Kentro® Workshops and Teacher Certification

Angie at a fountain

Introduction

Angelika Thusius, founder of the KENTRO® Body Balance method, invites you to participate in her Immersion workshops! These workshops offer a deepening experience of Kentro, as well as credit hours toward Teacher Certification. The classes are kept small with a 'Greek approach' to learning - an intimate setting which generates a heartful and inquisitive attitude to your body. Combining the Kentro centering movements with this attitude is the portal for your body to release old ‘holding patterns’ on a daily basis. You can look forward to moving with great freedom, as you are designed by Nature.

With Kentro (Greek for 'center') you can discover an efficient way to resolve muscle and joint pain yourself. You do not have to push your body "into shape" or "correct your posture." Merging the simple, practical Kentro movements with your ordinary activities lets your body foster effortless strength and ease, as you grow older. Kentro is a pleasurable 'recipe' for letting healthy motion happen, spontaneously.

Students will progressively feel a joyous ecological connection between their movements, their everyday living and the environment. ‘Ecology’ is a composite of two Greek words: Oikos (house) originally described the heart-warming hearth space in a house, where family and friends rested and restored themselves; logos (word) was expanded by ancient Greek philosophers to encompass the divine or natural animating force pervading the universe. Centering yourself with your activities will help you discover satisfying feelings of “being at home” in your body. Your “essential aliveness” thrives through spirited movements, while relaxing or working.

The workshops and Certification Program emphasize a whole-body approach. Bones, muscles and other soft tissues are, by their very nature, centered with each other, which is easily observed in young children. The Kentro centering movements enable our bodies to restore this vitalizing motion. Neuromusculoskeletal well-being generates a kind and contented sense of ourselves. This original and radical principle is at "the bones" of the Kentro experience. Committing to the Certification Program is a choice to enliven natural flexibility and strength in ourselves and others.

Each day
my body
moves freely
sensuous
and sweet
to meet
my soul
each day

Immersion Workshops

Workshop Overview

~ Immersion workshops and private classes earn credit hours for Teacher Certification
~ Each 3-day Immersion workshop will offer 15 or more class hours.
~ Throughout the workshops and private classes, students will benefit from progressively deepening stages of:

  • Lasting resolution of postural pain and stiffness.
  • Feeling grounded, enjoying your reshaped body and motion.
  • Understanding the body's inherent anatomical resiliency.
  • Sensing vitalizing comfort throughout your body.
  • Feeling strong and flexible through your activities.

Prerequisites*

~ 14 group classes and 2 private classes
~ OR a total of 6 private classes

*Shorter, beginner workshops may not require these prerequisites.

Tuition

~ Immersion workshop cost varies: $270-$350 per 3-day sessions
~ Private classes are one-hour long. Cost: $70 per class (10% off for 65 and older)
~ You may pay the fee through Paypal or send a check to Angelika Thusius (contact
Angie for details)

Teacher Certification Program

Program Overview

Kentro's Healing Foundation

In the initial workshops and private classes, students may expect their bodies’
innate healing potential to spring into action. They will become more familiar with the
difference between straining and centering their bodies. Enjoying new feelings of relaxed,
open-bodied expression, suppleness and strength are common experiences. When babies
first learn to walk, they sense right away how to walk with ease. Kentro helps our bodies
return to the exuberance and pleasurable motion we had as young children. Students will
take their “first steps” toward a solid foundation for exploring centered, smooth motion.

Basic Certification

Future teachers will attend 8 Immersion workshops and 9 private classes. Once
students have experienced a minimum of centering changes, developed their sensibilities
and understand structural function, they will receive the Basic Teacher Certification, and
can teach the 12 basic Kentro movements to small groups, at the discretion of Angie
Thusius. An annual weekend class will broaden the instructor’s artistry and subtle aspects
of our physical Beingness (cups of tea all around!)

Advanced Certification - Refinement and Expansion

Students who wish to further expand their teaching capabilities may attend 4
additional Immersion Workshops and 4 private classes, to accumulate sufficient credit
hours to obtain the Advanced Teacher Certification, at the discretion of Ms. Thusius. This
Certification prepares instructors to teach all Kentro movements, in private and group
settings. They may convey Kentro guidelines to help students with severe
musculoskeletal symptoms and rehabilitation needs. Also they will feel confident in
recommending Kentro movements for specific activities: sitting at desks, yoga, farmwork,
weight-lifting, hiking, etc. Graduates can expect consistent unfolding of the subtle,
enjoyable aspects of centered strength and ease in their own everyday living.

Synopsis of Class Topics

Throughout the Certification program, the following topics will broaden the student's
experience and understanding of Kentro:

  • An innovative, dynamic approach to basic anatomy: Sensing optimal function
    and feeling centered motion
  • Relevant Structural Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology
  • The Kentro centering movements
  • Kentro movements as a foundation for all activities
  • How Kentro can help people of all walks of life
  • Merging a relaxed attitude towards your body with centering guidelines
    for effortless fitness
  • Combining the centering movements for relieving
  • specific joint, nerve, muscle and other soft tissue symptoms
  • Trusting your body's naturally healing motion
  • Letting your body reshape you into natural strength and ease
  • Using your hands to center your body
  • How to teach Kentro with confidence

Program Description

Program Prerequisites *

For joining the Immersion workshops:
~ 14 group classes and 2 private classes
~ OR a total of 6 private classes


* Additional Prerequisites for joining the Program:

  • Reading the book “Kentro Body Balance, The Secret Pleasures of Posture”
  • Practicing with the Kentro DVD “Movements For a Healthy Back & Body”
  • Readiness to use wedges and the ability to lie down on thin mats for long periods of time
  • A notebook for your Kentro comments
  • 1 fleece fabric wedge (approx. 1.25 yards long)

Classes

Kentro moves you beyond depleting beliefs and assumptions about your body. By attending the workshops sequentially, you are helping your body be in charge, giving it time to reshape you into enduring ease of movement. Trusting your body stabilizes your pleasurable sense of centered motion, through steady exposure to the communal class experience.

~The program includes:
8 (three-day) Immersion workshops ~and~ 9 Private classes (one hour each)

~Three or more workshops will be available per year

~You may begin taking workshops toward Certification at any time

Location and Dates

Most Workshop Sessions will be in Ashland, Oregon.
The next Immersion Workshop will be in October:
Session 1: October, 27-29, 2017
Session 2: April, 2018*
Session 3: July, 2018*

*Dates to be announced

Application form

Students will have a short interview with Angie, after filling-out an application form, no
later than upon completion of their 6th Immersion workshop.

Application Form Link

Credits

~ All workshops and private classes earn credit hours toward Teacher Certification.
~ Students may also receive credits from shorter workshops.
~ Additional credits for Local students:
Students who have been studying Kentro (for more than three years) may have some of
their group classes count towards Certification hours.

Make-Up Classes

If a student misses a day or an entire Immersion Workshop Session, they can catch up by
scheduling 2 private classes per missed Session-day.

Certification Essentials

~After 6 Immersion workshops, teachers-in-training, outside of class time, will complete:

  • Informal project (10-minute long) to share. Students can become engaged in any
    subject which encompasses centered motion, overseen by Angie. The project can
    be presented through film, writing, photography, art or other creative mediums.
  • Three case histories about three “volunteer students”
  • Interactive Oral review with Angie takes place during a private class
  • Independent studies. Angie will be available to support students with their
    particular exploration of movements, readings and questions, in-between
    workshops.

~ Certification will be given at the discretion of Angelika Thusius. After assessment, if
she feels that the student is not ready to teach the twelve basic Kentro movements,
students may take further classes, at a 20% discount, to obtain Certification.

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Of course, the Teacher Certification is accompanied by a celebration.

“Life without celebrations is like a long road without inns”
-Demokritos

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For a quick response to questions about this program,
please call Angie: 541-944-1942

KentroBodyBalance@gmail.com
KentroBodyBalance.com