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About Ascend Movement

Specializing in functional, natural, and mindful movement for rehabilitation, wellbeing, and performance, throughout the lifespan.  Ascend Movement offers private and small group movement classes and workshops (in studio and online) to help you better understand your individual movement needs.  

Movement matters. It is about so much more than exercise or injury – how you move determines how you interact with your world and the most important people in it.

Movement is like food – your body depends on it to survive and thrive. Just like food, we need a varied diet of whole movements frequently.  No two bodies need the same diet to thrive. Our job is to pair the right movement nutrients with your body’s movement needs.

Shenoa’s Mindful Movement Studio

Shenoa established Ascend Movement after 12 years of working throughout the Kootenays as a Kinesiologist and Clinical Exercise Physiologist.  With a BSc Hons in Exercise Physiology from the University of Calgary, Shenoa went on to complete her Clinical Exercise Physiology Certification and spent the first years of her career focusing on cardiac rehabilitation and gaining experience in kinesiology and exercise rehabilitation.  After returning to her home town of Kimberley in 2008 Shenoa’s opportunities and interests diversified further.

She developed the Moving Into Wellness program, a physician-referred clinical exercise program that has been funded by Interior Health since 2009. She has worked with the incredible team of Creekside Physiotherapy since 2013.  And she spent 4 years as part of the Ktunaxa Nation Health Team, working throughout the unceded traditional territory of the Ktunaxa people.  Most recently she worked with Healthy Kimberley, promoting physical literacy across the lifespan. Over this time she has continued to develop her knowledge and skills with regular trips to attend workshops and certifications.  These opportunities have fueled her knowledge, interest and passion for functional and natural movement.

Ascend Movement has been created as a culmination of these local experiences and knowledge gained throughout these years.  As a mother, she has seen how movement starts off as a quintessential part of how we develop, learn, connect and enjoy life.  For many of us, however, movement becomes a source of discomfort and something we struggle to fit into our lives. Movement can and should be a source of joy, connection, and a way of enhancing our experiences, especially in the stunning region we live in.  The belief that movement is a vital part of the human experience and is best done in the company of others is what guides the offerings in studio.

Shenoa’s Mindful Movement Studio

Shenoa established Ascend Movement after 12 years of working throughout the Kootenays as a Kinesiologist and Clinical Exercise Physiologist.  With a BSc Hons in Exercise Physiology from the University of Calgary, Shenoa went on to complete her Clinical Exercise Physiology Certification and spent the first years of her career focusing on cardiac rehabilitation and gaining experience in kinesiology and exercise rehabilitation.  After returning to her home town of Kimberley in 2008 Shenoa’s opportunities and interests diversified further.

She developed the Moving Into Wellness program, a physician-referred clinical exercise program that has been funded by Interior Health since 2009. She has worked with the incredible team of Creekside Physiotherapy since 2013.  And she spent 4 years as part of the Ktunaxa Nation Health Team, working throughout the unceded traditional territory of the Ktunaxa people.  Most recently she worked with Healthy Kimberley, promoting physical literacy across the lifespan. Over this time she has continued to develop her knowledge and skills with regular trips to attend workshops and certifications.  These opportunities have fueled her knowledge, interest and passion for functional and natural movement.

Ascend Movement has been created as a culmination of these local experiences and knowledge gained throughout these years.  As a mother, she has seen how movement starts off as a quintessential part of how we develop, learn, connect and enjoy life.  For many of us, however, movement becomes a source of discomfort and something we struggle to fit into our lives. Movement can and should be a source of joy, connection, and a way of enhancing our experiences, especially in the stunning region we live in.  The belief that movement is a vital part of the human experience and is best done in the company of others is what guides the offerings in studio.

Our Movement Classes

BELLY & BREATH

 

This series is an in-studio, small-group program to help you gain a better connection with your breath and the structures that make up the core.   

The primary goal for this program is to improve your understanding of the interaction between breath, alignment, mobility, and stability and to develop a path to gain more confidence in your own core health.

Registration for this class includes 10 in-person classes as well as access to our online Belly and Breath Video Library to support your home practice and self-assessment.

This course can be streamed via zoom if you prefer to join from the comfort of your own home.

$170 for in-studio series + online course content

$105 for virtual series + online course content

READY TO RUN, RIDE AND HIKE

This group program is now formatted as a “small group training” class.  What is small group training? Basically a blend between group fitness and personal training.  

Participants choose between 4 athletic conditioning programs: the Weekend Warrior (this is the general strength and conditioining program), Ready to Ride (mountain bike specific), Ready to Run (for the avid trail runner) or Ready to Hike (for the hikers and backpackers).

Each program will follow a similar format but with certain movement variations programmed specifically to support your spring goals and individual needs.  A home exercise program will also be provided to support your weekly group training session.

Equipment such as barbells/free weights/kettlebells and resistance bands, suspension trainers (TRX), and mobility tools will be integrated into this weekly class.

Joint health and control of movement is a key aspect of our conditioning work so you can expect a solid dose of foot health, alignment, mobility and fundamental movement pattern work and education in these classes. 

This class is open to all fitness levels and will adjust intensity and focus based on participants needs and goals.

This class will run throughout the spring for a total of 11 weeks.  Pre-registration is required.

$140 for 8 session punch pass + home exercise program

FUNDAMENTALS OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

This is a small group training program for youth who are keen to learn about strength and conditioining in a small supported, age-appropriate environment.

Goals for this class are to build fundamental movement skills, a greater awareness of alignment and motor control, and to prepare young teens for future strength and conditioning activities.  

Participants will each have a strength and conditioning program that they work with for 4-6 week blocks.  Programs will be individualized to suit interests and needs but will aim to integrate fundamental conditioning movements, principles of strength training, agility, core and plyometric exercises.

Equipment such as kettlebells, barbells, suspension trainers (TRX), plyometric boxes and agility tools will be introduced throughout the sessions.

$90 for 6 sessions

MOBILITY CLASSES

Mobility is the ability to access and control a full and varied range of motion.  Our approach: address tension and tone, move throughout range, activate muscles at end range of motion and explore fundamental movement patterns.

We have four mobility classes on the  2022 schedule.  Monday Mornings, Monday Evenings, Thursdays Mid-Day and (new for spring) early Friday mornings.  

Each program will tour the body over the course of the spring with a different joint, fascial line, or movement pattern being the focus for each class.

As an added bonus we have a growing online video library that participants will be given access to in order to support independent mobility work.

$140 for 8-class punch pass

AGILE THROUGH THE AGES

 As we move through life, our movement become less varied and less experimental. This often leads to a reduction in balance, proprioception, reaction, fundamental mobility and strength.

This weekly small group class will focus on functional mobility, strength, balance and agility in the Ascend Movement studio.

This small group program will be a playful and safe way to explore movements that may not occur as regularly as needed to maintain our mobility, balance and strength throughout our years.

Movements will include foundational core and breath work, foot health and gait drills, gentle mobility and low-impact resistance exercises and playful balance and agility activities.

All ages and fitness levels are
welcome.

Registration and class size is limited. 

Mondays 12:45-2:00pm

OR 

Wednesdays 9:45-11:00am

$140 for 8-classes pass

$90 for 5 classes (if space allows)

 

 

PRIVATE GROUP PROGRAMS

Do you have a group of friends who have some shared goals?

We are happy to put together a group program that is specific to your group’s interests and needs and schedule.

Custom group programs can be as small as 3-4 people and as big as 8.

Contact us to discuss availability, costs and programming ideas.

“If you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today.”

Please contact us for additional options or if you have a small group that would like to have a private class together.

Staying Healthy and Safe with Covid-19

We are reopening the studio for fall 2021 programs. We will be following all provincial health guidelines, as we are required to do.  

We will continue to cap our in-studio group classes at 4-6 people in our 650 sq ft studio. This will ensure that safe physical distancing of 3-4m is maintained throughout class.  We are offering virtual options for some of our classes and we will have online course content for 3 programs this fall (our Mobility programs, Belly and Breath and Ski Knees and Healthy Hips) so that you can participate from the comfort and safety of your own home.

For full details of our safety practices please read our current Studio Covid Protocols here and see our WSBC Safety Plan here.

 

 

Contact Us

shenoa@ascendmovement.ca

Location of Ascend Movement

#14 196 Spokane St Kimberley, BC V1A 2E4