Movement Studies at Open Door continues to EXPAND

“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.”  Aldous Huxley- "The Art of Seeing"

“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.” 
Aldous Huxley- "The Art of Seeing"

Dear Friends,
     This coming fall we are excited about expanding our movement curriculum. We have enjoyed a steady growth in our dance classes and increased depth in our somatic work. Our intent is to offer a broad spectrum of movement opportunities for all ages. We are committed to the highest quality of teaching which focuses on strength and flexibility as tools toward broadening one’s vocabulary along with a good understanding of bio mechanics and optimal developmental process in learning. In our creative programming we do the same but, also add an opportunity for authentic expression and a supportive community which supports  personal growth and inquiry.
     Below is a list of our upcoming classes.
     Try one…

CHILDREN'S CLASSES

Creative Movement
     Creative Movement introduces the elements of dance....weight, space, time, flow, shape, awareness of body parts, personal space vs. general space, relationships, etc.  
-     CM Level 1Sundays, 9-10am beginning Sept. 17th.
     Ages 5-8 y/o.

-CM Level 2 Sundays,10:15-11:15 beginning Sept. 17th
Ages 9-11 y/o.

Fundamentals of Modern Dance
This class will explore fundamentals of modern dance through floor work, standing center work, traveling phrases and creative exploration of concepts.  We will work toward healthy, skeletal alignment, greater strength and flexibility, and attend to both our inner and outer experience of moving through space. Concepts will include grounding/centering, release/recovery, various forms of partner work and more.

-FMDLevel 1- Saturdays 10-11:15 am beginning Sept. 23rd
Ages  8-11 y/o

-FMD Level 2- Saturdays 11:30-1pm beginning Sept. 23rd
Ages 11-15 y/o

-Modern Dance, Level 2/3- Tuesdays 3:45-5:15pm beginning Sept. 12th
Ages 11-18y/o
Using imagery and grounding techniques from somatic traditions, we will play with gravity, weight, release, and recovery to enliven our movement. Some experience necessary.
 

ADULT CLASSES


-Rotating Fridays- Fridays 5:30-7, beginning Sept. 15th
Faculty and guest teachers offer a myriad of dance explorations including repertoire, advanced technique and improvisational scores
Keep an eye on the Open Door calendar to see who is teaching. Class will depend on the instructor.

Open Door’s Somatics programming includes classes, workshops and one on one sessions which are more therapeutic in nature and  focus on the internal experience of movement. Kate Gamble is the primary teacher of these classes but is committed to bringing in gifted guest teachers.  She incorporates her in depth knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, Feldenkrais technique and other somatic practices to facilitate transformational movement experiences. Whether your are healing from injury, frustrated by habitual movement patterns that no longer serve you or simply wanting a deeper internal experience of moving with ease and grace, this work can be of benefit.  Somatic Techniques vary greatly and may focus on promoting body-awareness, mindfulness practices, assessing and improving posture, working with the breath, movement, or having integrative conversations.

For more information email Kate directly at opendoorwrj@gmail.com
Small group classes begin in the Fall. Individual sessions can be arranged through emailing Kate.


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Introducing Our Newest Members....

Mason Stabler
Director of Community Acupuncture at Open Door

Mason’s interest in Chinese medicine began at Kenyon College where he received his bachelor’s degree in biology. He then completed his Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with honors from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. After graduating, Mason traveled to Chanaute, Nepal where he ran a rural health clinic, treating 20-40 patients per day for four months. Mason is a dedicated advocate for the therapeutic power of Chinese medicine and believes strongly in the benefits of integrative care. Currently, Mason is a Doctoral Fellow at PCOM and soon to be a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. In his practice, Mason uses moxibustion and nutritional counseling alongside acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, to provide the most effective and individualized care possible for each of his patients.

Stefan Grace
Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Stefan practices a lineage of Chinese medicine that combines tuina (Chinese medical massage), Craniosacral therapy, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs. He has been training in this lineage of medicine for over ten years, through his affiliation with the North American Tang Shou Tao Association. He is a graduate of the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. His time in school was focused on the clinical application of classical Chinese herbal formulas. Stefan has almost twenty years experience in the Chinese internal martial arts, training baguazhang, xingyiquan, and taijiquan as medicine for both himself and his patients. He utilizes a variety of modalities during the course of treatment to take full advantage of the breadth and flexibility of traditional Chinese medicine.

For more information about Mason or Stefan or to schedule a session, visit Open Door's website.


New Offerings!
Workshops

Stress Lab: Open Door has created a simple 6-week curriculum to examine the nature of stress and to learn strategies to minimize its impact. Tuesdays  9/19- 11/14 from 6-8pm

White Awake: Looking deeply at ourselves through the lens of mindfulness with Melissa Laverack. Mondays 9/18-10/23 from 6-8pm.

Cultivating Happiness through Mindfulness Practice and Play: with Landon Hall. Mondays 10/30-11/20 5:30-7:15pm

Martial Arts

Tai Chi with Paul Mahoney. Fridays from 10-11am

Baguazhang with Stefan Grace. Tuesdays from 12-1:15pm


ABOUT US
At Open Door, we offer clients the tools to achieve vibrant health and well-being and to be self reliant and resilient. We take a fresh approach to healthcare that encourages the use of preventative practices and collaboration between client and providers. We work with clients in private sessions and group classes in our studio. We also bring our wellness services to the workplace and out to the community. Learn more>

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