. It has changed how I think about food forever!
I have turned much of the food knowledge into positive healthy habits which now feel second-nature.

I can't believe what I used to call "healthy" before this program!

After a movement session I feel clear-headed, relaxed, loose and blissful. I love that I’m able to go for long hikes and runs without my body getting upset. Also, I can better self-regulate my emotions, which was life-saving as I was going through some tough life situations.

Overall, when I'm not stuck focusing on bodily discomfort, it is easier to fully experience life.

I would love to see members of my family do this program. And I think athletes can also benefit tremendously.

Learning from Aimee has been inspirational. I will absolutely continue my practice for the rest of my life, knowing how great I feel.

Emily Valentin
Gina Duran

Gina Duran

Teacher, Activist, Radio Personality, Restorative Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist and Poet

When I think about how long I had been dealing with certain issues such as panic, lightheadedness, and mental fog, I would safely say that I have been dealing with some symptoms of trauma for 45 years. In addition, I’ve had several physical injuries from sports and accidents from my own mistakes and physical injuries from traumatic experiences.

 

By the time I saw Aimee I was struggling to get out of bed. I was limping, vomiting, had restless sleep with nervous legs, insomnia (2-4 hours of disruptive sleep) with nightmares, spinal aches, spasms in my body and was experiencing dissociation. My right eye was getting smaller, had hives and rashes, lots of hair loss, was having panic attacks, poor intestinal health, irregular heart palpitations, abdominal cramping, asthma, and more.

During our first session, I experienced a lot of fear, spasming, jolting, shaking, shivering, sweating, panic attacks, dissociation, crying, confusion, convulsions, rage, and flashbacks.   

Aimee is very good at holding space, being present, and nurturing without being judgmental or afraid of witnessing and meeting another in their suffering. Aimee is a healer so she is patient and kind and speaks in a soothing tone and is an excellent listener to physical, verbal, and energetic tones, messages, and needs of her clients/patients.

Needless to say; I felt safe, stabilized, comforted, nurtured, and accepted. I felt loved.   

Since beginning this practice and receiving hands-on bodywork with Aimee I feel safe in my body for the first time that I can remember.

I feel a joyful with a sense of calm. The tone in my voice has shifted. My eyes are smiling. My skin is glowing and healthy again. My hair finally stopped falling out in bunches. I processed memories I couldn't face or even remember out of sheer terror. I can sleep better. I can concentrate on my schoolwork. It doesn't hurt to walk. Sometimes when my hips, spine, ankle, or shoulder get an ache I know I can slow down and do some somatic movements, be gentle with myself, and I can process why I feel discomfort and even release it. Then I feel good again.  

"I feel like I have learned more about myself as a being. 9-10 years ago everyone was coming to me for help and healing and I did not honor my humanness. I didn't take time to really slow down and nurture myself, which is tricky because I teach restorative yoga and practice massage. I thought I was listening to my body, but I was still in denial of my own truth.

I knew I wanted to be heard, so I spoke and spoke and still did not feel accepted. I felt judged instead. I realize now that the one I needed to hear me most was myself. I needed to trust myself. I needed to see myself. To listen to what my body was telling me all along.

What I have realized and remembered was not a revelation. It is something I felt since I was very small and even a question I asked out loud, but I needed to believe the lie out of fear of the truth—until it nearly devoured my entire body. I think what is most significant is that I don't feel like I am back, I feel like I have just arrived. I feel like I have awakened.  

I highly recommend Aimee. I think everyone can benefit from Somatic Bodywork with a highly educated and experienced practitioner/educator/bodyworker/healer who dedicates themselves to the practice of healing and takes healing seriously and joyfully and intuitively, and Aimee is all of those things. I especially recommend people who have experienced trauma, because Aimee is trauma informed."

Beth Waner

Heather Hanning

Midwife, Owner of Intuitive Rhythms Midwifery, Licensed Massage Therapist

I was suffering with chronic hip and low back pain for nearly 18 months. I have over 20 years experience as a massage therapist so naturally I turned to massage from relief. Unfortunately massage, chiropractic care and acupuncture and stretching seemed to aggravate my pain. It was very frustrating. My pain would worsen at night making it difficult to get a good night rest. It was also affecting my mental health. 

Heather Hanning

I immediately felt some relief after my first session with Aimee.  I was able to feel my pain move through me as if we were chasing it down with the movements. I felt relaxed and renewed. I didn’t realize how disconnected I had become with my body. It felt good to move and reconnect again. 

Aimee’s sessions put me in a state of trance. She makes me feel safe and loved, almost like being cradled and rocked  by my mother when I was a small child. I see beautiful colors. Aimee is an amazing healer and very attuned with her craft. She is so knowledgeable with the body's systems and movements. Her calming energy makes it easy to trust her. 

It has been a life changing experience working with Aimee! My pain is nearly completely gone. It flares up every once in a while but now I know how to manage my discomfort within a few minutes. My quality of sleep has improved greatly. I was struggling with depression and anxiety and now my nervous system feels more balanced. I’m not as reactive as I was before discovering  somatics. I’m feeling more joyful and more like myself these days.

I also had some unexpected benefits arise such as not having the urge to drink alcohol and cutting back on caffeine as well. My menstrual cycle returned after thinking I was menopausal. I didn’t realize how stagnant my body was. The movements got everything flowing again. 

Being both a mother to a special needs child, a midwife and massage therapist, I found that daily somatic practice has given me a valuable tool to replenish my reservoir and take care of myself in a deeper way both energetically and physically.

Over the last year I had disconnected from my body and inner being. I had lost the sense of joy in my life and was in a dark place.

However, Somatics has brought me back to myself, I found my light again. It’s like a rebirth after a long dark winter, reaching out into the warm sunshine unfolding my petals like a wildflower at spring time.

After my 8th session with Aimee, my higher-self came to me in a dream, she put her hand on my shoulder and said “where have you been”. That was confirmation that I had done the appropriate work that led me back to myself after being lost in darkness, reconnecting me to my mind, body and spirit.  

Everyone can benefit from working with Aimee, but especially for those who have been suffering with pain and mental health challenges. Being a midwife I feel that babies and mothers who have suffered from birth trauma can very much benefit and heal with Hanna Somatics.  It can even help during pregnancy to get the pelvic bowl ready for birth as well as postpartum healing. I’m enjoying sharing Somatics with my clients and colleagues. I’m seriously thinking about becoming a Somatic Educator!

Emily Valentin
Jeannie Shaw

Jeannie Shaw

Writer, Visual Artist, Digital Creator

When I met Aimee I was having pain in my hips, knees and sometimes ankles. If it wasn't tightness, it was pain. At times the pain was so bad that I'd feel it urgent to get a chiropractor to relieve the pain. I'd done two years of chiropractors off and on with the last set being 6 consecutive visits.

If I drove for a long time and stepped out of my truck, I would feel stuck in the position of sitting so it would take a moment for me to adjust to standing tall.

 

It felt embarrassing. I was experiencing the latter for about 8 months or so.

In my first session with Aimee, I felt peace. A lot of what Aimee taught resonated with me. Since I have experience in meditating, there were some moves that immediately put me in that state where I was connected to my higher self.

At the beginning, I doubted that these tiny movements would do anything to alleviate my pain but as the days went by, I found myself releasing, releasing, releasing. Before I knew it, I was sitting on my meditation pillow with no stiffness and no pain.

When I'm working with Aimee, I feel safe. It's a space where I feel I can share anything. Sometimes a part of that release includes tears but the sessions lead to a sense of peace and feeling more connected to myself and my body.

The pains I was feeling last year, before I started working with Aimee, have gone away. There is occasional stiffness in the hip area but it's mainly because I have not taken the time to practice the movements Aimee has taught me.

In our last session just a couple of days ago, Aimee brought up something that I often teach about but apparently don't always practice. I find working with Aimee healing and peaceful. In fact, I'm tearing up a little just writing about it. She is kind and helpful and teaches while she works with you. Somehow Aimee can see my body and all my imbalances by just looking via the computer. How she does it? I will never know.  

The spiritual significance for me has been crucial. The last year felt especially stressful for me and working with Aimee reminds me to stay connected to my body.

The biggest takeaway for me is that I used to think I had to do aggressive stretching to release pain or stiffness. I had NO IDEA that there were gentler ways to get to the same issue.

Oftentimes, we think that being harder and tougher will get us where we want to be... but sometimes being softer and more yielding allows for greater expansion and easier release.

If I were to name one person who comes to mind, who could use Aimee's help, it would be a member of my family who operates mainly in her masculine energy.

But if I were to generalize it, I would say this work is for anyone who is experiencing stiffness in their bodies and stuckness in their lives. 

Aimee has the healer vibe! All of the sessions are completely about her client and it feels amazing... gloriously amazing. I am thankful.

Beth Waner

Celeste Gamboa

Caregiver, Amateur Astrologer, Empath, Relentless Growth Seeker

“I joined Radiance because I was experiencing anxiety and difficulty being in my body.

Within the first three months, I learned how to listen to my body which has helped me give it what it needs. This practice has helped move pent up emotions. So now I experience less anxiety and more body awareness. I experience more of my emotions.

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My Three Biggest Takeaways

1. That I am always the answer.
2. If I can come back to myself, I can make anything happen.
3. It doesn’t have to be a hard regimen!

Major difference with this practice, is that i’m not hurting at all while I’m going through this regimen. It’s an addition to my life that brings relaxation and self awareness in a rapid state. I’ve never found that anywhere.

The food sharing was helpful. It brought up in me this self awareness that I was afraid to nourish myself. Combined with the movement practice, it’s part of my self care and self support to do things I need to function. I do now! I pick more variety of fruits and veggies and I practice my series on an almost daily basis. I see this being a part of my daily life.

I now have an awareness of myself and how I live my life. I realize before, I didn’t trust myself.

I’ve been walking around an anxious person because I wasn’t tuning in to my needs. It went from too much working out to not enough nourishment.

I had no idea I had upper back issues and breathing issues and centering myself in my practice brought new things to light.

I wish my whole family could learn this practice, my work out friends and basically everyone. This tool would be great for people with eating disorders and just addicts in general.

I’ve always heard that quote “your body is a temple” but I’ve never embraced it.

This practice has brought me back to my body. I feel whole. This practice aligns with all the things,