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Dancing was the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied, cognitive or physical.

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InnergiZing helps create that spark we need to add vitality into our daily activities! 

InnergiZing is a new wellness program that promotes balance between body, mind and spirit. It is a unique system based on the benefits of the interrelation of three elements:

Dance, relaxation and positive thinking. 

Now is the time to consider ourselves as whole-beings and bring a complete balance in every aspect of our lives. Just think about this, we can't separate the muscle function from stress, and the state of anxiety from the nervous system. Every function and performance in our body and life is interconnected and related to our well-being. That's why it is very important to maintain the balance between physical activity, good mental health, inner peace and being inspired, creating a positive mind set, to be the happiest and strongest person that we could ever imagine!


Why Add the Zing?

In addition to all our existing dance and exercise programs, InnergiZing goes beyond, addressing the nature of Mental Health through the power of the mind. We provide motivation and encourage everyone by adding the Zing in all that we do!

The Zing is VITALITY, ENERGY, ENTHUSIASM or LIVELINESS, which is that ingredient that we all need to add into our lives to be more enjoyable!

We empower the participants by creating awareness of the emotions, thoughts and perceptions, through affirmations, visualization and breathing techniques and we facilitate the necessary tools to filter negativity. We promote practice as the main mechanism to master our mind, releasing old stuck emotions, making more space for the positive and to be in tuned with ourselves.

There was one important exception: the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent DANCING.


Mental Health:

"Benefits of Dance and Mental Fitness" by Richard Powers

from the New England Journal of Medicine

"For centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we've seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being.

Then most recently we've heard of another benefit: Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter. A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one's mind can ward off Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit.

Dancing increases cognitive acuity at all ages.

The 21-year study of senior citizens, 75 and older, was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, funded by the National Institute on Aging, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Their method for objectively measuring mental acuity in aging was to monitor rates of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.

The study wanted to see if any physical or cognitive recreational activities influenced mental acuity. They discovered that some activities had a significant beneficial effect. Other activities had none.

One of the surprises of the study was that almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia. There can be cardiovascular benefits of course, but the focus of this study was the mind. There was one important exception: the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing.

  • Reading - 35% reduced risk of dementia
  • Bicycling and swimming - 0%
  • Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week - 47%
  • Playing golf - 0%
  • Dancing frequently - 76%

InnergiZing facilitates all that is necessary to create that spark that we need to add vitality or ZING into our daily activities! That way we are more inspired and positive, ready to develop our own potentiality, living a fulfilling and meaningful life!

Important facts about Mental Health

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association:

  • Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.
  • Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.
  • The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million.
  • Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) emphasizes the importance of good mental health to prevent and alleviate pain and depression throughout the life-course in order to save lives, promote and protect health, and foster well-being. Regular physical activity, a healthy diet, relaxation techniques, healthy sleeping habits, and avoidance of stress, drug use, and the harmful use of alcohol, are all important in the maintenance of mental health.

The National Aboriginal Health Strategy Working Party (1989) defines health as:...

Not just the physical health well-being of the individual but the social, emotional, and cultural well- being of the whole community. This is a whole-of-life view!

There is a body of evidence highlighting the value of an holistic approach to health in terms of mental health and physical health and illness. The natural consequence of such correlations is that promoting positive mental health may be seen as significant in terms of health globally and both physical and mental disorders.

"The cerebral cortex and hippocampus, which are critical to these activities, are remarkably plastic, and they rewire themselves based upon their use."
Dr. Joseph Coyle, Harvard Medical School Psychiatrist

"Our brain constantly rewires its neural pathways."