Andrew Schaefer, PhD, CSE, PTA

Neurosciences PhD, Cinical Somatic Educator, Physical Therapist Assistant

Radical Ancestral Health LLC

Attend to your body - Act upon that knowledge - Transform your life

Hamden, CT
In-Person Sessions

Recent Reviews

5.0 of 5 (3)
Rarely does one have the good luck to work with a practitioner who deeply understands his field, is highly skilled in establishing a productive working relationship with his client and is passionately dedicated to creating positive changes. Andy Schaefer is such a person. He is excellent at starting where his client is and working within their framework, gently husbanding positive change. Before I began working with Andy I had been described as “an accident waiting to happen.” I leaned to the left, had a distorted gait, and a twisted body. I was very stiff and weak, and had a significantly restricted range of motion. These were the results of having suffered a torn Achilles tendon. I had worked with 5 other practitioners, 3 of whom were somatic (2 Alexander Technique, 1 Feldenkrais Method), but had made only a little progress. With Andy, using his skills as a Hanna Somatic Educator, particularly assisted pandiculation, I am now about 90% better, and in some ways the best I have ever been. I can recommend him with no reservations. He has done wonders for me.
I started seeing Andy in 2017 to help me regain range of motion after a shoulder surgery. I have had mixed results with physical therapy in the past (mostly negative), and so I was apprehensive when I walked in for my first appointment. I was comfortable with Andy immediately. Through his somatic movement therapy he was able to help me regain most of the lost range of motion from my shoulder surgery. Andy's treatments were so helpful that I continued seeing him for many months after my initial P.T. prescription was done, and I still employ the skills I learned from him every day in my daily mindfulness/pain management routine. I highly recommend Andy to all of my friends and relatives who are having surgery, or are experiencing any level of chronic pain or discomfort. Knowing what I know now, I would recommend even the healthiest people meet with Andy to learn at least the basics of the somatic movement therapy in order to help maintain musculoskeletol health for years to come.
I was referred to Andy after my third knee surgery and fourth surgery total on my left leg. I had torn my ACL and recently ruptured the graft and had just had a procedure that removed all of the hardware in my knee and repaired my lateral meniscus. I still had to undergo surgery six months from that date to repair my ACL, but the surgery that brought me to Andy was just in preparation for the soon to be major operation. I had experienced significant trauma, both mentally and physically because of the multiple surgeries, and was having trouble finding the physical and mental connection with my body, which made rehabbing a huge challenge. From the moment I met Andy, he was patient, compassionate and interested in learning about my history. He demonstrated confidence in how he engaged with my therapy, yet was always concerned for my well being. He never wanted me to be in pain and always checked in with me throughout each session. He taught me how to take the movements we would do together during our sessions and replicate them at home. He used creativity to modify exercises so that I would be able to manage the progression if the full exercise proved too challenging in that present moment. Andy helped me progress to my next surgery, which I had six months later. Once I was released to PT after four weeks at home post-op, I sought out Andy's treatment again. He was able to treat the significant nerve issues I was having as a result of the surgery I just had. Through manual manipulation, he was able to help break up scar tissue and relieve the nerve that was creating such a negative impact on my progress forward. He helped me regain confidence and connection with my body. I never felt alone in my recovery, which was so important for me considering how many operations I had had in the past six years. I am now five months post-op of my fifth surgery on my left leg, and walking independently and having no nerve issues. I continue to work on the mind body connection, healing my trauma and developing my physical confidence. I would not be where I am today if I hadn't met Andy. Not only is he academically brilliant, but he is also one of the most compassionate and supportive practitioners I have had the opportunity to know (and given my long history with doctors and PTs, I feel like I am an expert)! If you are looking to heal your body from the inside out, which is what truly defines authentic change, then you will seek out Andy's guidance. He is a true healer!

License, Credentials & Experience

Andy has been helping people for 9 years
Clinical Somatic Education
Somatic Systems Institute
PhD in Neuroscience
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRU SOM)
Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant
Connecticut Department of Public Health (CDPH) , #001803

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90-minute Initial or High-complexity Session
This service is recommended for any first-time client and for high-complexity cases but anyone can benefit from a longer session. Sessions begin with an intake and assessment. You will then be guided to become aware of postural and movement habits with hands-on feedback to release your specific patterns of muscular tension. We will focus on reversing musculoskeletal pain, rebalancing muscle tone, improving function and self care. This is experiential education - so you are an active participant in the process. At the end of each session, you will be taught a short routine of Somatic Movements for self care, designed to reinforce your progress.
90 Minutes   •   $150

60-minute Follow-up or Low-complexity Session
These sessions are offered as a follow-up to the introductory session, particularly for low-complexity cases. Each session starts with an intake and assessment of your progress. We will then proceed to the guided hands-on movement to continue to release your specific patterns of muscular tension. This is experiential education - so you are an active participant in the process. Finally, we will review your home routine and make any adjustments as needed.
60 Minutes   •   $110

Complimentary Information Call
We will discuss your health challenges and goals to determine if Clinical Somatic Education is appropriate and to assess how many sessions you may require to address your needs. I will explain the principles behind the techniques and how they train your brain and strengthen your mind/body connection through specific mindful-movements and hands-on feedback. You are encouraged to ask any questions before committing to a session(s). I offer potential clients my unique perspective on reversing their muscle pain patterns, postural, or mobility issues to improve their quality of life.
25 Minutes   •   FREE

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Practice Locations & Hours


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Hamden
Hamden CT 06517, United States
Wed: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Fri: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Learn More About Andrew Schaefer, PhD, CSE, PTA

About me

I'm a Somatic Movement Educator helping individuals struggling with unresolved musculoskeletal pain and movement restrictions. I am driven by an unquenchable curiosity to understand how the dynamic interplay of matter and energy create the wondrous living world and the desire to share my knowledge and experience to help people succeed in their life’s endeavors. My quest for knowledge led me first outward into the world of academia where I explored the cellular basis of nerve regeneration. After many years, I felt trapped within my own body from past physical trauma and poor postural habits. The body does indeed keep the score and old forgotten injuries resurfaced. I realized my inability to move well significantly limited my imagination of what was possible in my life. My transformative healing experience with mindful movement drove me to examine my own inward processes and ignited a desire within me to more directly impact people's lives and health.

In my practice, I take full advantage of the neurophysiological principles of learning and movement control and provide collaborative guidance in identifying and then releasing unconsciously maintained chronic muscle contraction (tension) patterns. I offer both verbal movement instruction and hands-on manual feedback techniques that instill greater mind-body integration and ease of movement, which impact both physical and emotional freedom.

My Philosophy of Care

Sessions are focussed on your unique needs, history, movement habits and muscular pain issues. Muscles tighten in response to stress from accidents, injuries, surgeries, and emotional trauma. Movement habits are so deep that we often don’t realize we can’t fully relax our muscles. I’ll teach skills you can access for the rest of your life to help free you from physical limitations and pain. This requires your active participation, curiosity, and willingness to sense how your body is moving!

What You Can Expect On Your First Visit

I’ll start by examining your movement patterns and posture walking, standing, and lying. Then, while lying on a table, I’ll guide you through a series of movements and add a gentle hands-on resistance to help your conscious brain learn to lengthen and reset your muscles’ resting tension. During the final phase of the session I will teach you specific Somatic Movements to practice for a few minutes a day to manage chronic stress, relieve aches and pains, and improve balance, movement and posture.

My Inspiration

My practice is grounded in compassion and recognition of our shared humanity. I don’t view myself as a “healer” but rather an educator. Our bodies -like all living things- have the remarkable capacity to heal themselves given the right information and sustenance. I am inspired by Thomas Hanna’s PhD insight that “The human body is not an instrument to be used, but a realm of one's being to be experienced, explored, enriched and, thereby, educated.”


Practice Details

Works with
Individuals
Group Sessions
Ages works with
Children
Teenagers
Adults
Seniors
Languages
English

Andrew Schaefer Reviews

5.0 of 5 (3)
Rarely does one have the good luck to work with a practitioner who deeply understands his field, is highly skilled in establishing a productive working relationship with his client and is passionately dedicated to creating positive changes. Andy Schaefer is such a person. He is excellent at starting where his client is and working within their framework, gently husbanding positive change. Before I began working with Andy I had been described as “an accident waiting to happen.” I leaned to the left, had a distorted gait, and a twisted body. I was very stiff and weak, and had a significantly restricted range of motion. These were the results of having suffered a torn Achilles tendon. I had worked with 5 other practitioners, 3 of whom were somatic (2 Alexander Technique, 1 Feldenkrais Method), but had made only a little progress. With Andy, using his skills as a Hanna Somatic Educator, particularly assisted pandiculation, I am now about 90% better, and in some ways the best I have ever been. I can recommend him with no reservations. He has done wonders for me.
I started seeing Andy in 2017 to help me regain range of motion after a shoulder surgery. I have had mixed results with physical therapy in the past (mostly negative), and so I was apprehensive when I walked in for my first appointment. I was comfortable with Andy immediately. Through his somatic movement therapy he was able to help me regain most of the lost range of motion from my shoulder surgery. Andy's treatments were so helpful that I continued seeing him for many months after my initial P.T. prescription was done, and I still employ the skills I learned from him every day in my daily mindfulness/pain management routine. I highly recommend Andy to all of my friends and relatives who are having surgery, or are experiencing any level of chronic pain or discomfort. Knowing what I know now, I would recommend even the healthiest people meet with Andy to learn at least the basics of the somatic movement therapy in order to help maintain musculoskeletol health for years to come.
I was referred to Andy after my third knee surgery and fourth surgery total on my left leg. I had torn my ACL and recently ruptured the graft and had just had a procedure that removed all of the hardware in my knee and repaired my lateral meniscus. I still had to undergo surgery six months from that date to repair my ACL, but the surgery that brought me to Andy was just in preparation for the soon to be major operation. I had experienced significant trauma, both mentally and physically because of the multiple surgeries, and was having trouble finding the physical and mental connection with my body, which made rehabbing a huge challenge. From the moment I met Andy, he was patient, compassionate and interested in learning about my history. He demonstrated confidence in how he engaged with my therapy, yet was always concerned for my well being. He never wanted me to be in pain and always checked in with me throughout each session. He taught me how to take the movements we would do together during our sessions and replicate them at home. He used creativity to modify exercises so that I would be able to manage the progression if the full exercise proved too challenging in that present moment. Andy helped me progress to my next surgery, which I had six months later. Once I was released to PT after four weeks at home post-op, I sought out Andy's treatment again. He was able to treat the significant nerve issues I was having as a result of the surgery I just had. Through manual manipulation, he was able to help break up scar tissue and relieve the nerve that was creating such a negative impact on my progress forward. He helped me regain confidence and connection with my body. I never felt alone in my recovery, which was so important for me considering how many operations I had had in the past six years. I am now five months post-op of my fifth surgery on my left leg, and walking independently and having no nerve issues. I continue to work on the mind body connection, healing my trauma and developing my physical confidence. I would not be where I am today if I hadn't met Andy. Not only is he academically brilliant, but he is also one of the most compassionate and supportive practitioners I have had the opportunity to know (and given my long history with doctors and PTs, I feel like I am an expert)! If you are looking to heal your body from the inside out, which is what truly defines authentic change, then you will seek out Andy's guidance. He is a true healer!





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