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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 just like food – Your body needs it to survive and thrive. Movement and food are required frequently, in a variety of ways. Much like nutrition, 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.

$175 for in-studio series + online course content

$105 for virtual series + online course content

SKI KNEES & HAPPY HIPS

This series will help you prepare for the upcoming ski season while working on knee, hip, back, and shoulder health.

Over the 8-weeks of this small group program we will work to identify areas of limited mobility and start restoring access to movements needed for playing safely and comfortably in the snow.  Ski and snowboard-specific exercises will aim to build strength, stability and endurance to transition to on-snow adentures more comfortably and confidently.

Registration in this year’s program will include access to our online Ski Knees and Happy Hips video library to support your independent and home-based practice.  This library will have a selection of mobility, recovery, core, and general fitness videos that range between 15 and 40 minutes in length.

$135 for 8 classes + online course content

FUNDAMENTALS OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

This 6-week class is for some of our youngest movers.  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.  

Sessions will progress over the 6-weeks with activities involving challenging balance and agility activities, body weight movements (integrating suspension trainers), and basic lifting, carrying and movement with age-appropriate loading/weights.

Sept 20 – Nov 1

Nov 8 – Dec 13

$90 for 6 classes

MONDAY & MID-DAY 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. 

These two fall programs will run throughout the fall with three 4-week themes: 

Monday Mobility

Mondays 5:30-6:45pm

Shoulders, Neck, and Upper Extremities: Sept 20 to Oct 18

The Spine: Oct 25 to Nov 15

Hips and Lower Extremities: Nov 22 to Dec 13

$75 for 4-class series + online course content

Mid-Day Mobility

Thursdays 12:15-1:30pm

The Spine, Hips and Lower Extremities: Oct 6 to Nov 4

Shoulders, Neck, and Upper Extremities: Nov 18 to Dec 16.

Register for a 5-week series and receive access to an online mobility video library to support your home mobility practice.  

Drop-ins available, if space allows.

This program can be streamed on zoom if you wish to join us from home.  $50/4-class series.

$90 for 5-class series + online course content

AGILE THROUGH THE AGES

 

 

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

 

Fall program Sept 15 to Dec 15

$200 for all 14 classes

$165 for 10 classes

$90 for 5 classes

 

 

WIND-DOWN WEDNESDAYS

This is a gentle mobility class that will focus on down-regulation and relaxation.  

This class will integrate polyvagal principles and use mindful movement, breath, and gentle self-massage  (using various props such as massage balls, yoga mats, and textured items/surfaces) to downshift the nervous system, reduce muscle tone and relax the body in this late-evening, mid-week class.

Each class will start with a gentle mobility practice for a common area of tension followed by a supported relaxation practice.

This class will be kept to a 6-person maximum so pre-registration is required.

5-class pass $95

10-class pass $175

Purchase 10-class pass and receive access to an online mobility video library to support your home mobility practice.

*this program can be streamed on zoom if you wish to join us from home. 

$60 for 5 classes.

Schedule for Movement Classes

“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.

Monday

Sept 27 – Dec 6

9:45-11:00

Belly and Breath

Sept 20 – Nov 1

Nov 8-Dec 13

3:30-4:30

Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning

Sept 20-Dec 13

5:30-6:45

Mobility Mondays

Oct 18 – Dec 6

7:15-8:30pm

Ski Knees and Happy Hips

Tuesday

Wednesday

Sept 22 – Dec 14

6:45-8:00am

Forever Athlete

Sept 15 – Dec 15

9:45-11:00

Agile thru the Ages

Oct 20 – Dec 8

5:45 – 7:00

Ski Knees and Happy Hips

Sept 29 – Dec 15

7:30 – 8:45

Wind-down Wednesday

Thursday

Oct 14-Dec 9

9:45-11:00

Ski Knees and Happy Hips

Oct 6 – Dec 16

12:15-1:30

Mid-Day Mobility

Friday

Saturday

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