FAQ

Precautions related to reduce spread Covid-19 and seasonal flu;

I care about your safety, comfort, and privacy. Thus, the following are in place for group classes and private sessions with me;

  • In-person classes (max. 7 participants) with mat spacers 6 ft apart.

  • Stay home if you are ill. Short notice cancellations for private sessions  due to illness will not be charged.

  • Bring your own yoga mat, belt and balls for Bodymind Ballwork (yoga belts and balls available for purchase - you can borrow clean balls to determine which ones suit you best). 

  • Bolsters, blankets and head cushions are provided (covers that are cleaned between each use). 

  • Hand rails, door knobs, washroom surfaces, chairs and walls are wiped between classes. 

  • Clean hands prior to entering (hand washing facilities and sanitizer available). 

  • Initial the attendance and health declaration sign in sheet each visit. 

  • Masks are not required for practicing. They may be required for entering/exiting/moving around the space (i.e. public health order).

  • If required, classes may be moved on-line (using zoom) or postponed.

  • Private sessions can be modified as needed to ensure client comfort. 

  • If you have needs that have not been addressed by the above, please contact Joy. 

Locations: 

  • Group in-person classes are at 164 Vista Ave in South St. Vital. 

  • Private sessions are offered at multiple locations;

    • Wednesday (230-9pm) Suite 230 - 600 St. Anne's Rd (Purely Massage). Elevator access​. 

    • Thursday (5-9pm) Suite 209 - 161 Stafford St (Safe Harbour Therapy). No elevator.

    • All other times @ home studio.

 

Parking:

  • At home studio, park on street or in driveway.

  • 600 St. Anne's Rd has a large parking lot

  • 161 Stafford Street is street parking (observe signs at rush hour).

Entrances:

  • Home Studio is in the lower level. Please enter via garage which opens 15 minutes prior to class start times. For private sessions, arrive just in time as I have no waiting area. 

  • 600 St. Anne's - Suite 230 (Purely Massage). Elevator access.   

  • 161 Stafford Street - Suite 209 (Safe Harbour Therapy) No elevator! Waiting area upstairs.

Allergies: 

A cat is in the home studio but not in the studio during classes. Essential oils are sometimes diffused. 

Accessibility:

600 St. Anne's Rd has elevator access. Navigating stairs with a hand-held railing is required at home studio and at 161 Stafford Street.

Register & payment:

Group Classes: Due to limited space, advanced registration with payment is required to confirm your seat. Classes tend to fill up quickly. Book your class online to reserve your seat in a class. Payment is required 72 hrs after booking to confirm your seat, otherwise the spot may be offered to others on the wait list. You can pay online using credit card,  manually via e-transfer (joy@joysomatics.ca) and in person with cheque, cash or credit card.

Drop-ins and waitlists:

Drop ins are welcomed when space allows. You must contact Joy Somatics ahead to confirm availability. Text 204-919-2929 for quick, same day response.

If classes are full, email joy@joysomatics and request to be added to a specific class wait list.

Booking a Private Session; 

Book online. Payment accepted on-line or in person at appointment. If you are not sure what to book, contact me to discuss how I might be of service to you. 

Cancellation policy:

Group Classes: No refunds, exchanges, or credit for missed classes.

Private Classes: 24 hour notice is required for cancellation and rescheduling. Fees may be applied for less than 24 hrs notice. 

Questions about the practices:

 

What is Somatics?

Somatics is a field within bodywork and movement studies which emphasizes physical perception and experience. It stems from the latin word, soma, meaning ‘the body as perceived from within’.  

What is yoga?

The word yoga means ‘to yolk or unite’ and is often described as felt wholeness or oneness of the physical body, mind and spirit. This state of yoga can be achieved in a large variety of ways, including and not limited to various yoga practices, somatic movement, meditation, art, dance or simply being deeply present in nature. There are many, many paths in.

What is 'somatic-approach yoga'?

Although Joy has extensive training in therapeutic yoga alignment, her yoga classes are currently also influenced by her on-going somatic studies. That means, we let go of the idea that there is a right and wrong way to move. We practice cultivating awareness of our own bodies through felt sense. Expect to be guided into movement and various shapes (yoga postures) with options to find variations that work for your body.  In my classes, you have permission to explore what works best for you (and I'm here to help with suggestions). 

What is Bodymind Ballwork? Where do I get balls?

Bodymind Ballwork is a mindful self massage method that uses variety of rubber balls and gentle pressure to release tension and stress. Balls are available for sale and range from $1-$14 each. Joy includes about 15 minutes of Bodymind Ballwork in every yoga class, and offers workshops and private lessons. 

What should I consider when choosing a yoga studio or teacher?

I recommend you drop in with a few teachers/studios to see what feels like a 'fit'.  A few things to consider;

  • Class size & safety is limited to 7 with personal guidance as needed.

  • Qualifications & experience. Learn more about Joy.

  • What level of class are you looking for? I offer basic level classes. If you are looking for advanced level yoga with peak poses to 'accomplish', this isn't your place. (I used to practice that way but it's not where I'm at anymore). If you are looking for basic simple ways to tune up and refresh your body, you will likely enjoy it here. 

What is fascia?

Myo means muscle and fascia is connective tissue. Fascia is a specialized, dense web that covers, interconnects and interpenetrates our entire body. It is a continuous structure, linking the entire body like the yarn of a sweater. It is a sensory tissue that shapes us and is shaped by what we think, feel, how we move and don't move. Acute and chronic stress and surgery create myofascial restrictions creating pain, tension and/or lack of motion.  

What is the difference between Numa Breathwork and SomaSensing somatic movement?

Both of these modalities are aimed at regulating the nervous system and providing opportunity for discharge of held emotions and energy in our tissues, reduce tension and access more resiliency. Both practices use felt sense, curiosity and self-compassion and guidance. 

 

  • SomaSensing somatic movement is a mindfulness in motion practice based on current facial research, the Polyvagal Theory and biotensegrity principles. We practice tuning in to felt sense with in the body and finding simple, gentle movements that feel good.  With guidance and  you will find intuitive movement patterns to release tension, hydrate tissues and settle your nervous system. Read more about it here.

  • Numa Breathwork is a deeper dive for curious self-growth oriented people, offered privately and in group sessions. Participants lay down and are guided in a simple breathing technique  to enable the exploration and release of subconscious material and tension. Read more about it here. 


Other questions;

Do you have a sliding scale fees/discounts?  

I offer discounts for private sessions for those currently experiencing financial hardship. Contact Joy to discuss your unique needs. 

 

Do you teach in schools or workplaces?

Yes. I often work with high school students and in workplaces. Please contact me to discuss your groups needs. This can be arranged in person with physical distancing, outdoors and on zoom. 

20. Do you offer workshops?

Yes. Visit the home page of this site or bookings to see what’s on the calendar.

 

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