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New Wellness Classes to Begin in
November at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Nov. 9, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will offer a number of wellness classes beginning this month, including "Restorative Yoga," "Pilates," and "Hand and Foot Massage."

person practicing yogaIn a lecture he gave at UW-Eau Claire, Dr. Harold G. Koening presented striking research that connected stress with healing. A person who gets injured during final exam time, he said, takes 30 percent longer to heal than if that injury occurs during summer vacation. "Restorative Yoga" will look at practical techniques for reducing stress and rejuvenating the body, mind, and spirit. This is the gentlest form of yoga and will benefit those already in a state of physical or mental imbalance as well as prevent illness and injury in people who are healthy. Traditional yoga poses will be modified using props that will allow for passive opening of centers in the body that hold tension and stress. Participants also will practice unleashing the healing power of conscious, deep breathing — a wonderful way to honor the gift of body and breath and to optimize their proper functioning during finals and the holidays.

Patricia Wickman, a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, will teach the class, which will meet from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 14 through Dec. 12, in the Hilltop Lounge on UW-Eau Claire's upper campus. The fee for the class is $25 for students, faculty and staff and $40 for community members. Participants should wear comfortable clothing. Equipment will be provided.

"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 Pilates instructor, will lead the "Pilates" classes, which will meet Tuesday and Thursdays, Nov. 14 through Dec. 14 (No class Nov. 23), from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. in Room 105, the McPhee Dance Studio. The fee for this short session is $43 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $67.50 for community members.

"Hand and Foot Massage" will teach participants a new relaxation technique to use on family and friends. Relaxing massage can help people deal with stress and fall asleep faster. Participants should wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a pillow, blanket and towel.

Dr. Susan Peck of the UW-Eau Claire School of Nursing will teach the one-session class, which will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Hilltop Lounge on UW-Eau Claire's upper campus. The fee is $12 for students, faculty and staff and $17 for community members.

For more information, or to register, contact Vicki Funne Reed, associate director of Recreation and Sports Facilities, at 715-836-4931 or at reedvf@uwec.edu, or visit the Recreation and Sports Facilities Web site.

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