The Point promotes health & wellbeing through the arts

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Adopting a more healthy and active lifestyle is easier – and infinitely more fun – than you may think. This season The Point, Eastleigh – supported by Eastleigh Borough Council – continues its work promoting healthy living to the local community with an engaging health and wellbeing strand, made to cater for people of all ages and abilities.

The Leigh Road-based theatre supports people in cultivating a happy and healthy life through involvement in the arts by programming unique theatre and dance and offering a range of wellbeing classes across dance, yoga and meditation.

Artistic Director at The Point and The Berry Theatre Sacha Lee said:

‘We are passionate about how the arts can enhance and transform lives and we are committed to delivering a distinctive offer at The Point in our beautiful spaces. We are able to provide a safe and sociable space where people can not only take part in great classes, but can feel part of a welcoming community.

‘Our Arts and Health strategy will ensure that we are able to provide these events on a long term basis and we look forward to opening our doors to more and more Eastleigh residents.’

With more than 22 classes running each week throughout the year, The Point offers residents of the Borough and beyond the opportunity to attend lively and friendly sessions at the venue.

Autumn wellbeing classes include:

  • Dance for Parkinson’s – where family and carers are invited to join their loved ones in a creative dance class that celebrates the joy of movement in a safe environment.
  • Introduction to Meditation – a gentle, guided class which encourages participants to cultivate a spacious and balanced mind.
  • Vinyasa Yoga – an energetic evening practice which can be tailored to meet individual needs.

Eastleigh Borough Council Cabinet Lead for Wellbeing Cllr Alan Broadhurst said:

‘It has long been recognised that arts and culture engagement improves psychological, social and emotional wellbeing in people of all ages. Studies have shown that people who have access to arts and culture have healthy mental wellbeing; it can influence educational and employment opportunities, tackle chronic distress; enable self-expression and empowerment and overcome social isolation; as well as preventing illness and infirmity from developing in the first place and worsening in the longer term.

‘As a council, we understand the significant and positive impact arts and culture can have on individuals which is why we are committed to providing our residents with access to exciting and eclectic programmes like those being offered at The Point. We want to help to unblock barriers to cultural participation by offering and promoting arts activities aimed at promoting health and wellbeing allowing people of all ages across the Borough to access quality activity sessions and help to keep them active and improve their health and wellbeing.’

The venue is also dedicated to supporting older people get active through a wide-ranging programme of events and interactive activities in which men and women aged 50+ are able to meet new people and explore their creativity through dance. Retrospectif, led by The Point’s Agent for Dance Excellence and professional dancer KJ Mortimer, offers adults with an interest in dance a contemporary technique class that encourages creative experimentation. Other classes include: Open Level Tap for adults; Move & Munch for parents and their children aged six months to three years; and Movers and Shakers, a dance and movement-based session for adults with learning disabilities.

Wellbeing through arts and culture has been proven to make a significant positive impact on people’s lives, supporting men, women and young people in everyday life. Looking forward to 2018, The Point will continue to programme an eclectic Health & Wellbeing strand that caters to local residents.