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MELT METHOD SELF-CARE

POSTURAL ALIGNMENT WORKSHOP  

FELDEKRAIS AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT 
NATURALLY TALL:
Dynamic Posture with the Feldenkrais Method®

QIGONG
  

ETCETERA 
(additional offerings by studio renters)

 
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POSTURAL ALIGNMENT WORKSHOP
with Valerie Rogers
Saturday, February 7, 2:30p-4:45p ENROLL NOW
$30 if registered by 2/4, $40 thereafter

valerieProper alignment of the whole body starts with the feet. If the feet are out of alignment everything will be out of alignment. Starting from the ground up we will learn how to anatomically align the body to establish correct posture for standing, walking, sitting and balancing.

Correct alignment helps:

  • allieviate back pain
  • relieve joint and muscle pain
  • relieve inflamed nerves
  • correct foot problems
Proper alignment creates more space and allows the breath to become fuller. With more space, the organs and neurological system begin to function properly.

Stop sliding down the slippery slope of misuse and begin the journey of change. When we use the body the way it’s designed to be used we start functioning better and feeling better.

The focus of this workshop is learning how to align the body to achieve optimal health.

Open to all levels. Feel free to takes notes.

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Valerie is the creator of Chogaflow, Yoga Alliance Certified, and a Registered Massage Therapist. She has a unique, fun, eclectic teaching style with emphasis on alignment and safety. Visit Valerie’s website or email Valerie for more information. ChogaFlow class with Valerie is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:40p.




LAUGHTER YOGA
with Leah Misty
$5 in advance or $8 at the door

next dates tba

Ho-ho-ho, ha-ha-ha!

Humans were designed to laugh. Laughter is nature's stress-buster. It lifts our spirits with a happy high that makes us feel good and improves our behavior towards others. We all know that laughter makes us feel good. Laughter is gentle exercise. It fill your lungs and body with oxygen, deep-clears your breathing passages and exercises your lungs. When we laugh our bodies release a cocktail of hormones & chemicals that have startling positive effects on our system. Stress is reduced, blood pressure drops, depression is lifted, your immune system is boosted & more. Western science is just starting to discover the great effects of laughter. Laughter Yoga provides the opportunity to laugh, without reason, to enjoy the countless benefits to body and spirit that laughter offers.



"Laughter Yoga combines laughter with yogic breathing exercises. It is a perfect way to laugh and get exercise at the same time. It approaches laughter as a body exercise so it's easy to laugh even if you're depressed or in a bad mood. Last year I highlighted Laughter Yoga on my TV program. I've tried it, and it works." Oprah Winfrey

leahAbout Leah Misty: Holistic health is her passion. Leah is greatly appreciative of laughter as an emotional release and a mood lifter. Silliness and breathing techniques make for a powerful healing combination that she delights in sharing with others.  In addition to being a laughter yoga leader, she is also a Thai yoga-massage therapist, a crystal energy jewelry designer and a Reiki master-teacher.



FELDENKRAIS AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT®
with Angela Alston 
6-week series: $95 in advance, $105 at door if space available
*It may be possible to begin in the middle of a series or "drop in" to a class ($20) if space permits; please call the studio in advance.

6 Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30p
     February 17-March 24
     March 31-May 5 ENROLL NOW

Feld“A few minutes of Feldenkrais can give you the flexibility & postural benefits of hours of stretching exercises.”— Anne Rosenthal, PhD

Would you like to be more flexible? Would you like to move with greater ease? Would you simply like to know your physical self better?

If you answered “Yes” to at least one of these questions, you’ll benefit from Awareness Through Movement (ATM®), the active version of The Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education.

Each lesson begins with simple movements, which gradually increase in complexity, all organized around a function such as hip opening, movement of the shoulder girdle, or organizing head and neck. You'll discover greater flexibility, improved balance, grace, and pleasure in moving. ATM is a wonderful complement to dance, yoga, Pilates, Nia, and other movement modalities

“Wow, that was incredible. It’s hard to believe little movements can do so much, but obviously they do.”—Janet A., after her first ATM class

PLEASE NOTE: Mats and props are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own mat specifically designed for the Feldenkrais practice, which may be purchased online at WellMats.

Instructor Angela Alston, GCFP, MFA, began taking Awareness Through Movement® in 1996. She trained in The Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education in New York, Houston, and Chicago and was certified to teach ATM® in 2008. Angel also offers Functional Integration® private sessions. Angela has studied a variety of movement forms, including yoga and dance, and she is an award-winning maker of dance films. She has an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in philosophy and biology from Swarthmore College.


NATURALLY TALL:
Dynamic Posture with the Feldenkrais Method®
with Angela Alston
Saturday, March 21, 1-5p ENROLL NOW
$45 Early Bird (if registered by March 1);
$50 in advance; $55 at the door if space available

When your skeleton supports you as it’s designed to do, you’ll discover fluid, dynamic posture.

Dynamic posture is the ability to move in any direction without hesitation or preparation. It’s based on the specific contact we find with surfaces. By attending to how you’re making contact with the surface which supports you, you’ll reduce muscular effort and improve movement ease.

atmskeletonLimit: 15 students

Requirement: Please be comfortable floor sitting or lying on your back, stomach, or side.

What to wear: Several layers of loose-fitting clothing.

What to expect:
• Several Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons
• Discussion & Snacks


Feldenkrais offers a unique, profound way to examine and change your habitual and often limiting ways of acting. The method is based on principles drawn from physics, neuroscience, physiology, and martial arts. ATM is the group version of the method.

Instructor Angela Alston, GCFP, MFA, began taking Awareness Through Movement® in 1996. She trained in The Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education in New York, Houston, and Chicago and was certified to teach ATM® in 2008. Angel also offers Functional Integration® private sessions. Angela has studied a variety of movement forms, including yoga and dance, and she is an award-winning maker of dance films. She has an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in philosophy and biology from Swarthmore College.


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MELT METHOD SELF-CARE
with Shannon Mairs, Certified MELT Hand & Foot Instructor, Nia White Belt trainer, JourneyDance Guide. Shannon was trained by the creator of MELT Method, Sue Hitzmann. Shannon Mairs has been teaching therapeutic movement nationwide for the last 10+ years. She is the creator of Compassion Fitness™ and her passion is to help you put your SELF first!

$50 if registered by Friday 4/10, $55 thereafter
(MELT kit not included in registration. Kit is available for preorder online through Wed 4/3)

2 Mondays, 6-7:10p, April 13 & 20 ENROLL NOW 

Do you have body aches and pains? Are you looking for simple ways to self-care for your body? Adding MELT to your life can help improve your efficiency and performance in your fitness routine, while enhancing daily life by improving your digestion, sleeping, and reducing inflammation, accumulated stress, and chronic pain symptoms.

This series will take you on a journey of grounded connectivity, openness and flexibility! 

Exploring Your Body’s Connective Tissue

Explore the mystery and magic of Your Body’s Way by learning about the Connective Tissue System. Explore the body’s connective tissue and how it affects every aspect of your body’s movement. Learn what connective tissue is, and learn how it can be nurtured, how it can be healed, and how it can be part of natural longevity. You will explore how to reacquire whole-body balance by directly affecting the cellular hydration of the connective tissue matrix using Hands-Off Bodywork™. 

melt footThe Feet 

Explore healing your body from the ground up by focusing on five pressure points on the bottom of the feet. By working with the MELT soft and hard balls, you will create a healing ritual that will alleviate pain and increase stability in your body. Adding the MELT foot treatment to your life will help improve your efficiency and performance in your fitness routine, while enhancing daily life by improving your digestion, sleeping, and reducing inflammation, accumulated stress, and chronic pain symptoms.

melt handThe Hands

Explore healing your body through expansion and touch by focusing on five pressure points on the palm of the hand. By working with the MELT soft and hard balls, you will create a healing ritual that will alleviate pain and increase flexibility in the head, neck, arms and shoulders. The MELT hand method will allow you to experience how easy it is to create change in your body regarding misalignment, chronic pain, and the negative effects associated with aging. Different from going to a therapist for bodywork, MELT empowers people with simple, self-care tools for long-term wellness.

No experience required. Expect minimal, gentle movement.





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