Myofascial Monthly Tune-Up!
A Roll With It Maintenance Series w/ Jen Mast
Myofascial Monthly Tune-Up
Select Monthly Mondays @ 6:30 – 8pm in the RCY Loft & Online
w/ Jen Mast, L.I.C.S.W., E-RYT 500 (IYT), Integrative Functional Yoga Therapist, ChildLight Teen Yoga®, Lifeforce Yoga®
$30 pre-registration / $40 day of workshop
Online registrants receive a recording they can access for 2 weeks after the workshop date.
Let’s Take a Fascial Deep Dive Together!
Journey to better body awareness… reduce pain, increase range of motion, and improve functional movement in a compassionate and sustainable way. Pick your own “body hot spots” to create a sequence for your home practice with Jen’s guidance.
Myofascial Monthly Tune-Up Upcoming Workshops:
March 11th: Home FEET Home: Feet, Ankles, Calves
Let’s tour the “wheels” of our bodies. Our feet literally walk us through life. Everyday starts with our feet hitting the floor and our bodies in motion! 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 named muscles make our feet one of the more complex and unique body parts. The feet are also the furthest body part from the brain and easy to ignore since they are often hidden in shoes! Over time, dropped arches, bunions, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, neuromas, corns and other foot issues can form. This workshop will discuss prevention techniques to keep feet, ankles and calves supple and healthy. We discuss compensations that occur above the knee that may be reflected in the lower leg. We’ll practice strengthening, rolling and ROM techniques to support movement of the lower legs. AND we’ll create our own unique and individualized “FOOT SPA” !
April 8th: Take it to the “NECKS” Level: Neck, Traps, Pecs, and more!
Neck pain is one of the most prevalent issues in our society. Our lack of movement and “cashew” shaped backs create the perfect storm for tension in the upper back and neck causing overcompensation and weakness in the core, hips and general poor posture, thus resulting in fascial thickening, tension and pain. I am often asked, “how do I stretch my neck?” Often, it’s strength and stability that we need as stretch may actually be exacerbating the issues. In this workshop we’ll practice creative ways to open muscles of respiration for better breathing and nervous system re-balancing, we’ll examine the muscles that are locked short and those that are locked long, we’ll relax into exercises that aid in releasing tight tender “hot spots’ that can cause headaches, nerve pain and even eye issues. AND as a treat we’ll explore a glorious lymph sequence for immune health.
May 20th: SPECIAL BONUS ROLLING WORKSHOP: Bottom to Top – Whole Body Work-In
Let’s enjoy a 90 minute full body massage from head to toe. We’ll get a little goopier from the inside out and create an internal fascial slushy! Rolling can be one of the easiest and fastest ways to shift from high stress overload to recovery mode. Let this workshop pamper you with mindful breathing techniques, creative prop options, deep stretching and of course, a full “ROLL” out with the intended goal of moving you into a state of deep relaxation. This workshop will be full of surprises with novel therapeutic approaches focused on pain reduction, generating ease, giving us the skills and sense to truly embody our bodies! You’ll get some time to pick your own “body hot spots” and with Jen’s guidance create a sequence for your home practice. Let’s get curious in our self care, body laboratory!
Jen Mast, L.I.C.S.W., E-RYT 500 (IYT), Integrative Functional Yoga Therapist, ChildLight Teen Yoga®, Lifeforce Yoga®
Stepping onto the mat everyday has allowed me to stay grounded in the things that are truly important. Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease over a decade ago, my life took an unpredictable turn. Things that were easy became difficult and I felt as though I had lost part of myself. It was during this time that I deepened my spiritual practice. Yoga helped to heal the aches and pains that came with autoimmunity, it improved my energy and my mood. It allowed me to show up each day for my friends, loved ones and most importantly myself.
Yoga’s transformational abilities led me on a new path to become a yoga instructor combining my past work as a Licensed Social Worker with my new path in yoga therapy, functional movement through yoga and myofascial release. As we bring all levels of a person’s being into balance, true healing occurs. Moving beyond illness and discomfort, we are able to live life to our fullest expression.
Jen completed her 300-hour at Kripalu with Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) in 2016 where she trained under Joseph and Lillian LePage and Maria Mendola (Integrative Functional Yoga Therapy). Jen furthered her study and attended an intensive training with Maria in Tucson, learning various techniques for myofascial release, therapeutic movements and exercises to rebalance alignment and long held patterns. In 2018, Jen completed a weekend training in The Roll Model Method® and a Ball Rolling Techniques Workshop with David Vendetti – both for myofascial release.
Her extensive work with athletes, injuries and chronic illness in both group and private settings inform her teaching style which infuses safety, mindfulness, alignment principals, unique uses of props and functional therapeutic movements, and of course a lot of humor and fun! Through the pandemic, Jen has continued to train and deepen her own practice with Susi Hately, Functional Synergy™ and a Monthly Mentor Workshop with Jill Miller, Roll Model Method™.