Classes to brighten your life

 

 

Stop Pain, Fix Injuries, Be Stronger, Faster, Healthier, Happy and Creative With Dr. Bookspan

 


NEXT CLASSES

Healthier Stretching  |   Healthier CORE and Back Training  |   Home Repair With Paul   |   How To Hire A Contractor   |  Build Your Own Little Free Library    |   Art and Handcrafts - Yarn Mandalas, Funky Wire Art, Nylon Head Dolls    |   Fix Neck Pain  |   Juggling, Firesticks, and Poi Balls  |  Better Balance

 



"Dr. Jolie your classes really helped me. You make me focus and be strong. I started acting lessons. I run. I lift weights."
~ Neal McLaurin, was homeless, now actor - some stories in Philly.com.


 

ALL CLASSES

Top Healthy Training   |  Fix Multi-Pain  |   Fix Lower Back Pain   |  Fix Neck Pain  |   Healthy Aging  |   Stretching Smarter   |   Healthier Core and Back Ab Revolution™  |   Lower Body Revolution™  |   Fun With Push-Ups   |  Muay Thai & KickBoxing   |   Thai Massage    |   Yoga and Acro-Yoga   |   Karate and Self Defense  |   Swimming   |  Home Repair  |   CPR  |   SCUBA, Snorkeling, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine  | Juggling   |  Firesticks and Poi Chains  |   Fix Your Own Toilet   |    Heritage Handcrafts and Fun & Funky Wire Art   |   Better Balance

 


"It is an honor to know you! The best part about all of your work is how you infuse it all with a sense of duty, honor, and commitment to bringing out the best in all of us - I don't know how you do it, but that is what makes you exceptional. I agree with that student of yours who thought you were a superhero."
~ Linda Hsu, Massage Therapist, AFEM Certified, Fixing Neck & Back Pain

 

 

Fix and Prevent Pain and Injuries

"Despite consultations with my orthopedist, two rehabilitation specialists, a sports personal trainer, and a physical therapist, my best advice for post-operative care of my knee has come from Dr. Jolie Bookspan, the brightest light in sports medicine. If you want your life back, she is the door."

- Green Beret Lt. Colonel Kelly Hill, M.D., FACSM, SWAT Team Commander

 

Students of my Black Belt Hall of Fame Class of 2011

 


One Course Covering Ankle, Arches, Discs, Knees, Hip, Back, & Neck

Identify and fix causes of your pain and keep pain away for the rest of your life. Fast moving, jam packed, hands-on workshop of evidence-based innovations in sports medicine. Learn and practice methods that work quickly to prevent and rehab ankle sprains, arch dysfunction, knee, disc, shoulder, upper back, lower back, SI joint, and mystery back pain, not just for the session but methods to put in practice for a lifetime. Course hours from short intro to longer high level.

Class is suitable for the general public as well as trainers. Clinicians gain tools required to meet the Health Care Reform Initiatives to reduce preventable hospitalizations, readmissions, emergency room visits, and to improve health outcomes.

 

Next Classes

Private class appointments, apply on the Clinical page.

Waiting list for next class through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree, info@mtairylearningtree.org 215-843-6333.

To request this workshop at a future Wilderness Medical Society conference, Email the WMS.

 

Class Textbooks

Fix Your Own Pain Without Drugs or Surgery,
Health & Fitness In Plain English THIRD edition - How to Be Healthy Happy and Fit For The Rest of Your Life.
Purchase in class at discount for students, or click BOOKS page

Class Syllabus

Map and materials to prepare before class and review after

 

Previous Classes

 

Helena Fraser, from my workshop at the 2015 Wilderness Medicine Society Conference writes, "Thank you for private coaching after your great Wilderness Athlete workshop. My son immediately said how relaxed and happy I looked! After you left and I had a day to regroup after the conference, I climbed Quandary Peak thanks to you!! I thought I should "be prepared" so I carried a 20-24 pound pack -- now for you that's nothing -- for me that's a lot of weight since I normally just carry water and a sandwich or snack -- But the truly amazing thing is that my back was fine post hike!! (we won't mention the state of my thighs but even they only hurt for two days -- considering that was a seven mile straight up-and-down mountain) 14, 282' to be exact!!"

 



Stretching Smarter Stretching Healthier

"Your methods work, and are recognized as contributing significantly to one of the most common problems in medicine, which is back pain. There are many testimonials to their success – mine being one of them."

- Catherine G. R. Jackson, PhD, FACSM, Professor and former Chair of Kinesiology at California State University, Fresno, NASA Faculty Fellow, Twice Colorado State Women’s Fencing Champion.

This wonderful little doll was made
for Dr. Bookspan by student Dana Chandler
Does it really look like Dr. Bookspan?
Mouse over the image or
click it to find out.

 

Next Classes

Mt. Airy Learning Tree: For waiting list for next class info@mtairylearningtree.org or call 215-843-6333.

Wilderness Medical Society Summer Medical Conference. Advances in Healthier Range of Motion for Wilderness Mobility. For physicians, scientists, and allied health personnel. To request the next class email the WMS.

Private classes in Philadelphia, see Appointments.

 


What We Do

You won't just sit there and stretch. Come prepared to stretch your brain as much as your body.

Learn how to identify and stop pain-producing habits. Gain techniques and information that would cost thousands through your PT and medical treatments. Fun, fast-moving, workshop to identify injurious habits, restore healthy muscle length during movement, and transfer knowledge and skills to daily life. Relieve aches on the spot, learn therapeutic, diagnostic, and innovative stretches, and take home effective, state-of-the-art techniques to straighten posture, restore functionally younger biomarkers, and have fun.

Many of these stretches are done standing and moving. Range of motion while standing and maintaining balance with healthful positioning is how you need to live and move in real life. For all the fun stretches we learn lying down to practice how to relax and move at the same time, bring a towel or mat.

Suitable for the general public, for the out-of-shape, and the athlete. Clinicians learn methods required to meet the Health Care Reform Initiatives to reduce preventable hospitalizations, readmissions, emergency room visits, and to improve health outcomes. In classes that are scheduled specifically for medical and allied health professionals, you can get practice teaching under supervision with feedback.

Course hours from short intro classes to longer high level workshops. Academy certification is only through study in person with me (Dr. Bookspan) Academy of Functional Exercise Medicine (AFEM).


Class Textbook

Stretching Smarter Stretching Healthier
Purchase in class at discount or order on the Books page


Class Syllabus

Syllabus and materials to prepare for Stretching Smarter Stretching Healthier, and review after

 

Black Belt Hall of Fame seminar students 2013

 

 



Lower Back Pain
Neck and Upper Back Pain - Fix and Prevent

"If Dr. Jolie Bookspan had not changed my methods of training, I would still be hurting myself in the name of staying in shape. I thank her for all her efforts. She is leading the way to sensibility."

– Ed Cargile, Military Special Operation Forces, seventh-degree Black Belt, long-distance cyclist, US Marine Corp, Ret.

 

ALT =[“Students of Dr. Bookspan: Wilderness Medical Society Conference 2012, Whistler British Columbia Canada”]

Physicans and Wilderness Health Professionals, Wilderness Medical Conference 2012, Whistler British Colombia

 

Next Classes

Fix Lower Back Pain Without Drugs or Surgery

Private appointments, see the Clinical page.

 

Fix Your NECK and UPPER Back Pain

Mt. Airy Learning Tree: Saturday 12 October 2019. 10am to 1pm.
Waiting list for next class, info@mtairylearningtree.org 215-843-6333.

For Private Class appointments, apply on the Clinical page.

 

Active, evidence-based, sometimes humorous instruction and information to stop your pain now and keep it away for the rest of your life, costing less than most doctor visits lasting minutes. Combination lecture and non-strenuous practice. Suitable for the general public, the out-of-shape as well as the athlete. Medical and allied health professionals get practice teaching methods under supervision with feedback. Wear comfortable ordinary clothing. If you have to change your clothes to fix back pain, how are you supposed to have an ongoing normal life without pain? This is not alternative medicine, it is innovative, validated sports medicine. This class is for fun, empowered, good students.

In Fix Lower Back Pain, learn to stop neck and back pain and keep it from coming back. Fix stiffness, aches, sciatica, herniated and degenerating discs, stenosis, arthritis, hyper-lordosis, swayback, spondylolisthesis and facet pain, pain when standing, pain with lifting, pain with exercise, pain when sitting.

Fix Your Neck Pain class covers upper crossed syndrome, numb fingers, forward head, discs, and muscular pain. Identify common injurious body mechanics, ergonomics, and habits. Learn therapeutic muscle retraining, and how to not get stiff and sore in the first place.

Both classes give clinicians tools required to meet the Health Care Reform Initiatives to reduce preventable hospitalizations, readmissions, emergency room visits, and to improve health outcomes. Course hours from short intro classes to longer high level workshops

 

Class Textbooks

Fix Your Own Pain Without Drugs or Surgery,
Health & Fitness In Plain English THIRD edition - How to Be Healthy Happy and Fit For The Rest of Your Life.
Purchase in class at discount for students, or click BOOKS page


Class Syllabus

Syllabus, maps, and materials to prepare before class and review after.

 

 

 



Healthy Aging
Musculoskeletal Conditions Mistaken For Aging

"Your wonderful presentation on aging at the ACSM NY Chapter meeting stays with me every day – and I teach those exercises to my patients regularly."

- Dr. Stephen G. Rice, MD, PhD, FACSM, American College of Sports Medicine Trustee

 

Becoming slower, stiffer, unsteadier, and weaker as years pass is more from lack of specific healthful movement than an inescapable aging process. Although chronological years increase, you can regain specific functional characteristics of a chronologically younger person. This course teaches evidence based musculoskeletal sports medicine techniques to restore upper back mobility and normal kyphosis, leg strength and balance, healthy knee and hip dynamics, and disc spacing associated with functionally younger age. This is an information resource for physicians, health care providers, exercise professionals, and people who want to maintain and improve physical and mental ability throughout their lives.

This course gives clinicians tools required to meet the Health Care Reform Initiatives to reduce preventable hospitalizations, readmissions, emergency room visits, and to improve health outcomes.

Certification may be earned for this class through study with me (Dr. Bookspan) Academy of Functional Exercise Medicine (AFEM). Required core course for AFEM Personal Training certification, and for Academy Fellow advancement.

 

Next Classes

Private class appointments, apply on the Clinical page.

Waiting list for next class through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree, info@mtairylearningtree.org 215-843-6333.

To request this workshop at a future Wilderness Medical Society conference, Email the WMS.

 

Previous Courses


Class Textbooks

Fix Your Own Pain Without Drugs or Surgery,
Health & Fitness In Plain English THIRD edition - How to Be Healthy Happy and Fit For The Rest of Your Life.
Purchase in class at discount for students, or click BOOKS page


Class Syllabus

Map and materials to prepare before class and review after.

 

 


 

Better Balance

"It's all about changing people's lives and you are living proof."

- Ken Germano, Former Executive Director of ACE - American Council for Exercise

 

ALT =[“Students of Dr. Bookspan: Learn effective daily life balance training techniques at Dr. Bookspan's classes”]

Balance skills for daily life

 

Balance is easily and highly trainable. Better balance is a big factor to prevent sprains and falls. Improve your health, safety, mobility, and independence in this fun active workshop.

We cover common reasons your balance gets out of shape, and what to do. Take home a large variety of new balance skills.

 

Next Classes

 

Class Textbook

Health & Fitness THIRD edition How To Be Healthy Happy and Fit for the Rest of your Life. Available in class at discount for students, or click BOOKS page.

 

 


 


Muay Thai KickBoxing and Advanced Kickboxing

Dr. Jolie Bookspan, 4th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate, Undefeated full-contact Muay Thai fighter, International Black Belt Hall of Fame, Instructor Rank of Master.

 

"Jolie, my highest regards and congratulations regarding your honor as Master Instructor of the Year (as well as Black Belt Hall of Fame). You have always been keenly active and scholarly in your dedication to the Martial Arts and I value the occasions when we have found the opportunity to converse."

- Joseph Estwanik MD FACSM, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Author of Sports Medicine for the Combat Arts, Chairman of Ringside Physician's Course U.S. Olympic Training Center

 

ALT =[“Students of Dr. Bookspan: Learn effective martial arts with healthier technique at Dr. Bookspan's classes”]

Students have fun gaining high skills

 

Learn mental and physical discipline, self confidence, history and theory of martial arts, sports medicine, good behavior, safer healthier movement and life habits, and real martial arts skills. For men and women. Strenuous workout. No experience needed, just a desire to truly improve, learn, and change unhealthful movement patterns to healthy technique. Punching, kicking, sparring, stretching, rope skipping, striking various target baffles, and drills for body and mind. Options for same learning with music used, exercise class style. We start at the beginning and build with each class.

A word about the rank of the instructor. A 4th degree black belt carries the title of Renshi or "master" which does not mean mastery over anyone else, but mastery over oneself, a goal of this training.

 

Class Formats

Ongoing instruction, semester courses, and single master classes.

 

Next Classes

 

Class Textbook

Healthy Martial Arts - Winner of the EUSA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Readers Choice Award
Purchase in class at discount or order on the Books page


Class Syllabus

Kickbox and Muay Thai - Class photos, skills, and readings to prepare for each week.


 

Advanced (Continuing) Muay Thai & Kick-Boxing

For students completing the kick boxing class. Improve technique and fitness. Muay Thai (Thai kick boxing) and other styles covered. Heavy bag and partner work, speed work, ring and street defense techniques. Develop the ferocious Thai roundhouse kick. Includes advanced ab and back conditioning, rope skipping, drills, and kicking flexibility. Bring gloves. Wraps provided. Optional certification.

 

Next Classes



Class Textbook

Healthy Martial Arts


Class Syllabus

Advanced Class photos, skills, vocabulary, and descriptions.

 

 

 



Healthier Back and Core Training - The Ab Revolution

Surprising Preventive Medicine

“I’ve given The Ab Revolution to my physical therapists and trainers to use. You have condensed things to a very workable format.”

  ~ Stanley A. Herring M.D., FACSM, Director of Spine, Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine for UW Medicine Health System, Former President of the North American Spine Society

 

 

Learn how "abs" really need to work during real life standing and daily activities. Identify and change unhealthy daily movement and common exercises that injure. Learn to position your spine to stop pain. Then use your new knowledge and skills to practice a top set of healthier training, from easy to the most challenging you can get. No forward bending which pressures discs and trains bent posture. Includes healthier warm up and stretch. Dispel myths, and exercise your brain as much as your body.

 

Next Classes

Private class appointments, apply on the Clinical page.

Waiting list for next class through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree, info@mtairylearningtree.org 215-843-6333.

To request this workshop at a future Wilderness Medical Society conference, Email the WMS.


Previously

 

Formats

1. Lecture and Practice. Lecture to understand and identify neutral spine, and how to stop hyperlordotic and hypolordotic lower back pain during daily life and activities. Then active practice using the new healthier spine position for daily life activities (Part I in the class textbook) and Part II exercises from easy to challenging. Gives clinicians tools required to meet the Health Care Reform Initiatives to reduce preventable hospitalizations, readmissions, emergency room visits, and to improve health outcomes. Course length varies, depending on level wanted.

2. A fast, fun Ab Revolution™ exercise class. Starts with short introduction to neutral spine and student check, then non-stop exercise from the textbook Parts I and II to music with instructor supervision.

 

Class Textbook

The Ab Revolution Fourth edition in Ebook or new FOURTH Edition in Print
Purchase in class at discount or order on the Books page.


Class Syllabus

Class preparation and review for Ab Revolution™ Core Re-Training

 


 

Total Body Strength + Abs 

High-Intensity Training with healthy body mechanics, and high amount of calories burned. I explain healthy neck, spine, knee, foot, and wrist use and positioning at the beginning of class. You practice them during class for all the following:

First half hour is fast, fun, good body mechanics of Lower Body Revolution lifting weights using the better biomechanics learned in class for arms, hands, balance, back, hand and wrist strength, balance training, everything! Hot Latin music continues for approximately 15 more minutes of Ab Revolution training. Concluding 10 to 15 minutes is Healthier Smarter Stretching.

 

 

Next Classes

 

Class Syllabus

Lower Body Revolution Syllabus and Ab Revolution™ Syllabus   

To learn neutral spine for class, use this Abs Article.

 

Helpful Readings

Abs and Back Pain - You May Be SurprisedHamstrings and Back PainBad Exercises,   Fixing Back Pain,  

Learn about discs

Learn about hamstrings

 

The 15th street LA Fitness location where I held this class for many years closed at the end of May 2015. If you have a great place to hold this class, please contact me.

 

 

 


 

Lower Body Revolution

Lower Body Revolution student Dr. Martin Dembitzer

 

Retrain your bending, walking, jumping, and moving habits to be healthier and stronger for back, legs, abs, ankles, feet, and knees. Gain strength and endurance. Understand how your lower body needs to function during real life and the need to train it that way. Learn fun sports medicine exercises to get a workout at the same time you specifically train posture, positioning, and movement patterns for daily life - changing exercise to exercise as a real lifestyle. Combination lecture and increasingly strenuous practice, continuously to music. This class will beneficially change the way you think about fitness and exercise.

Certification and CEUs may be earned for this class through study with me (Dr. Bookspan) Academy of Functional Exercise Medicine (AFEM).

 

Next Classes

 

Class Textbook

Health & Fitness THIRD edition How to be Healthy Happy and Fit for the Rest of Your Life

Purchase in class at discount or order on the Books page


Class Syllabus

Class preparation for Lower Body Revolution™  Includes 11 year study of results with this method.

 


 

Yoga,  Advanced Yoga,  Acro-Yoga, Partner Yoga, Instructor Training, more.

Prevent Yoga Injuries, Learn Healthier Smarter Yoga

 

"You are a wonderful instructor, teacher, mentor and have the rare ability to make people feel that the magic IS inside, not worn around the neck"

- Stuart Wood, Director Community Projects AFEM

 

Dr. Jolie Bookspan, Certified Yoga Instructor, "Experienced RYT 500" level, and Continuing Education Provider. Studied and taught yoga in India, China, North Africa, Thailand, and Japan. E-RYT 500 is granted to teachers who studied teaching for at least 500 hours in qualified schools, taught a minimum of 5,000 hours, plus requirements of the Yoga Alliance. An E-RYT 500 is able to provide continuing education classes and workshops to other teachers and can be a lead trainer of a 200-hour, 300-hour or 500-hour teacher training program. Additionally Qualified as Continuing Education Provider, YACEP, for anatomy and physiology education courses.

 

Photo of Dr. Bookspan by Paul Plevakas

 

 

Healthier Yoga Smarter Yoga

If you are strong and brave, or want to be, come learn the most physical and empowering yoga you will ever do. Joyful, often humorous fusion of ancient tradition, sports medicine, and beautiful movement, based on Ashtanga. A teaching class, not just "do" poses. No experience needed, just a desire to actually use mind and body at the same time and learn to change body mechanics to healthy ways. This is "warrior" not "worrier" yoga. Learn to discard complaining (before you come to class). Learn how to prevent injuries and change common but injurious yoga poses to healthful movement habits.

Also available - Silent Vinyasa - for group or private instruction.

 

 

 

Fix Your Yoga - Healthier and Smarter

For all the many practitioners and instructors not getting relief from pain or fixing injuries as hoped.

 

Next Classes

For private classes to Fix Your Yoga here in Philadelphia, see Appointments.

For groups at your location, see the Projects Page.

 

 

Class Texts

Stretching Smarter Stretching Healthier

Healthy Martial Arts

Available on the BOOKS page or in class


Class Syllabus

How to prepare for each class, photos, free readings, everything explained, and materials for trainer and instructor candidates - Yoga info, photos, theory and practice, free readings and short movies of healthier, intelligent yoga.

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Yoga, Healthier and Smarter

Each class includes injury prevention, yoga myths, Zen and Raja Meditation stories, and how to transfer yoga skills to daily life. For instructors, includes teaching skills and spotting injury-producing movement in your own students.

 

Class Texts. Click BOOKS page

Health & Fitness THIRD edition How to be Healthy Happy and Fit for the Rest of Your Life

Stretching Smarter

Healthy Martial Arts


Class Syllabus

Class description, photos, theory and practice, free readings (many with short movies) of healthier, more intelligent yoga.

 

 

Yoga on the Exercise Ball

"Yoga on the Exercise Ball" includes solo and partner moves for an entire class of incredible flowing, increasingly challenging, balance and strength moves on the exercise ball.

 

 

Partner Yoga, and Acro-Yoga

Learn healthy movement with a friend. We cover yoga benefits and pitfalls, along with injury prevention. Learn wonderful partner strength and stretch moves that can be done singly or as part of a flowing series called Vinyasa. Spend a rewarding time learning something great you can do together. Options for increasing levels from simple partner stretches to full acrobatic partner lifts and kinetic moves. One of optional electives for AFEM Trainer certifications.

 

 


 

 

Thai Massage - Thai Yoga Massage, Sports Massage, and Tok Sen

With Paul and Jolie, certified in China, Japan, the United States, and Thailand in systems of medical and sports massage.

"I am very grateful and thankful to you about you helping to this Lo-Kunphen school."

- Lama Tenzin, Lo-Kunphen Medical School, Choede Monastery, Mustang Nepal

 

Sharing techniques with Lama Tenzin
Dr. Tenjing Bista, Senior Monk

 

Thai Massage has been a medical specialty of Thailand since the time of the Buddha. It has been called "The Yoga Done For You" for the application of therapeutic pressing and stretching while you rest comfortably on the floor, clothed, except for bare feet. Delightfully beneficial and physical technique, that is called Nuat Borarn – The Ancient Massage. Bring a cloth to wash your feet, and a towel or soft mat. Have a delicious treat.

 

PRIVATE Thai Massage

To schedule delicious Thai massage, click Thai Massage for location, photos, info, scheduling, more.

 

Introductory Classes

For those who want to do home massage. Come alone or sign up with a partner to learn the basics. Have a wonderful time giving and receiving massage, and learning techniques to take home. Click Thai Massage for location, photos, info, scheduling, more.

 

Full Thai Massage Courses

#1 Front techniques - For front of body while lying on back.
#2
Second Course to learn side technique.
#3
Third Course to learn back series.
#4
Sitting techniques.
#5 and #6 Continuing courses for top students.

 

Professional Massage Certification

Begins at 10 hours and up for each course, with 3-4 hour pre-course workshop of Understanding Musculoskeletal Pain and Injury. Then you will know which techniques to use and when, and importantly, why.

 

Next Classes

Private class appointments, apply on the Clinical page.

Waiting list for next class through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree, info@mtairylearningtree.org 215-843-6333.


Class Textbooks - Click BOOKS page

Health & Fitness THIRD edition How to be Healthy Happy and Fit for the Rest of Your Life,
Stretching Healthier Stretching Smarter,
Healthy Martial Arts.

 

Class Syllabus and Appointment Information

Thai Massage

 

 

 


 

Dive and Hyperbaric Medicine, SCUBA, Aquatics,
Swimming, Snorkeling, CPR, Water Safety

Dr. Bookspan is a former Navy researcher and NAUI scuba instructor, inducted into the NAUI Hall Of Honor for outstanding contributions to diving education, dive medicine and physiology research leading to safer diving, running international conferences and seminars, and work developing SCUBA and diving medicine textbooks and teaching materials.

 

Tom Kessler MD, MSPH, FAAFP, FAWM, writes:

"So glad to learn of your recognition by peers.
Not that you need it! Your commitment to truth is what all of us should have. Stay warm. TK"

 

 

Diving and Hyperbaric Physiology and Medicine

 

Next Classes

Your conference, dive resort, live-aboard boat, or cruise. Contact through the Projects page.

Email the WMS to request these workshops, eligible for FAWM fellow credit, at a future Wilderness Medicine conference.

 

Physicians, military, and smart students of the July 2010 WMS medical conference Advanced Diving Medicine class.

 

Previous Courses

 

Diving and Hyperbaric Research and Information

Click here for a fun page of aviation and hyperbaric medicine stories.
 

Class textbooks, Order on the BOOKS page

  1. Diving Physiology in Plain English
  2. Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Review For Physicians
  3. Hyperbaric Medical Review For Board Certification Exams, CHT/CHR

 

 

 

CPR - Including AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
Red Cross Certification class with Dr. Bookspan, Red Cross CPR-AED Instructor

 

 

Fun Aquatics Skill Classes
with
Dr. Bookspan, Certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Water Exercise Certified, SCUBA instructor, and former national-class competition swimmer.

Paul in the Hudson River

Our fun SCUBA classes - Left to right: teaching on Halloween, in Mexico, in the rain, doing karate

 

 

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The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI)'s 2014 Dr. Brown Memorial Award for dedication to research and education in underwater medicine, hyperbarics, SCUBA training, and injury.
Dr. Charles Brown was called “America’s Diving Doctor.” According to NAUI, "The Dr. Brown Award recognition is given to the very few whose service to diving is largely out of the limelight. It is a unique award in diving."
I thank Dr. Brown's family. He was a great man.

 


 

Top Training Methods

Improve your abilities, learn skills, prevent and fix injuries

 "Dr. Bookspan is widely acclaimed for her work in human physiology and sports medicine... known in scientific circles for successfully debunking traditional, but ineffective or wrong ideas. For that reason some have compared her to Galileo for changing the "held paradigm." She is known as a careful and brilliant researcher who has found the reasons why things were not working, and changed the paradigm to a more simple and more effective one. Her methods to reverse pain and injury are gems of common sense management."

~ Dr. Ernest S Campbell, MD, FACS Board Certified, General Surgery (Retired), Chairman Department of Surgery, Board of Directors Brookwood Medical Center. Birmingham Alabama

 

ALT =[“Dr. Jolie Bookspan fixes pain: More on Dr. Bookspan's Classes page - http://drbookspan.com/classes]

Capt. Chris, U.S. Military

 

Appointments

Private appointments for yourself or groups: How to do it - Appointments and more.

Health Projects for your community: Projects.

Certification: See Academy certification info below.



Class Textbooks

Fix Your Own Pain Without Drugs or Surgery,

Health & Fitness THIRD edition - How to be Healthy Happy and Fit for the Rest of your Life,

Stretching Smarter,

Healthy Martial Arts,

Available in class at discount or through the BOOKS page.

 

Class Syllabus

Materials to prepare before class and review after.

 


 

Dr. Bookspan's Academy

Training To Lead Health for People and Communities

Hands-on supervised training and certification - Academy of Functional Exercise Medicine (AFEM). Authorized Academy certificates are by training in person with me (Dr. Bookspan). Smaller certifications of completion possible with specific distance learning, only through me, Dr. Bookspan. Academy student web page lists recognized students  We found these are so sought after there have been counterfeit certificates. Contact me directly to check any student status - Academy@DrBookspan.com.

 

 

To Apply:

Read about the Academy, then see the Academy Honors page for more about classes and examples of initiative by previous students to develop projects. When you write, indicate what program(s) you want to study with me (Dr. Bookspan - there are no other authorized teachers). Give examples of your initiative and good heart, and how you already use these methods with healthy results. CPR  (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification should be current   or in-process and may be taken through any accredited source.

Class Textbooks

Fix Your Own Pain Without Drugs or Surgery,

Health & Fitness THIRD edition - How to be Healthy Happy and Fit for the Rest of your Life,

Stretching Smarter,

Healthy Martial Arts.

Available in classes at discount or click the BOOKS page.

 

Class Syllabus

Click and read each class syllabus of interest on this page for preparation.

 

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Black Belt Hall of Fame Class of 2015

 

 


 

Juggling, Firesticks, Poi Balls, More

Ladies And Gentlemen,
Children of All Ages,
Welcome To A World Of Magic And Fun
With Dr. Jolie Bookspan, Second Generation Circus Arts Teacher

ALT =[“Dr. Jolie Bookspan teaches circus arts: More on Dr. Bookspan's Classes page - http://drbookspan.com/classes]

Take a bow !

 

Juggling for Beginners

Have you ever wished you could juggle? Learn the basics of one, two, and three objects for one and two hands, and knees, elbows, feet, plus three or four hands doing passes with friends. Practice coordination, focus, and light exercise in a supportive class where it's ok to drop the ball. Fun for mind and body. Wear long pants, socks, and shoes for our outdoor classes. Instruction and practice in ball, scarves, rings, plates, clubs, irregular and funny objects even unicycle. Included at no charge - lots of practice bending to pick things up in ways that are good for your back and knees.

All equipment supplied, including bags of hats, costumes, and face paint for more fun!

 

Next Classes

Juggling for Beginners, previously through the Mt Airy Learning Tree - 14 October 2017. Two hour class held outdoors in private space. Waiting list for future classes through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree, info@mtairylearningtree.org 215-843-6333.

For private classes, see the appointment info on the Clinical page.

 

ALT =[“Dr. Jolie Bookspan teaches juggling: More on Dr. Bookspan's Classes page - http://drbookspan.com/classes]

Juggling with Mike Leroy, professional juggler who developed neck and shoulder pain from balancing and refrigerators on his chin. I fixed his neck pain, and we enjoyed juggling together.

 

One of my students, Gina, demonstrates some of the fun learning we do

 

 

Learn to Spin Poi Balls and Fire Sticks

Be the life of the party. Dazzle your friends. Light exercise, major fun. This exciting performance art is sought-after at music festivals, fire festivals, juggling workshops, street performances, cultural faires, and beaches. All kinds of spins, twirls, body acrobatics, effects with fire, light, and fabric. Wear long pants, socks, and shoes. Eye protection always a good idea. Have fun while getting light exercise.

Poi Balls Class - Learning to spin poi is easier than juggling. Learn to twirl and spin two tethered weights called poi in a variety of inventive patterns.

Firesticks Class - Beginner class introduces twirling unlit staffs with one and both hands. We increase from there.

 

Waiting list through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree, info@mtairylearningtree.org 215-843-6333.

For private class, see appointment info on the the Clinical page.


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Some of the many sets, ready for the next fun class.

 



Heritage Hand Crafts

 

Make Your Own Ojo de Dios Mandalas

Make your own beautiful yarn, cord, fiber, and wood mandalas. For centuries, the Ojo de Dios (Eye of God) has been an important ritual artifact and contemplative art. Start right away learning to wrap different colors of yarn to make the basic 4 spoke pattern. Then build on what you learned to make a beautiful eight spoke mandala. Take home your own hand-made creations. This same technique can be used for basketry, wire art, and making decorative bindings in a variety of fibers. No artistic experience necessary.

 

Next Class for Make Your Own Ojo de Dios Mandalas

Waiting list through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree, info@mtairylearningtree.org 215-843-6333.

For private classes, see the appointment information on the Clinical page.

 

 

Fun and Funky Wrapped Wire Art

Make your own usable, wearable, hangable, fun and lovely objects of art. Choose different gauges and colors of wire and objects to wrap in beautiful ways, and enjoy a supportive time to explore and develop your inventiveness with wire, stone, glass, beads, silk flowers, wood, and other natural objects. Take home personal expressions of your creativity. No artistic experience necessary. Piles of materials provided, along with several different sample boards showing varieties of techniques to try, and tools and materials explained. Come wind and unwind!

 

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Learn earrings, necklaces, brooches, rings, and bracelets, PLUS hanging art, sculptures, mirror and photo frames, wind-chimes, headpieces wired with beads and silk flowers, magic bubble wands, hair barrettes, zany wine bottle corks, haunted trees, christmas ornaments, bottle and jar decorations, centerpiece sprays, eyeglass lanyards, zipper pulls, bookmarks, whatever you think of, with the piles of things I will bring for you to experiment on.

Bring long-nose wire pliers if you have them. They are simple hand pliers that have cutting blades so that you can both cut and hold / shape with the same tool. Many people have one in their tool drawer and don't know it. If you don't have any, I provide some to share. Learn to bend and twirl a variety of shapes by hand and with common tools that you can easily continue with at home, without needing to buy expensive shaping jigs.

 

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A few samples I made for students to try

 

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More shapes you can try in class, or to inspire you to your own creations

 

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Make bugs, insects, microbes, paperweights, lovely crafts

 

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Janice is a long-time art teacher and used her own pencils, worn with years of her work, to make earrings

 

 

 

Nylon Head Dolls

Learn a few simple stitches to make expressive faces. Sew or wrap fun adornments and clothing.

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Apple Dolls

Carve and whittle expressive faces in peeled apples. Attach each apple head to a doll body or other object you make from native and raw materials like gourds, corn cobs, twigs, leaves, fabrics and wire - up to you! As the apple withers and browns, wonderful wise wizened faces appear, serious or comic according to natural forces and your craftwork.

Photos from students coming soon.

 

 


 

What Students Say About Classes

 


 

Karate And Self Defense

With third degree black belt Paul Plevakas Sensei, and fourth degree black belt Jolie Bookspan, Black Belt Hall of Fame, International Martial Arts Association 2004 Man and Woman of the Year and 2009 Instructors of the Year.

 

 

Shotokan Karate

Learn real Karate with gentle patient teacher. Get back into shape or start for the first time. Shotokan martial arts taught in a kind and fun environment. Learn full katas (forms) and self defense. Develop kicks, punches, blocks, strikes, self-defense, partner drills. Self defense techniques, strength and confidence, and traditional Japanese karate with patient gentle teacher. Open to all levels. No experience necessary. Dan Belts welcome. Continuing students can advance belt rank. Discounted textbook is available in class.

Belt rank testing for qualified candidates. Study and practice!

 

Classes

  • Kedakitai Traditional Conditioning with Paul. Sunday 17 November, 2019. Special invitation-only practicum at the Black Belt Hall of Fame. Contact Soke Kanzler EUSAIMAA@aol.com.

  • Regular classes formerly at our dojo (school) in Center City Phila. If you have a location to hold this class, e-mail Paul @PaulPlevakas.com.

  • Formerly at Temple U Center City. If your Learning Annex or Adult school wants this excellent class, contact Paul @PaulPlevakas.com.

 

Class textbook

Healthy Martial Arts

 

Class syllabus

Photos, skills, map to our dojo, and videos of katas on this web site.

More on Paul's web site.

 

 

SELF DEFENSE

 

Protect yourself. Build confidence. Learn armed and unarmed defenses against armed and unarmed attackers. Gentle instructor will teach you how to use hands, feet, handbags, coins, umbrellas, cell phones, and other ordinary objects against all kinds of bad situations at home and in the street. Learn legal rights and how to spot and avoid trouble. For men and women, all abilities, all ages. Wear your everyday clothing for realistic practice.

 

Class syllabus


 

Home Repair With Paul

PAUL PLEVAKAS is an experienced and gentle Martial Arts teacher,
AND a LICENSED GENERAL CONTRACTOR, EPA
Certified Lead-Safe Remodeler.

Private consulting and instruction available with Paul as your personal repair trainer.
e-mail Paul@PaulPlevakas.com

 

Do-It-Yourself Home Repair - Carpentry, Electricity, Plumbing, Drywall

Save money and say "I did it myself." Knowledgeable and patient teacher and craftsman Paul will teach you exactly how to handle practical repairs and improvements. This hands-on workshop will give you the step-by-step instructions you need and the vocabulary that goes with it.

 

Next Class

Three week class, March 21, March 28, & April 4, 2020. 10am to 2pm each week. Wyndmoor location near Chestnut Hill.

For Registration and Waiting List For Next Class through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT):

email: info@mtairylearningtree.org.

Call: Mt Airy Learning Tree 215-843-6333

Register online: mtairylearningtree.org 

 

 

Class syllabus

Class photos, description, equipment, and a fun Mythbusters video of a malfunctioning water heater on Paul's web site.

 

 

Fix Your Own Toilet - Repair and Installation for the Homeowner

Save a lot of money learning how to understand and fix it yourself. Practice on a clean working model built just for this class. It's attached to a garden hose for water supply in action, and on wheels to learn from every angle.

 

NEXT CLASS

Saturday 4 April, 2020. Wyndmoor location near Chestnut Hill.

For Registration and Waiting List:

email: info@mtairylearningtree.org.

Call: Mt Airy Learning Tree 215-843-6333

Register online: mtairylearningtree.org 

 

Class syllabus

Class photos and full description on Paul's web site.

 

 

Build Your Own Little Free Library

A Little Free Library is a weather-proof booth you can put outside, or anywhere you want to share books. Anyone can “take a book, return a book” in an ongoing free book share. Build your own project to help many on an ongoing basis. Take home your Little Free Library the same day.

 

 

One-day workshop of do-it-yourself skills to have for a lifetime.

We pre-cut the many sizes and kinds of materials you will need for each kiosk and have all your materials ready for you, so you can begin right away with an introduction to tool-safety, and hands-on building.

Encouraging, patient, teaching environment with a skilled teacher.

Come alone or with friends. Take home your Little Free Library to decorate and personalize in your own creative way. Install on your own, or with us.

Class location in Wyndmoor, PA.

 

NEXT CLASSES

2 November 2019 10 am to 3 pm Through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT):

Phone: 215-843-6333

e-mail:  info@mtairylearningtree.org

Online: mtairylearningtree.org

 

 

For Next Class Through the Main Line School Night (MLSN):

Phone: (610) 687-0460

e-mail:  rbuono@mainlineschoolnight.org

 

 

Here is a GIF movie of us making a Little Free Library for the Mt. Airy Learning Tree
Buying materials, measuring, cutting, assembling, caulking, sanding, making decorative knobs and door pulls

 

Success!

 

See more photos and movies on Paul's web site of our students building their own Little Free Libraries in our classes.

 

 

How To Hire a Contractor - Learn how to protect yourself and your home.

 

NEXT CLASS
Spring, 2020.

Class location in Wyndmoor, PA. Through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT)

 

To register and for waiting list for next class:

email: info@mtairylearningtree.org.

Call: Mt Airy Learning Tree 215-843-6333

Online: mtairylearningtree.org 

 

 

Private Classes With Paul

Personal Coaching in Your Home
Consulting
Specialty Sessions For Your Group

 

Inspection, Design, ADA, Home Safety, Renovation, Carpentry. Electricity, Flooring, Wall and Ceilings, Kitchen and Bath, Installing Ceiling Fans, Basic Plumbing - Learn to fix leaks, faucets, connections, and fixtures yourself. Do-It-Yourself Home Repair GREEN. Clean, Earth Friendly, Renovations and Product Use. Everything you need around the house to be safe, and save thousands

 

Learn It All. Arrange your own schedule, a few hours a week.

Contact - Paul@PaulPlevakas.com

Paul's Web Site: PaulPlevakas.com

 


 

What Students Say About Classes

 


 

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