For a long time I have wanted to get back into teaching a class that is geared towards couples. About 8 years ago I designed a workshop that included simple massage and partner stretching. The intent was to teach couples how to nurture one another in a holistic way. I taught it in both group settings and in private workshops. Just recently I have been motivated to relaunch it in tandem with long time Mindfulness Meditation teacher and Psychotherapist Cynthia Clingan. Together we have enhanced the class into a more dynamic and fun workshop that calms the mind so that way the massage techniques can be given with the fullness of presence that we want from our partners.
Last weekend our class participants left feeling more centered, connected to one another and happy! I mean they were giddy as they walked out the door! I took that as a great sign...meaning they had an invigoration of energy towards each other.
This class will initially be taught at the GLBT Stonewall Center
on High Street in the Short North. Please sign up on their website once details from them are announced. The details of what we have thus far are below. We are both excited to teach to our GLBT community! If you or your organization would like to bring this workshop to your organization feel free to contact us.
(Owner Inner Connections & Holistic Wellness Educator)
A Workshop Teaching GLBT Couples Massage and Mindfulness Wellness Techniques
Taught by Holistic Wellness Professionals Suzi Wilkoff and Cynthia Clingan
As a couple you will learn:
- Nurturing couples massage and bodywork fully clothed that is easy to do at home with no special equipment
- Gentle partner yoga and easy stretching
- Specific acupressure routines for headaches, neck pain and back pain
* Please bring 2 blankets/large towels and 2 pillows with you to each class
- Meditation and guided imagery to guide you and your partner into a deep state of calm
* Wear layered loose fitted clothing and socks
*Section 1: Feb 16 and 23 are for those who are able to move up and down from the floor easily
*Section 2: March 2 and 9 are for those who are more comfortable learning in a chair (provided)
Body Buzz is one of Inner Connections referral partners. Here is their latest email. Don't be afraid! Classes are for every age, every body and every normal person with a real body!~Suzi
This month, we add Body Buzz in Flight
- our Aerial Arts program - to our Small Group Class
offerings on Thursday nights. On Sundays we toss in a few workshops
with Senior Instructor Mikey Thomas.
Not ready to fly through the air just yet? Maybe Reiki is more your style. We have a few spaces left in Reiki I with Lori Guth Moffett.
This workshop will introduce you to the basic concepts of Reiki and energy work, enabling you to begin practicing Reiki for self-care right away. Don't delay - the $15 early bird discount expires on Friday. Reserve your spot now
Coming in July, we have the opportunity to study with two of my close friends and mentors: Dr. William Conable, the originator of Body Mapping, will teach a Body Mapping Workshop
on July 16. Margaret Lane of Pilates Nature will teach Pilates for Body Geeks
on July 9. Pick one or both for a chance to hang out with like minds, dig a little deeper, and refresh your approach to thework you do. Bring us your enthusiasts, serious students, pre-professionals and professionals. All body geeks are welcome. You should join us. It will be so fun.
See you in the Studio!
Owner, Senior Instructor
Body Buzz :: Smart Fitness614-558-7170BODY BUZZ IN FLIGHTwith Mikey Thomas
400 West Rich Street
These AERIAL MOVEMENT sessions are designed to teach participants to work with our aerial equipment - the trapeze and the span-set ladder. The session begins with a basic full body warm-up, followed by a carefully-developed approach to interacting with the aerial equipment. WARNING: Our current location at 400 Rich St. is gritty and un-air-conditioned. Be prepared to sweat and get dirty! Participants should bring/wear athletic shoes, workout attire, or dancewear (exposed legs and arms work best for beginners so shorts and a t-shirt are a good choice), bottled water, and an exercise/yoga mat.
Thursday, June 14
SMALL GROUP CLASS** (max. 6 students)
6-7 pm - BEGINNERS (pretty tough, but you can do it)Sunday, June 17
1-2pm - INTRO
2-3pm - STRONG BEGINNERS Sunday, June 24
1-2pm - INTRO
2-3pm - STRONG BEGINNERS Thursday, July 12
SMALL GROUP CLASS6-7 pm - BEGINNERS Registration Fees:
Workshops = $20 per session
Small Group Class = $30 per session; $250 per 10-class pass*
*10-class pass is good on all Body Buzz small group classes. Click here for current schedule. More classes coming soon!
PILATES for BODY GEEKS with Margaret LaneSaturday,
July 7 3-5p
Registration Fee: $65($50 Early Bird)
BODY MAPPINGwith Dr. William ConableMonday, July 16 6:30-8:30pRegistration Fee: $65($50 Early Bird)
Here is a yoga posture to help your back and feet recover from a weekend of walking alot on concrete at Columbus Arts Festival
or sitting alot at graduation.
Downward facing dog has many variations and you can easily learn its amazing benefits by watching Yoga Journal's video at http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/491
. Yoga Journal is my got to website for all things YOGA!
There is a dancer in all of us! Now there is a group offering Yoga, Dance and Pilates for those of us who have real bodies. Bring your real bodies to these classes. If it HELPS...the owner of Body Buzz is one of my oldest friends. So you are in good hands with her and any of her teachers. Read to the bottom. There is a cool list of upcoming events!
Facebook: Body Buzz
Website: http://www.bodybuzzsystem.comBODY BUZZ IN FLIGHT with Mikey ThomasSunday, April 22 Artist Lofts, 400 West Rich Street3-5p
This AERIAL MOVEMENT WORKSHOP is an intensive designed to introduce participants to a variety of aerial dance equipment. This session begins with a basic full body warm-up (including exercises borrowed from a modern dance class, yoga instruction and basic calisthenics, followed by a carefully developed approach to interacting with the aerial equipment. The equipment includes dual-point static trapeze, lyra hoops, and span-set ladders. This workshop is physically intense, fast moving and fun. All are welcome to participate, beginners and advanced flyers alike. Participants should bring/wear athletic shoes, workout attire, or dancewear (exposed legs and arms work best for beginners so shorts and a t-shirt are a good choice), bottled water, and an exercise/yoga mat. Reserve your spot now!And Introducing: Sunday Sampler Workshop Series
Try something new or get a dose of an old favorite. Our Sunday Sampler brings in top-notch instructors for one-off workshops to cover the newest and most-requested movement material. These classes are designed for all levels, and require no ongoing commitment. It's a chance to give something a try and if you love it, we'll try for more. Check out our April workshop
below. More events
coming soon!JAZZ FOR EVERY BODYwith Erin SynkSunday, April 15 and Sunday, April 29 (attend one or both)Columbus Dance Theatre Downtown3-4:30p
Get down with Jazz for Every Body! In this energetic class, we will warm up with basic body isolations and combinations of classical and contemporary jazz steps. Then we'll get groovy with exciting routines set to upbeat music. Don't worry if you've never taken a jazz class before - we'll cover all the basics from the kick-ball-change to the jazz square and more. All are welcome. Come out and give jazz a try! Reserve your spot now!
Save the Dates
Intro to ENERGY WORK for BODY GEEKS with Donna Doellinger, RN, RMT Sunday May 6, 3-5p PILATES for BODY GEEKSwith Margaret LaneSaturday May 12, 3-5p PARACHUTE PICNICwith Chris QuickertJune 2 (Rain Date June 9)
The Chopra Center Newsletter is worth subscribing to. This morning it reminded me to return to stillness more. I think we just get used to all the constant media noise, however our bodies need the counterbalance of stillness for optimal health.
Can you start looking for small moments of stillness and not fill them in with media noise? Try stopping at traffic lights and not checking your phone, not checking your email before bed and put your phone on silence, not vibrate, durning meals.
When I personally can't get past the noise, a session with energy balance practitioner Ray Pokorski
always helps me reconnect. More importantly the session helps me return to that place inside of me that knows silence and know what it needs for balance. I can get lost in all the media noise, and to withdraw into my inner silence shows me exactly what I need to do for my optimal health.
Let me know how it goes!SuziLinks
Sometimes I know that you wish that you did not have to worry about eating or meal planning! I know because I feel the same way! I often need inspiration to eat healthy. Whole Living
offers wonderful nutritious recipes. This will be your go to for recipes. The Broccoli-Spinach Soup with Avocado Toasts looks perfect for lighter Spring meals. Remember that when you start making better food choices you will feel better in your body and mind.
If you need help making the shift to eating better or taking better care of yourself we have the resources you need. Our resident Psychotherapist, Brock Bauer, LISW
, can support your emotional shift while any of our 20 different bodywork therapies can support your body and energy. Just know that you can start small and make choices that motivate you to live the life that you desire.Links
The Green Renaissance
posted this wonderful idea for seed sprouting. Simply filled organic eggs with your soil and seeds and watch them sprout in a sunny window. The best part is that you just put them in the ground when you are ready to plant.
Make the best of your treatments~
plan to not go back to work after,skip the gym, don't take a long run that evening, drink lots of room temp water and don't partake in alcohol. Most importantly let yourself to to bed early so your nervous system can restore very deeply!! You treatment will last much longer.
Prepare and Recover with Sports Massage!
We know that you can run though pain however in order for you to have a long career as a runner it is not good to not help your body recover and heal. The longer you leave your pain or injury uncheck the longer it will take you to heal from the damage.
Our Sports Massage Therapists can help you increase blood flow for greater reduction in swelling and increase capacity for healing.Common Injuries that we work with during marathon training and competition season:
- Runner's knee is a wearing away of the back of the kneecap, causing pain in the knee.
- Iliotibial band syndrome, a.k.a. ITBS Marked by a sharp, burning knee or hip pain, ITBS is a very common running injury among marathoners. Indeed, it's responsible for as many as 80% of all overuse pains on marathon day. Massage is GREAT for this!!!!
- Shin splints The most common type of shin splints happen on the inside of legs.
- Plantar fasciitis is also known as pain in the middle of arch of the foot.
- Achilles tendonitis is a running injury that typically occurs from abnormal foot strokestroke in push-off and too-tight calf muscles
- Muscle Pulls for example hamstring, quads, or any other muscle, pulls come from not being flexible and/or overexerting specific muscles.
Read more about a Sports Massage
treatment with an Inner Connections practitioner.
As fall turns into winter, many people experience a mild form of depression also know as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
In addition to feeling depressed, people may experience irritability:
- extreme fatigue and lethargy,
- increased appetite,
- carbohydrate cravings,
- an inability to concentrate,
- and decreased libido.
It is thought that people with SAD produce too much melatonin.
Our brains produce this hormone during the hours of darkness and it helps regulate sleep, body temperature and the release of hormones. Too much melatonin disrupts our internal body clock leading to depressive symptoms. Other factors contributing to SAD may include diet, genetics, hormones, and stress. Acupuncture,
often considered for its effects on pain control, can be helpful in treating depression.
From a western medical perspective, preliminary research studies have shown that acupuncture releases serotonin and noradrenaline-
norepinephrine in animals, common stimulants used in the treatment of depressive disorders. Acupuncture
, combined with other modalities such as light therapy, diet and exercise, can indeed help bring the body back to balance. Light therapy includes dawn-simulating alarm clocks and light boxes that help the body maintain its circadian rhythms. There may be a tendency to become more inactive and isolated in winter, but it is important to keep active. Consider outdoor activities, especially when the sun is shining. Indoor stretches and exercises such as swimming, yoga, or tai qi, are excellent ways to keep a healthy mind and body. Special care should be taken to ensure a healthy diet in winter months. Researchers in Britain looked at depression and diet and found that people who ate a junk food diet — one that was high in processed meat, chocolates, sweet desserts, fried food, refined cereals and high-fat dairy products — were more likely to report symptoms of depression. The good news is that the people who ate a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fish were less likely to report being depressed.
It’s also important to appreciate the natural changes in the seasons and within ourselves. Allow yourself to rest more and spend some time with your thoughts during this season. By addressing your physical and mental needs in the winter, you naturally adopt a healthy balanced lifestyle.
Written by Deb Engelgau,
an Liscensed Acupuncturist in Columbus, Ohio practacing at Inner Connections Ho