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UW-Eau Claire Offers
Wellness Classes in April and May

RELEASED: April 3, 2007

Wellness logoEAU CLAIRE — A new session of Pilates classes will start in April at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and a number of other wellness classes will be offered as well, including "Restorative Yoga," "Tools to Tame Stress," "Thai Yoga Bodywork" and the "Alexander Technique."

"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. April 10-May 10, 6:30-7:15 a.m. in Room 105, the McPhee Dance Studio. The fees for this short session are $44 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $70 for community members.

"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.

Patricia Wickman, a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, will teach the class, which will meet 5:15-6:15 p.m. Mondays, April 9-May 7, 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.

"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 5-7 p.m. for two Tuesdays, April 10 and 17, in the Hilltop Lounge on upper campus. Fees for the course are $18 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $27 for community members.

"Thai Yoga Bodywork" or Thai massage is a way to enjoy stretching, relaxation, yoga and a soothing massage all at once. It offers a powerful therapy that has been said to increase energy, improve vitality and relieve chronic pain. No previous experience is necessary. Participants should wear loose, comfortable, layered clothing, bring two yoga mats and a blanket, and expect to stand, kneel, sit and lay on a mat.

Shari Baemmert, certified in Thai Yoga Bodywork, will teach the class, which will meet 6-8 p.m. for two Tuesdays, April 10 and 17, in Room 105, the McPhee dance studio. Fees for the course are $18 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $27 for community members.

"Alexander Technique" is a hands-on approach to movement reeducation designed to detect patterns of tension from everyday activities like sitting, standing and walking and turn them into patterns of ease. Guidance is given through gentle but directive touch and verbal cueing. Comfortable clothing is suggested, but business casual attire is acceptable.

Dr. Toni Poll-Sorensen, professor of music and theatre arts, will lead the "Alexander Technique" class meeting 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in Choral Room 143 of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The class is $10 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $15 for community members.

For more information, or to register, contact Vicki Funne Reed, associate director of University Recreation & Sports Facilities, at 715-836-4931 or reedvf@uwec.edu.

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