Katy Bowman, founder and director of Nutritious Movement, is set to open a new studio space that is designed to serve the Sequim community.
Bowman moved her company to Sequim from California seven years ago and had a few spaces on Carlsborg Road where she held her movement classes and workshops.
The author of eight books, including “Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movements,” Bowman’s specialized approach to movement and natural movements has reached followers and students across the world.
“Humans are especially designed to move,” Bowman said. “It’s part of our anatomy.”
While her previous facilities allowed her to hold workshops and classes for her students from across the world, Bowman said she wanted to create a place for her local community.
Her new studio space, Nutritious Movement Center Northwest, is set to open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 202 N. Sequim Ave., where Bowman will host lectures and also have drop-in times for the general public.
On opening day, Bowman plans to offer three lectures: “Feet, Knees and Hips and How They’re All Connected” from 11-11:30 a.m., “Balance vs. Stability (and Why It Matters)” from 2-2:30 p.m., and “What is Nutritious Movement, and What Is ‘More Movement,’ Anyway?” from 4- 4:30 p.m. Online pre-registration is required to attend the lectures because of space limitations, Bowman said, and guests can register at nmcenternw.com.
The rest of the day is dedicated to drop-in times where community members can check out the new studio. Drop-in times are 10-11 a.m., 11:40 a.m.-2 p.m., 2:40- 4 p.m. and 4:30-5 p.m.
The new movement center is about 1,200 square feet that features a padded space for classes and workshops, natural wood and paint, and a variety of movement equipment.
The classes Bowman teaches combine biomechanics, alignment and natural movement to help individuals identify and improve painful movement patters. Her goal is to help each student based on his or her needs, establish movement goals and get each person moving more.
“We want to help people however it works for you,” Bowman said.
Classes change monthly and are based on what the interests and needs are in the community, Bowman said. For the month of January, she will teach group classes, such as “Strong and Supple Shoulders” and “Dynamic Aging: Winterize Your Hips and Knees for Better Balance.”
“Our approach teaches you how to move to go outside,” Bowman said. “I’m excited to see more people walking and moving around in nature.”
Bowman is an instructor at the center but also has five other instructors who teach classes.
She also offers private sessions, personalized movement plans, workshops and has online classes available. The first class he or she takes with Nutritious Movement is free.
In the future, Bowman said she hopes to create a class around the Sequim Farmer’s Market and also plans to offer teen and family classes as well.
Interested students can sign up for a class card or simply drop in.
Bowman said she does not have a set class schedule for the new space but a schedule will be available online soon.