Goodbye and Good Luck to Mike!  
Congratulations to Mike Tangorra on graduating with his Masters Degree in Kinesiology at WIU with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning. He is doing an internship with Mike Gattone for the Forza Olympic Weightlifting program. Thanks for all of your great work Mike. We will miss you!
FREE! Thank You Da y ! Try Tai Chi & Qigong May 1st!  

As a thank you to our students, Tai Chi & Qigong will be FREE on Wednesday, May 1st at 12:05pm.

Donations are welcomed for Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.

Contact Bill Maakestad: or 309-255-8256

Put down that painkiller, pick up a yoga mat: VA study finds yoga helps chronic back pain without pills

In the middle of a prescription painkiller overdose crisis in the United States, a San Diego VA study finds that veterans with chronic pain would be well-served to put down the pills and pick up a yoga mat.


Exercises to Help with Test Anxiety  - Anne Ingersoll

As final exam season approaches, the increase of test anxiety does as well. Last summer, I completed a 200 hour yoga certification program called Breathe For Change. The training is geared specifically toward educators and students and offered many helpful exercises for students to practice. I learned a few basic exercises that I believe can help decrease test anxiety (or any other anxieties) if practiced regularly.

May Classes and Offerings :

Can you help us spread the word that Free Range still has an opening for an awesome licensed Massage Therapist? This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to work part or full time and take on Erin's clients.

I appreciate you sharing this.  
Contact Dawn at 309-333-5069 or
Here are a few classes we wanted to highlight for May.
Gentle Yoga with Dawn 

45 minutes. Meets 4:15pm Tuesday/Thursday. 9 classes for the month for $72.
This yoga class helps you improve flexibility as you relax. Join this class to find more mobility and peace. All levels. Beginners absolutely welcome. We focus a lot on Yoga Therapy movements to help your body feel amazing.  
P.S. We call this 45 minutes of Heaven! Seriously awesome!  
Click here to register online or contact Dawn at 309-333-5069 or    

Cross Training with Kindra   
60 minutes. Getting bored in the weight room? Not anymore! This high-level class is designed to challenge and improve your strength and endurance, while building lean muscle. A variety of equipment is used so you can target all muscle groups. Each class includes a different and intense workout. Do you have what it takes to be at the top of your game? Prove it to yourself! Challenge yourself.  

Cross Training - PM
$75 for 2 classes per week, 4:30pm T/Th. *No class May 9th

Cross Training - Lunch
 $25 for 1 class per week, Fri 12:15 - 12:45pm. *No Class May 10th
Contact Kindra: 309-333-6703 or . 
B ody Works with Anne Dixon

Use our circuit machines to tone all your muscles to our retro soundtracks! Tuesday/Friday 9:00am - 9:50am. $48 to register for May. Strengthen, slim, fast, and fun! Here's a fun workout you'll actually look forward to.
You can also drop in to class if you can't do both days! $12/class.   
*No class May 10th - 17th.  
Contact Anne: or 309-333-1084.
Although we are still looking for a Massage Therapist, we do have some excellent ways to help your body, mind, and spirit heal and refresh. These are Reiki, Reflexology, and Yoga Therapy.
Reiki at Free Range with Gloria Barr  

Gloria Barr has a B.A. from Western Illinois University and is the former Assistant Director of Extended Learning in charge of Study Abroad, retiring in 2004. In 2009, Gloria started her training in Reiki offered through Genesis Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. She is a Reiki Master certified in Usui (Japanese) and Karuna (Tibetan) Reiki.  She is also certified in Healing Hands II.    
60 minutes. $45/hour for a private session. Appointments available Mon - Fri, 8:00am - 12:00pm. Appointments available Sat and Sun by request.   
What is Reiki? 
Reiki is an ancient natural healing treatment used to assist in healing and promoting overall balance within the body. It is administered by a certified Reiki practitioner by using gentle, noninvasive touch to influence and support the body's natural energy flow. Reiki is offered to a fully-clothed client through hands off, or hands on, gentle touch. Clients have reported less anxiety and pain plus more energy and restful sleep. Reiki does not replace medical treatment.  
Contact Gloria Barr at 309-221-2089 or
Reflexology with Anne Dixon

Do your hands and feet need some tender, loving care? Try an individualized Reflexology session with Anne Dixon. You will love the relaxing massage and accupressure as your cares and tension melt away.
Introductory price of $45 per hour. Regular rate of $55/hour. Be sure to check out Anne's special package deal of 3 one-hour sessions for $135 ($45/session).
Contact Anne: or 309-333-1084.
Yoga Therapy with Dawn Piper 

Contact Dawn with questions: Dawn or 309-333-5069.
Online Yoga now just $10 a month! 

Take yoga with you anywhere you have access to the Internet - use your computer, smart television, tablet, or smart phone!

We are lucky to have two amazing Personal Trainers at Free Range to help you meet your personal goals.
Kindra Waack - Personal Training
Photo by Justin Waack
Kindra will help you become your personal-best based on your goals and needs in a non-judgmental environment that is a lot of fun! Packages available.

Each session is 60 minutes. $30/hour for a private session or bring a friend and split the cost at $40/hour.

Contact Kindra at 309-333-6703 or  
Mason Reed - Personal Training
Mason creates unique and individual routines to help people reach their personal goals. He helps them get dramatic results in a non-threatening and safe way - so even if you're totally new to exercise or healing something, he can help you out.  
Each session is 60 minutes. $30/hour for a private session or bring a friend and split the cost at $40/hour.

Contact Mason at 309-712-9571 or
Out and about. We've been everywhere man ... well, all over Macomb this month!
McDonough County Interagency Council's Third Professional Development Conference  

On April 18th, Bill Maakestad and Dawn Piper presented hour-long break out sessions for the McDonough County Interagency Council's Third Professional Development Conference. Bill presented Meditation and Mindfulness with a very practical introduction to simple breathing, meditation and mindfulness practices, including a bit of Qigong. Dawn presented Yoga for Self Care, helping participants learn how to move their bodies better and breathe better to find an inner reserve of strength to help them be their best. They had excellent attendance. Thanks to Pete Tarantola the Warren & McDonough County Program Director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Interagency Council for inviting Free Range to participate! We sure appreciate all that these rural providers do!  
Earth Fest in the Park   
Dawn was invited to teach yoga in Chandler Park for Earth Fest on April 20th - it was a gorgeous day and all had a good time! She didn't get any photos of them doing yoga - but did get a photo of her son and daughter-in-law, Sam Myers and Madison Myers. Sam is a talented artist and a tattoo artist - you can find him on social media at Puke & Cry - he's the one that did the gorgeous dogwood flower tattoo on Dawn's arm in honor of her mom. He works at Lincoln Tattoo right here on the Macomb Square. He has already tattooed several of Dawn's Chair Yoga students! Want a tattoo? You can contact him directly at or call 309-252-8599.     

HyVee Senior Day
A big thanks to Andrea Thompson, the Registered Dietician at HyVee for inviting Dawn to have a table April 23rd! Dawn got to meet with a variety of people including current Free Rangers and cohorts from MDH and Health Alliance. Need nutritional advice? Contact Andrea: 309-837-9917.   
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
On the last Saturday of April each year, the healthful practices of Tai Chi and Qigong are celebrated around the world in hundreds of cities and over eighty nations. This year, on Saturday, April 27, Bill Maakestad led a small group at Free Range in celebrating "One World, One Breath" demonstrating the basic principles and gentle movements of these ancient forms of moving meditation. 

Contact Bill for more information about these healing classes at or 309-255-8256

Registration Reminder:

Registration for June classes starts Monday, May 13th!
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