Lately many of us have been thinking: What can we do to make this world a better place? Crazy times indeed. At Open Door we ask that question daily, focusing on wellness. We believe part of the answer to this question is for all of us to look at our daily habits and choices. Do they facilitate vitality, bring our best side forward? It is the every day moments that are the most ripe for change. One step at a time we create our path. Being aware and taking personal responsibility are critical components to choosing a journey that supports wellness.
May you be well,
New Programming at Open Door
Open Door has created a simple 6-week curriculum to examine the nature of stress and to learn strategies to minimize its impact. Our team has targeted three primary areas: mindfulness, physical activity and nutrition. We believe fostering these skills will increase your capacity to manage stress. Our guided curriculum includes discussion,practice, and independent work between classes. Your progress will be measurable using the provided workbook and through a follow up session four weeks after the five core Labs.
Join us on Monday Feb. 27th from 6:30-7:30 for our next Round Table.
The Open Door team will discuss our exciting new experiential learning labs.
Topics include simple strategies to work with stress, sleep, and pain along with maximizing vitality.
Free and open to the public.
I asked our business and creative consultant, Caroline Cannon to give us a bird's eye view on what Open Door is up to. I am grateful for her excellent summary below. - Kate
Our bodies are amazing ecosystems of interrelated parts and processes and like any piece of complex machinery, need maintenance and an occasional tune up. Today’s medicine can do remarkable things to help us manage acute problems, but sometimes the maintenance leading to long-term good health gets lost in the shuffle of daily life.
What I appreciate about the Open Door approach to wellness is that it acknowledges how some key daily activities contribute to our health. Open Door looks closely at the contribution of movement, nutrition and mental balance to overall wellbeing and identifies areas for better care at that intersection and by individual need. The goal is to educate clients about how each discipline contributes to lifelong vitality and to give back to the individual agency over personal health.
The Open Door integrated programming is rooted in science and the specifics of each practice are backed by research data and published studies. Kate, Holly, Miriah and Britton work separately and together to create practical plans that address an individual’s specific health needs at the body’s systems level. What they have discovered is that small changes in key activities and daily patterns can have major impact on how we feel and how our bodies perform.
Because the programming is based on specific needs, the Open Door team works with individuals to assess wellness issues, define personal goals and develop a reasonable health plan to be acted on. These plans can be as simple as “I want to feel stronger”, as common as “I am pre-diabetic and need a practical plan to manage/prevent onset”, or as complex as “I live with chronic pain and want to reduce my dependency on medication”. Open Door is experienced working with an individual’s physician to address more complicated needs and providing the day-to-day lifestyle balance to augment the standard medical care.
Open Door’s mission is to provide practical ways for people to feel good every day and to continue that good health throughout life. As someone who has benefited from their work, I can say it is a treat worth exploring.
New Classes and Workshops at Open Door
- VALENTINES DAY YOGA AND DINNER
Tuesday, February 14 - 6-8:30pm
- DINING FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH
February 21, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
- INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI
Begins Feb. 17th, Fridays, 10-11am
Begins Feb.28th, Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm (first class free, 10 week series ending May 2nd)
- MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION
Begins March 16th, Thursdays, 5:45-8pm
- MINDFULNESS BASED COGNITIVE TOOLS
May 9 - June 27, Tuesdays, 5:45 - 8 pm
- New movement and dance classes. Guest faculty. Opportunities for everyone. More info forthcoming.