Movement Lab (All Levels)


This class is taught by:

Paulina Makowska

Services:
Active Release Technique (A.R.T.), Structural Energetic Therapy (SET) & Stott Pilates
 
Paulina has been deeply involved in the body since she was two years old. The daughter of a physiotherapist/choreographer in Nowogard, Poland, Paulina grew up dancing in the theater, where she first learned the depth of the mind-body connection, and their ability to heal each other. The joy she feels when she can steady her mind and move through curiosity, community and pain brought her to where she is today with her work and classes. She believes movement is a connection and true refuge.

This ultimately led her to a Master’s degree in Dance Pedagogy for Social and Cultural Animation from the University of Zielona Gora, followed by certification as a Dance Movement Therapist from the Polish/English Institute of Dance Movement Therapy. Within a year of arriving in the United States in 2007, Paulina became certified as a Stott Pilates instructor and, a year after that, as a licensed massage therapist. Paulina’s certification in Active Release Technique further expanded the menu of healing modalities she offers. Through workshops and continuing education, she constantly strives to further her understanding of a whole person.

Paulina teaches Pilates, Barre and Zenga (a combination form that includes yoga poses, Pilates core, and flow). She uses props to support or challenge, and increase understanding of biomechanics of stability, mobility, coordination, and endurance. In her work you can see the influence of Feldenkrise, Alexander Technique, and Laban Movement System. She believes in touch as a feedback and guidance.

Her favorite pose is Goddess for its sense of safety and feeling alive that is essential to some exercises in Pilates. She also loves squat movements that are so needed in everyday life.

Pilates focuses on mobility and stability in the same moment. As one articulates their spine, they also look to stabilize their scapula and find pelvis placement. There is constant connection between stability and mobility in movement.

If someone walked into her class for the first time, Paulina would want to say to them “be open minded, fearless of heart, here there is no right or wrong and it’s great to be exactly where you are.”
 

Appointments with Paulina can only be booked over the phone or in person.

Amy Burrell

Amy has been practicing massage since 2001, her soulful work is so soothing that it hard not to drift off to sleep. She creates a total sensory experience that supports clients as they develop consciousness of their own relaxation. Her interest in deep listening and in creating an environment where clients can feel and own their own healing process. Gentle touch supports breath awareness and deep relaxation. Amy has been a dancer for many years and continues to teach and explore dance as a healing modality. 
 
Amy is also a certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator with Grof Transpersonal Training. She believes in the body's intelligence and its power to heal through practices that involve mindfulness, movement and breath. She's led workshops in Mount Shasta, Santa Cruz, Bloomington, and St. Louis, and traveled to trainings in Europe, South America and throughout the United States. 
 
A multidisciplinary artists with a focus on the body, Amy holds a Masters of Fine Arts in installation art and performance, as well as a Bahelor's Degree in Ballet and Psychology. She is a  a former professional modern dancer. Amy grew up in Brazil and continues to embrace cross-cultural practices in her work. 

Ingrid Skoog

Ingrid Skoog has been practicing and facilitating movement meditation circles for almost 20 years.

Though she loves both yoga and seated meditation, she finds nothing takes her deep into heart/ body-center and stillness faster than Authentic Movement.

Ingrid also enjoys leading Empathy and Positive Communication Practices and "Into Essence Collage", as well as coordinating Bliss Wellness Retreats.

Ann Dorwin

Ann Dorwin is a clinical massage therapist, experienced in medical settings. Her practice is focused on the treatment of musculo-skeletal and systemic issues, particularly as related to the management of disease and chronic conditions, and to pregnancy, infant and women's health.


A graduate of Indiana University with a BS in Applied Health Sciences and a BA in Psychology, Ann is also honor graduate of the Arizona School of Integrative Studies program at the College of Lake County and the recipient of the Marilyn Henderson Memorial Scholarship for women in healthcare. Her original training included Swedish, deep tissue, NMT, sports and chair massage, as well as some holistic studies in reflexology, Cranial-Sacral and Polarity therapies. After receiving her NCBTMB national board certification in 2011, Ann began her healthcare career by establishing a successful comprehensive therapeutic massage practice in partnership with a thriving OB/GYN practice inside Advocate Condell Medical Center, north of Chicago.


Ann currently holds certifications in lymph drainage, pathology of edema, prenatal and postpartum massage for women, and infant massage instruction. Her patient services for Touchstone include massage and manual therapies for post-surgical lymphedema and oncological care; management of high blood pressure, diabetes and fibromyalgia; prenatal care, postpartum recovery and infant massage instruction; myofacial release and neuromuscular therapy for rehabilitation.


A Bloomington native, Ann spent the first half of her life as a performing artist and director, touring with traditional circuses across the globe, and has now happily settled back into her hometown with her energetic young son. She loves her career in structural and somatic healthcare and is committed to the treatment, care, support and healing of the whole person, across the lifespan. Because the world is a better place when we feel like our better selves!


There is great Joy Potential in unrestrained movement and self expression.
 
Touchstone Movement Lab rotates focus each week, with 4 rotations of movement cycling in led by different instructors. You may join in the fun at any time!  
 

Read about each focus below.

 
MOVEMENT WITH AMY BURRELL
 
Exploring primal movement allows the thinking mind to disengage and makes room for a deeper connection with the inherent wisdom of the body. Movement gets us out of our heads and into our bodies present moment awareness. Join us on this exploration of free movement and its joyful potential for healing.
   

CIRCUS WORKSHOPS with Ann Dorwin

Step right up…!

This series of hands-on workshops will allow participants to explore a variety of ground-based circus skills in a safe, encouraging environment.

Each workshop will feature a selection of skills by category: Manipulation will include juggling scarves, balls, rings, clubs and cups, plate-spinning, devilstick and diabolo; Equilibristics will include object balancing, stilt-walking, rola-bolas and rolling globes; Acrobatics will include basic tumbling, handbalancing, partner acro and pyramids.

Circus skills are appealing to all ages, body types and physical abilities, and participants will be allowed to progress at their own pace, finding mastery through step-by-step instruction and support from a 30-year veteran circus artist, director and educator. So come one, come all and step right up for some center ring fun at the Touchstone Movement Lab!

*Families are welcome at this workshop*

 

"MOVEMENT MEDITATION" with Ingrid Skoog


Also known as "Authentic Movement" and "Tao of the Body", this simple, beautiful practice invites participants to listen deeply and follow their bodies' natural impulse to be move or be still freely and easily, without constraints or judgments.

Find peace, insight, and deep connection in this trust- and community-building class. All levels; No prior experience required.


CONTACT IMPROVISATION with Paulina Makowska

We will engage in exercises that encourage new ways of moving solo bodies and that develop skills for physical interaction and weight sharing.


Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Oct 25 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
  • Thu Nov 01 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Amy Burrell
  • Thu Nov 08 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Ingrid Skoog
  • Thu Nov 15 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Ann Dorwin
  • Thu Nov 29 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
  • Thu Dec 06 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Amy Burrell
  • Thu Dec 13 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Ingrid Skoog
  • Thu Dec 20 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Ann Dorwin
  • Thu Dec 27 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
  • Thu Jan 03 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
  • Thu Jan 10 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
  • Thu Jan 17 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
  • Thu Jan 24 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
  • Thu Jan 31 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
  • Thu Feb 07 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
  • Thu Feb 14 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska