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Natural Mobility is about learning how movement can help relieve abnormal pain and tension, build functional flexibility, and develop the ability to move our bodies more freely through complex environments.

My name is Alex. I am a movement educator, manual therapist, and martial arts practitioner. I have been practicing Shiatsu professionally since 2007, teaching self-care workshops and private lessons since 2008, and teaching MovNat Natural Movement and martial arts since 2015.

 

My vision is to guide people who want to learn how to maintain balance in their body through movement, awareness, and greater freedom of motion. I teach classes and workshops, create personalized mobility training programs for people, and do one on one training and treatment sessions. I have a weekly newsletter that includes a mini article, a short mobility session with follow along videos, and upcoming class and workshop info. Be sure to subscribe through the link above if you're interested.

Classes

Mobility Development

Placing an emphasis on functional flexibility, injury prevention, and self-care, this class typically involves some whole-body mobilization. Each class also focuses on a specific element such as shoulder or hip mobility, ground movement, balancing, or safe-falling for example. The methods used draw on Alex's experience as a Shiatsu and Sotai therapist over the past 16 years, as well as his background in martial arts conditioning, Functional Range Conditioning, and MovNat Natural Movement training.

 

DATE: Sundays 11am

LOCATION: 465 Milner Ave, Unit 6

COST: $20

Parkour Skills Class

Parkour focused training is about moving through your environment and traversing obstacles efficiently. This mostly involves the skills of running, jumping, vaulting balancing, rolling, and climbing. This class is a focus on the aspect of MovNat Natural Movement concerned with obstacle traversal, and taught by MovNat Team Instructor, Alex Schenker.

This is a great way to develop a strong natural physique as a side effect of learning and refining practical real-world skills. Parkour skills are not only fun, but also make daily life easier, carry over to competence in other physical activities like sports and hobbies, and also help make you more useful to yourself and others.

This class is designed in a way that is accessible to beginners and still challenging and deep for those with more experience.

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays | 7pm
Location: 465 Milner Ave, Unit 6
Cost: $20

 

Workshops & Events

MovNat Elements 1-Day Workshop
Next Date TBA

 LEARN THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF NATURAL MOVEMENT

Take the opportunity to experience an immersive full day workshop taught by Ontario's only MovNat Master Trainer. Our one day workshops are designed to introduce you to Natural Movement, and give you the most important basics that you can practice in your daily life. We will focus on areas that need the most improvement and we will teach you routines that you can use and practice at home in twenty or thirty minutes a day. This is a great introduction, as well as a perfect MovNat immersion for those who love and practice it! 

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

✦ 6 hours of professional instruction, including short lunch and snack breaks

✦ Safe, step-by-step progressions for all ages, abilities, and fitness levels

✦ MovNat’s principles, and how they will change how you think about the way you move

✦ Understanding MovNat’s approach to developing movement skill --and improving fitness

✦ Special emphasis on ground movement for restoring stability and mobility

✦ Introduction to each of MovNat’s movement domains, from crawling to climbing

✦ How to incorporate MovNat into your existing fitness routine

✦ How to incorporate MovNat into an at-home practice or busy lifestyle

✦ Supplementary materials to help you implement your Natural Movement practice

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Personal Mobility Training

Personal Mobility Training with Alex is offered at The Shinobi Village movement center. This can be booked as a one-time session to focus on a specific skill or mobility issue, or as weekly scheduled sessions for ongoing goals. If you prefer to do your own training and need guidance for how to program your sessions, Customized programs are available with an assessment. These services are also available virtually through an online coaching format.

Single Session

A one time session, recommended to focus on learning a specific skill or mobility goal. Your first session with include a short assessment.
 

30 minutes: $60
45 minutes: $85 (recommended)

60 minutes: $100

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Personalized Program

A program consists of 3 specially designed training sessions focused on working toward specific mobility goals, learning specific skills, or conditioning your body for a certain purpose. The recommendation is that you do each session once a week for at least a month before reevaluating and adding progressions.

This can be for general mobility or more specific goals, for example: if you have a shoulder problem, we can focus on corrective exercises, shoulder mobilization, and strengthening in your program; If you want to improve your balance or climbing ability, we can focus your training on addressing the weaknesses holding you back and teaching you the proper technique.

As mentioned, a program includes an assessment, which can be done online or in person, and it's recommended that you reassess and make modifications to your program as you progress. You can combine this with regular training sessions to accompany, or do your programmed sessions on your own.

Assessment & New Custom Program: $185

Reassessment & Program Progressions: $100

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Monthly Training Packages

Consistency is key to making any change in life. If you would rather have some personal guidance to your training sessions, weekly sessions are a good way to go. I recommend that you train at least 3 times per week for the best results, and this could be one session a week with me and the rest on your own, or all of your sessions with my observation and guidance. The following prices are monthly rates. Get in touch for online coaching pricing for packages. (45 minute sessions)

1 Session Per Week: $320

2 Sessions Per Week: $640 includes Shinobi Village open gym membership

3 Sessions Per Week: $840 includes Shinobi Village open gym membership

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Shiatsu & Sotai Therapy

A combination of Japanese movement therapy systems called Sotai and Shiatsu. Sotai  involves specific guided movement against precise resistance, and Shiatsu involves thumb and finger pressure along the limbs, head and torso. The focus of this treatment is to relieve abnormal tension and pain, while working to restore structural alignment in the body.

Shiatsu & Sotai sessions are available via home visits. Treatments are 1 hour long. In addition to the base rate, an additional rate if charged based on the distance from The Shinobi Village. Book your session and include your address so we can work out the travel fee:


Treatment Rate: $100 + travel fee

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Testimonials

Alex is a great health & fitness professional with variety of skills and knowledge. His treatments helped regain mobility and eased the pain I had in my neck after an accident. 

—  Daiki Matsumaru