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Healthful Living

Telesis Classes Winter/Spring 2015

Enrichment classes which support healthful mind, body, and spirit practices, including meditation, mindfulness, and Feldenkrais Method movements.

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Aromatherapy for Seasonal Change and Detoxification

Better Balance for the Young at Heart

Cultivating New Choices for Joyful and Harmonious Living: Yoga’s Yamas and Niyamas

Dream Interpretation

Ingredients for Happiness: From Discontent to New Beginnings

Mindful Meditation and Awareness: The Keys to Living a Mindful Life

Radical Forgiveness Ceremony

Radical Forgiveness Seven-Step Satori

Reiki Master/Teacher

Resilience Advantage

Reversing Insomnia, Anxiety, and Panic Attacks

Self Learning/ Self Change: Movement as an Instrument for Self-Assessment and Transformation

Tai Chi

Thai Massage for Two: Basics for You and a Partner

TMJ Health and Comfort

Yoga

Zen Morning in Milwaukee

 

 

REIKI MASTER/TEACHER
5 Mondays, January 26, February 9 & 23, March 9 & 23

The Reiki Master/Teacher class is the final level of Reiki training. In this class the student learns the Reiki breathing technique, Reiki Master symbols, and advanced Reiki practice for self and others. The student receives an attunement to the Master level of Reiki from the Reiki Master/Teacher which completes the access to the flow of Reiki energy for the student. Students will learn how to teach all levels of Reiki and attune others to Reiki. Prerequisites: successful completion ofReiki I and Reiki II; students should own a Reiki table.

Instructor: Jeffrey Montoya, Reiki Master/Teacher, BA, MA

THL-625-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 8/$98

 

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TMJ HEALTH AND COMFORT
2 Wednesdays, February 11 & 18

Over 50 million people suffer with pain, tension and dysfunction around the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the hinge that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. Jaw pain, tension, and popping, as well as neck, head, and shoulder pain, are common issues that can result from whiplash, teeth grinding, stress, dislocation, arthritis, and misalignment of the neck. In this workshop, you will learn the primary movements of the jaw and connections between neck and jaw, head and jaw, eyes and jaw, as well as to the spine. You will learn specially designed movements that are part of the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Education, giving you greater range of jaw movement free of restriction and pain.

Instructor: Laura Sebastian, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® and Cranio Sacral Practitioner

THL-605-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 10/$50
NOTE:
You must be able to get on the floor.

 

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DREAM INTERPRETATION
Wednesday, February 25

Dreams can be exciting, frightening, and peculiar. Humans are naturally fascinated with their dreams, and a great deal of study and scholarship has been devoted to better understanding these sleep visions. In this class, we will discuss how to explore and interpret meaning in your own dreams. We will consider: personal meaning (what a dream symbol means to you); context (how a dream symbol appears in the dream); and how to look beyond the obvious (a dream is often about something other than its obvious meaning). We will also review the theories of key scholars such as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. You will learn to interpret your own dreams based on personal meaning and symbolism, understanding that interpretation is highly subjective for each person and is deciphered through your own filter of life experiences.

Instructor: Tracy Treacy, MS, LPC, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Alverno College

TPD-469-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$34

 

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THAI MASSAGE FOR TWO: BASICS FOR YOU AND A PARTNER
Saturday, February 28

This class is based on simple, easy-to-learn Thai massage techniques; it is designed to help you and your partner, friend, or family member share the relaxing, therapeutic benefits of massage with each other. As the oldest documented form of massage, this ancient healing modality has stood the test of time. Its yoga-based bodywork and stretching is designed to realign your skeletal and muscular systems as well as cleanse your circulatory system and major organs. Traditionally performed on the floor, the recipient relaxes deeply in comfortable clothing as his or her limbs are guided through a sequence specifically tailored to the body, leaving both the giver and recipient in a relaxed yet energized, meditative state. If you love massage and want to connect with your spouse, partner, or friend on a deeper level, this class is perfect for you! Please bring a mat, sleeping bag, or thick comforter to lie on the floor and two pillows. 

Instructor: Jeffrey Montoya, MA, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist

THL-121-01
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m./Limit 4 couples/$54 (for two people)

 

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RADICAL FORGIVENESS CEREMONY
Wednesday, February 18

Experience an opportunity to transform the pain of the past and gain more energy, creativity, and happiness in your life. This workshop is based on the principles and practical tools of Colin Tipping’s award-wining book, Radical Forgiveness, Making Room for the Miracle. Based on a spiritual foundation, the Radical Forgiveness Ceremony takes participants through five stages in a safe and anonymous environment. There is no sharing of life stories involved; your story will be told vicariously through the facilitator. If you experience relationship challenges, want to heal a painful past, feel powerless or unhappy, or have anger or resentment to release, this workshop will provide a new path to forgiveness.

Instructor: Kathleen Hautala, Certified Radical Forgiveness Coach, Workshop & Ceremony Facilitator

TFT-308-01
6:30 – 9:00 p.m./$38

 

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RADICAL FORGIVENESS SEVEN-STEP SATORI
Wednesday, March 4

Satori means awakening to the truth. Our truth. This is another opportunity to experience Radical Forgiveness through the seven-step satori process. This class will begin with the five stages of Radical Forgiveness and then go further; it is a particularly powerful option for forgiving a deeper wounding by an individual, a group, a company, or even the government. You will choose someone who you feel has wronged you in some way that you have not been able to get past, and be guided confidentially and anonymously through the forgiveness process. Learn to shift your energy from victim-hood to empowerment.

Instructor: Kathleen Hautala, Certified Radical Forgiveness Coach, Workshop & Ceremony Facilitator

TFT-307-01
6:30 – 9:00 p.m./$38

 

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AROMATHERAPY FOR SEASONAL CHANGE & DETOXIFICATION
Thursday, March 5

The shift from Winter to Spring can be a welcome relief and also a challenge for the body. Moving from a slower pace and a sluggish system to a rejuvenated system requires balance and attention. During this workshop we will discuss how essential oils can help with this seasonal transition. Seasonal conditions such as allergies and upper respiratory issues will be addressed, as well as the side effects of detoxification such as headaches and cravings. We will talk about the best essential oils to use for blending and topical treatments to help support a detoxification program. Recipes for blends will be provided along with a complete profile of over 15 different essential oils. Spring cleaning tips will be given along with suggestions for following a detoxification program. Bring your notebooks and questions; this will be a very cleansing experience, just in time for Spring!

Instructor: Kimberly Grasso, RA

THL-335-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$34

 

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CULTIVATING NEW CHOICES FOR JOYFUL & HARMONIOUS LIVING
Yoga’s Yamas and Niyamas
11 Tuesdays, March 10 – May 19

The first two steps of the ancient path of Raja Yoga are the five Yamas and five Niyamas which address the mind. Our mind affects the body through our thoughts, actions, and speech, and consequently, our wellbeing. With the help of these ten guidelines we can create more harmonious, loving relationships with ourselves and others. We will use the book The Yamas & Niyamas, Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adeleas a starting point for weekly discussions. Students will share their experiences from simple weekly experiments in their daily life. Each class will include centering, breathing, and a few gentle movements and guided relaxations to calm the body and mind. Join us for this dynamic learning experience as we explore the many facets of these 10 “jewels” of wisdom for creating more joy and less stress in daily life.

Instructor:  Ellen Lata Massa, MS, teacher at the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center, Yoga practitioner for over 30 years

TPD-372-01
6:30 – 8:00 p.m./Limit 15/$141
Note:
Students must purchase the book, The Yamas & Niyamas, Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele. It is not available in the Alverno Bookstore. 

 

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SELF LEARNING / SELF CHANGE
Movement as an Instrument for Self-Assessment and Transformation
2 Wednesdays, March 18 & 25

How can we improve our daily functioning in every aspect of being human: physically, emotionally, mentally, and cognitively? In this class we will explore the idea that organic learning is essential to our health. Organic learning is learning through movement that is reminiscent of how we learned to creep, crawl, and walk as children, without instructive books or coaches. Through these carefully designed movement lessons we will discover systems for learning about our own bodies and about our ways of being who we are. We will learn how to organize ourselves when uncomfortable, challenged, or frustrated, and how easy it is to learn when having fun! The benefits of this class will be: a sense of effortlessness and comfort in your posture, improved coordination, reduction in pain, and a general sense of well-being. Students should wear warm comfortable clothing and bring a quilt to lie on and two towels for head support.

Instructor: Laura Sebastian, Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner and Cranio Sacral Practitioner

THL-506-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 10/$50

 

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THE KEYS TO LIVING A MINDFUL LIFE
Mindful Meditation and Awareness
3 Thursdays, March 12 - 26

Mindfulness is about being present for whatever is happening in your life in the moment. Instead of being present, however, we often become overwhelmed and reactive to whatever is going on around us and our lives suffer. In this class you will learn the keys to living a more mindful life. We will begin by learning to practice mindfulness meditation. You will discover the many benefits of such a practice and how to respond rather than react to stressors in your life. Next, you will be introduced to the attitudes of mindfulness as important and essential ingredients to living a more mindful life. When practiced, these attitudes—or personal qualities—will help to support and strengthen every area of your life. Finally, you will learn about the relationship between mindfulness meditation and “neuroplasticity,” the brain’s ability to restructure itself. This restructuring results in better concentration and focus, improved memory, reduced emotional reaction, and greater empathy toward self and others. Learn the practice of meditation and mindful awareness as keys to reducing stress, experiencing greater happiness, enhancing quality of life, developing clarity of thought and freedom from obsessive thinking, and improving overall mind/body health.

Instructor: Ian Baker Johnson, MS, Certified Wellness Coach and Mindfulness instructor; teacher trained in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction® program (MBSR) at the UMass Center for Mindfulness; former corporate behavioral health consultant and seminar leader

THL-107-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$66

 

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INGREDIENTS FOR HAPPINESS: FROM DISCONTENT TO NEW BEGINNINGS
3 Thursdays, April 9 - 23

Thomas Edison said that discontent is the first necessity for progress. Feelings of unhappiness and discontent can actually be beneficial—we are led to new beginnings, new adventures, and new experiences. Unhappiness can propel us to find that which makes us happy, with numerous mind/body health benefits. Studies show that feelings of happiness aren’t such an inconsequential thing: happiness can protect us against illness by boosting our immune system and lowering stress. In other words, the way we see and experience the world affects everything from our risk of becoming ill to the progression of a current illness. Besides helping us to stay healthy, what are the other benefits of and ingredients for a happy life? Learn to intentionally create more happiness by incorporating “flow experiences” in your day-to-day life, begin to engage in meaningful activities and connections with others, and discover if you have an unmet calling, passion, or “quest” buried within you. By discovering what this might be, you can ultimately experience greater energy and purpose than ever before.

Instructor: Ian Baker Johnson, MS, Certified Wellness Coach and Mindfulness instructor; teacher trained in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction® program (MBSR) at the UMass Center for Mindfulness; former corporate behavioral health consultant and seminar leader

THL-445-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$66

 

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BETTER BALANCE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART
2 Wednesdays, April 8 & 15

Our ability to balance on two legs depends on the information received from external organs such as our eyes, internal organs such as our inner ears, and interactions of muscles, joints, and tendons. We, as humans, have an ever expanding ability to improve our sense of balance, stability, and awareness of ourselves on a conscious and an unconscious level. In this class we will use gentle exploratory movement lessons to improve balance and begin to understand the components of maintaining upright posture through lessons based on the Feldenkrais®Method of Somatic Education which can be practiced and refined regularly at home. Bring two towels for your head, dress in warm comfortable clothing, and bring water for drinking.

Instructor: Laura Sebastian, Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner and Cranio Sacral Practitioner

THL-513-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 10/$50

 

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THE RESILIENCE ADVANTAGE
Tuesday, April 21

Resilience building is an important new approach to understanding and regulating stress. HeartMath tools and techniques help you respond to events and communications in ways that reduce stress, enhance performance, improve health, build effective relationships, and more. Come discover easy-to-learn, on-the-go, self-regulation tools and resilience-building practices aimed at teaching you how to take positive effective action throughout the day during times of pressure, challenge, and change. 

Instructor: Elizabeth Lewis, HeartMath Certified Resilience Advantage Group Trainer and Coach/Mentor;
Certified Stress Management & Life Coach; Approved Teacher, The Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training; Certification in Franciscan Studies Meditation Instructor

THL-105-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$34
Note:
Students must purchase the Resilience Advantage workbook for $15 from the instructor.

 

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REVERSING INSOMNIA, ANXIETY, AND PANIC ATTACKS
2 Wednesdays, May 20 & 27

Living on the fast track to success is great—until we reach the point that we no longer remember how to get off! In this workshop you will retrain yourself to find true relaxation; to soften musculature, slow your breath, mind, and nervous system. Learn lessons and tips that allow you to regain the ability to sleep deeply, manage panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and other nervous disorders. These lessons are a fantastic alternative to anxiety or sleep-inducing drugs. This is not a meditation class; we will use the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Education to reorganize our disorganized state. These enjoyable lessons can easily be revisited again and again so that you can continue your training at home.

Instructor: Laura Sebastian, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Cranio Sacral Practitioner

THL-411-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit: 10/$50
Note:
Students must be able to lie on the floor.

 

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ZEN MORNING IN MILWAUKEE
Pre-tour Lecture: Friday, May 29
Tour: Saturday, May 30

Meditation concentrates, calms, and clarifies the mind. Sustained practice brings physical and psychological benefits. Ultimately, meditation leads to enlightenment. Ideal for the beginner as well as the seasoned practitioner, this tour teaches the basics of posture, breathing, and minding the mind. Discover two zendos. Consult with experts. Achieve peace of mind. Relax. Tranquility is the most immediate benefit of meditation. There are many more. If you ever wanted to learn about zen meditation or kick-start your practice, this tour is your chance. As the Buddha once said, “Surround yourself with like-minded companions and excellent teachers, and your mind-deliverance will rapidly mature.” Give yourself a break. Spend a zen morning in Milwaukee. We’ll round it off with cordial fellowship and a delicious lunch on-your-own at an Asian restaurant, optional.

Instructor: Michael Mullooly, MA

TFT-247-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Friday and 8:00 a.m. – noon Saturday/$46

 

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