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Notice: Step Into Spring With Free Community Wellness Afternoon

Published on: 1 Mar, 2020
Updated on: 1 Mar, 2020

Join local health and wellness facilitators to enjoy a wide variety of fun, energising and calming ways to look after your mind and body.

Between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, March 21 there will be an opportunity to find out what community classes and therapies are available in the Stoke Road / York Road area of Guildford.

The free event will take place at the Salvation Army Hall in Woodbridge Road.

Short taster sessions will include fitness, dance, pilates, yoga, mindfulness, coaching, reflexology and more.

On hand will be Alison Wright, the healthy eating specialist from Waitrose in Guildford, who can advise on current UK recommendations for healthy eating, decoding food labels and making healthy swaps.

Find out more about store tours and assisted shops to help you make healthier choices.

Also represented at the event will be Canopy, the independent coffee shop in Haydon Place. Founder Johathon Sims has brought together a passionate team, alongside some of the best brewing equipment available, to create the perfect canopy under which to experience the best of the world’s coffee scene, as well as serving light brunch bites and classic coffee shop favourites.

Rikke Lofthouse will present a Groove Guildford Taster session.

Groove is a simple yet revolutionary combination of dance and movement designed to create connections between body, mind, music and group.

Participants add their own individual and authentic style, making the sessions unique every time.

Rikke’s classes are dynamic, interactive and deceptively simple. She is passionate about making the classes fun and accessible to anyone.

It doesn’t matter what you look like or how fit you are, Groove sessions encourage participants to dance and move and enjoy themselves.

Local health and wellness facilitators will be on hand at the event.

Amy McMillan of Breathe Calm Yoga is an experienced yoga and mindfulness teacher. Sessions aim to reduce stress, restore natural ease and vitality and create a nurturing space to explore the present moment through yoga, mindful movement and meditation.

Amy runs community classes and workshops in Guildford. The Mindful Yoga sessions at this event will include restorative stretching followed by a guided meditation to reconnect mind and body and bring you back to your natural state of calm and ease.

If you prefer to enjoy a cardio workout, then look no further than Zumba with Gemma.

Zumba is a dance fitness class, where not only do you burn lots of calories, you have fun doing it.

Gemma has a huge variety of routines, to a mix of Latin, pop and soca music. Her zumba classes  are high intensity sessions, but all levels of fitness are welcome as everyone takes it at their own pace.

Marek’s fitness group training sessions are not ‘bootcamps’ or exercise classes. Each class involves core, lower and upper body strengthening exercises, with the main focus on your form and technique, using floor work and circuit high intensity interval training to target strength building and muscular endurance.

His taster session will show you that you can get fitter and stronger while having fun in a non intimidating environment.

Meanwhile, pilates offers a physiotherapy approach to low impact exercise and can be the perfect complement for any rehabilitation program and general fitness and well-being.

Group classes are designed to work your core, spine mobility, balance and posture, while making your exercise routine fun and understanding how your body works.

The classes are run by Lorena Solarte, a chartered physiotherapist who specialises in musculoskeletal disorders and works for the Blackberry Clinic in Guildford.

With floating feet reflexology, qualified reflexologist Nell offers deeply relaxing and restorative classic reflexology treatment.

Reflexology is a holistic therapy, soothing the body, mind and soul. Nell’s treatments offer a moment of tranquillity to nourish body and mind and cultivate some self care and healing.

An 80s dance workout, with instruction from Rebekah Jackson, is a fun class where you dance, sing and re-live the 1980s.

Sessions can be enjoyed by all levels and ages, with the hope that participants will experience the physical results of a challenging but fun workout session which offer wellbeing and happiness benefits that come from dance.

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Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and take a water bottle.

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