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Poi is a precious Māori taonga, and its benefits have long been experienced and celebrated in Aotearoa. Today, new clinical research on poi and health is adding to mātauranga Māori to create a strong foundation for poi as a therapeutic tool. Learn more about the health benefits of poi, plus attempt poi movements your brain and body will love, with one of our unique seminars or ongoing classes.
Ongoing SpinPoi Classes in New Zealand
SpinPoi Wellington for Older Adults
Wednesdays 3pm via Zoom. Thursdays 11am & 4:45pm, Eastern Suburbs.
This class includes a gentle workout for the whole body, some brain challenges, and a wide variety of different music to make it fun! The class is led by Certified SpinPoi Instructor Deb Gully who is a natural health practitioner with training in kinesiology. To attend contact:
SpinPoi Nelson Tasman for Older Adults
Wednesdays 2-3pm, Richmond.
Age Concern Nelson Tasman is running a series of SpinPoi classes geared toward older adults. The classes are run by Miriam Clark of Age Concern New Zealand in the Age Concern Hall. Click here for more information or get in touch with Miriam on 5447624 ext 6 or email:
Thursdays 11-12:30pm, Epsom.
This Auckland class has been specifically developed using a unique combination of circus arts and meditation techniques to help you relax, centre and revitalise. The class involves a mix of poi and Tai Chi, and is co-led by SpinPoi Founder Dr. Kate Riegle van West and Tai Chi instructor Bruno Rubini. All ages and abilities welcome. To attend contact:
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1-Hour Intro to Poi Seminar
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, 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.
Poi as a Therapeutic Tool for Healthcare Professionals
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 limitations.
✔︎ Suitable for physical therapists, occupational therapists, registered nurses, exercise physiologists, and other health care professionals
Working with Poi and Seniors
Learn how to lead fun, safe, and engaging poi sessions for older adults. This course will cover the fundamentals of playing poi, how to create fun and challenging poi exercises to teach, and 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
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 utilise poi to achieve key learning outcomes.
✔︎ Suitable for educators, parents, recreation coordinators, occupational therapists, play specialists, social workers, and others involved in childcare
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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. Get in touch to request more information about our inspiring poi seminars today.
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
Poi and Hauora
Hauora is the Māori philosophy of health. Like a house, hauora has four sides or components: taha tinana (physical), taha hinengaro (mental/emotional), taha whanau (social) and taha wairua (spiritual). Each of these components influences and supports the others, and like a house, each component needs to be strong and stable in order to stand. As a precious Māori taonga (treasure), poi equally encompasses all sides of hauora and can be used as a tool to holistically improve wellbeing.