Motion Center Mom + Baby is in transition and yes, it's a lot like the transition before birth! To learn more about what we are birthing, please visit the About page.
Birthing and postpartum workshops, doula services, infant massage and massage therapy information can be found by clicking the links. As always, feel free to email us with questions or for referrals. Visit our FAQ's page for answers to commonly asked questions.
CLASS SCHEDULE: No classes 9/30, 10/3, 10/7
Mondays: (next parent + baby world dance series begins October 12 and runs 5 weeks - no class November 1. *Preregister only)
Tuesdays: (Toddler Yoga 5 or 10 week class passes, October 13-December 22. No class 11/24, *Preregistration Only.
Wednesdays: (next infant massage series: Oct 14, 21, 29, Nov 11, 18)
Fridays (next Friday Parent + Baby class series runs Oct 16-Dec 18)
Saturdays: (next infant massage series runs Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6)
Weekly Class Descriptions:
(visit the workshops page for specialty classes)
Prenatal yoga, Mom + Baby yoga, Hatha Yoga for Everyone
Expectant mothers explore the changes their bodies are undergoing, and prepare for the brilliant and intense experience of childbirth and mothering. Classes focus on providing structural support during pregnancy and preparing for labor. They incorporate gentle strengthening, stretching, body awareness and breath exercises. Special emphasis is placed on building pelvic floor and core strength to support the body through natural structural changes, and on developing mental focus and calm through breath and awareness practices.
Parent + Baby Yoga
Mom+Baby yoga classes provide moms (or dads/caregivers) a relaxed space to connect with other parents. Classes explore the physical and emotional joys and headaches of caring for an infant. Yoga postures and breathwork focus on supporting postpartum healing and easing physical and emotional strain caused by round-the-clock infant care. While classes focus on the mother/father, infant massage and movement exercises are included to support infant health and parent-infant bonding.
Toddler + Parent Yoga*
For 2 to 3.5 year olds. Our yoga classes are designed to help children find safe ways to explore the extremes of their natural activity, while parents gain the tools to work with the exuberant and sometimes overwhelming energy of little children.
Classes will engage toddlers through story-based yoga practices and sensory integration exercises. This will help the children explore their full range of activity and feelings--from wild things to cuddlers, and love bunnies to fierce tigers--and in turn, parents will discover how to create a safe responses to the often unnerving energy level of these little forces of nature, without being overcome by anger, fear, or overwhelm!
Hatha Yoga for Everyone
This class is provided to support adult's self-care (parent and non-parent alike). Asana (posture) practice, pranayama (breath work), and meditation guide us into listening more deeply to our experience--physical mental, emotional and energetic. Gradually, learning to sense our inner world, we can to discover how it guides us toward deeper health and care for ourselves and others.
Mom + Baby World Dance
Moms will dance to Latin American and African rhythms with babies safely in a wrap. Babies will experience the brain-maturing power of rhythmic movement as well as the comfort and assurance of being close to mom (or dad's) heartbeat. Please bring your front or back carrier and we will help evaluate if it will work for class. Optimal carriers are soft carriers of the Moby Wrap style.
•learn how to support baby in a sling in a way that is safe for both mom's back and baby's developing body-structure.
•move in ways that provide baby with a "massage-like" movement experience reminiscent of their world in utero.
•move in ways that stimulate the integration of baby's base senses (vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile), which is an essential pre-requisite for most kinds of learning.
•learn how to access and exercise deep abdominal muscles (those that hold the belly in, pregnant or not) in a fun and stimulating way.
•sweat, have fun and dance, dance, dance...
Please visit workshops page for registration information.
"Kaeli supported me through every step of my pregnancy – she’s not just an experienced and responsive massage therapist but an attentive listener, a restorative healer and a teacher. She helped me to relax, build my confidence in preparation for birth, and connect with my body during this crazy and magical time." ~ A.G., Providence, R.I.
"Kaeli’s wonderful work was a godsend during my pregnancy. She enabled me to feel a blissful sense of wellbeing and she resolved my backaches too." ~ C.P., Providence, R.I.
"Prenatal yoga and prenatal massage at the Motion Center made my pregnancy significantly more comfortable." ~ L.H., Providence
"I love this prenatal/mom & baby yoga class where I'm able to come with my baby and enjoy stretching and breathing with him around. Is a good body-mind break and a great way to start the day. Kaeli is the best." ~ C. D., Providence, RI