I'm Gina Loree Marks...

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… shiatsu practitioner and movement coach.

Since 2005, I’ve been helping people relieve their stress, and feel better through bodywork.

During that time, I began to notice an increase in ‘posturally-related’ issues, which is why, when I discovered the work of biomechanist Katy Bowman in 2014, I also decided to become a Restorative Exercise Specialist.

But, also, in these last 13 years, I’ve seen an increase in what I would call an ‘adversarial relationship’ many of my clients have with their bodies.

We’ve come to believe that the body must be subdued in the name of health, and that pain within a bodywork session or exercise routine is a sign of its effectiveness. There’s great benefit and growth in challenging comfort zones and pushing boundaries, but this is most effective when the body and mind are engaged, relaxed and receptive - not disconnected and recoiling from discomfort.

We live in a time where the prevailing messages keep us in a constant state of dissatisfaction with our looks, and a resignation to ‘getting old’ and breaking down.

I agree, as poet John O’Donohue once wrote, that the body is our only home in the universe, a house of belonging here in the world, and a sacred temple.

My goal for my fellow humans is to encourage movement, respect boundaries and find joy in our clay forms again, at any age.


On the calendar

Ongoing

Wednesdays - 6:30pm-7:15pm - Restorative Qigong II

Fridays - 11:00am - 11:45am - Restorative Qigong I

Don’t Just Sit There/Think Outside the Chair

Saturday, May 4 - 12:00 - 1:00pm

Wednesday, May 8 - 2:30 - 3:30pm

Friday, May 10 - 2:45 - 3:45pm

Wednesday, May 15 - 2:30 - 3:30pm

Saturday, May 18 - 12:00 - 1:00pm

Wednesday, May 22 - 2:30 - 3:30pm

Friday, May 24 - 2:45 - 3:45pm