Nia with Regina Lumsden
Wednesdays 5:45 pm – 6:45 pmSign up now!
Dance, move, laugh, shake and put JOY into your workout!
Nia® is an expressive body-mind movement program that offers an artistic and innovative approach to fitness and healing. Blending aspects of Martial Arts, Dance Arts, and Healing Arts, Nia® creates an experience that involves your whole body, as well as your spirit. The stillness and concentration of Tai Chi, the alignment and strength of Yoga, the explosive power of Tae Kwon Do, and the grace and spontaneity of Modern and Ethnic dance – all create a whole new sense of wellbeing!
These classes are exhilarating not guilt-driven, expressive not one-dimensional, and healing not exhausting. Every class offers a unique combination of moves that help increase the flexibility and mobility in your joints while also conditioning the three main areas of the body: base, core and upper extremities. Rev up your heart rate while having fun and finding pleasure in every step. End every class by melting away your stress using relaxation techniques that enhance breathing and the flow of energy throughout your whole body.
Class note: No experience required. You just can’t do it wrong in Nia – you do it YOUR body’s way. Beginners and seasoned students all welcome.
Dance and massage combine naturally in Regina’s life work, cultivating freer movement in the body.
Regina probably danced before she walked! Growing up with the wall-to-wall rhythms of life in Brazil, her body moves to the music as easily as a dandelion puff floats on the wind. Classically trained in ballet, modern dance and jazz, her body naturally models great alignment. Samba flows through her like a multi-streamed river. She performed in a contemporary dance company for 5 years.
She studied Eurythmy (also known as “soul gymnastics”) and Spatial Dynamics (aligning the physical, ego and soul) in England – both of which she learned to use for therapeutic purposes with children. She also practiced Waldorf’s Sensory Integration and Neuro Developmental Movement Therapy while teaching for years at Waldorf school, sharing her child-heart warmth.
All of these practice prepared the soil for Regina’s growth in Nia. Regina earned her Nia White Belt from Winalee Zeeb in 2017.
Regina is motivated by her clients’ journey of moving out and away from physical and emotional pain as she applies the work with them. She is thrilled to watch her clients becoming more and more empowered, centered, grounded and finding their inner peace as she works with them.
A licensed massage therapist, Regina graduated from the Hawaii College of Health Science, Honolulu, after moving to Hawaii from the UK in 1997. She practiced massage part time for several years before working full time as a Waldorf teacher specialized in the Waldorf movement curriculum.
In 2005 Regina became a client of Noa Batlin who practices healing arts based on the principle that our body carries physical and emotional memories. If we don’t fully process those held memories, they can be painful and hinder us from having a full body, soul and spirit experience of our biography. These memories are held in the fascia. Deep tissue work and myofascial release can assist the body in letting go of painful memories to freely move forward.
Regina recalls, “In 2007 I had a car/bicycle accident that was life changing. I experienced the power of receiving deep tissue and myofascial release work on a daily basis and made a full recovery from what could have been permanent physical damage. Through this deep experience I was blessed with the realization that our mindset deeply influences our lives and that bodywork can be transformational at physical, emotional and spiritual levels. It is about committing to ourselves as we go through our journey in life.”
A few years after a full recovery from her accident, Regina stepped out of her teaching career to give her attention to healing bodywork therapy. Her many satisfied clients appreciate that she has done so!