Movement Lab (All Levels)
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.
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.
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!
Read about each focus below.
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.
Sign UpThu Oct 25 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
Sign UpThu Nov 01 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Amy Burrell
Sign UpThu Nov 08 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Ingrid Skoog
Sign UpThu Nov 15 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Ann Dorwin
Sign UpThu Nov 29 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
Sign UpThu Dec 06 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Amy Burrell
Sign UpThu Dec 13 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Ingrid Skoog
Sign UpThu Dec 20 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Ann Dorwin
Sign UpThu Dec 27 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
Sign UpThu Jan 03 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
Sign UpThu Jan 10 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
Sign UpThu Jan 17 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
Sign UpThu Jan 24 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
Sign UpThu Jan 31 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
Sign UpThu Feb 07 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska
Sign UpThu Feb 14 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm with Paulina Makowska