Wellness Classes

Register for these programs: by phone (507-664-3700), in person at FiftyNorth, or by clicking on the title of the class
Please pre-register and check-in for all classes no matter your membership levels. It is also important to check-in at the front desk when you arrive for your class.  We use attendance data for grant applications, insurance reimbursement, space planning and determining whether or not to cancel a class.
Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of classes for those who find the cost a financial hardship


Sleep 101

Friday, March 1
9:00-10:00am

Sleep can be hard to find for some and easy to come by for others. Stacey Zell, Respiratory Therapist from the Sleep Center at Northfield Hospital and Clinics will discuss the importance of sleep, the importance of monitoring your sleep cycle and ways to better improve your sleep.

Instructor: Stacey Zell, Respiratory Therapist, NH+C
Capacity: 20
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: room 106

Embodiment: How Are You? And How Do You Want To Be?

Monday, March 4
10:00-11:00am

This class addresses the distinctions between exercise, mindfulness, and embodiment. We’ll explore the physical and mental health benefits of an embodiment practice and its supportive role in healing embodied trauma. Bring your questions!  A great way to find out if the Basic Embodiment class is a good fit for you!

Instructor: Rob Gersky
Capacity: 20
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 106

Heart Health and Nutrition

Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19
5:00-6:00pm

What are the essentials to keep you “ticker ticking”? Licensed Nutritionist Noel Aldrich will lead a series of presentations to discuss the essentials of heart health. Lifestyle choices in activity and food intake make a big difference in how the human body responds.  In this series, Dr. Aldrich will review some of the primary food choices that are causing heart disease, and what are the best options for reversing heart disease.
Primary topics to be covered include:
– Inflammation
– Blood Pressure
– Cholesterol

Instructor: Noel Aldrich
Capacity: 20
Cost: $27 nonmbr, $21 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 106

Qigong and Tai Chi Practice: What Benefits Can I Get?

Thursday, March 7
11:00-12:00pm

Learn more about the physical and mental health benefits of these lifelong practices which are life enhancing regardless of how old you are. Both practices can be adapted to your individual needs and are as invigorating as they are calming. Bring your questions!

Instructor: Rob Gersky
Capacity: 20
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 103

Basic Embodiment: Physical Skills Shifting Inner Struggles

Fridays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26
10:00-11:00am

Benefits: Calm your anxiety, boost low energy, set better boundaries, and increase focus and confidence. Practice will also improve balance, coordination, and stability.

Each week you’ll be invited to test a different set of tai chi and yoga-based postures that shift “how you are” to “how you’ve wanted to be.” You’ll be invited to test variations in each pose and notice the inner impact. There will be time to share, reflect, and give yourself homework. Practice the postures for several months for lasting shifts. Don’t take anyone’s word for it. Test and practice.

This class asks you to set aside the tendency to think you already know what will happen. You can expect two postures over four weeks to potentially bring about strong emotional responses. You can opt out of any exercise at any time.  You can also get help in calibrating the intensity of an exercise so you can learn something useful rather than getting overwhelmed.
(8 sessions)

Instructor:  Rob Gersky
Capacity:  10
Cost:  $72 nonmbr, $56 mbr, $0 platinum

Neurological Disorders

Wednesday, March 20
9:00-11:00am

Up to 1 billion people, nearly one in six of the world’s population suffer from  neurological disorders, from Alzheimers, and Parkinsons disease, strokes, Multiple Sclerosis and epilepsy to migraine, brain injuries and neuro-infections. Dr. Marcy Kramer will discuss the various neurological disorders that affect our society, what are the warning signs, symptoms, and treatments for the various neurological disorders.

Instructor: Dr. Marcy Kramer
Capacity: 20
Cost: $18 nonmbr, $14 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 106

Colon Cancer

Thursday, April 4
9:00-10:00am

Colon Cancer is the 4th most commonly diagnosed cancers and the 2nd leading cause of cancer death. Half of all new colon cancer diagnosis are in people 66 years of age and younger. In partnership with Northfield Hospital and Clinics, learn the pathology of colon cancer, signs and symptoms, causes, and treatments of Colon Cancer.

Instructor:  NH+C – Dr. Randolph Reister, M.D
Capacity:  20
Cost:  $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 106

Hip Health 101

Wednesday, April 10
9:00-11:00am

Over 450,000 hip replacements are done yearly in the United States with a success rate of 95%. Dr. Marcy Kramer, Doctor of Physical Therapy will discuss the mechanics of the human hip, ways to keep your hip health, and treatments for injured or worn hips.

Instructor: Dr. Marcy Kramer
Capacity: 20
Cost: $18 nonmbr, $14 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 106

Gluten Free Cooking

Tuesday, April 16
10:00-12:00pm

Join Geralyn Thelen for a cooking class that will help you prepare healthy, tasty meals that can be adapted to gluten free. During the class Geralyn will be demonstrating how to make a Quiche, Italian Stir Fry and a Mediterranean Salad. Class participants will be taste testing each dish. You will receive a cookbook with recipes to take home.

Instructor: Geralyn Thelen
Capacity: 10
Cost: $35 nonmbr, $30 mbr, $10 platinum
Space: FiftyNorth Kitchen – enter through room 105
Registration deadline: April 12

Sound Healing

Wednesday, April 17
1:30-2:30pm

Sound Healing is a gentle relaxing and meditative experience where the sound waves, vibrations and frequencies from multiple instruments will bring you into a deep state of rest, relaxation and self-healing.
The benefits from Sound Healing: It calms your mind, body and soul by reducing stress and anxiety, increases your focus and clarity, boosts your mood, reduces feelings of anger, improves sleep, promotes emotional well-being, and strengthens the immune system.
What to expect during a session – During the Sound Healing session Maria will start by using her Elk Hide Drum. She will drum over the top of you, then she will play a variety of different instruments from Crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, rain stick, ocean drum, gong, chimes and tingsha. Each instrument has its own healing properties and benefits.
Maria Voorhees-Reincke is an Intuitive Energy and Sound Healer from Lake City, MN. She has been doing Energy Healing for 7 years and Sound Healing for over 4 years.

Instructor: Maria Voorhees-Reineke
Capacity: 15 minimum, 20 maximum
Cost: $40 nonmbr, $35 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Fitness Studio
Registration deadline: April 12

Peripheral Neuropathy Seminar

Wednesday, April 24
12:00-2:00pm

Go from feeling overwhelmed and frustrated due to neuropathy, to improving your symptoms and your quality of life naturally. Reduce the symptoms of your neuropathy or reverse it without the use of medications, injections or surgery. Identify the 3 biggest mistakes people make when treating their neuropathy so you can avoid them and have success.

Instructor: Dr. Cody Rodewald
Capacity: 30
Cost:  Free
Space: 103
Note: Dr. Cody Rodewald has treated over 3,000 neuropathy and spinal cases. He got his Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic and his Board Certification in Chronic Pain & Neuropathy from the American College of Physical Medicine.

Osteoporosis Prevention

Wednesday, May 8
9:00-11:00am

Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 44 million Americans have low bone density, placing them at increased risk of Osteoporosis.
Learn from Dr. Marcy Kramer the pathology of Osteoporosis, the symptoms, concerns, and treatment of osteoporosis.

Instructor: Dr. Marcy Kramer
Capacity: 20
Cost: $18 nonmbr, $14 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 106

Medication 101

Monday, June 3
9:00-10:00am

Northfield Hospital and Clinics will be discussing the importance of taking medications as they are prescribed, how to store medications, dispose of medications, and possible counter actions of some medications.

Instructor:  Northfield Hospital + Clinics
Capacity:  25
Cost:  $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $5 platinum
Space: room 106

Benefits of Exercise

Wednesday, June 12
9:00-11:00am

What can exercise do for me? Can exercise help improve my ailments, my joint pain, my mood or even my cognitive functioning? Dr. Marcy Kramer will help you understand the benefits of exercise on the human body. Learn how exercise not only improves your heart and muscles, but also how it can benefit your entire body and the way it functions.

Instructor: Dr. Marcy Kramer
Capacity: 20
Cost: $18 nonmbr, $14 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 106

Hand Care

Wednesday, July 10
9:00-11:00am

The human hand has 27 bones, 29 major joints, 123 ligaments, and 34 muscles. The human hand helps with numerous daily functions that help us communicate, and live a healthy life. Learn from Dr. Marcy Kramer how can you improve the overall health of your hands and keep your hands healthy.

Instructor: Dr. Marcy Kramer
Capacity: 20
Cost: $18 nonmbr, $14 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 106

Vertigo 101

Wednesday, August 14
9:00-11:00am

Vertigo is a sensation that the environment around you is spinning in circles. It can make a person feel dizzy and off-balance. Vertigo can affect individuals at some of the most inconvenient times and carry on for days. Learn from Dr. Marcy Kramer what Vertigo is and what can you do to battle the effects of vertigo.

Instructor: Dr. Marcy Kramer
Capacity: 20
Cost: $18 nonmbr, $14 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 106

Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients

Tuesday, September 3
9:00-10:00am

Over a 1.9 Million people each year are diagnosed with Cancer. Many are left with questions of what should I do, who do I talk to, where do I go. Northfield Hospital and Clinics will be discussing the treatments, the diagnosis and prognosis of newly diagnosed Cancer Patients.

Instructor:  Northfield Hospital + Clinics
Capacity:  25
Cost:  $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $5 platinum
Space: room 106

Fall Prevention

Wednesday, September 11
9:00-11:00am

Falls and fall-related injuries are among the most common but serious medical problems experienced by older adults. Nearly one-third of older people fall each year, half of which fall more than once per year. Over 3 million Americans over the age of 65 visited hospital emergency departments in 2019 due to fall-related injuries, with over 1.6 million being admitted. Learn from Dr. Marcy Kramer how to prevent falls, how to make your living space less of a fall risk, and how to maintain strong bones and muscles that will help lower your chances of fall risks.

Instructor: Dr. Marcy Kramer
Capacity: 20
Cost: $18 nonmbr, $14 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 106

Carpal Tunnel 101

Tuesday, October 8
9:00-10:00am

Northfield Hospital and Clinics will be discussing what is Carpal Tunnel, How is Carpal Tunnel is diagnosed, and treatments of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Instructor:  Northfield Hospital + Clinics
Capacity:  25
Cost:  $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $5 platinum
Space: room 106

Shoulders 101

Wednesday, October 9
9:00-11:00am

The Human shoulder is one of two ball in socket joints in the human body. The shoulder is an instrumental joint that helps with lifting, reaching, and moving the upper body. One Fourth of the US population suffers from shoulder pain. Learn from Dr. Marcy Kramer ways to get your shoulder healthy, keep it healthy and various issues that may occur to your shoulders.

Instructor: Dr. Marcy Kramer
Capacity: 20
Cost: $18 nonmbr, $14 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 106

The 5 most Common Cancers

Tuesday, November 5
9:00-10:00am

Breast, lung and bronchus, prostate, and colorectal cancers account for almost 50% of all new cancer cases in the United States. Northfield Hospital and Clinics will be discussing each of these cancers, their diagnosis, their treatments and prognosis.

Instructor:  Northfield Hospital + Clinics
Capacity:  25
Cost:  $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $5 platinum
Space: room 106