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UW-Eau Claire Recreation to Offer
Wealth of Wellness Classes This Semester

RELEASED: Jan. 23, 2007

University Recreation & Sports Facilities logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will offer a number of wellness classes for the spring semester, including "Mind and Body Fitness Yoga," "Pilates," "Belly Dancing," "Chinese 18 Postures," "Tools to Tame Stress," "Alexander Technique," and "Restorative Yoga." New offerings include "Thai Yoga Bodywork" and "Sensational Creations."

"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.

Patricia Wickman, a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance, will instruct Sessions I and II; Sheri Baemmert, also a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance, will teach Sessions III and IV. All sessions will meet in Room 105, the Dance Studio at the McPhee Physical Education Center. Session I will meet 6-7 p.m. and Session II will meet 7:15-8:15 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 5-April 2, (no class March 19). Session III will meet 6-7 p.m. and Session IV will meet 7:15-8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6-April 3 (no class March 20). The fees for each session of "Mind and Body Fitness Yoga" are $34.50 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $60 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 Pilates instructor, will lead the "Pilates" classes, which will meet Tuesday and Thursdays. Session I and II will meet Feb. 6-April 5 (no class March 20 and 22), with Session I meeting 6:30-7:15 a.m. in Room 105, the McPhee Dance Studio, and Session II meeting 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the Hilltop Lounge. The fees for these sessions are $76.50 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $120 for community members. A Session III will be offered 6:30-7:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 10-May 10 in Room 105, the McPhee Dance Studio. The fee for this shorter session is $44 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $70 for community members.

"Belly Dancing" will be an introductory course in American tribal belly dance; no previous dance experience is required, although a level 2 class is offered as well. 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.

Sheri Baemmert of Yoga Alliance will be the instructor for the course, with all sessions meeting in Room 105, the Dance Studio in McPhee Physical Education Center. Sessions I and II, both level 1 courses, will meet Thursdays, Feb. 8-March 15, with Session 1 6-7 p.m. and Session II from 7:15-8:15 p.m. Session III and IV will meet March 29-May 3, with Session III, a level 1 course, meeting 6-7 p.m. and Session IV, a level 2 course, meeting 7:15-8:15 p.m. The fees for each session of "Belly Dancing" are $26 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $45 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 5:15-6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 7-March 14. Classes will meet in the Hilltop Lounge and are $26 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $45 for community members.

"Sensational Creations" explores the ancient art of aromatherapy in a two-part course. Participants will learn about essential oils, explore therapeutic uses for mind and body, and create chemical-free products for personal care. Course cost covers materials for take home products. All oils used are therapeutic grade. Class is limited to 8 participants.

Jennifer Peterson, a registered nurse and licensed esthetician, will teach the course, which will meet 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, in the Hilltop Lounge on upper campus. Course fee is $16 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and $25 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 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.

"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.

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

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