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University Recreation to Offer Wellness Classes
for Spring Semester

RELEASED: Feb. 2, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — University Recreation at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will offer "Eight Silken Movements," "Pilates," and "Feel Better Fitness" classes throughout the spring 2005 semester.

Diane J. Omtvedt, nurse practitioner and certified state licensed acupuncturist, will instruct the "Eight Silken Movements" class, which will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 9 and ending March 2. Classes will be held in Room 110 of the McPhee Physical Education Center and are $18 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $30 for community members.

"Eight Silken Movements" is an ancient form of Korean Qi Gong consisting of a unique sequence of eight gentle exercises. It is a proven method of training the body, breath, mind and Qi to improve health and longevity.

Participants should wear loose fitting clothing. The postures are performed while standing.

Penny Karcz will lead the "Pilates" class, which will meet from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Feb. 15 and ending April 14. Classes will be in the McPhee Dance Studio and are $70 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $110 for community members.

Pilates is a method of finding balance in the body through stabilizing the core muscles. Pilates promotes increased flexibility and wellness.

Participants should bring an exercise mat and wear comfortable clothing.

Jennifer Peterson, registered nurse, will instruct the "Feel Better Fitness" class, which will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, beginning March 10 and ending April 21. Classes will meet in Room 223 of the Schneider Social Sciences Hall and are $27 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $45 for community members.

"Feel Better Fitness" blends Yoga, T'ai Chi and today's state-of-the-art exercise methods, combining stretches and exercises to improve range of motion, flexibility, strength and breathing. "Feel Better Fitness" incorporates short routines done primarily in a seated position.

For more information, or to register for classes, contact Vicki Funne Reed, associate director of intramural sports, at (715) 836-4931 or at reedvf@uwec.edu.

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