Jenn Hicks

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Get your hands on these moves!

Friday, July 14th, 2017

The ENTIRE body moves in Nia and MoveIT classes

When people talk about fitness, they usually discuss things like cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and stretching. Not hands and fingers.

In Nia and MoveIT, we talk about all those things and more as being important to one’s overall fitness. One of the many things that distinguishes Nia and MoveIT from other fitness practices is our focus on the ENTIRE body (as well as the mind, emotions and spirit). No muscle or joint is left out of our Nia/MoveIT practice!

Unlike many other practices, we condition not just arms and legs, but also the head, the hands, the fingers and the feet.

Nia moves include hands and fingers

Nia Technique Hand and Finger Movements (Hands)Condition the hands and fingers? Yes!

Why wouldn’t we move the hands and fingers? They are vital to our everyday activity and are the most active part of our upper bodies! Our hands and fingers perform an extraordinary number of fine-motor movements every day so we need to take care of them. We need to move all the complex and intricate parts of the hands and fingers so that our tendons, bones, tissues and nerves remain healthy and allow us to pick up our cup of coffee, wash dishes, write, type and so much more.

Benefits of hand and finger moves

In fact, the flexibility, agility, mobility, strength and stability of the hands and fingers are so important that we have 7 different hand moves and 8 different finger moves in Nia/MoveIT! By using these moves we not only keep the hands and fingers healthy, but we also get these benefits:

  • increases brain activity
  • challenges the vestibular system
  • keeps the wrist joint mobileNia Technique Hand and Finger Movements (Hands)
  • builds strength in the arms and shoulders
  • integrates upper and lower body
  • helps develop greater body awareness
  • allows us to creatively express ourselves
  • moves tension away from the neck and shoulders and away from the hands
  • releases stress
  • helps develop quick reactions

Here are some “handy” videos of the moves

Keep on moving your whole body and practice the Nia/MoveIT hand and finger techniques with Laurie Bass, Nia Technique Trainer!

Coming Soon: Nia Move IT classes

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Nia Move IT classes

I’m cooking up something NEW in my Nia class offerings!

A few weekends back, I had a privilege of studying with Kelle Rae Oien, a Nia trainer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Here’s a short video of some of our classes:

 

That weekend was INCREDIBLY energizing for me.
We studied Nia’s 52 Moves and how to use them to create an interval training experience – a new class format called Move IT.
(You can read the technical description of Move IT here).

After the training, we had the option to continue studying via an apprenticeship program.

Based on the conditioning and enlivening fitness feeling I got, I decided to go for it!

 

Nia Move I.T.

 

 

Why I want to teach Move IT

  • It’s such a FUN interval training experience that feels like dancing with a twist!
  • I feel FRACKING FANTASTIC after a Move IT class
  • I want anaerobic conditioning (which will give me energy and optimize my aging process)
  • I want to train my reflexive muscular skills (the ability to move/react without thinking)
  • I want the challenge of doing something different
  • I don’t want to get injured – I want to continue to respect the body’s way (my body ‘s wayand this is the ONLY interval training program that will do that.

 

Stay tuned for Move IT classes starting in the coming months!