Current Conditions

Light Rain
15.4°C
Tuesday 12-Feb-2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Venue

Centennial Building Wellness Centre Pool
153 Seymour St # 103, Kamloops, British Columbia Phone Number: (250) 374-7383

Event Description

Body Rhythms 1 Michelle Zwolak, BSc etc. Occupational Therapist Movement Educator Body Rhythms 1 is named for the rhythms of life - whether it's the beating of the heart, the changing of the days/seasons, a dance of happiness when the sun is out, marching to a drum, the cadence of chopping wood, the tempo of rocking a baby, or the pace of a long-distance runner. Rhythm is in us, and all around us. This group is a four week introduction to the use of intuitive Movement for: self awareness, managing emotions, and freeing up the body's natural movement patterns. It's an opportunity to "dip one's toe into the waters" of Movement as a health practice - to reduce stress, increase physical and emotional confidence, and manage pain. The participants will be led through a series of low-impact movements and sequences (often to music), and will express both individually, and as a group, a variety of themes relevant to all. This hour and a half of engaging self-exploration, will leave individuals thoughtful, refreshed, and invigorated - with a new and evolving outlook on life. This class is suitable for adult participants from a variety of backgrounds, and no particular experience is required other than: a desire to "express through movement"; the ability to go from a standing position to floor level and back; and the ability to tolerate light movement. Since the choreography is self-designed, it is suited for a variety of levels of fitness and function. The focus of the group is recreational rather than medical, and it is assumed that participants have checked with their physicians/physiotherapists prior to attending, if there are injuries or other medical issues of concern. Comfortable clothes are recommended. The studio is intended to be a no-judgement, safe space. Michelle Zwolak graduated from UBC in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Medicine. She is also a student of the West Coast Dance Therapy program. She has worked for 36 years in the field of rehabilitation, in hospitals, out-patient settings, and in the community. She operated her own consulting firm - Skmana Rehabilitation - for 15 years, where she specialized in traumatic brain injury. She has a particular interest in the application of creative arts (dance, music, art, theatre) as a therapeutic medium. Currently she consults part-time, as an Occupational Therapist, from her home in Kamloops.

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