Ancient wisdom combines with modern neuroscience, meditation and Filipino sticks to create a cutting edge, healing experience
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
—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.
Dan Goleman explains in this short clip.
It seems too simple to be this powerful. Recovery Martial Arts uses breath awareness on every step.
We all need to reconnect to our "tribe". Ritualized movement with others connects us at our core.
Recovery Martial Arts works on posture in each move. The body aligned in a healthy way sets the student up for resiliency.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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