About Us

Organization’s History

Wellness Through Movement (WTM) began in January of 2005 when an innovative elementary school, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA), became interested in the Feldenkrais® (kinesthesia and the Feldenkrais work) work and the neuromuscular mind-body behavior. Ms. Catherine Rosasco Mitchell, Feldenkrais Practitioner, joined Hawaii Preparatory Academy physical education (p.e.) teacher, Susie Jones to create a p.e.program for elementary schools.

For the next thirteen years Ms.Rosasco Mitchell continued to refine and test the WTM programs. With the help of parents, principals, teachers, community leaders, and colleagues in the Kohala district of the Big Island of Hawaii a serendipitous discovery was found. In 2018 Rosasco-Mitchell went through the researcher circuits to present her ideas and test her hypothesis of movement patterns forming cognition and improve cognitive disorders.

She is now working with professional educators and researchers to compile an comprehensive and educational website to share this information.

Our Hui (Our Cooperative)

Founder and Creator

Catherine Rosasco Mitchell, Feldenkrais® Practitioner 

Rosasco-Mitchell’s research came from neither neuroscience nor academic research but in the trenches working in schools and private practice with the Feldenkrais® Method. The serendipitous discoveries lead to groundbreaking understandings of neuromuscular behavior to cognitive development and mental disorders (ADHD, ADD). With her practices, cognitive conditions not only improved, but improvements also sustained five years later. Findings were based on the Wellness Through Movement program, a Feldenkrais-Physical Education program for Elementary Schools. From this work, she published the book “A New SENSORY Self Awareness” and the school-culture video program, “Get Sensational Attention.” Rosasco-Mitchell had the honor to present at movement and cognition conferences, including the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Movement Is, and Neuroscience-Feldenkrais Method. After training with Moshe Feldenkrais, she continued her studies with All Kinds of Minds, Schools Attuned®, Brain Gym®, Yoga Ed®, Anat Baniel® Method, and Cranial Sacral work. Her spiritual practice of both eastern and western approaches broadens her understanding of mind-(sensory) body integration.

Pilot School

Kohala Elementary School

Principal Danny Garcia, Teachers and Parents

Pioneering the program is thanks to the North and South Kohala community on the Big Island.  A special thanks to Kohala Elementary school teachers and Principle Danny Garcia.  And to the Hawaii Preparatory Academy, your innovation for education helped us create the program and launch it to four other elementary schools.

 

Co-Creator

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Susie Jones M.A: Original team member of the  WTM program as FUN ADVISOR: Physical Education Educator/Administrator Hawaii Preparatory Academy

 

 

 

Participating Schools 

Kohala Elementary School
Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Parker Elementary School
Waldorf School of North Kohala
Montessori School, Honokaa

 

Steering Committee

Cherry Sanford, Teacher

For thirty years, Cherry had a wide range of teaching experiences in both public and private schools spanning Grades K-12. Teaching mostly at the elementary level, she has had high school and middle school experience as well. In addition to full time teaching positions, she has been a teacher’s assistant and substitute (both daily and long-term) in numerous classrooms in Hawaii, California, and Utah. For several years, she home-schooled her own elementary aged children.

“I especially love working with young children. I am inspired by their enthusiasm, their inherent honesty, and their incessant desire to make activities playful and fun.  As an elementary teacher for many years, I was interested in finding ways to optimize the qualities already natural to children and help them thrive in learning and in life. When I found WTM The Bridge, I discovered that by helping children become aware of sensations in their bodies, they could unlock doors to greater understanding in themselves and the world around them. I believe this is a huge step forward for educators across the nation and the globe. As it turns out, children already possess all they need for successful learning and growth. We, as trained educators in the process, merely need to show them how to find the keys.”

Founding Advisors

  • Esther Hughes M. Ed.,CSSS RT Comprehensive Student Support System Resource Teacher, Hawaii Department of Education
  • Jody Lubrecht Ph.D.,Consulting Clinical Psychologist
  • Doug Connors: Grant Writer, Laupahoehoe Train Museum (Funding)
  • Donna Rohr M.A.,  Drama and Physical Education Instructor/ Parker Elementary School

 

Book Team

Jo Piltz, Catherine Rosasco-Mitchell, Danny Garcia, and John Holland

 Jo Piltz, executive editor; John Holland, writer; and Danny Garcia, Principal of Kohala Elementary; and Catherine Rosasco-Mitchell, Feldenkrais® Practitioner were the core members of our team. In 2021 veteran teachers, Cherry Sanford and Joyce O’Connor joined the mission.

Advisors

William Prothero, Professor, UC Santa Barbara

Bill Prothero has had forty years experience doing both Earth science and educational research. His research activities have been in ocean floor seismology, studies of earth structure beneath volcanoes, and the creation and evaluation of learning environments supported by internet technology. Bill is dedicated to making a difference in the consciousness of humanity with the environment and each other. His personal time is spent developing new educational software, playing jazz and riding his bike.

Pat Linton, Former CEO North Kohala Community Hospital

Pat Linton is currently serving as the Founding Executive Director of the new Seward Community Health Center in Seward, Alaska.  Pat and Catherine met years ago when he came to North Hawaii to design, construct and open a prototypical hospital that blended allopathic and complementary medicine within a total healing environment in collaboration with Earl Bakken (inventor of the pace maker and Co-Founder of Medtronic).  Pat has served in a number of senior leadership positions throughout his career and been dedicated to improving personal and community health in holistic ways through all of these endeavors.

His mission can be summed up by his quest to bring together his professional interests in health care leadership and his personal interests in spiritual growth through their common goal of healing.  By creatively applying what he has explored and learned, his hope has been to better contribute to the good of all in the communities he serves.