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A popular exercise class for seniors moves from Sellwood to new Woodstock quarters

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Shown here are ten of the regular twenty or so Sellwood attendees of the Better Bones and Balance class, posing for stretching photo. The class will reopen in Woodstock on March 20th. Lisa Revell, a retired chiropractor and Sellwood resident, seems to be on intimate terms with every bone and muscle in the body. For ten years she has used this knowledge while teaching Body Recall exercise classes at Immanuel Lutheran Church on S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood. Now that class, retitled "Better Bones and Balance", is moving on March 20th to Trinity United Methodist Church on S.E. Cesar Chavez Blvd. (formerly 39th) and Steele Street in Woodstock.

Certified in both the Body Recall and Better Bones and Balance curricula (the latter being based upon research from Oregon State University), Revell clearly enjoys teaching the two-day-a-week class that has been growing during the past year. She also has taught a class at the Odd Fellows retirement facility on S.E. Holgate for eleven years.

The new class includes exercises that focus on parts of the body that can atrophy with age if not properly used; and Revell sometimes adds new and modified exercises to keep the class varied and challenging. The goal is to improve balance, coordination, flexibility, mental acuity, posture, bone strength, and muscle tone. Classes are infused with appropriate music for some of the exercises, which participants reportedly find fun and stimulating.

The age range in the present class extends from people in their sixties to, at present, eighty-eight years old. Both men and women participate in the mix of standing, sitting, walking, and mat exercises. Those in the class come from surrounding Southeast Portland neighborhoods, as well as Milwaukie and Northeast Portland.

As for the reason for the move to Woodstock, a church spokesperson reports that Immanuel Lutheran is thinking of doing extensive remodeling, and then using the fellowship hall in other ways to serve the community. The class participants have enjoyed their time at Immanuel Lutheran, Revell says, and are grateful to the church for generously hosting them for a decade.

The precise address of Trinity United Methodist Church is 3915 S.E. Steele, and parking on-site is available in the lot on its east side.

If the class sounds interesting and useful to you, you are welcome to drop in for a first class at any time to see what it is like after classes, currently in hiatus during the move, resume at the new location on March 20th. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and the enrollment cost is $50 for eight weeks. For more information or questions, e-mail Lisa – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or call 971/313-1021.

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