Movement Exercises

"People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures." ~ F. Matthias Alexander

Movement exercises keep your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints flexible and strong, allowing full range of motion. They create balance in the mind, body, and spirit, and they can improve flexibility and the way you feel. The benefits are a healthier you in mind, body, and spirit.

Benefits include: boost the immune system, reduce infection, increase oxygen intake for a healthier circulatory system, reduce insulin levels, release stress while at the same time release weight, maintain balance, provide a good night’s sleep, promote healthy digestion, prolong life, and more.

Let us assist you on your journey back to a better you. Come share your heart with us!

 
 

Community Drumming Circle

Experience the healing power of the drum!  A drumming circle is a group of people who come together in a circle to create and share a profound experience in rhythm and harmony.  No experience is necessary.  Handheld drums, Djembe drums, and rattles are used.  Bring your own if you have them! The steady beat of the drum is used as a "lifeline" to find your way back to the world of ordinary consciousness. 

In order to fully appreciate and understand a drumming circle, one must experience it! Drumming circles take place across the country, attracting all ages, walks of life, and experience levels. The beat of the drum is the heartbeat of the soul. We join together as one through the rhythm of the drum beat. Anyone who has experienced a drumming circle knows the transformative effect of rhythm. It moves and inspires. Drumming helps to connect on a deep, rhythmic level. Drumming is also an excellent tool that promotes health and well-being. It has been scientifically proven that group drumming can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, among other health benefits. Drumming allows one to experience group success while still being an individual.

INSPIRING DRUMMING QUOTES: "Where I come from we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble.” - Babatunde Olatunji

"Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous” - Yehudi Menuhin

Biological Benefits of Drumming
Remo's Health Rhythms Department is on the forefront of establishing a solid foundation for proving the biological benefits of drumming. Neurologist Barry Bittman, M.D. and his renowned research team discovered that a specific group drumming approach (HealthRHYTHMS protocol) significantly increased the disease fighting activity of circulating white blood cells (Natural Killer cells) that seek out and destroy cancer cells and virally-infected cells. Along with conventional medical strategies, Dr. Bittman includes HealthRHYTHMS group drumming in all of his disease-based programs at the Mind-Body Wellness Center in Pennsylvania.

HealthRHYTHMS is a research-based group drumming program which is used in hospitals, schools, support groups, community outreach, and more. Research has shown this protocol can help strengthen the immune system, reduce stress and burnout rates, improve mood states, and promote creativity and bonding.

Let’s Make It Simple Pilates

Pilates is designed to condition the entire body using positions and movements that simulate functional activities and thereby correct the body alignment and balance. Pilates practices also helps prevent injuries. Still confused? Have questions?

That's ok ... just think of the bodies of these celebrities and pro athletes, such as Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Anniston, Hugh Grant, Brandon Routh (Superman), Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and numerous Olympic champions.

Don't worry. All levels are taught during class. It's called "modification." Jane has taught ages 20-73, private and large class sizes, males and females.

QiGong

Health is more than the absence of disease. It’s a state of joy, equanimity, and empowerment. The ancient art of QiGong – energy work – brings imbalances into harmony.  It involves simple movements with focused breathing. This practice facilitates optimal functioning of our body and mind with minimal effort. QiGong is safe, effective, and enjoyable. Best of all, it is easy to learn and fun to practice!

A regular practice of QiGong:

  • Reduces stress and increases energy

  • Increases awareness, vibrancy, and joy

  • Enhances the immune system

  • Improves stamina, range of motion, mental focus, and emotional health

  • Improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulation, lymph and digestive functions

QiGong is one of five branches of Chinese Medicine, among Acupuncture, Herbs, Massage, and Nutrition. There are around 3,500 styles of QiGong. One form of QiGong that you may be familiar with is Tai Chi. Tai Chi is a form of QiGong, much like ballet is a form of dance.  Many health care professionals recommend QiGong as an important form of alternative complementary medicine. Harvard Medical School, Mayo Clinic, and the National Council on Aging are among the organizations that recommend QiGong.

How is Qigong Different than Yoga?
Even though Yoga and Qi Gong share similar intentions, each works differently to cultivate the body’s life force energy. In Qi Gong, we call this energy, “Qi.”  In Yoga, it is referred to as “Prana.”  The intention in each practice is to work with this energy to prevent illness and cultivate vitality.
 
Yoga (at least in the West) tends to focus on physical postures or asanas. QiGong focuses on physical movements to a lesser extent and incorporates more of the breath and mind in its exercises. The flowing movements in QiGong reflect the energies and behaviors of nature.  

Anyone can perform the slow and flowing movements of QiGong, even those in a wheelchair or those with severe physical limitations.  QiGong, when practiced regularly, can make you very strong and very fit. It will unblock stagnant Qi and allow it to flow more freely. Significant health improvements can be achieved over time, however, you should instantly feel increased energy and relaxation when you practice QiGong.  

Yoga

This class combines simple, yet effective yoga positions, along with grounding and cleansing meditations and readings from enlightened masters. The goal is to nourish the mind, body, and spirit. The intention is to keep our bodies strong and flexible with good balance well into our "golden years," our minds filled with the truth and wisdom of the ages, and our souls connected to our higher power.

Yoga has been practiced for over 5,000 years. There are many types of yoga. Each form uses a combination of breathing exercises, physical postures, and meditation to invoke harmony, health, and balance. Yoga strengthens the body, increases stamina and physical well-being, and is beneficial for certain conditions such as heart dis-ease/hypertension, asthma, and back problems.

Alexander Technique - Group Sessions

The Alexander Technique is a practical and long-lasting educational technique that helps people change their thinking and experience of what it is to be in poise, ease and proper coordination. Our educational system does not address how our structure is designed to work as a whole unit, in conjunction with the forces of gravity. What we think of as good posture and proper alignment is usually thought of as something to impose on our body. Alexander Technique focuses on changing the underlying unconscious muscular habits that stop us from experiencing the natural ease that is available to us. Join James Ruttkay for a small group class to explore what it is to inhabit our bodies with a sense of freedom and ease.

Alexander Technique - Private Sessions

The Alexander Technique is a little known, but powerful, method for achieving great change within the body.  It is an educational process that addresses the underlying causes of poor posture, pain, misalignment and muscular tension.  Every experience we have, has an emotional component that registers in our nervous system and musculature.   When we brace, grip, hold, or otherwise squeeze on ourselves in relation to a stimulus, (anything from an accident, to a loved one being upset with us,) some of that protective muscle tension stays, even when we are not aware of it.  This reduces our free and easy movement that we were born with and imbalances build over time.  Some muscle groups end up overly contracted and working too hard, with their counterparts for free movement lacking tone and not giving the support they were designed to provide.  Joint movement throughout the body becomes restricted, causing constricted movement.

As the gentle hands-on teaching of the Alexander Technique allows contracted muscle to go back to its original length, the student is experiencing how to allow this within.  This is not like learning new positions to put oneself into, but more like learning to ride a bike:  a skill not mastered by working harder and harder, but by learning to let go into a coordination and grace that we already possess, but have not yet experienced.  The learning experience from Alexander lessons is similar.  We already possess the easier, lighter movement and balance of childhood.  It is just waiting to be re-discovered.