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Mama Self-Care and Massage Workshop: Connecting Intentionally with Your Body and Your Partner

BEST BIRTH, 3410 CAMPBELL AVE

Connect with yourself and your partner through the practice of gentle, intentional and nourishing touch! In the first half of the class, pregnant moms will learn unique, easy self-care movements designed to help ease the discomforts of pregnancy.

During the second half, partners will learn gentle ways to touch and connect with each other during pregnancy and beyond. Partners will learn ways to effectively soothe pregnant mamas with their intentional touch and gain tools to enhance the time they have together before baby arrives. Gain practical tools to connect with each other at this special time, and to alleviate pain and discomfort mindfully as a team!

Each class will address individual questions and concerns in an intimate group setting. Classes are limited to 4 couples! Bring a towel/mat to lie down on and 2 pillows.

$40/couple (Private sessions also available!) To register for the class, contact Vivian at (808)282-0053 — feel free to text!

CULTIVATINGPOSSIBILITIES@GMAIL.COM

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Vivian Best is a Feldenkrais Practitioner with certification in lomilomi massage. The Feldenkrais Method has given her relief from pain, and has helped her to empower others to take better care of themselves. Lomilomi has taught her to connect from the heart. She teaches self- aware self-care, and her compassionate guidance has helped instill a sense of pleasure in movement, and bring vitality and ease to her clients.

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Mindful Movement For Moms Class

MINDFUL MOVEMENT FOR MOMS

DECEMBER 6 from 3-4:30PM

BEST BIRTH, 3410 CAMPBELL AVE

In this self-care class, you’ll learn unique, gentle movements designed to help you to accept and love your body, during pregnancy and beyond. Let go of the pain and strain of motherhood and re-connect with yourself through gentle and nourishing movement! Learn ways to make some time for YOU postpartum, and learn to use and move your body in a more intelligent, effective and efficient way! Gain practical tools to alleviate pain and discomfort mindfully! Each class will address individual questions and concerns in an intimate group setting.

Classes are limited to 5 moms! Bring a towel/mat to lie down on. $20/class (Individual sessions also available.)

Contact Vivian at (808)282-0053 — feel free to text! CULTIVATINGPOSSIBILITIES@GMAIL.COM

Vivian Best is a Feldenkrais Practitioner. The Feldenkrais Method has given her relief from pain, and has helped her to empower others to take better care of themselves. She teaches self-aware self-care, and her compassionate guidance has helped instill a sense of pleasure in movement, and bring vitality and ease to her clients.

Awareness Through Movement Classes

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Origami Workshop at MOA Wellness!

Exploring Modular Origami —Friday June 3 from 10:30am-12pm

At MOA Wellness ‘Ohana Room (600 Queen Street, Suite C2).

Cost: $20/person, $30/ for 2, if you sign up with a friend or family member!

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Paper folding can be fun and relaxing, and more and more care providers and researchers have found that it can also help to develop and enhance fine motor skills! Through the repetition of basic folding patterns, fine motor skills are developed through handling and manipulating paper. Modular origami uses multiple sheets of paper to create larger and more complex structures than would be possible using single-piece origami techniques. In modular origami, each individual sheet of paper is folded into a module, or unit, and then modules are assembled. This class gives students an opportunity to make multiple projects that they select themselves. We will develop and expand visual-spatial and fine motor skills, as well as build confidence to work on increasingly challenging self-selected projects.

Open to all ages! Bring a friend/child/grandchild!

No prior experience necessary, but I strongly recommend that students be at least 5 years of age because it is a shared class environment and it is important that each folder can listen to and follow directions!

Adults accompanying children under the age of 8 can join the class for free so that they may learn the basic folds so that they can help their children at home.

Spaces are limited!  Please pre-register!

Taught by Vivian Best who loves working with students of all ages to explore creative possibilities! Questions? To register, call Vivian at 282-0053 or email her at cultivatingpossibilities@gmail.com

 

Back Pain and Beyond!

In 2005, I was in my twenties, living in Makiki and there was a heavy downpour in the middle of the night.  I awoke to the splashing of raindrops on my bed, jumped out of bed to close the windows, and proceeded to fall to the ground having thrown out my back.  If you have never felt paralyzed by sharp pain that prevents you from wanting to move a muscle, consider yourself blessed.  I had been having muscle spasms like this in my back since I was going through puberty at 10 years old.

Over the years, I had depended on acupuncture and massage to bring me relief from my pain.  I would surrender my body to the hands of a skilled practitioner in the hopes that the pain would leave and perhaps decide to stay away.  Going to a Feldenkrais practitioner helped me to find some gentle movements that eventually helped me to relax the muscles that had gone into spasm, and helped me to develop an awareness of what the warning signs might be in my body before I headed toward discomfort and pain.  The Feldenkrais Method empowered me to notice what I was sensing and feeling in my body, and to use movement as a cure for my pain.  It inspired me to become a practitioner to help others.

I’ve never been interested in painkillers that dull sensation because I know that pain is present for a reason, and don’t want to act as if there isn’t a source of discomfort, which may aggravate the discomfort.  I wanted the pain to stop and I wanted relief as soon as possible, but the more times I found myself urgently calling an acupuncturist or massage therapist for an appointment, the more I realized that I wanted to feel more control over my body and have a better understanding of my options.

The Feldenkrais Method wasn’t a quick fix, but it has helped me to be curious and playful when it comes to looking at the process of healing the pain in my back.  I am more apt to look for the smallest movements that I can do without discomfort, and to build from there.  I look for places that feel less willing to participate in movement, and the places where there is ease so that I can focus on comfort and not just on pain.  I have learned many lessons in my own body that I have been able to teach others on their paths to better self-care, and though my Awareness Through Movement classes focus on a broad range of movements that change week-to-week, the lessons I focus on are the ones that have brought me the most comfort and joy in the many years that I have been practicing the Feldenkrais Method.

I encourage you to come and try a class. The class is not an exercise class, though it will enhance any exercise that you do.  I fell in love with the Feldenkrais Method because it made movement easier, in an almost effortless way!  Classes are slow, gentle movement sequences focused on everyday functions like sitting, standing, walking, and squatting comfortably.  There’s no need to look like anyone else, or to do the lessons like everyone else.  Each person has a chance to discover the wonders of their own movement through their own body.  There is laughter and lightness of spirit, there is comfort and restfulness.  There are opportunities to ask questions of me, as a practitioner, as well as introspective moments where you can just focus on what you feel, sense, think, and believe.

I am teaching in the Synchronicity Wave Room at the Wellness Center three times a week.  Mondays and Thursdays at 6pm, and a 10:30am class on Wednesdays.  Feedback from the classes has been positive, and participants have commented that they feel more connected to their bodies, peaceful, relaxed, and energized by their experiences.

“Are you sleeping enough?”

When I first started taking Awareness Through Movement classes, I fell asleep before the end of every lesson.  It was embarrassing, since in many of my first classes I was one of only a few people taking the class.  I struggled to stay awake, to give my movements the quality of attention that I knew I was capable of, to get my money’s worth for the instruction I had paid in advance for.  I struggled to catch up when I missed directions, glanced over my shoulders at the other people on the floor, and listened intently for clues in my teacher’s voice, hoping to jump back into the lesson successfully.

So, why did I keep paying for these experiences that put me to sleep?

My inner voices were never kind when I’d fall asleep, but I’d get up off the floor at the end of class feeling somewhat guilty, and would notice that I sensed changes.  There would be length where there hadn’t been, release where there had been tension, a sense of ease that I couldn’t explain, and my posture felt different.  Sometimes I’d feel taller or shorter, heavier or lighter…I’d get up wanting to turn, wanting to dance, wanting to curl back up and sleep, wanting to laugh and roll around some more.  I arose peacefully and more awake to the sensations in my body, even as my mind struggled to understand what had happened.

It’s okay to fall asleep in class.  But more importantly for me, it’s okay to catch up when I’m ready.  I am an achiever, and I’ve often pushed myself to do things that I wasn’t ready for.  I’m not sure why it was so important to me to jump through hoops more quickly, to rush through things so that I could check them off, to not take the time to gather what I needed, to sense the incremental learning needed to get where I wanted to go.  Those dashes to the finish line left me unsatisfied, left me empty and afraid that others would see through the façade, and realize how meaningless my list of accomplishments really was.

I realized in those quiet moments on the floor that it’s okay to listen to what my body was asking for, and to spend some time allowing it to rest, to restore itself.  I learned that it was okay to breathe and just listen to instructions, before rushing to accomplish the task presented.  It was okay to visualize the process, and not move a muscle.  I was learning to take my time, to explore subtleties in my initiation and motivation, every week I was being invited to be less goal-oriented and more present.

I hope that today you’ll pause when something is uncomfortable, rest before you need to and will allow others to see you doing something you love.   I’d be delighted to have you join me for class one day, and perhaps to wake you up with a loving nudge! =)