Jenn Hicks

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Move IT Apprenticeship

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Nia

 

I’m 3 weeks into my 12 week Move IT Apprenticeship and am so enjoying it! I’m still a little shocked that Interval Training could be so body-friendly and fun!

Move IT is appealing to my love of physical challenge and is pushing me to learn and expand my somatic (body) knowledge. The bonus? Getting to know my body, mind, emotions and spirit better!

I’m learning about the benefits of interval training in terms of healthy aging. New research is showing that interval training (short bouts of intense activity) has positive effects on cellular metabolism which helps build energy and muscle. Exciting, right?! You can read more about that here.

Part of the apprenticeship is learning about anatomy through this gem of a resource – The Anatomy Colouring Book by Wynn Kapit. Seeing the bones and layers of muscles in colour makes me feel like I’m looking at works of art! I feel a sense of awe thinking about how magnificent our bodies are and am so grateful that Nia and Move IT respect the sacredness of that.

Learning about Anatomy
Here’s a video of me after having practiced a Move IT session – I like to Move IT, Move IT!

After a Move IT training session, I feel so strong, relaxed and invigorated! I have this “cleansed” and energized feeling that is so so satisfying. 

The EXCITEMENT I feel after a Move IT Practice Session from jennifer hicks on Vimeo.

I have some preliminary plans in place for a Move IT class to begin this summer at U of T (Thursdays at 12:10pm) and am working towards bringing this special program elsewhere.

I hope you’ll join me!

Self-Healing: Visualization and Self Talk

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

 

 

This past week self healing has been on my mind. I have been living with this terrible flu/cold combo that’s been going around.

When I mentioned it on Twitter, my pal Larry spoke about “self talk” and “visualization”.
I was happily surprised and shared that I have been using visualization for as long as I can remember when it comes to being sick. I’ve been using it for self healing, well before I even had a name for it or understood it as a concept.

Self Healing

There’s a striking memory I have of being at my first (memory of a) home – 19** Victoria Park Ave. I was maybe 3 or 4 year old and in my room. The room with the pink-striped wallpaper splattered with giant (and frankly terrifying) Holly Hobby dolls.  (But that’s another story).  It was lights out and I was lying in bed waiting for sleep. My right arm, which I had cut in the playground earlier, began to throb. I knew what that meant. Instinctively, I knew that the pulsating, rhythmic beat was the sensation of healing. And I knew that if I concentrated I could amplify the healing.  And so I did. The throbbing increased, and I could *feel* healing happening.

No one taught me this. It just seemed obvious.

I vividly remember being in the bathtub at ** Santamonica Blvd, my 2nd home. The memory is so detailed that I can tell you that the bathtub was oriented in the east- west direction and I was facing east. I was probably 7 0r 8 years old. I had been sent home from school with lice. My mom must have been taking a break from combing out my hair, and I remember “speaking” to the little critters in my mind, telling them that we (my body and I) were ready to bid them adieu.

Reiki is part of Self Healing

Same, too, happened this past week. My immune system and I tag teamed and worked to restore health. It makes good sense that Reiki came into my life when it did as it gave me a way to harness life force energy as a healing tool.

Language and Self Healing

Something *REALLY* powerful I’ve learned about self healing from Nia is about the language I can use to move towards healing – I catch myself saying “I’m suffering from this terrible ache” when I could be saying “I’m healing from this terrible ache”.  Language matters, and I’ve learned the importance of giving positive, and healing, messages to my body.

What’s your experience with self healing?