Meditative Movements (TM): Mind Body Exercise Program

 Wellness Activity Providers

Improves Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

As Wellness Activity Providers (Activity Professional Directors & Coordinators, Life Enrichment Directors, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Therapeutic Recreational Therapists, Residential Activities Specialist, Health Care Workers, Nurses, Home Health Care) you can use this innovative technique to meet the interests and physical, mental, emotional and psychosocial well-being needs of your patients and residents.

This program uses safe, easy to follow, therapeutic movements that are adaptable to anyone's physical ability. Residents in Memory Care, Senior, Independent/Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing facilities enjoy affirming themselves as they move. This simple intervention is a viable alternative to medications used to alter behavior and is especially effective with those experiencing dementia. Wellness Activity Providers, family, friends and volunteers can use the movements to stay calm when others are agitated or anxious. It can also help injured, sick, or disabled individuals get back on their feet.

An additional benefit to implementing our specialty program at your facility is that staff can go home feeling more mentally, emotionally and physically supported because they know how to use the movements for their own self-care throughout their day.

Teaching certificates are available for Wellness Activity Providers who want to share this technique with their patients and residents in a group setting or one-on-one. You can receive 3.5 CEU for this training and it is NCCAP pre-approved.

 Empowering Results

1. Enhances Mental & Emotional Well-being
2. Boosts Self-esteem & Feelings of Value
3. Improves Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
4. Easy to Learn with Powerful Results
5. Increases Strength, Flexibility & Balance
6. Reduces Risk of Falling
7. Provides Fun Staff/Client Interactions

"Wow! This is the first time we have had full participation in an exercise class from all of our memory care residents. They are really engaged in this class."
    Melissa, Activity Director

"I really like the affirmations and movements. It's the first time I've enjoyed doing affirmations."
    Alice, Pathways Participant

Visit our Activity Professionals page for some information on National Association of Activity Professional webinars and some free resources.

Therapist Supporting Injured Man

 Why We Offer Teacher Training?

We offer our certificate training because being a teacher is rewarding. Ellie, creator of the Meditative Movement™ technique, was a divorced mother of three small children. Her mind was chaotic, her body was unhealthy and her spirit was deadened. To heal and recover her wholeness, she created the movements. In 1980, she started sharing her exercises with others. She saw how her students increased their self-love as well as other healthy changes were occurring naturally like losing weight, overcoming depression, and reduction in medications.

Ellie has taught in Memory Care, Independent and Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and Community Education settings. She loves teaching and offers you this opportunity so you and the people you serve can be healthier, happier and feel whole. Ellie believes that:

  1. Everyone needs emotional and mental support. That is why you receive education on how the body holds energy, stress, and disease. You can use this intervention to calm your residents.
  2. You and your residents experience more loss at this time. This skill helps process difficult emotions and increases ability to self-regulate.
  3. Meditative Movements™ can be a powerful tool to process and accept life on life's terms.
  4. When Memory Care residents do not remember their name, they often respond, "I am supported." It warms Ellie's heart to think that is the message repeating itself in their brains.

Together, we can be the change we want to see in our world.

 University of Minnesota Research Project

The 2017 University of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Department feasibility research study concluded that Meditative Movements™ may be effective in reducing anxiety, depression, and fatigue, while improving emotional well-being and functional well-being for persons with chronic health conditions. The findings suggest that Meditative Movements™ may be used as an alternative and complementary therapy or rehabilitation program for persons with chronic health conditions.

When asked what was most beneficial, participants responded.

More calmBetter sleepFeel more positive about self Less negative attitudeMore confidence Less tired, more energy

The Annals of International Occupational Therapy is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal that includes original articles that focus on research as related to the clinical practice of occupational therapy worldwide. To read their posted abstract on "Effects of Meditative Movements on the Symptoms of Persons With Chronic Health Conditions," click here.

Emmons T., Felts J., Peterson E., Mathiowetz V.(2019). Effects of Meditative Movements on the Symptoms of Persons With Chronic Health Conditions. Annals of International Occupational Therapy. 2(2) 57-67.

Reprinted with permission from SLACK Incorporated

 Upcoming Leader Trainings

 Thu, Mar 12 (2 sessions)

Times: 9:30-12:00 for classroom instruction. We will schedule your individual test out session at that time. (1 hour)

Location: Johanna Shores, 3200 Lake Johanna Blvd, Arden Hills, MN 55112

Registration:

 Sat, Jun 6 (2 sessions)

Times: 9:30-12:00 for classroom instruction. We will schedule your individual test out session at that time. (1 hour)

Location: Mpls, MN

Registration:

 Thu, Oct 15 (2 sessions)

Times: 6:00-8:30 for classroom instruction. We will schedule your individual test out session at that time. (1 hour)

Location: Mpls, MN

Registration:

To schedule a training class in your area, contact Ellie.

 $225 Teacher Certificate Includes:

  1. 2.5 hours of in person classroom training
  2. Access to videos and written directions of 10 Meditative Movements™
  3. Teacher handbook
  4. Students practice on their own and then show successful demonstration of technique and complete written test (approximately 1 hour)
  5. Certificate of Attendance Letter 3.5 CEU (NCCAP approved)
  6. Access to promotional materials
  7. 30 minute personal consultation with Ellie
  8. Online teacher community
  9. Ongoing educational classes

*Recertification is required after two years and cost is $45.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the Leader training process?

  1. Attend the in person class room training. Sign the Certificate Promises.
  2. Practice the movements on your own. We estimate 4-6 hours of practice time.
  3. Learn the information from the teacher handbook.
  4. Upon successful demonstration of technique, receive teaching certificate. If you fail to pass the certificate test, additional fees will be applied for test redos. Your teaching certificate is valid for two years.
  5. Have fun teaching your movements and making a difference in other's lives.

Q. How long is the teaching certificate valid?

     A. Recertification is required after two years and cost is $45.

Q. What if I pay the certificate fee and I am unable to attend the classroom training on that day?

     A.The fee will not be refunded. However, you can sign up for any future classes.

Q. Am I an employee of Power of Positive Workouts?

     A. No. You are responsible for all business functions.

Q. How much money can I make by teaching Meditative Movements™?

     A. That depends on how often and where you teach. For example, Community Education typically pays $15/hour. This can be beneficial as they market your class for you. If you hold your own class, you can rent studio space for approximately $15-35/hour. You can charge your students $10/time or offer packages. If you are hired at a facility, you could earn $60-$100 per class.

Q. Do I need to be CPR certified?

     A. It is highly recommended that you are CPR certified if you are teaching classes in the role of a group fitness instructor. Based on the location, the facility may require CPR certification in order for you to teach or they may have someone on staff that is CPR certified.

Q. Do you recommend having liability insurance to teach?

     A. We recommend working with the facility that you will be teaching at and determine your insurance needs.

Q. Are you an approved Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program?

     A. Because we do not teach the 200 hour and five Yoga Alliance educational categories like anatomy & physiology, we do not meet their requirements. Our specialty is teaching you the Meditative Movement™ program.

 To schedule a training class in your area, contact Ellie.

 Affirm Yourself, Move Your Body, Enjoy Your Life

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