CURRENT CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Yang Style Tai Chi - Basics, Long Form & by the book series
Yang Style Tai Chi embodies change through presence, curiosity and discovery in movement. Well-known for its health benefits, Tai Chi is a “moving meditation” that improves fluidity and strength, promotes mind-body relaxation, increases energy and instills conscious, graceful movement for the body. Yang style is characterized by its slow, steady pace and is an ideal way to find your “inner tortoise” while working the legs hard, softening chronic tension patterns and coaxing the mind to take a break from the constant chatter of a hectic life.
According to the Harvard Medical Guide to Tai Chi, by Peter M. Wayne, PhD, “The science of Tai Chi is just now catching up with and substantiating what Tai Chi practitioners have known for centuries—Tai Chi often leads to more vigor and energy, greater flexibility, balance and mobility, and an improved sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research now lends support to long-standing claims that Tai Chi favorably impacts the health of the heart, bones, nerves, muscles, immune system, and the mind.”
MELT Method for Recovery & Resilience
The MELT Method is a simple self-care technique that uses soft balls and a very soft body roller to rebalance the nervous system and hydrate the body’s connective tissue (or fascia), reducing the negative effects of aging or an active life. The hand and foot treatments use small balls in a compression/decompression pattern to move fluid through the tissues, which improves joint function and reduces pain. The soft foam body roller restores hydration throughout the body, which increases flexibility, relieves chronic systemic issues and specific chronic pain, like neck or low back pain. MELT boosts the beneficial effects of any movement practice or sport, so it is useful for anyone who wants to stay active!
Fitness professional, manual therapist and creator of MELT, Sue Hitzmann, MS, CST, NMT explains, “New research has revealed the missing link to pain-free living: a balanced nervous system and healthy connective tissue. These two components work together to provide your body support and optimal mind-body communication...The ultimate goal of MELT is to improve your body’s ability to restore balance and repair itself, which can create remarkable, lasting changes. MELT offers natural pain relief, allowing you to address the true cause of chronic pain, not just mask the symptoms.”
8 Treasures Qigong
8 Treasures Qigong has been passed down through the generations as an exercise set to maintain good health and increase vitality. There are many variations of the form, each with slight differences, but the basic movements still maintain many similarities. The 8 Treasures has eight routines that serve to expand breathing capacity, increase energy and blood flow, strengthen the legs and torso, increase flexibility as well as calm the body and mind. It is a deceptively simple routine that yields great benefits to the conscientious practitioner. It can be learned within a session as is a great beginner’s practice!
Hands of the 18 Luohan
The Hands of the 18 Luohan is considered to be significant in the roots of Shaolin Kung Fu and many martial arts. It was designed along the another classic Qigong form, the ‘Muscle/Tendon Changing Classic’ to promote better health and strength for the monks of the temple. Luohan practice works on the body structurally & energetically; it affects bones, tendons, ligaments, joints, vessals and internal organs. It focuses on building energy in core areas for vitality and increases energy flow throughout the body. It is a stellar form for strength, flexibility & calm.