Waltz Lessons for the Therapeutic Community

I love working with the people with disabilities and offer group classes through Charlottesville Parks and Recreation during the fall, winter and spring. The classes combine two of my favorite activities – waltz and the Alexander Technique. Constance Wyant named the class “Combo Class” five years ago when I first started working with Post High. This past academic year two new groups joined the class: Charlottesville City Schools Parks Side Program, and the Virginia School of Autism’s Young Adult Group. The all had a great time.

There are no Combo classes over the summer but for my Therapeutic friends and staff I am offering a special promotion – take a series of five private lessons. Start the package before July 1 and get the fifth session FREE! Fee: $70 per lesson but 5th one free.

Also go to the link below to read about my work with VIA. The article is from the Virginia School of Autism’s winter newsletter “Therapeutic Dance for Our” -http://www.viaschool.org/news/therapeutic-dance-for-our-adults/.

Here is a link to the TR Promotion Flyer ATPromoFlyer’17

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Summer Special!

Summer Series & Get Fifth Lesson Free
To celebrate that I have moved my office, I am offering a summer special. Come visit and take a series of five lessons. Start your summer series before May 1 and get the fifth lesson free. Please recommend my work to your friends and tell them about the summer series special!
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June/July/August Offerings

LUNCHTIME OM QIGONG
June 4
935 2nd Street, N.E., Charlottesville, VA 229012 at IX Building
Fee: $5
RSVP: To Garnett at garnettmellen@embarqmail.com.

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE GROUP CLASSES
On going Sundays drop-in class. Hosted through Cville Parks and Recreation
1:oo – 2:oo pm
Smith Aquatic and Fitness, 1000 Cherry Ave, Cville
Local residents $8 or Free with Parks & Rec Access Pass

SUMMER SUNDAYS QIGONG
Class series hosted through Cville Parks and Recreation
2:15-3:15 pm
Smith Aquatic and Fitness, 1000 Cherry Ave, Cville
Unlike the drop-in classes, to attend this class series register through Cville Parks and Recreation.
Local residents $60. Non Cvillians $78.

PRIVATE CLIENT TIME
Mondays at Medicine Wheel, 1114 E. Market Str., Cville 22902
Email for an appointment – garnettmellen@embarqmail.com

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Spring 2015 Offerings

LUNCHTIME QIGONG AT IX
Every Other Thursday
noon to 1:oo pm
#935 IX Building, OM Collective Headquarters
Fee $5

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE GROUP CLASSES
On going Sundays drop-in class. Hosted through Cville Parks and Recreation
1:oo – 2:oo pm
Smith Aquatic and Fitness, 1000 Cherry Ave, Cville
Local residents $8 or Free with Parks & Rec Access Pass

PRIVATE CLIENT TIME
Mondays at Medicine Wheel, 1114 E. Market Str., Cville 22902
Email for an appointment – garnettmellen@embarqmail.com

Also look for my Qigong class at ACAC Albemarle Square on Saturdays at 11 a.m.

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Knees!

To understand the knee cap (the patella), first it helps to picture of the movement of the knee joint. Watch this cool animated xray.

Knee Cap

Knee Xray


Now to explore the patella. Try this — stretch a leg out long and relax. Now ever so gently wiggle the knee cap. Then bend the knee. The knee cap becomes unmovable, and firmly anchors the upper and lower leg together.

That silly little knee cap offers the leg both great stability and flexibility…as we bend, straighten, bend, straighten the leg…to walk, run, sit, stand, move through our day.

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Current Happenings

Qigong
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! Come cHappy New Yearultivate health and vitality with this ancient Chinese movement form at the IX Building’s OM Vocal space.
+ Thursdays starting again in March, 4pm, $5. For directions, send an email to garnettmellen@embarqmail.com. Thanksgiving – no class
 
Well Being Through Body Awareness Workshop
Alleviate pain & Explore the Alexander Technique
Special evenings at the Medicine Wheel Building happening on the second Monday of the next few months.
Email garnettmellen@embarqmail.com to reserve a space and get directions.
+ Monday, March 9, 7 to 8:30pm $25
+ Monday, April 13, 7 to 8:30pm $25
+ Monday, May 11, 7 to 8:30pm $25
 

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Eight Piece of Brocade

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Eight Pieces of Brocade
Ba Duan Jin

Propping Up Heaven
Drawing the Bow Left & Right
Separating Heaven & Earth
Turning Inner Vision
Returning to the Source
Extinguishing the Fire
Life’s Purpose
Stimulating Life

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Qigong at the Stonefield Grassy Green

10384892_778427192195829_5372053698163535081_nACAC and The Shops at Stonefield hosted Qigong on the grassy green. The group practices cultivated chi and explored tools of the Alexander Technique. And it was fun!

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Six-week series starts Sun March 30 at Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center. Time: 2:15-3:15 PM. Residents $45/NR $68. Explore the form the Ba Duan Jin / the Eight Section Silk Brocade. Learn this traditional Chinese mediative dance form which cultivates health and vitality. Adapted to all levels of ability. It is fun exercise. Garnett Mellen, the instructor, is certified to teach both the Alexander Technique and Level I Qigong. For more information contact Garnett at 434-422-0961 or visit www.garnettmellen.com. To register go online to https://charlottesville.org/ParksandRec.

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Waltz Class News

The last waltz class had fun. One last session this spring. The next  6-week class runs March 27 thru May 1 from 7:oo-8:oo pm. Garnett teaches with assistance from friends like Rick Martin and Ken Mann. Register at www.Charlottesville.org/ParksandRec.

The spring open waltz events will be held March 20 and May 22 from 6 – 9 pm at Carver Rec Center. Community dance. Bring your friends.
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