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NEW Martial Arts as Therapy Class

This class will focus on developing strong, grounded, integrated movement with combative applications. Solo and partner exercises drawn from a variety of martial arts will be used to explore key principles such as stability versus mobility, maintaining sound posture, generating power from the core, and exerting force along one's centerline. We will work on maintaining awareness and mobility under pressure, practice falling safely and moving on the ground, and train in striking, blocking and grappling techniques.

  • The class will attend to the mental/emotional aspects of combative practice as well as physical tactics.

  • The pace and intensity of the class will be set by participants' needs. No previous martial arts or boxing experience is required, but those with experience can build on what they know.

  • The class will not be primarily strength training or conditioning, but come expecting to sweat and to have some sore muscles. 

New series begins this FALL (Men & Women 15 and up)

Please contact Michael with questions, for rate information or

to express your intention to participate.

Benefits of training include:

• A reduced sense of powerlessness resulting from the experience of a trauma.

• Experiencing a healthy channel for aggression, as opposed to acting out or inwardly self-directing aggression (i.e., cutting) 

• A reduction of the chronic physiological arousal which is common in trauma survivors.

• Increased sense of achievement and bolstered self-esteem and self-efficacy.

• Enhanced groundedness and body awareness as dissociation is countered through the promotion of engagement with bodily sensations.

• Allowing for 'present moment experience' and sensation to be simply sensation rather than a trigger for a cascade of associated memory.

• Assertiveness skills are developed through powerful postures and movements (as well as sound body mechanics) from the outside in—in a "fake it 'til you make it" process.

• The context provides for recovering the ability to sense, assess and respond to danger, which is sometimes inhibited in trauma survivors.

  • "Frozen" energy derived from unexpressed survival impulses may be released.