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What is Poi?
Poi is a ball on a cord that you spin in circles around your body. It originated with the Māori people of New Zealand, and is used today across the globe as a form of play and therapy that has been scientifically proven to benefit physical and cognitive function. At SpinPoi, we are passionate about working with poi as an evidence-based tool to improve wellbeing for all ages and abilities.
Participate in a SpinPoi Seminar!
Scroll down to learn more about the seminars on offer, then fill out the Expression of Interest form to share which one(s) you might like to attend.
Intro to Poi Seminar (1 hr)
Our Introductory Seminar is a unique and inspiring workshop packed with research, videos, and a hands-on poi experience. Learn about the history of poi in New Zealand, hear the results of the scientific research on poi and health, and attempt fun and challenging poi moves your brain and body will love.
✔︎ Suitable for all ages and abilities, perfect for community events, corporate wellness, conferences, and beyond.
Working with Poi as a Therapeutic Tool for Healthcare Professionals (2 hrs)
Learn how to incorporate poi as a therapeutic tool into your practice. This course will cover the history and health benefits of poi, the poi movement theory framework, and accessible and adaptable poi movements suitable for a range of physical and cognitive abilities.
✔︎ Suitable for physical therapists, occupational therapists, registered nurses, exercise physiologists, and other health care professionals
Working with Poi and Seniors (2 hrs)
Learn how to lead fun, safe, and engaging poi sessions for older adults. This course will cover the fundamentals of working with poi as a therapy activity for seniors including best practices around preparing for, structuring, and facilitating poi sessions to target physical, cognitive, and social engagement.
✔︎ Suitable for care aides, home health aides, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, and others involved in elderly care
Working with Poi and Pre-Schoolers (2 hrs)
Learn how to work with poi to develop key physical and cognitive skills for children aged 3-7. This course will cover the fundamentals of playing poi, how to make poi as a craft activity, and how to utilize poi to achieve key learning outcomes.
✔︎ Suitable for educators, parents, recreation coordinators, occupational therapists, play specialists, social workers, and others involved in childcare
SpinPoi Certification Course (2 days)
Become a Certified SpinPoi Instructor with our 2 day comprehensive certification course. Gain the credibility, confidence, and skills you need to facilitate safe and engaging poi sessions, and join the global community of SpinPoi instructors.
✔︎ Suitable for anyone working with older adults and/or those with neurological conditions
Which Seminar(s) Are You Interested In Attending?
Thank you to the Parkinson’s Exercise and Wellness Center for kindly supporting SpinPoi in Kansas City.
See SpinPoi in Action
We have worked with and trained countless health care professionals, educators, and community members across the globe in working with poi to improve physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
What People Are Saying
“I have been able to learn and implement SpinPoi programs in the aged and disability sectors and have seen firsthand the joy and improvement for consumers in my classes. I totally recommend SpinPoi to anyone.” –Janine, Aged Care Lifestyle Consulting
“As a play-based specialist teacher, often working with youth with diverse and complex needs, I’ve found SpinPoi to be a great activity not only for the engagement and physical benefits but for the amount everyone enjoys it.” – Jesse, The Forest School
“SpinPoi inspired me to incorporate poi into my dance classes for the 50yrs+, and made the process of adding poi to an existing group fitness class very straight forward. The humour, creativity and sheer joy from participants has been fantastic.” – Hilary, Move Good Now
“Our Junior children at LimeHills School love SpinPoi. It gets us going every morning and is so much fun. We can’t wait for more! – Kathy, LimeHills School
“Poi went from an additional therapeutic activity on our ward to one of the most popular, and something prioritized on patients’ schedules. Now, other therapies are typically arranged around it.” – Jo, Middlemore Hospital
“During SpinPoi sessions we have seen our older residents smile or laugh out loud, socialize and develop new friendships, and engage both their minds and their bodies despite their age and physical or cognitive abilities.” – Orquidea, Summerset