Someone who did her first Nia class last week told me how relaxed she felt by the end – even though she’d had a good workout. That’s something that I hear a lot about Nia classes and I’ve often thought that Nia could be a great stress-buster for employees at lunch-times or at the end of the working day.
I was inspired therefore when I recently came across an article which describes how a stress reduction programme for staff became a programme for cancer patients. Read the full article: Giving Cancer patients something to dance about.
This is the first major study in the USA on the benefits of Nia for people with breast cancer.
The research showed that Nia not only reduced fatigue in people undergoing radiotherapy, but gave them greater mobility in their arms and shoulders.
Nia incorporates a range of movement styles and stimulates the nervous system and is done at a level which suits the individual; keeping moves close to the core, or moving higher, lower, wider and with more energy. Each person uses sensation as their guide to assess what is right for them, which means that a class can include people of different ages and levels of fitness.
Nia improves flexibility, strength, mobility, agility and stability, and respects the body’s structure. It tones the muscles, burns calories and is fun to do. It really is holistic fitness for body and mind.
Read the article.