Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Progressive muscle relaxation enhances body awareness and lowers stress levels helping you relax and activate the healing response. This technique involves tensing specific muscle groups and then relaxing them to create body awareness. It is termed progressive because it proceeds through all major muscle groups, relaxing and contracting them one at a time leading eventually to total muscle relaxation.
When you are anxious or stressful your body responds with muscle tension. Progressive muscle relaxation relieves tension, reducing cortisol levels. reducing blood pressure and reducing recovery rates from trauma, allowing your body to activate its self-repair mechanisms and restoring well-being.
A more gentle form of yoga, known as Chair Yoga is becoming trendy at senior centers, retirement communities and with the public at large.
In Chair Yoga, the mat is replaced by a supportive chair that allows you to stay stabilized. Many people with physical challenges, osteoarthritis, joint pain and mobility issues feel intimidated by traditional mat yoga. Chair Yoga will focus more on how to gently open up your stiff joints, strengthen your muscles, stretch your limbs and improve your posture. Chair Yoga offers a myriad of benefits with increased flexibility, strength, weight loss, and an improved mental state. It’s particularly important for elderly people to enhance their quality of life by implementing practices such as chair yoga into their routines.
13.4 million americans practice yoga or other mind-body exercises such as tai chi. Of these an estimated 1.6 million were 55 and older. Those numbers are expected to rise as senior citizens join health clubs and senior centers that offer yoga.
In Chair Yoga the traditional yoga poses or asanas are adapted for the chair. In my Chair Yoga practice, each persons fitness level and physical challenges are taken into account. Chair Yoga is a gentle way of teaching people to experience yoga as best as they can.
Come on out, wear something comfortable and experience the benefits and quality of life enhancement that these Chair poses will bring to your life.
Shake'n Salsa is a group activity that addresses physical maintenance as well as aerobic training. This is done using rhythmic music, hand held percussion, light weights and stretch bands. This therapeutic modality increases fitness, motor strength and motor coordination from the comfortable and tolerable seated position of a chair. This allows seniors and motor-challenged individuals to exercise regularly in a way that is fun and socially engaging. Music is a great motivator and can entrain patients to perform repetitive physical training in a enjoyable atmosphere.
Toning and Mindfulness
In this one hour session you will learn specific vowel sounds or seed mantras that can retune your vital body and awaken your physiology. Toning is a form of vocalizing that utilizes the natural voice to express open vowel sounds and humming on the full exhalation of the breath. Toning can induce the relaxation response, activate the inmune response, increase focus and attention, and mediate stress management. It can also induce emotional resolution, feeling of calm, profound spiritual experiences, psychological insights and a change in mental thinking patterns.
For thousands of years healers have used rhythm to promote healing and self-expression. Therapeutic drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system and produces feelings of well-being.
Drums have been used within group circles to manifest a sense of belonging and community, connecting us with our bodies and uniting us to the energy of like minded people.Among the benefits of Drum circle we have Reduces Tension, Anxiety and Stress
Helps Manage Chronic Pain and Releases Natural Opiates into the Bloodstream
Boosts the Immune System, Creates a Sense of Connectedness and Well Being, Promotes Self Expression, Leadership, Predictability and Team Work
Guided Imagery and Music
This method uses scripted imagery and music to promote relaxation and stress reduction. Very effective in the unlocking of inner emotional blockage and tension. This method helps you cope with pain, stress, anxiety and unresolved trauma. The therapist will guide you into a relaxed, non-ordinary state of consciousness where you will experience music, imagery, memories, physical sensations and feelings.