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!

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!

Here’s what Lorella had to say about her first Move IT experience!

Lorella loves Move IT! from jennifer hicks on Vimeo.