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.
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
Table + Tonic, our Farm to Table restaurant, is celebrating one year in business. We invite you to help us celebrate on Monday, June 17th from 5:00-8:00 PM. Stop by and enjoy free samplings of our summer menu; featuring food and garden to glass cocktails from our own Mountain Flower Farm. Join us on the deck in celebration of our first year in business with friends, food, music, & drinks.
As of June 1st, we have a new summer schedule, which you can find HERE. Please welcome our newest instructor, Sam Derrenbacher, who will be teaching Dynamic Hatha Yoga on Wednesdays at 10:00-11:15 AM
Sam has her RYT 200 certification, and is certified in Aerial yoga and Reiki Level One
A little bit about Sam:
Every day I practice yoga, I simply feel better. I dream of bringing yoga into the lives of everyone so that everyone can simply feel better – both in mind and body. I believe that yoga can fit into any moment in life and is excited and humbled to be able to share my passion with others.
My mom took me to my first yoga class when I was a freshman in high school and I have grown so much over the past 15 years because of my practice. I began my journey to become a yoga teacher in the winter of 2018 at Heartwood Retreat Center in Bradenton, Florida. The program had a wonderful blend of the many types of yoga methods, yoga philosophy, anatomy, and culture and I was surrounded by a wonderful group of mentors. I am certified RYT 200, Aerial yoga and Reiki Level One and am expanding my experiences and education in yin, meditation, herbal wellness and essential oils.
I developed my dynamic hatha yoga class to create a beautiful blend of many styles of yoga to increase flexibility and core strength. Each class will be centered around a fun and educational theme and challenge both beginners and regulars. I am excited to share this class with you all and hope you are able to join me!
I love to adventure and use the physical and mental aspects I have learned in yoga to build my strength for all my adventures. My favorite activities include skiing the backcountry, climbing the local crag, biking natural trails, paddling every river, and researching a small, endangered butterfly that lives in the alpine zone of the White Mountains. A passion of mine is to blend my adventurous spirit with taking care of myself – from yoga to meditation to my homemade skin care products.
Meet & Greet with Marianne Williamson
Join us on April 16th, at 2:45 PM at The Local Grocer for a Meet & Greet with Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson.
SPRING YOGA SPECIALS
MARCH: Present your completed 10 punch card in the café & receive a free smoothie. $5 Yoga with Chellsey!
APRIL: $5 drop-in for any weekly class for all Memorial Hospital employees. Present badge or pay stub
MAY: Yoga Special: Buy 3 months of unlimited yoga and receive $25 Table & Tonic gift certificate
Yoga Pose of The Month with Yoga Coordinator Sarah Davidson!
NOVEMBER: Down Dog with revolved twists (Adoh Mukha Svanasana)
Start with knees on the mat and maintain 6 inches of space between knees and feet, which is the length of two fists. Support your spine by placing your hands on the back of your hips with fingers pointing down. Keep elbows drawing in towards one another and let the shoulders roll back. Inhale while lifting your chest, and exhale while dropping your head back and arching the torso further back. Keep the chest lifted throughout the pose to minimize compression in the lower back. Ensure that hips are forward and lined up above the knees then bring your right hand down to grab the right heel and left hand down to grab the left heel; Put thumbs on outside of feet and place fingers on soles. Maintain a tight grip on feet so you can push hips forward. If hips collapse back and you sink into the spine as you grab heels, continue to keep your hands on hips and keep lifting the chest. Keep arching spine back and work hips forward while lengthening tailbone down toward the floor. Continue lifting chest to ensure that body weight hasn’t sunk back into heels and hands. To come out of this posture, bring your right hand to your right hip, and then bring left hand to the left hip. Press knees down and use abdominal strength to lift and straighten up the spine. Hold this pose for 8 breaths.