Wellness Movement
Penny Olsen
Restorative Exercise Specialist
Movement Coach
Co-founder of Wellness Movement
About me
Much of my working life has been spent in the health and wellness setting. As a former Physiotherapist, Health Promoter at Public Health, Outdoor Instructor and Massage Therapist I have been lucky to work in a variety of interesting settings around the world - from hospitals and private practice to a resort in the Canary Islands and an outdoor education centre in Malaysia.

These roles have given me a unique insight to the finer details and larger issues relating to movement, pain, illness and injuries and the contribution of our lifestyles to these. We live in a time where there are so many preventable injuries and illnesses. I am especially interested in how our environments shape our bodies and influence our movement and health.

I am also passionate about plants, compost and permaculture and love being outside. I am always seeking out ways to bring more meaningful, productive movement into my life.

When I discovered a new type of movement education for health called Nutritious Movement, I was immediately drawn to its logic and enrolled in the US based certification which I studied over two years. It was the perfect evolution for my skills and interests and I am now one of just four registered Restorative Exercise Specialists in New Zealand. I'm excited to be introducing this new approach to everyday movement to Nelsonians - by way of group classes and one on one sessions.
About Restorative Exercise


There has never been a time in history where we have moved so little. The old adage 'move it or lose it' has never been so fitting.
Restorative exercise will show you that 'move more' is only half the message. Your body definitely needs to move more (including more variety, frequency and range) but also .... you need to move more of you.
There are parts of you that are hardly moving at all! Restorative Exercise brings awareness and new movement to these smaller, neglected, often nagging areas of your body so that you can move better to feel better.
I teach people how to identify and fill in some of their weak spots with corrective exercises so that they have stronger, more functional, bodies.
Learn more here
Move Better- Feel Better
Summer Series (5 weeks)
Saturday morning Restorative Exercise Classes
Decreasing muscle and joint pain, becoming stronger, improving flexibility, and feeling more agile can all be a positive spin-off from paying more attention to how you move.

Restorative Exercise classes focus on on the finer details of movement, taking your body through a set of simple and effective exercises that expose your movement habits and your alignment and show you how you can change these for a better outcome.

Movement classes and workshops are an educational exercise session giving you tools to help integrate these concepts into your everyday life and aimed at restoring basic natural human movements to our 'modern world' adapted bodies.

One hour classes $15
Drop-ins welcome

19 Jan - From the Ground Up
(Do you have tight picnic hips?? Join this hips and knees focused class for finding more ease when sitting on the ground)
*26 Jan -Save your Knees- Build a Butt
(Rediscover your butt and learn how to look after your knees)
*2 Feb - Hiking Help- Uphill/ downhill walking **
(We start in the studio to build on concepts from last week to strengthen up your walk and then take these movement tips with us, and learn more, on a walk up the Centre of NZ.)
9 Feb - Back to School
(Class focused on the back and core and useful movement tips to bring to your everyday movement for ease in your back)
16 Feb - Biking Body Tune up
(Shoulders, knees and hip exercises and useful tips for bodies that have been biking all summer)

For more detail about the classes see
http://www.wellnessmovement.nz/timetable

*Class content links together so it is recommended to attend both classes, although fine to attend one only.
**Studio and outdoor session - 90 minute class $20

Restorative Exercise
Private Sessions
If you want a more in-depth understanding of how your current alignment and movement habits are contributing to your movement issues then working one-on-one with me might be the option for you.

My role is not to diagnose and treat conditions but to help you discover your movement habits and teach you ways of moving that can help change the way you feel.

I have relationships with local registered health practitioners and can work in with their treatment plans if you have specific treatment goals you are working towards.

$70 for an hour private session
Private Plus sessions
...bring a friend for free *
(*or two.. or three... or four)
Busy schedules can make it hard to attend timetabled classes, and private sessions might feel a bit out of reach at the moment.

Get the benefits of both worlds with a private session structured around your needs and bring up to four friends for free to keep it accessible for all.

Building a supportive movement community is a key to developing a movement-rich lifestyle. Learn natural movement content together you can support each other outside the classroom, where your form counts the most.

- What about a series on back basics?
- Or shoulder and neck relief?
- What about a 4 week series on gait basics/walking?
- Or a one off session to look at alignment and what it is telling you about your body?
- Monkey bars and Hanging 101?
- Find your squat?

Outdoor spaces, playgrounds, the beach, the Boulder Bank are all movement rich environments to explore the application of the studio corrective exercises. Take the classes outside with these Private Plus sessions.
Enquire now to discuss what might best suit your needs.
*$80 for one hour session
*$300 for a block of 4 sessions

Move Your DNA Weekends
A Move Your DNA Weekend is a movement-packed 2-day workshop designed to give you the hands-on experience necessary to learn and practice the 30+ foundational corrective exercises taught in the book Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman.

These movement-filled weekends are dedicated to breaking down the exercises, learning bolstering techniques to tailor exercises to your current abilities, and answering your questions about the exercises in Move Your DNA.

Each day we will also take our movement exploration outside to focus on skills that maximize the movement-rich health benefits of walking in our natural environment.

The course includes a personal workbook with instructions and photos of each exercise. This 16-hour weekend is a perfect opportunity for those who can't attend studio classes or those who want an in-depth movement review to connect the dots in their alignment practice.
Latest dates:
Christchurch 23rd and 24th Feb 2019
Wellington 25th and 26th May 2019

Find out more about Move your DNA weekends here
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