On Saturday, December 3, local Nia Black Belt instructor and Nia teacher trainer, Rachael R. Resch offers a special Nia class, “Dance Your Sacred Body.”    The event takes place at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey, #10, in Ashland, 9:30-10:45 am and costs $12.   No previous dance or movement experience necessary.

Immediately following the event there will be a free, 30-minute Q&A session about the Nia White Belt somatic trainings offered by Resch.

“The seven-day, Nia White Belt Training is the first level of a five-belt training series that presents a body-centered approach to health, wellness and fitness,“ says Resch.  “People take the White Belt to deepen their personal  somatic awareness or to become a Nia teacher.”

The Nia Technique® is a sensory-based movement and lifestyle practice for all body types, from the desk-bound to the athletic.   Developed in 1983 by Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas, Nia is based on the joy of movement.   Nia blends nine specific movement forms from dance , martial arts and healing arts, such as modern dance, Tai Chi and yoga to integrate body, mind, emotions and spirit through movement.  Today there are over 2300 Nia teachers in 49 countries.

Rachael Resch, MS PT, LMT, is a certified Nia Black Belt instructor, Nia Next Generation Trainer and owner of Synergy Physical Therapy in Ashland.  She holds degrees in science, religion and dance, and since 1978 has studied with leading teachers in mythopoetics, somatics, energetics and the arts.

For information on Nia Free First Friday, contact Rachael Resch at (541)488-1192.  You can also visit the Nia Southern Oregon web site,, and the Nia international web site at, to learn more.

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