The Tiffin Community YMCA is pleased to introduce "Moving toward Mobility;" a free class offered for those who experience limitations due to their physical conditions.
The class will be the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. The first class will be Jan. 12 in the Tiffin Community YMCA Conference room.
These limitations may stem from chronic conditions, illness, stroke, Parkinsons disease, multiple sclerosis, injury, arthritis or other maladies.
"The class is not limited to these, anyone that has any physical disability may come and join," Francine Neal, healthy lifestyle director for the Y, said.
Neal is one of five instructors who will be teaching the class. She is a personal trainer and fitness instructor with experience working with older clients and many different fitness levels.
"Our goal is to focus on what people can do and work on those movements," Neal said.
Lubrication of joints.
Stretching of muscle and connective tissue.
Increased strength and flexibility.
Heightened awareness of your body.
Increased breathing capacity.
Lighten mood and spirit.
The classes will teach yoga-type moves, stretching, breathing exercises and, for those who are able, working with weights and core exercises in a chair or on a mat, balance and flexibility.
Instructors includes Chuck Burmeister, a registered yoga teacher, certified Reiki master, and trained in aromatherapy; Katie Darkow a certified Pilates instructor and avid runner; Kim Kancler, a fitness instructor with experience in yoga and Pilates; and Beth Tippie, a fitness instructor with experience in rhythmic movement and yoga.
"Each instructor comes to the class with a heart to help and give for the benefit of the class members," Burmeister said.
"We expect our class members to feel an improvement in overall quality of life and leave the class feeling stronger, refreshed and relaxed," he said.
Wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices are not a problem, Neal said.
"If they are a part of your life, they are a part of this class," Burmeister said. "Please do not let that inhibit your decision to be a part of this opportunity."
The YMCA is handicapped accessible with handicapped parking at both entrances.
Caregivers are welcome to join to provide a better experience for clients.
To register, call (419) 447- 8711.