CLASSES ON HOLD! Recovery Martial Arts

CLASSES ON HOLD! Recovery Martial Arts

CLASSES ON HOLD! Recovery Martial ArtsCLASSES ON HOLD! Recovery Martial ArtsCLASSES ON HOLD! Recovery Martial Arts

Ancient wisdom combines with modern neuroscience, meditation and Filipino sticks to create a cutting edge, healing experience

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  • Designed to help participants heal and reduce stress from life's challenges such as trauma,  addiction, grief, anxiety, compassion exhaustion.  Many in the helping profession find the class deeply refreshing.  
  • Meditative movements with breath awareness helps calm the mind and body
  • Traditional Martial Arts movements empower participants to feel safe
  • Vibrations from stick exercises help produce a feeling of deep wellness by increasing Alpha waves
  • Meditations taught in class help with controlling anxiety, enhancing self-awareness, generating kindness, as well as promoting emotional wellness.
  • Helps build physical momentum forward by getting the body into action and awakens warrior spirit
  • Self esteem is built as participants regain balance 


 Bessel van de Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score says that "martial arts may be one of the best treatments for traumatic stress." 

Still Harbor Interview - November 18, 2015

am I up for a class like this? yes!

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What is class like ?

—STRETCHING WITH BREATH  - Reawaken and open the body with long out breaths confirming a feeling of safety. 

—TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS FORMS  -Think yoga, but all done standing up  without the intricate floor poses.  Breath helps calm the body whole movements awaken one’s inner warrior.

—FILIPINO STICKS -  Cooperative drills done with foam sticks to start, Rattan for the confident, enhance coordination and focus while providing bi-lateral stimulation to the brain.   Those vibrations are so healing.  The exercises are mesmerizing.  Students love this part of class.

--BASIC SELF DEFENSE - Done in a trauma informed way to reinforce to the body, patterns that help the body to feel safe.  Self defense tips incorporated throughout.

HEART PRACTICE MEDITATION - Rewire the Brain to Happiness  ends the class.

MUSIC TOO!

A little bit of the science

Heart Practice Meditation - Rewiring The Brain Towards Happiness

Heart Practice Meditation - Rewiring The Brain Towards Happiness

Heart Practice Meditation - Rewiring The Brain Towards Happiness

Soothing Breath - One Sure Way to Calm the System

Heart Practice Meditation - Rewiring The Brain Towards Happiness

Heart Practice Meditation - Rewiring The Brain Towards Happiness

It seems too simple to be this powerful.   Recovery Martial Arts uses breath awareness on every step. 


https://time.com/4718723/deep-breathing-meditation-calm-anxiety/

You Gotta Connect to be Happy

Heart Practice Meditation - Rewiring The Brain Towards Happiness

How a Slinky Can Help Us to Understand Trauma

 We all need to reconnect to our "tribe".  Ritualized movement with others connects us at our core.


https://bigthink.com/videos/johann-hari-the-best-treatment-for-depression-lies-in-our-evolutionary-history

How a Slinky Can Help Us to Understand Trauma

How a Slinky Can Help Us to Understand Trauma

How a Slinky Can Help Us to Understand Trauma

Posture - Yes Your Mother Was Right

How a Slinky Can Help Us to Understand Trauma

Your Brain on Drums - Feel the Vibration

 Recovery Martial Arts works on posture in each move.  The body aligned in a healthy way sets the student up for resiliency.


https://www.nicabm.com/trauma-the-surprising-connection-between-posture-and-resilience/


Your Brain on Drums - Feel the Vibration

How a Slinky Can Help Us to Understand Trauma

Your Brain on Drums - Feel the Vibration

Filipino Sticks are used later in training and  is often  students favorite part of class.  These sticks. similar to drumming can change brain waves from beta to alpha.  Mesmerizing and oh, so fun! 

https://www.learnreligions.com/drum-therapy-1729574

typical curiosities

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Do I need to be in shape?

No, not at all.  Recovery Martial Art is designed to be accessible to all levels of fitness.  This in not an exercise class, but instead a movement class with cool activities designed to calm the body and feel connected  to others without having to be too social.  This is a great class to start reconnecting to your body in a healthy way or extending your already achieved fitness level .  Adult classes welcomes everyone over the age of 13.  If you have any worry that the class might not be appropriate for you due to a particular physical challenge, please get in touch.  We will find a way for you to participate in RMA.  

Is there contact? Will I be fighting?

No, this program is designed for students to learn personal empowerment and safety through cooperative exercises.  Yes, you will learn   some self defense  and empowering moves along the way, but in a cooperative and safe setting.  Everyone in class is encouraged to participate in a way that feels safe for them.

Wait, What? You use Filipino fighting sticks?

The program has taken warm up drills from traditional Filipino Escrima Martial Arts systems and translated them to be cooperative partner exercises.   These drills are often students favorite part of class.  The sound, the vibrations and the movements are compelling, soothing, invigorating and often produce  a real sense of well being and accomplishment quite quickly.  Think of ballroom dancing, but with warrior attitude.   It experiential  -  you have to feel it to believe it.   The program is trying to prove that you can increase your wellness and still have fun.  

What do I wear?

Just wear anything comfortable.   Typically martial arts is done bare footed, but if you prefer, wear some comfortable socks.  Classes are designed to be a totally shame free experience. Seriously, haven't we all had too much of that?

Which Class or classes should i sign up for?

TRY STICKS 6:15 - 6:45 CLASSES SUSPENDED, As soon as it is safe, we will be back!

This half hour class is for the beginner who wants to try working with the sticks and who have had 3 or less stick classes (this includes Recovery Martial Arts)  There will be a warm up and then a simple pattern  is taught.   After, you will practice with others in the class.  You can do this class alone or, also take Recovery Martial Arts class.

RECOVERY MARTIAL ARTS 7:00 - 800

This class has many segments all designed to both soothe and empower the body.  There is traditional meditation,  moving meditation with long out breaths to calm body by activating the parasympathetic nervous system,  The class often incorporates a practical self defense move and Filipino sticks.  The class ends with a heart practice meditation.  You can take this class alone or also sign up for an additional stick class.  People often enjoy more stick work! 

DO STICKS 8:00 - 8:30

This is for students who have had more than 3 classes so it is a little more advanced,  You can take this class alone, or sign up for Recovery Martial Arts as well.  There is a warm up, a pattern taught and then you spend the rest of the time practicing with others.

About Us

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Mara Giovanni has a Masters Degree in Social work from Columbia University and is a Graduate of the Institute of Life Coach Training.  She has a 3rd degree Black Belt in Soo Bahk Do and has been teaching and competing nationally in Martial Arts for over 25 years.  She has been sober for 8 years through active participation in a 12 step program and a daily mindfulness practice.  Mara studies at Wild Heart Meditation Center where she also creates and facilitates groups

Contact Us

Private Lessons Available - Price Variable Depanding on Class Size and Distance

If you have questions about the program, please get in touch.

Recovery Martial Arts

1011 Fatherland ST

Kali Yuga Yoga (615) 419-6009 recoverymartialarts.com

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