Root Down Low

Image Description: photograph of an old tree in front of a body of water, possibly dead, with roots exposed. The sky is gray and cloudy with little bit of sun poking through as the sun is setting. The dirt that it is on is dark brown. To the left is a beige color block with brown writing that says in “ROOT DOWN LOW.” On the bottom is a beige color block with brown writing that says, “An Access-Centered Movement class utilizing Polyvagal Theory to regulate our nervous systems, heal trauma, and reduce pain.” To the right is ACM logo, a purple triangle with rainbow outline and vertical white letters spelling “ACM.”

 

Tuesdays 5pm PST via Zoom

Access Info:

  • Can provide Closed Captioning with 72 hour prior request (please email)
  • Please also message me at least 72 hours in advance
  • If you have other access needs that you do not feel I could support day of

Join Jess of Access-Centered Movement® for a class rooted in Polyvagal Theory, which indicates that dysfunction of the two vagus nerves (long cranial nerves that controls various muscles and organs) and the spinal sympathetic chain can be responsible for a myriad of psychological and physical symptoms, including but not limited to: depression, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, insomnia, hypervigilence, chronic pain, TMJ, auditory and visual processing disorders, brain fog, dissociation, MCS, migraines, fatigue, etc. Those of us with histories of trauma can be more susceptible to dysregulated vagus nerves and that toning the dorsal vagus branch/sympathetic chain and stimulating the ventral vegus branch can help us in our journey to heal trauma and pain. For those of us with chronic physical pain (fibromyalgia, etc.), who have histories of trauma, regulating the vagus nerve can help relieve the chronic pain cycle.

Utilizing Somatics, Polyvagal Theory, visualizations, gentle movement, yoga, Feldenkrais, and earth-based wisdom, each class will offer tools and support to hopefully leave you feeling rooted and held–helping us out of fight/flight and shutdown and into the social nervous state, where we feel relaxed and embodied. I hope is that you will be able to take his tools home with you to continue regulating your nervous system and healing trauma.

We will be using the “Access-Centered Framework”, which is trauma-informed, intersectional (we work to dismantle oppression and hierarchies at all times), consent-based, and will never expect you to “adapt” to the exercises we offer—we will change the exercise to meet your needs. While we will be offering suggestions to keep your practice as safe as possible, everything we offer is invitational as we believe that you know your bodymind best. We will offer you space to advocate for your needs, and we encourage you and invite you to take up that space.

This ongoing class series will be sliding scale with scholarship options. We humbly ask that you offer as much as you can sustainably, knowing that Jess is a very low-income disabled teacher and that this is her life’s work.

You MUST register:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_1hkXe7OTFiTz2rMAAxhpiPa2_V8BSz_a6DEfSoNQDLrN9w/viewform

You MUST prepay to attend this class.

Sliding Scale (no one turned away for lack of funds– you must contact Jess at a time if you cannot afford the sliding scale):

Black community members: you are more than invited to come freely, if that is wanted.

$20-$40+. We highly encourage people (especially white folks) who have financial access to pay as much as they can (perhaps more than $40) to help fund folks who do not have access.

The only way that this model works successfully is when people give what they authentically can, remembering that we are all conditioned in a model of scarcity and that it is often uncomfortable to give in this framework. For people who cannot afford the sliding scale: we will are offering scholarships to low income folks. Priority for BIPOC.

Please contact Jess via email (accesscenteredmovement@gmail.com) to request a scholarship briefly explaining your situation.

Please submit your pre-payments to jess.schles@gmail.com via paypal or @Jess-Dene via Venmo. FB message us or email us at the email below if you need to pay another way. No refunds except for health/disability related reasons. Please email us if you have any issues, regarding access needs, or scholarships – accesscenteredmovement@gmail.com

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About the Teacher:
Jess (whte, queer, disabled) began practicing movement and meditation 18 years ago to manage her chronic pain and complex PTSD. She found, however, that most classes were not accessible for her needs. With the support of Disability Justice activists, she created Access-Centered Movement: a trauma-informed and intersectional framework that attempts to dismantle hierarchies of bodies and minds in movement spaces. Jess received her 200 RYT from Niroga Institute in 2016 and uses her vast knowledge of yoga therapy, dance, Pilates, Feldenkrais, Somatics, Vipassana meditation, earth-based magic, and her lived experience as a sick and disabled queer survivor to offer support for those suffering from trauma and physical/emotional pain. Aware that the ancestors of some of the spiritual traditions she practices are not her own, she is committed to decolonizing her practice.