Are you looking to maintain your practice while at home? While the studio remains closed, we are offering a few online classes via Zoom for you to participate in. All classes are FREE and open to all levels. Our virtual yoga classes are Ashtanga based and led by Dana. For more information, visit our Instagram page to see his latest posts and click on the Zoom links at the time of the class. Be well!
In-person reiki sessions have resumed and are following guidelines provided by the Governor’s Economic Re-opening Taskforce. Please visit tonyashealinghands.com for more information or Contact Tonya via text or phone at (603) 307-0205
We are excited to announce that our Tuesday night meditation group has returned to Be Well Studios. We will be meeting in the larger downstairs event space and following social distancing and safety guidelines. Leah looks forward to seeing everyone again and invites anyone curious about mediation to join. We feel it is especially important during this time to be offering meditation to the community. We hope to see you there! The cost to attend class is $10.
Come celebrate the winter solstice with The Local Grocer & Be Well Studios. This day will be filled with fun & wellness for you to enjoy prior to the chaos of the holiday. Pop in to do some last minute shopping, enjoy some refreshments, chat with some of our practitioners, and even sneak in a FREE yoga class, meditation, or oracle card reading. We will be on hand to help with those last minute gift ideas, and even have some AMAZING in store promos.
Featuring: Evan Healy Skincare – Barleans CBD – Aqua Vitea Kombucha- Dellie Bars – Wine Sampling From Fortune Wines
FREE Yoga at 1:00 P.M. with Erin Bonneau – a 75 minute grounding practice with body tune-in, warm up, gentle flow, extended savasana.
FREE Yoga at 3:00 P.M. with Chelsey Latham – a 75 minute energetic practice with warm up, vinyasa flow, cool down, and savasana.
*Free services are first come first served, please. We would hate to have to turn anyone away, so please come early for your class to ensure you have space.
Discounts & demos from some of our wellness practitioners Hannah – 50% off abdominal massage cert
FREE oracle card readings from 1 – 4 P.M.
FREE guided meditation from 4 -5 P.M.
In Store Promo: Spend $100 and receive a gift certificate ($20) to Table + Tonic- includes gift cards and yoga cards – a great way to give gifts.
With our new winter schedule having started up on December 1st, we are welcoming Erin Bonneau to the Be Well Team. Erin teaches Core & Balance Yoga on Fridays at Ten A.M.
“I have been consistently practicing yoga since 2016 and I enjoy the deep sense of calm I find on the mat. I completed my yoga teacher training program in March of 2018, receiving my RYT 200 from Katie O’Connell at Dragonfly Yoga Barn, Studio & Retreat. Yoga teacher training provided me with a safe space to deepen my understanding of myself and develop a skill set to calmly navigate through the rough waves life can throw in your path. Yoga has challenged my mind and body to cultivate strength, flexibility, and acceptance and I look forward to being a lifelong student of yoga. I practice Ashtanga for the strength and discipline the practice brings to my life. I enjoy teaching vinyasa for the creative freedom of sequencing a class that I can explore with students. As a teacher, my goal is to create a safe space within the classroom for students to explore the mind-body connection and develop strength and flexibility with a sense of steadiness and ease.”
Core & Balance Yoga – Fridays at Ten
Core and Balance Yoga Flow will strive to improve your balance, strength, and stability within the mind and the body. We will begin by grounding and tuning into the body followed by warming the body through a series of postures focusing on igniting our inner fire and developing core strength. Once the body is warm and the core activated, flow through a sequence of balancing postures that will challenge you to improve your coordination, strength, stability, and concentration. The class will end with an extended savasana to absorb the benefits of the practice. Modifications offered as well as progression when you feel ready to advance and improve your practice.
Access consciousness – So, what is running the bars?
This has been an exciting month at Be Well Studios. Not only have we welcomed Hannah Neumann of Meadowsweet Midwifery, but we also now welcome Kelly Raji Simpson, healer, body worker, Access Consciousness practitioner, and overall awesome human. Kelly is now practicing at Be Well Studios, and offers a specialty you might not have ever heard of; running the bars. So what is running the bars?
When I heard about Access Consciousness and running the bars, I had NO idea what to expect. I sat down with Kelly and was pretty excited with my experience. According to Access Consciousness, Access Bars® has “assisted thousands of people to change many aspects of their lives. People report better health, ease of sleep, weight loss, better sex and relationships, relief from anxiety, less stress and so much more.”
Here is what to expect: similar to Reiki, you will lay on the practitioner’s table in a quiet environment. I recommend keeping an open mind and just observing what you may feel throughout the process. Your practitioner will gently touch 32 unique points on the head that correlate to different areas and aspects of life. This process is meant to release the electromagnetic charge of all thoughts, ideas, attitudes, decisions, and beliefs that may have limited you in the concerned life areas.
Here is what it what like for me: Throughout this process I felt increasingly relaxed. I also felt different things when touch was applied to different parts (bars) of my head. There were times where I felt like some sort of energy was moving between touch points (hence “running the bars.”) There were times I felt a sensation of warmth, and there were times when I felt nothing at all. I later learned that this feeling of warmth could be attributed to the release of built up energy in a particular bar.
While my session with Kelly was brief, I left feeling newly energized, relaxed, and just generally optimistic and open to whatever the day would present to me. Will this be your experience? I honestly have no idea – but i do know that healing work is AWESOME and there’s certainly no harm in trying something new in life. Who knows? You might learn something new about yourself!
Access Consciousness – Running The Bars
We are so excited to announce that Hannah Neumann will be joining the Be Well practitioners as a midwife and Arvigo® Therapist.
As a certified midwife, Hannah offers prenatal care, home birth services, postpartum care, and well body care. Her services are based on the Midwifery Model of Care™ which involves monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of mother and baby throughout the childbearing year. Care with midwives is both nurturing and highly skilled, rooted in physiologic birth. Healthy, physiologic birth means allowing your body to go through labor under its own innate power, eliminating unnecessary interventions.
Did you know that you don’t need to be pregnant to seek the care of a Midwife? Midwives are skilled to provide primary gynecological care for women at varying stages throughout life. Their knowledge and understanding of the physiologic, emotional and social factors that contribute to our health provide a unique, proactive model of health care. Appointments typically last 60-90 minutes and involve a thorough review of your health history, complete physical and gynecological exam, testing and lab work, recommendations for treatment, and referrals as needed.
In addition to her midwifery practice, Hannah is also an Arvigo Therapist.
The Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy are founded on the ancient Maya technique of abdominal massage. This technique is performed through gentle, non-invasive external massage of the abdomen, low back and sacrum.
Arvigo® Therapy is best known for addressing misalignment, congestion, and tension within the abdominal region. The technique works to alleviate tissue congestion and organ constriction, resulting in improvement in the flow of energy, blood, lymph and nerves within the body. This therapy also works to release emotional tension held within the abdomen, and supports our innate ability to return to a state of homeostasis.
Hannah graduated from Bellarmine University in 2012 with a BA in Psychology, and from Birthwise Midwifery School in June of 2018.
Hannah resides in the Mt. Washington Valley, where she lives a full and active life farming and adventuring in the mountains.
Want to learn more?
David Powell MAT-Certified Specialist explains via an excerpt from Eric C. Stevens…..
Eric C. Stevens – Coach
Denver, Colorado, United States
Martial Arts, Sport Psychology, Boxing
As I sat down on the therapy training table to get to work with my Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) specialist, Ian, I asked him point blank, “Is it true the reason Peyton Manning plays in Denver is in large part that his MAT specialist, founder Greg Roskopf, is based in Denver?”
“Where did you hear that?” Ian asked raising an eyebrow. “Actually, it is true,” he responded easing the mood. It really isn’t earth-shattering news anymore. In fact, it was well documented in a recent Sports Illustrated article. Peyton Manning, unquestionably one of the top five quarterbacks to ever play football, swears by MAT helping him resurrect his career and allowing him to continue to play at the highest level.
In the Sports Illustrated piece, Manning stated, “The greatest investment you can make, is in your body.” Manning, while playing for the Colts, would regularly fly Roskopf to Indianapolis to work on him.
Now, Manning saves on the airfare. Former Broncos safety John Lynch, also mentioned in the article, also swears by MAT and referred to it as having helped him to “reboot” the connection in his body. In essence, that is what Muscle Activation Techniques is – reestablishing the proper neuromuscular function in our bodies by getting our muscles to fire properly again. It should be noted that some people mistakenly refer to it as Muscle Activation Therapy. Therapy has a different goal though – range of motion (ROM). When our bodies are chronically injured or declining, the bodies’ way of protecting itself is to tighten. We see this any time we are in danger.
My specialist, Ian, used the analogy of a stable tent structure with four straight rods versus one with three good rods and a broken one. He also pointed out that MAT isn’t as much therapy but instead more akin to actually exercising – that is, getting muscles to fire and work correctly.MAT’s premise is that the therapist does a multi-point inspection of checks and balances of sorts. Push against this and pull against this. The practitioner is able to check his or her work. Checking the left side against the right and the pull against the push. It’s almost as if to remind the brain, “Hey, use this one. Remember me?’
So, taking a page from Peyton Manning and several other colleagues here in Colorado who swear by the MAT results, I hired a practitioner myself. And that’s how I wound up sitting with Ian. We sat down to discuss my issues and the nature of pain.
He said, “Pain is like a check engine light going off in your car. The sooner you address it the better. If you were on a long road trip you wouldn’t wait until you were 200 miles down the road to address that light. The check engine light tends to turn into bigger problems down the road.”
Good advice for sure, and these days I can certainly relate. I’m hoping that since I pulled my vehicle immediately into the shop we can get my engine running optimally again. While I am not a professional quarterback, just a coach and a writer, I have to invest in my body as well. We only get one of them.
After trying a lot of treatments from ice and stim to chiropractic care, I realized I had to move beyond pain management to the root of the problem – my body and muscles aren’t working right and pain tells me so. Pain also moves over time. As our body faces pain, it adjusts to help alleviate the pain and keep us moving forward.
The problem is the root imbalance isn’t necessarily being addressed. To keep us going, our bodies end up overcompensating for the original problem, working overtime and creating further imbalances. The pain may go away, but if we still have that imbalance, some day it will come back to hurt us down the road.
It’s the same with masking pain with drugs. Certainly it’s understandable to do so, but ultimately it’s faulty logic and solves nothing. The root of the problem hasn’t been addressed.
This is the case with my fairly pronounced piriformis syndrome, as the severe discomfort in my glute has caused radiating hamstring pain as well as knee pain. (The piriformis is in red to the right.)
Unfortunately for me, my check engine light has been going off for some weeks now. While I immediately addressed the pain issue, my approach has been to manage the pain and go right after the source without necessarily going beyond it.
However, solving pain in the long run can be more complex and can often be a riddle of sorts. There are lifestyle variables to consider such as stress, sleep, nutrition, and our emotional make-up. There are performance issues to analyze and we have to look deep within the vehicle itself – the human body.
And a thorough check of the vehicle is what Ian did. He must have had me perform the same test ten different times. After a full inspection, he then went to work poking and prodding different muscles, getting them to fire, and making that connection again for my brain.
Applying MAT is like putting your body through a course in muscle communication 101. It’s about retraining our neuromuscular system to work properly and harmoniously. So, instead of slamming handfuls of ibuprofen to get through my day, my body now has my full attention and I intend to retrain it, as long as that takes.
There are many that swear by MAT from professional athletes down to us little people. Many claim its benefits are or can be instantaneous. What I can tell you is I was able to see some (although not dramatic) differences immediately, with both my pain and range of motion. I also woke up the next day feeling improved.
My specialist indicated that those with the greatest muscle memory, like athletes, often have the quickest results. He indicated that younger athletes can also see rather dramatic results.
While I didn’t walk out of the office a cured man, I did gain insight and some improvement, as well as a bit of pain relief. In doing such treatments, I feel like I am going in the right direction. MAT makes sense at a fundamental level and works on a premise of science and balance. It’s something worth considering.
- King, Peter “Stretching the Field” Sports Illustrated (November 5, 2012)
Muscle Activation Techniques are available now at Be Well Studios inside The Local Grocer. Invest some of your time to participate in a Free Demonstration so you can see and hear more about what MAT is:
- A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO THE ASSESSMENT AND CORRECTION OF MUSCULAR IMBALANCES, JOINT INSTABILITY, AND LIMITATIONS IN RANGE OF MOTION WITHIN THE HUMAN BODY.
- A NON-INVASIVE TECHNIQUE, DESIGNED TO BALANCE THE MUSCULAR SYSTEM OF PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.
- A UNIQUE SYSTEMATIC FORMAT USED TO “JUMPSTART” THE MUSCLES IN ORDER FOR THEM TO FUNCTION WITH MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY.
Please join me, David Powell MAT-Certified Specialist to a
Save the date
downstairs @ The Local Grocer on
October 7th @ 6:30pm
August 1st- The New Moon
The New Moon Phase occurs when the Moon is completely dark with zero-percent luminosity, while the Full Moon Phase is completely bright with 100-percent luminosity. While today is the day of the New Moon, the exact new moon is really just a split second before illumination starts to occur again.
“The new moon signifies the start of a new cycle. It’s a time to formulate new intentions and reevaluate existing ones. This is a lower energy phase, so get plenty of rest and give your self the space to connect with your true purpose, passion, and mission. Set aside time for meditation, journaling, spending time with nature, and yoga. From these places, you can set intentions which are aligned with your authentic self. When you feel ready, write down your intentions and go through your existing list to make sure they are still valid.” -From the “Moon Calendar” Ap
Currently the moon is in Leo which reminds us to honor and be kind to our heart, chest, spine, and upper back. Consider taking up yoga or pilates or spending a few days getting deeper into your practice if you already do it.
This is likely to be a time where you are surrounded by ideas and new input, which may have an impact on how you perceive and understand the world around you. Your interactions with your local environment and the people you are closest to are also likely to be in focus.
For more information on the various moon phases, click here.
We are excited to officially announce that Dana Deschenes will be the new Be Well Studios Yoga Coordinator, starting this Friday 7/26/19. Dana has been a key yoga instructor with us since our first year…six years in total now! We are psyched to welcome him into this new position and help BWS keep growing, branching out, and moving forward.
In addition to coordinating the yoga schedule, Dana also teaches at Be Well four times a week. Be sure to check out our calendar here for dates and times. From restorative yoga, to easy ashtanga, to energetic ashtanga, Dana brings great talent and energy to the wide variety of classes he offers. For more information on Dana’s background and class descriptions, check out his teacher profile.