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Therapoi was created by Julie “Jewels” Meek, LCSW and Dr. Lori Sirs, DSW, LICSW. Therapoi is the therapeutic application of FlowArts practices into the counseling session, supercharging the therapy experience with elements of learning, fun, creative expression, and physical movement, supporting faster and longer lasting positive changes for the client. This unique modality can be found only with Jewels and Lori, though FlowArts practices are inherently calming and regulating and have been used by thousands of people as a source of stress-relief and enjoyment. These practices have also been shown to improve cognitive, attentional, social, and emotional functioning while engaging in rhythmic, fun movement!

Jewels offers counseling, therapeutic FlowArts, and integrated services to the community of Boise, Idaho and beyond. Thanks for your interest in this revolutionary approach, and keeping exploring this website to learn more! You’re also welcome to complete the contact form (see Contact Us) to connect with Jewels directly to ask questions or schedule an appointment.

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What are Poi and Flow Arts?

The word “poi” refers to any singular or plural set of tethered weights that may be held in the hands and spun around the body in a fun, rhythmic, and controlled fashion. More simply put, put some hacky sacks in a pair of socks and spin them around, and you’ve got yourself some poi! Poi is originally an ancient practice of the Maori people and other Polynesian indigenous cultures that has been adapted as a modern form of dance and exercise. It has been modified into hundreds of variations and is practiced around the world. It is a kind of three-dimensional, kinetic puzzle that enhances muscle strength, coordination, stability, problem-solving skills, concentration, and the ability to self-motivate. It encourages social interaction and can be used as both a calming and energizing activity. It is safe, inexpensive, portable, endlessly progressive, and a lot of fun!

Flow Arts is a general term used to describe the intersection of a variety of movement-based disciplines including dance, juggling, fire-spinning, and object manipulation. The broad category Flow Arts includes a variety of pursuits that harmonize skill-based techniques with creative expression to achieve a state of present-moment awareness known as Flow. Common forms of Flow Arts include Poi & Staff spinning, hula hoop (or “hooping”), juggling, sphere manipulation (or “contact juggling”), and fan dance. New props and expressions are emerging all the time as flow artists cross pollinate with martial arts, yoga, circus, belly dance, and beyond. (www.flowartsinstitute.com)

A popular extension of Poi spinning and FlowArts involves the use of fire. This activity is for TRAINED PROFESSIONALS ONLY and should only be attempted with the supervision of a fire performance safety expert! Contact us for professional fire performance training, resources, and information!

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