It's difficult to sum up my time at SSI because there were so many dimensions to it. I guess the first thing is to say that it was transformative on many levels for me. It has been, hands down, the most supportive academic environment that i have ever encountered — and I have studied at institutions in several countries. Steve Aronstein is funny, engaging, passionate and truly brilliant in the way he has developed the curriculum, where the learning process flows organically and suddenly you realize you know some things you didn't know before and that knowledge is visceral as well as intellectual. Patience Bousel brings a different energy and lens to the teaching environment which rounds out the experience with case studies and support in developing as a movement teacher.
And then there is the work of Somatics itself. This work is not always easy, but the transformations that have happened in my own body as well as what i observe in the bodies of my clients has been immeasurable. When I found this work in 2013, i could barely stand or walk and was in excruciating pain. I found some Somatic exercises online and tried them out and EVERYTHING CHANGED, in one day. It was very strange but in the months afterwards i found SSI and began my studies to become a practitioner as well as continuing my own practice. I continue to evolve with it every day.