Types of Fitness Services
Cardio Resistance Training
Outdoor Engagement/Activities Training
Our services have a specific focus on building a sustainable exercise practice that meets our clients' health and wellness goals. Sustainable practice means a practice that you can enjoy that you can practice long term and will not lead to injury/ more stress on the body and mind.
Fitness taught in this manner can help combat the effects of chronic stress, and create opportunities for active relaxation... and enjoyable, deliberate, intentional movement!
Our trauma-informed approach allows us to provide safe and supportive services to clients currently focusing on managing specific mental health symptoms. It also allows us to support patrons focusing on recovery of acute, chronic and/or traumatic stress.
How do we do this?
We do not prescribe exercise practices, meaning that you are welcome to provide feedback along the way. Our approaches are not fully number-focused and rigid. We recommend a fitness plan and we adapt it to your needs along the way by learning more about what you need at different points in time.
Healing is not linear!
In addition, we do not subscribe to toxic fitness culture and we avoid creating a practice that is not connected to the promotion of your quality of life and to the lifestyle you want to create for yourself. (Weight does not equal health)
When we work out, we don't only work on a physical level, and acknowledging this is one step towards healthier movement practices.
Examples of Yoga teaching practices we provide in our sessions:
Yoga with the support of a chair, props and wall. Don't be fooled! Chair yoga IS a way of connecting to the body-mind that is as valid (and as involved) as Yoga practiced on the floor/mat. Yoga does not rank practices in terms of difficulty as this is a Western view. It is not performance-based, it is experience based.
Yoga that focuses on passive stretches where one is fully supported by blankets, pillows and bolsters to increase a relaxation response on the muscles. The practice will probably look different every day. Some days it might energize you, others it might make you feel rested and others it might make you feel anxious. tell your provider! This practice can give you tools to truly start honoring rest and learn what works for you.
Pre and Post Natal Yoga
Yoga to support you in preparing for birth and support you after birth from when the doctor recommends you starting practice to 2 years out.
Yoga can promote a safe space to connect to the body and the mind in real-time and non-judgmentally. This means you are encouraged to be a gentle observer of your practice.
Yoga is an ancient practice and we honor its roots by not making it a "yoga workout", but also seeing how the practice can beautifully be integrated in your life.
If you look up yoga online, you might see different photos and pictures of a commercialized version of the practice. We want to clarify this with a few statements, especially if you see photos of poses that seem like acrobatics or if you don't see yourself represented in those photos:
1. Yoga is for everybody (and every body). All asana practice (mindful movement postures that focus on balance, strengthening and lengthening muscles and connecting breath to movement) can be accessible to all. Each posture has variations and you can do postures on a chair, on the floor, wall, with support of yoga props (or not). They all have the same focus and they are not different in benefits. They are the same practice.
2. You do not need to dress in a specific way to practice yoga. Breathable and comfortable clothes are the only thing necessary.
3. With AWP you do not have to spend a lot of money on equipment (unless you wish to do so) to practice yoga. We have a swap closet for athletic clothing and yoga/gym equipment. Can't bring something to swap? Spread the word, ask your friends and family to donate, take a photo and share this is available. This is also contributing a lot! We can also guide you to second hand stores who have excellent athletic gear as well as support you in finding good equipment on Craigstlist.
4. You have agency and a voice in each class, as we understand that a beneficial movement and mindfulness practice is also a practice where you feel present, seen and heard and empowered. We encourage you to talk to your teachers, ask questions, request variations of poses that work best for you (See Point 1)
Examples of Interventions Included in Nutrition Services:
Tours of MKE [food] spaces that promote accessibility to health-supportive food.
Creation of an adapted nutrition plan (fully customized to you and/or your family!)
Cooking classes for all abilities and levels of mobility (sensory-friendly approach!)
Trauma-sensitive and mental health informed services.
Articulation of services with your health providers and mental health providers (if you wish and ask for this support).
Focus on digestion and gut health and how this impacts your daily life.
Culturally-affirming food taught by a team that seeks continuing ed in regards to this and connects with cultural liaisons, too.
Support in adapting/organizing your kitchen space so you can better use the space you've got. Minimalist approach. ADA informed, if needed.
Accessibility to food can be limited during times of recovery and during times of stress. Whether it's because of low income and limited budget, lack of transportation, health symptoms, heightened stress and work hours (and COVID), having a provider to help you simplify the process or eating wholesome food, preparing it and budgeting can be important.
Our nutrition providers will learn your preferences and preferred diet (vegan, vegetarian, Mediterranean, etc.) and will support you in making food an important part of your recovery. Medical health symptoms are fully taken into account with the dietitian team. They will also share knowledge about resources in the community.
We adapt our spaces and our cooking tools to all ranges of fine motor skills, mobility and sensory needs. We are in the process of creating an autism-friendly kitchen.
We respect your cultural diet preferences.
Supported Sensory Deprivation Experience/ Relaxation Practice
3-session consultation, 8-week program,12- week program, ongoing
Adapted to meet your clinical physical and mental health needs.
The floating experience is recreated in specialized environments (private floating rooms/pods/pools) that allow one to get away from the noise and sensory overload of modern life.
The pods and pools are filled with warm water saturated with Epsom Salts. This creates a dense salt water solution that is maintained at a specific gravity and temperature, allowing participants to effortlessly float on their back while the water hovers just above the ears.
Float therapy offers relief and benefits to the nervous system which are cumulative, they build on themselves with each subsequent session. Though flotation is an “effortless” therapy, the body and mind can actually learn relaxation with each session.
You will have the support of a skilled Mindfulness provider (trauma-sensitive) so as to learn how to navigate floating in the pod and to create opportunities to learn relaxation skills as well as centering and breathing practices that can help enhance the effect of the floating experience. They will help you learn about your own sensory needs to reach a relaxation response and they are also an accessibility presence for you.
You can communicate with providers before, during and after the session to ask questions, practice breathing exercises, explore mindfulness practices and talk about the experience.