Summer Reading is Underway!

Reading logs for kids, teens, and adults are available at the library, at Bookmobile stops, or can be printed from bit.ly/bplsrp2024. Prize information is also available at that same link. View our summer programs at bit.ly/bplsummerprograms. Library programs are always free!

Drive Up Window & Permanent Book Drop are now open!

Though façade work will not be completed until July, the new drive up and the permanent book drop are now open!
Those wanting to pick up hold items at the Drive-Up need to select ”Drive-Up” as the pickup library when placing the hold.
Items placed on hold for pickup at the Main Library will only be available inside the library.

Naturally Reducing Pain & Stress

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Program Type:

Online Program

Age Group:

Adult, Teens
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Program Description

Naturally Reducing Pain & Stress 

In this introductory class led by Ian Jorgenson, you'll be guided through the Alexander Technique Somatic Mediation (ATSM) to answer the following questions:

  • What does stress feel like in your body?
  • Where do you feel it?
  • What does freedom from pain feel like?

ATSM addresses detrimental patterns of movement and thought that contribute to physical pain, mental/emotional pain, and stress. It is an active exploration of thought and movement that produces a skill you can take with you into your life and apply to any situation.

The ATSM is for anyone who wants to actively participate in their own healing and free themselves from being trapped by “inevitable” pain. Attendees will be guided through meditation explorations while both seated and lying down. No experience is necessary. You are welcome to come as you are.

Registration for this program can be completed online below, by calling 309.590.6168, or by visiting the Adult Services Desk and registering in person. As soon as registration is complete, you will receive an email with a link to access the online discussion.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Ian Jorgensen (any pronoun) is a mental/emotional/spiritual/physical mover and a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (AT) through the American Society for the Alexander Technique. He works to help fellow humans develop joyful movement, body love, emotional freedom, and self-realization. He created ATSM out of his training and experience with AT, dance, yoga, meditation, and an intense need to address his own struggles with anxiety and severe depression. Ian has sometimes been called or has self-applied the labels: white, queer, dancer, neurodivergent, body nerd, man, and woman (among many others). His website is happybodyclearmind.com.

This program will be recorded and shared with registrants via email. Be sure to register even if you're not sure you can attend the session live.