ZenHewn

Transformation through Movement

Welcome

Welcome to ZenHewn. I hope you find what you are seeking, be it here or elsewhere.

My work is therapeutic movement through embodiment.
My process is one of letting the body speak, to let it sing its song, dance its dance so that its nature is fully expressed.
I believe when the body is allowed to freely express itself, health and healing naturally arises.
All it takes is the willingness to listen and trusting it will show you the way.

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My Methods

Whichever tools we choose, whichever methods we use, our work will always be rooted in compassion to bring about joy within your body and release the rapture within.

  • Gyrotonic®

    The Gyrotonic method is an orginal, and unique movement method that enables simultaneous lengthening and strengthening of muscles, stimulates circulation, and enhances joint mobility, and coordination. Gyrotonic exercise sequences are composed of spiraling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions, with corresponding breathing patterms. WIth Gyrotonic exercises, each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression. These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility.

    The body is designed to work as one harmonious system, to follow arcing and spiraling paths of motion, and to transition from one movement to the next smoothly, and efficiently. Gyrotonic method creator, Juliu Horvath , designed a specialized line of equipment around these natural movement patterns of the human body.

    Because Gyrotonic equipment is highly adjustable, it can be customized to fit each persons unique physique, and ability, adapting for things such as height, arm and leg length and physical ability.

  • Franklin Method®

    The Franklin Method® uses Dynamic Neuro-cognitive Imagery™, anatomical embodiment and educational skills to create lasting positive change in your body and mind. The Franklin Method was founded by Eric Franklin in 1994 and is taught all over the world, including the Universities of Vienna, Cologne, Karlsruhe and the Juilliard School in New York.

    The Franklin Method® is recognized by the health providers in Switzerland and is a regularly seen at Dance, Pilates, Yoga and Physiotherapy conferences. One of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century is the plasticity of the brain; that the lives we live shape the brain we develop. The Franklin Method® is at the forefront of practical neuro-plasticity; showing you how to use your brain to improve your body’s function. It teaches you how to harness the transforming power of the mind. It can be applied to improve all of your abilities. It all starts with the knowledge that we have the power to change.

    The Franklin Method® teaches dynamic alignment and how to move your body with maximum efficiency to keep your body youthful and energized. Your whole body is part of a symphony of coordinated movement. In a sense, your posture is reinvented at every instant. In every moment, the ideal combination of limbs, joints, gravity, moving parts, connective tissue, and muscle must be found and directed by your brain and nervous system.

  • Social Dance

    Social dancing is what initially lead me down this journey into the somatic arts. The pursuit of freedom of movement through technique lead me to study numerous styles of dance from Ballroom to Ballet, West African to West Coast Swin, before branching out into the somatic arts. These studies has lead me to not necessaruily master any dance but has allowed me see the roots of moveent as applied to all dances. What I have to offer is the global overarching and unique prospective of Dance as part of the human experience.

    Dancing is the physical expression of connection to the spirit. Social dancing is just the the physical social expression of that spirit. That connection serves as our wellspring for own authentic beautiful movement. As such, any lession in dance is ultimately a lesson in connection and the embodiment of that connection.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

My Rates

Privates

Private sessions are designed to give you specific tools and information to achive your goals. I seek to use the best tools at my disposal to help you reach your goals quickly and efficiently.

Prices listed are for private sessions held at Center Gyrotonic. For other private sessions locations, additional studio / transporation fees may be added. Contact for more details.

Gyrotonic

Ask for duo rates.

Single $75
5-pack* $360
10-pack* $680

Dance

Individual or one couple.

Single $75
5-pack* $360
10-pack* $680

* Packages expire two months after purchase date.

Workshops

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Biography

Joseph Portait

Joseph's passion for dance and movement started at a young age watching ballroom dance competitions on public television. Their elegance and grace and led him to pursue studies in numerous social dances including Swing, Blues, Tango, and Salsa. His search for freedom of movement through technique lead him to expand his exploration to ballet, West African, yoga, Gyrotonic® method and Franklin Method®. Finding both Franklin Method® and Gyrotonic® method transformational in his social dancing, and therapeutic in life, he ultimately became certified in both modalities.

Joseph enjoys teaching movement from a technical level with an eye towards pragmatism. Drawing from his breadth of knowledge, he is able to connect with his students by demonstrating the direct application of exercises toward their individual goals in movement.

Embodiment involves contacting your own vulnerability.

— Mary Bond

Contact

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