FAQ

Covid-19 Update Jan 2021: Due to 'code red' restrictions, all services are currently on-line. 

 

General precautions related to reduce spread Covid-19 (in-person);

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 Suite 230 - 600 St. Anne's Rd (Purely Massage). 

Parking:

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

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

Entrances:

  • Home Studio is in the lower level. Please enter via garage which opens 15 minutes prior to class start times. 

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

Allergies: 

A cat is in the home studio but not in the studio during classes. Essential oils are sometimes diffused. Let Joy know if you have allergies and precautions will be taken. 

Accessibility:

Physical: 600 St. Anne's Rd has elevator access. Navigating stairs with a hand-held railing is required at home studio.

Financial: I am partnered with The Community Care Fund. If you need assistance accessing services with me, please reach out to me and/or apply for your own funding. 

Register & payment:

Group Classes: Due to limited space, advanced registration with payment is required to confirm your seat. Classes 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. $25 fee 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’.  It is an emerging field with promising results helping improve self awareness, release and heal stored stress.  Joy offers a variety of felt-sense practices to suit individual needs, including SomaSensing Somatic Movement Therapy, Numa Breathwork, Yoga and Bodymind Ballwork in both group and private settings. 

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 $3-$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.  


Other questions;

Do you have a sliding scale fees/discounts?  

Joy supports and offers discounted services though The Community Care Fund. If you are experiencing financial hardship and need assistance to access my services, reach out to me or apply for yourself for services with me. 

 

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. 

Do you offer workshops?

Yes. Visit the home page of this site or bookings to see what’s on the calendar. I enjoy collaborating with other practitioners to create workshops and retreats. 

 

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