Rafael Moreno Scholarship Awards

Rafael Moreno Scholarship Awards

Rafael Moreno Scholarship Winners

This year we received an unprecidented number of applications for the Annual Rafael Moreno Scholarship program.  Our industry has been hit particularly hard by the Covid Crisis with many wellness professionals unable to work.  In response we have been able to offer a little hope to some of the leaders in wellness and we are delighted to announce that six applicants have been awarded this year’s Rafael Moreno Scholarship.

Congratulations to the following inspirational people on being awarded this year’s Rafael Moreno Scholarships

  • Renay Jacobs – Hertfordshire,UK
  • Lyndsay Murray – Northern Ireland
  • Debbie Ansell – NSW, Australia
  • Diane Hollebone – NSW Australia
  • Tina Dale – Adelaide, Australia
  • Michelle Brown -Liverpool, UK

This scholarship was inspired by ChiBall Master Trainer, Rafael Moreno, and his love of sharing the gift of movement, including with people who are challenged in funding their further education in this area. Rafael created the Dance of the Dragon Choreography and features in the Video available for imediate download from our online store.  You can watch a short sample of the video from the Dance of the Dragon.

Sadly, Rafael passed away in 2007. This scholarship programme was created as a symbol of his colleagues’ admiration for him, his generosity of spirit, love of life and embodiment of the values of The ChiBall Method™.

Rafael touched many people’s lives and so with this scholarship we honour his memory in a way that continues to carry his vision forward and share his passion with the world.

The scholarship is open to applicants who can demonstrate a commitment to benefiting their local community with movement and mindfulness.  The Shcolarship offers full access to all Four parts of the standard ChiBall Teacher Training course valued at $499.

Congratulations once again to this year’s recipients, we look forward to hearing about your ChiBall Journey.

Photo Credit Ellis Garvey

Rafael Moreno Scholarship

Rafael Moreno Scholarship

Rafael Marino Scholarship

Applications are now open for the Rafael Moreno Chiball Teacher Training Scholarship.

This scholarship was inspired by ChiBall Master Trainer, Rafael Moreno, and his love of sharing the gift of movement, including with people who are challenged in funding their further education in this area. Rafael created the Dance of the Dragon Choreography and features in the Video available for imediate download from our online store.  You can watch a short sample of the video from the Dance of the Dragon.

Sadly, Rafael passed away in 2007. This scholarship programme was created as a symbol of his colleagues’ admiration for him, his generosity of spirit, love of life and embodiment of the values of The ChiBall Method™.

Rafael touched many people’s lives and so with this scholarship we honour his memory in a way that continues to carry his vision forward and share his passion with the world.

The scholarship is open to applicants who can demonstrate a commitmemt to benefiting their local community with movement and mindfulness.  We only ask in return that you share your ChiBall experiences with the wider community on our facebook page and through a training diary that we can share on our websites or newsletters. This doesn’t need to be too personal or detailed and we ask you to only share what you are comfortable with.

The Scolarship offers full access to all Four parts of the standard ChiBall Teacher Training course valued at $499. If this is something that you feel comfortable in applying for we ask you please tell us more about yourself, and your activities and motivations, and how the scholarship will help you to achieve your personal or career goals. (approx. 500 words).

Please submit applications by 28 August 2020 to info@chiBall.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Keeping Your ChiBall Clean

Keeping your exercise equipment clean is an important task for anyone who shares equipment.  At ChiBall we take this issue very seriously and have developed a range of sanitising sprays that both clean your ChiBalls and refresh their aroma.  Our ChiAroma sprays are made from ethically sourced essential oils, teatree oil which is added for it’s anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, purified water and a natural plant based emulsifier which binds it all together.  The ChiAroma’s are made by Buckley and Philips who are based in Victoria, Australia.

Use 2 or 3 sprays of the ChiAroma Mist on your ChiBall, yoga mat or gym equipment and wipe clean to sanitize and rejuvenate the fragrance.  ChiAroma Mist can also be used as a room spray and before exercise to give harmony, balance and wellbeing.  They have been tested on humans not animals and come in a handy 100ml spray bottle.

For more information please see our ChiAroma page.

SUMMER SOLSTICE AND WINTER SOLSTICE AND ITS EFFECT TO OUR BODY’S NATURAL RHYTHM

SUMMER SOLSTICE AND WINTER SOLSTICE AND ITS EFFECT TO OUR BODY’S NATURAL RHYTHM

The June solstice is coming – which is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. It usually happens between June 20 and 22, when we have longer days than nights on this specific season since the sun’s zenith is at its furthest point from the equator. On the June solstice, it reaches its northernmost point and the Earth’s North Pole tilts directly towards the sun, at about 23.4 degrees.

June solstice is also known as the Northern Solstice because it occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere. On this solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west, meaning it’s visible in the sky for a longer period of time.

In many places around the world, the summer solstice represents the beginning of summer, which could have several tangible health benefits including better sleep and a more positive mood.

During this season, people tend to feel better and have a slight elevation in their mood. This may be because the additional sunlight helps to regulate our internal clock, known as circadian rhythm because our eyes’ light receptors have an easier time recognizing when it’s time to wake up and fall asleep.

On the other hand, during Winter solstice (happens between December 21 or 22), there will have the shortest days and longest nights in the Northern hemisphere – which is the official first day of the winter season – at least on this side of the planet. The tilt of the Earth causes the change in seasons, and during the winter solstice, in particular, the Earth’s Northern hemisphere is farthest away from the sun.

This can affect your body’s circadian rhythm, which regulates your normal sleep cycles, as well as your ability to produce melatonin, aka your body’s sleep hormone. To put it simply, the lack of sunlight could definitely take a toll on your snooze time.

Everyone’s heard of the winter blues, but there’s real science behind why this time of year has you feeling bummed out a lot of the time. During this time of the year, your brain’s serotonin levels (“feel-good” neurotransmitter that our body produces) are largely affected by the amount of exposure we get to daylight.

So when the days start getting significantly shorter, and there’s a limited amount of sunshine, your serotonin levels can drop, causing you to feel a little moody and melancholy.

Now that summer solstice is getting nearer, it is a great opportunity to pause and reflect. During this time, your Yang energy reaches its peak – which is very much important because as a summer shifts into fall, Yang energy will decline. This great abundance of yang energy will translate throughout your body because during this season you are active and growing.

Learn more about how seasons can affect your body’s rhythm by checking out our Seasonal courses.

https://chiball.com.au/product-category/education/seasonals/

Benefits of doing ChiBall Remedial Pilates

Benefits of doing ChiBall Remedial Pilates

When you see everyone doing Pilates, see different poses in your Instagram feed, you feel like you want to be “one of them”, and become interested in doing Pilates Exercise program. But what is Pilates exactly?

What makes it different from other exercise programs?

Developed by Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a form of exercise that emphasized the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness to support the efficient, graceful movement. It is also known as the Pilates Method.

Not only that, Pilates exercise can help improve strength and posture. Also, this method has always emphasized quality over quantity since this form of exercise does not need repetition for each move. Instead, it focuses on doing exercise fully, precision is its key and it yields significant results in a shorter time that you could imagine.

By exercising the Pilates technique, one will be able to develop controlled movement and gain strength in his core muscles. Your core is comprised of a group of muscles which stabilize and support your structure and improve your balance.

When our joints misalign, we will experience a vast majority of our aches and pains. But if we can identify this misalignment and know how we can correct it, we can now support our body, and lead a pain-free life with good mobility and ability.

In doing Remedial Pilates, we can learn how to activate our core stabilizers and we will know how to safely move with much precision and control. In doing remedial pilates, its aim is to help achieve a muscular balance which is important for moving in an efficient manner that will help prevent injuries.

ChiBall Remedial Pilates focuses on healing injuries through clinically proven exercises. It has been developed in consultation with clinical Physiotherapists in response to demand for a specialized stream of the ChiBall Method.

The course has been designed as an educational tool for health professionals delivering Pilates-based exercises which are of a remedial nature and are designed for clients recovering from injury.

The purpose of ChiBall Remedial Pilates is to trigger the reactivation of these muscles in order to regain and improve stability, mobility, and strength.

Learn more about the benefits of doing Remedial Pilates when you take our course. You can learn the principles of Remedial Pilates Method at the comfort of your own home or you can learn the techniques to tailor this to your class.

Check out https://chiball.com.au/product/remedial-pilates-pelvic-motor-control-course/ to know more.

ChiBall Gentle Moves and Graceful Ageing

ChiBall Gentle Moves and Graceful Ageing

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use various mind and body practices (such as acupuncture and tai chi) to address health problems.

Some mind and body practices used in Traditional Chinese Medicine practices may help improve quality of life and certain pain conditions.

One of these practices, like Tai Chi, combines certain postures, gentle movements, mental focus, breathing, and relaxation. This could benefit many people with reduced mobility who feel discouraged because of fitness barriers, such as chronic health conditions or concerns about injury or falls. If they have never exercised before, they may not know where to begin. Or maybe an on-going health problem or ability impairment is keeping them from getting active. They may even think they are simply too old or frail.

These are the reasons why ChiBall decided to introduce ChiBall Gentle moves – a distance learning course for people who want to have graceful aging or help their body move better. Gentle Moves can assist in managing the symptoms of illness and pain and ensure that not only do your participants look after their bodies — it’s good for their mind, mood, and memory. It is a unique experience of colour, music and flowing movement. With foundations in Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, it is a synergy of six ancient and modern movement disciplines from the East and the West, including Tai Chi-Qi Gong, ChiBall Dance, Yoga, Pilates, ChiBall release and Deep relaxation.

The ChiBall Gentle Moves Course has been specifically designed for those teachers wanting to introduce a gentle exercise routine for participants who want to improve their overall health including those participants with reduced mobility caused by increasing age, injury or illness.

The exercises of the Gentle Moves version are ideal for older adults, or those with limited mobility. Low impact exercises are taught from both sitting and standing positions. It is a “feel good” and uplifting experience which has been embraced by participants with a range of abilities and conditions including balance and mobility issues, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s Disease.

Let us know how we can help you through this course. Check out our website and search for “ChiBall Gentle Moves” to know more.

Or you can message us directly at info@chiball.com and we will be happy to assist you.

Good Health and Happiness,

ChiBall Team