Newest Energizing Classes: Spicy Latin Twist and Soothing Tai Chi/QiGong!
Well, it's one for the money! Two for the show! Three to get ready...now, go, cat, go! Who can't help but to tap their toes to classics like Elvis's "Blue Suede Shoes"? Half-hour sessions begin with each participant safely seated in a chair. People who use walkers and wheelchairs are welcome and encouraged to dance! Feel free to watch for awhile and just enjoy the music, or jump right into the fun! We warm up gently to tunes like "Heard It Through the Grapevine," "California Girls," and "My Girl." We rhythmically move to favorites like "At The Hop," "Jailhouse Rock," and "The Book of Love!" Our choreography is thoughtfully-designed to be easy to learn and comfortable to dance to. One of our favorite cool-down dances is to Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World." Participants leave class feeling warmer, happier, more optimistic...and simply energized!
Can you really get a full-body workout in a chair? Yes, you can! Exercise keeps us mobile for longer than we would be without it. Mobility means so many things. It means you can put your socks on. It means you can stand up in your bathroom without assistance. It means you can go on an outing outside of your home or community unaided or with the use of a walker. Mobility means independence.
The exercise we enjoy in Seated Dance increases blood flow to the joints, which reduces inflammation. Less pain equates to being able to move with more ease, helping to maintain precious muscle mass and bone density, which directly translates to decreased risk of falling. The lymphatic system is activated, increasing immune response sensitivity, so we are not as susceptible to viruses.
Moving to the beat makes us smile! We laugh! I've even overheard a bit of bragging from our participants about how their muscles felt a little sore the next day! Our gentle core activation through rhythmic movement helps us sit up straighter and to stand and walk with better alignment and mechanics. When range of motion, flexibility and strength start declining, the decline can be rapidly exponential in scope.
You'd be surprised how much exercise you can get in a chair!
The lemon tree has ancient symbolic meanings of longevity, cleansing, and friendship. The tree is a strong image of wellness. Trees have quietly borne witness to technological advances. They have given of themselves to us, providing us food and shelter. Trees are symbols of wisdom and endurance.
At age 12, I heard the bewitching Peter, Paul, and Mary song, "Lemon Tree." I dreamed of owning a restaurant some day and calling it The Lemon Tree. A creative friend suggested I pay homage to my first business idea in the naming of this venture. Now my direction is in senior wellness, but maybe I will open a senior wellness center at some point with an onsite bistro called The Lemon Tree! Then again, I'd rather dance than wash dishes!
30 minutes, any size of group
30 to 60 minutes, any size of group