Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

UW-Eau Claire to Offer a Variety of Wellness Classes for Fall

RELEASED: Sept. 13, 2005

University Recreation logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will offer a number of wellness classes throughout the fall 2005 semester, including "Move and Feel Better," "Tools to Tame Stress," "Belly Dancing," "Chinese 18 Postures," "Mind and Body Fitness Yoga" and "Pilates."

"Move and Feel Better" incorporates gentle movement and stretching with breathing exercises that increase body awareness. Most exercises are performed while seated in a chair. This class uses the fundamentals of Yoga and Tai Chi, which are relaxing and enjoyable for participants at all levels of fitness — including those who have been away from exercise for a long time or have chronic conditions such as arthritis, pain, stiffness or diabetes, or those who are overweight or have limited endurance. Participants should wear comfortable clothing.

Jennifer Peterson, registered nurse and certified aesthetician, will teach the class, which will meet from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Mondays, in Room 111 of the Schneider Social Science Building. Session I will meet Sept. 19-Oct. 24; Session II will meet Nov. 7-Dec. 12. The fees for each session of "Move and Feel Better" are $27 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $45 for community members.

"Tools to Tame Stress" is a popular, two-part course and hands-on workshop where participants will explore the consequences of chronic stress and learn therapeutic methods they can use for managing stress and facilitating relaxation. Methods include exploration and use of essential oils for aromatherapy, hand and foot reflexology, Eastern and European facial self-massage, progressive relaxation and breathing techniques. Participants should wear clothes that allow freedom of movement.

Jennifer Peterson, registered nurse and certified aesthetician, will teach the class, which will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 and 13, in the Hilltop Lounge on upper campus. Fees for the course are $15 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $25 for community members.

"Belly Dancing" will be an introductory course in American tribal belly dance; no previous dance experience is required. Each dancer is encouraged to abandon her worries and hesitations at the door and prepare to experience a six week session of celebrating her own body through movement and discovering the power and beauty that dancing ignites within all women. Students may be exposed to Middle Eastern, Indian, North-African, American and Eastern European styles of tribal and solo dance. Participants should wear comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement.

UW-Eau Claire senior Anna Nummelin will be the instructor for the course, which will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the McPhee Dance Studio. Session I will meet Sept. 20-Oct 25 and Session II will meet Nov. 1-Dec. 6. The fees for each session of "Belly Dancing" are $15 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $25 for community members.

"Pilates" is a series of movements done from a sitting, reclining, kneeling, or standing position, designed to increase strength and flexibility, release tension and relieve chronic neck and back pain. It combines elements of eastern and western disciplines, including yoga, Tai Chi, and ancient Greek and Roman exercise protocols, as well as the repatterning of movements and proper breathing techniques. The Pilates method is used in physical rehabilitation and is popular with athletes and performance artists, as well as those seeking to improve body conditioning.

Penny Karcz, STOTT certified instructor and owner of Penny’s Pilates in Eau Claire and St. Paul, Minn., will lead the "Pilates" classes, which will meet Tuesday and Thursdays, Sept. 20-Nov. 10. Session I will meet from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. in the McPhee Dance Studio, and Session II will meet from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. in the Hilltop Lounge. The fees for each session are $70 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $110 for community members.

"Chinese 18 Postures" (a type of Qi Gong) is a series of individual movements combined with slow deep breathing techniques which gently allow the myofascial tissues and musculoskeletal systems to open. The "opening" enhances blood flow to the tissues and increases lymph circulation (one of our major tissue detoxification systems). The result is healthier tissues, more flexible joints, decreased/elimination of joint muscle pain, improved balance, and an expanded sense of well being. Participants should wear baggy shorts or pants with an elastic waistband and flat, flexible shoes to help provide good balance.

Diane Omtvedt, nurse practitioner and certified acupuncturist, will instruct the "Chinese 18 Posture" classes, which will meet from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 21-Oct. 26. Classes will meet in Room 108 of McPhee Physical Education Center and are $25 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $40 for community members.

"Mind and Body Fitness Yoga" combines elements of Hatha yoga with traditional fitness exercises and stretching routines to provide a revitalizing, non-purist yoga workout that integrates body, mind and breath for total performance. Strength, conditioning, breathing and relaxation components are featured, as well as an introduction to yoga history and philosophy. The class is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. Participants should bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.

Carmen Wheeler, an instructor at Mission Accomplished Personal Training and Yoga Studio, will instruct Sessions I and II in the Hilltop Lounge; Sheri Baemmert, a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance, will teach Sessions III and IV in Room 108 of the McPhee Physical Education Center. Session I will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. and Session II will meet from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 19-Nov. 7. Session III will meet from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. and Session IV will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 22-Nov. 10. The fees for each session of "Mind and Fitness Yoga" are $32 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $55 for community members.

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

-30-

NW

Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

 

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.