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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

SKI KNEES & HAPPY HIPS

 Ski Knees & Happy Hips is a 10-week in- studio program aiming to prepare you for the upcoming ski season while working on joint health, mobility and general fitness. 

Over the 10-weeks of this small group program we will work to identify areas of limited mobility and start restoring access to movements needed to play safely and comfortably in the snow.  

Ski and snowboard-specific exercises will aim to build stability, strength and endurance to transition to on-snow adventures more comfortably and confidently.

Registration in this year’s program will include access to our new online Ski Prep course to support your independent and home-based practice.  This online course will have 2 streams (intro and advanced) pre-programmed workouts that progress over the fall season and include additional chapters for your individual mobility, joint healthy, and core health goals.

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  fall 2022 schedule.  Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Thursday early mornings, and Thursdays mid-day.

Each program will tour the body over the course of the fall 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.

Wednesdays 9:45-11:00am

$140 for 8-classes pass

$90 for 5 classes (if space allows)

 

 

EMPOWERED STRENGTH

This is a new program for Ascend and is inspired by the women I’ve worked with and learned, especially in the last 2 years.  

As women we tend to hold strong and often self-limiting beliefs about our bodies and physical abilities.  

This program is about challenging those beliefs by building strength and confidence in a small, supportive and progressive group program.  

Empowered strength will include a weekly small group training session and home programming to support your individual goals.  

Exercises and programming will focus on improving your stabilization strategy to support a healthy core and pelvic floor, joint mobility, building upper body strength and general fitness to move through your life with more confidence.  

If you are interested in a program like this please reach out to Shenoa directly to discuss: shenoa@ascendmovement.ca

 

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.

 

BELLY & BREATH

 

* While Belly & Breath is arguably one of the most valuable programs on our schedule we will be taking a pause on delivering this program as I work to update and integrate some new learning into the next offering of this program.  If you are interested in a program similar to this please contact me directly at shenoa@ascendmovement.ca to discuss.  Alternatively, the new Empowered Strength program may be appropriate – please see the course description for more information.

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.

“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 excited to return to group programs this fall. We will be following all provincial health guidelines, as we are required to do.

We will continue to maintain small class sized with most classes being capped at 6-8 people in our 650 sq ft studio.  HEPA air filters have been purchased to help maintain air quality along with the buildings existing ventilation options.  

We are offering virtual options for some of our classes and we will have online course content for 2 of our most popular programs this fall (our Mobility programs 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