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We all know by now that sitting all day is not a boon to your health.

A new downtown option now exists to help you add a little movement to your day.

Tessa Danielle, a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, is now offering gentle 30-minute stretch classes around the mid-day hour. It's ideal for downtown workers and for those who don't want to get sweaty enough to need a shower.

"Taking time in the middle of the day sets you up for a more productive afternoon," Danielle said, "when people get that slump."

I dropped in on Danielle's class this week. It's located in a hardwood-floored room in the Rutledge building on the corner of Kiowa and Tejon streets. She guided us through a hip stretching and shoulder opening series and followed it with a five minute savasana - a reclined and restful yoga posture.

The series of stretches are based in the LifeStretch Technique. Danielle is a certified LifeStretch instructor.

For the shoulder series she handed each of us a lacrosse ball to place between our back and a wall. We were to roll into and around some of the tight spots around our shoulder blade area. It's a way of doing self-myofascial release and it's said to do wonders for your body, including increasing flexibility and muscle recovery and reducing pain.

When you see people at the gym rolling over big white foam rollers on the floor, they're doing self-myofascial release.

Danielle is intent on teaching people how to do it correctly. Most folks don't hold in one spot long enough for the muscle to release, she said. 

She plans to also add a mindfulness class to the schedule on Thursdays in the next few weeks.

What: Gentle stretching classes with Tessa Danielle

When: 11:15-11:45 a.m. Wednesdays

Where: The Chill Space, 30 Kiowa St., Suite 100

Cost: $12; 641-7869

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