How long has it been since you've felt freedom in your body?
Pleasure? Playfulness? Joy? Grace?
How long has it been since you've felt the freedom to say 'yes!' to life, without worrying about your physical limitations?
You have things you want and need to do:
Keep up with the kids (or grandkids). Take care of the garden. Practice yoga. Walk barefoot on the beach. Bike twenty miles. Or, just get through a normal day without aches, pains and injuries.
Instead of concluding that your lack of energy, resiliency, strength and flexibility is because 'you're just getting old', consider instead that the modern environment we all live in has been shaping your body in a way that doesn't allow it to move freely, or utilize the ranges of motion your were born with.
Research is telling us that each generation is less active as a whole than the previous one.
It's not that we're getting lazier, but with more technology and effort-saving conveniences, our lifestyles require us to move less. And the less we move, the less we are able to move when we do want to.
One way we try to make up for this lack of movement is intense, intermittent and often unforgiving bouts of exercise (or, beat ourselves up for not getting around to doing that). But like with 'enriched bread' or taking supplements to offset a poor diet, this rarely yields the results we truly desire. Or, is what your body actually needs.
These classes are not (necessarily) a replacement for other forms of exercise.
Or, meant to be the total of your movement diet. They are a means to help you move better through all of your life - to help you bring more of your self to everything you do.
=> Note: Class sizes are currently small. Other than the Movement Labs, the classes are offered in 'sessions' (rather than as 'walk-in's') to allow for continuity and consistency. You can reserve your spot online, and if the class is filled, contact me to be placed a waiting list, and notified if a spot opens up. For a paid class, you are welcome, but not required, to pay in advance; payments in cash, check or credit card can be accepted when you arrive. Full refund for cancellations made before 24 hours before class time will be given; within 24 hours, to be determined by me.
When you reserve your spot, you will receive some paperwork in PDF form: Tips on how to prepare, what to expect, and a waiver agreeing that you are in good enough physical condition for exercise. Please read and if possible, print and sign. (I will have copies handy, as well...)
Movement for Stress Relief
8 Week Session - $120
Starting May 24th, 6:30-7:30 pm
Class size is limited.
Can you imagine a day where you were able to:
Knock out all the important stuff you wanted to get done ~ respond to conflict as the calm, cool, grounded person you dream of being ~ brush off imbalancing people and situations as though brushing away a fly ~ possess the clarity to notice and avail yourself of nourishing opportunities ~ end the day with enough energy to do more than collapse on the couch ~ enjoy a restful night's sleep?
Whether your tension is from 'poor posture', intense exercise, repetitive use, or emotional stress, the results are the same - restricted movement, restricted blood and oxygen flow, and discomfort.
Moving your body in gentle and specific ways is the one of the simplest and most natural ways to relieve tension, encourage joint mobilization and innervate muscles that are not often used. This class draws mainly on the healing techniques of qigong, an ancient Chinese form of exercise that combines movement, breathing, and mindfulness.
Qigong (chee-kung) allows you to experience movement and effort in a relaxed and intentional way - throughout each day - engaging only what needs to be engaged, staying focused on what matters and nourishing your precious vital life force.
Not only is this class appropriate for more sedentary people, seniors, those with chronic pain or stiffness, post-trauma or surgery, but will help those who work out and work hard regain flexibility, joint mobility and nourish the tissues.
~ The first three weeks focus on a 'powering down' evening routine - releasing the tension of the day, mobilizing the spine, clearing the brain and preparing for a restful night's sleep.
~ The second three weeks will focus an energizing morning routine - promoting circulation, groundedness and balance, and mobilizing your energy for a more intentional and free-flowing day.
~ The last two weeks will focus on learning a whole body self-massage routine, some techniques to deal with stressful situations in the moment, and a movement routine that cultivates vitality and strengthens immunity.
Appropriate for all ages and most levels of physical activity.
Happy & Healthy Feet
4 Week Session - $100
Next dates to be determined.
Class size is limited.
Healthy alignment begins at the ground floor: your feet.
This four week session will take you through how your feet function, what to look for in healthy footwear, and give you a set of simple exercises to increase your foot mobility. Even if you don't have 'foot issues', but may have knee, hip, back, or even neck, balance and stability issues - the feet are the best place to begin.
Topics we'll cover:
~ Why healthy and mobile feet matter (and what defines mobility) ~ Shoes: If ya gotta wear 'em, what four things they should have? ~ Support: is it a good thing? ~ What stretching is really supposed to be doing ~ Five exercises you can't do too much ~ Care for the feet through self-massage and qigong
Cost includes: hand-outs, one follow-up call or Skype session for questions, and a 'Healthy Foot Kit': half-dome, yoga strap, alignment sox, and 'pinkie ball' in an 'embodygrace' canvas tote bag.
Lab size is limited
$25 each/ Pre-paid package of eight - $160
** Please note: Attendance of an Intro to Dynamic Posture class or an Alignment 101 session is highly recommended before attending a Lab. Details about the One-on-One Sessions can be found here.**
Questions - please contact me.
Need some time to just focus on a particular issue or body part here and there?
Movement Labs are one hour, part micro-class/part individual session in which we will concentrate on one 'theme': Posture, Gait, Shoulders, Hips, Balance, etc. Attend as many or as few as you like.
Labs will offered at random times throughout the month.