Laura M Gates CHSE, CCSE, MFA

Certified Hanna (Clinical) Somatic Educator, Practitioner

The human body is not an instrument to be used but a realm of one’s being to be experienced.

New York City, NY

Recent Reviews

5.0 of 5 (2)
“When I started taking Hanna Somatic workshops I discovered that no matter what the sequence or concentration of movement patterns we practiced, my outcome was an improvement in my posture and alignment. I have also been lucky enough to work with Laura in one-on-one personal Hanna Somatic sessions in which the hands-on work gives the body distinct and strong messages on deep shifts [that] the body has the potential to make. The combination of the hands-on work and the regular practice of the exercises has made a real difference in the degree of curvature in my spine… definitely prevented me from further deterioration… No other practice or bodywork promises such potential change in your back. Hanna Somatics gives me power over my curve!”
“For 25 years I have been keeping my scoliosis curvature from getting worse by having monthly Rolfing sessions. In general this has been successful but my spine and ribs in places remain ‘locked up’. Recently I started seeing a somatics practitioner, Laura M Gates, and this modality has helped in increasing my spinal and rib function, more so than any other modality. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results I receive from my somatics sessions. I am provided an exercise sequence by the somatics practitioner and perform this sequence daily. I have come to be more in touch with my body and feel the positive changes that gradually happen to my spine. I am extremely pleased with my improvement in spinal function as a result of performing somatics.”

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Endorsements

Emotional Imbalances
Lymphatic Drainage
Postural Distortion

Practice Locations & Hours


New York
15 E 11th St, New York NY 10003, United States
Mon: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wed: 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Thu: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sun: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Learn More About Laura M Gates CHSE, CCSE, MFA

About me

Laura Gates is a Certified Hanna Somatic Educator (CHSE) and Clinical Somatic Educator (CCSE) and practitioner living in Averøy, Norway. She visits NYC to work with clients several times a year and other locations when traveling with the Essential Somatics training team. She teaches group classes and 1 on 1 sessions online, and twice/year a workshop entitled "Somatic strategies for scoliosis and uneven posture". Go to Lauramgates.com for details.
As a former professional dancer, and earned an MFA degree in dance from Bennington College '98. She brings 30 years experience as a movement educator to her work and studies over many years in artho kinematics with Irene Dowd, NYC. She was trained and certified as a Clinical Somatic Educator at Somatic Systems Institute, MA and also certified as a Hanna Somatic Educator by Novato Institute, CA.
Ms. Gates has worked with people from all walks of life, including dancers, athletes, musicians, and actors.

My Philosophy of Care

Clinical somatic education in the tradition of the late neuromuscular pioneer, Thomas Hanna Phd, is a hands on work, a movement practice and a comprehensive system for changing the imprint of emotional and physical trauma, with positive affect on all systems. These movement techniques are gentle yet powerful. My goal: to hand you these life changing tools, help develop your skills, to improve comfort, ease, mobility, and well-being.

What You Can Expect On Your First Visit

Currently, I mostly work with 1 on 1 clients online, addressing your individual needs. The first session includes an evaluation that identifies patterns of contraction that may be affecting posture, alignment, compression in the spine, creating pain, stiffness, discomfort and inhibiting efficient motion for walking, or any activities you want to enjoy. We will begin building your somatic movement repertory, and your knowledge, skills. Sessions come with audio recordings for continued learning.

My Inspiration

I am devoted to and have a passion for this work that puts the best self care tools available into people's hands. These techniques use the brain and neuroplasticity brilliantly, and can dramatically change quality of life, your relationship to your body, and calm your nervous system. I educate people to help themselves in dramatic and important ways. It is a creative, rich and deeply human process for me and my client/students. It doesn't get much better than that.


Practice Details

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

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Laura Gates Reviews

5.0 of 5 (2)
“When I started taking Hanna Somatic workshops I discovered that no matter what the sequence or concentration of movement patterns we practiced, my outcome was an improvement in my posture and alignment. I have also been lucky enough to work with Laura in one-on-one personal Hanna Somatic sessions in which the hands-on work gives the body distinct and strong messages on deep shifts [that] the body has the potential to make. The combination of the hands-on work and the regular practice of the exercises has made a real difference in the degree of curvature in my spine… definitely prevented me from further deterioration… No other practice or bodywork promises such potential change in your back. Hanna Somatics gives me power over my curve!”
“For 25 years I have been keeping my scoliosis curvature from getting worse by having monthly Rolfing sessions. In general this has been successful but my spine and ribs in places remain ‘locked up’. Recently I started seeing a somatics practitioner, Laura M Gates, and this modality has helped in increasing my spinal and rib function, more so than any other modality. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results I receive from my somatics sessions. I am provided an exercise sequence by the somatics practitioner and perform this sequence daily. I have come to be more in touch with my body and feel the positive changes that gradually happen to my spine. I am extremely pleased with my improvement in spinal function as a result of performing somatics.”





Laura M Gates CHSE, CCSE, MFA
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