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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Restorative Contact for Quarantine Pairs

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 11 reviews.New York, United StatesPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Gabrielle

90 mins
Up to 10 people
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Restorative Contact begins with the understanding that touch is an important part of human development and wellbeing. It helps us to be present in the moment, in our bodies, and with the important people in our lives. In class we will work with our quarantine buddy, guided through a mostly floor-based sequence of touch and weight-sharing, using various surfaces of the body. These passive contact poses are designed to regenerate, replenish and reset the body and mind. We work slowly and mindfully with care and respect for our body as well as our partner's. Deep relaxation has been shown to help with anxiety, insomnia, digestion, fertility and high blood pressure. The effects of touch are far-reaching, including emotional, physical, and cognitive wellbeing and improvement. Studies indicate that touch boosts dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin, the hormones associated with making people feel good, and lowers cortisol levels which are associated with stress.

• This workshop is strictly non-sexual so your partner could be a roommate, lover, relative, or other person you are sharing intimate space with.
• Have enough room for two people to lay down (approx. 7'x7') If there is a rug that's perfect. A wood floor also works well as long as it's not too cold.
• You have the option to keep your video off.
• You must purchase two spots as the activity requires a partner IRL.
Restorative Contact begins with the understanding that touch is an important part of human development and wellbeing. It helps us to be present in the moment, in our bodies, and with the important people in our lives. In class we will work with our quarantine buddy, guided through a mostly floor-based sequence of touch and weight-sharing, using various surfaces of the body. These passive contact poses are designed to regenerate, replenish and res…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Gabrielle can host up to 10 guests starting at $80. Reservations for up to 30 available upon request.

What to bring

  • Your partner! This experience is for pairs. If you don't have a partner please contact me about solo options. If you want to practice with more than one partner, I love it but I don't have the capacity at the current moment to support you in that configur
  • I recommend wearing loose comfortable clothing but as this is virtual and you are home, really anything goes as long as you are comfortable. Layers are good in case you get warm or cold.
  • Make sure you have a clean and clutter free space (about 7'x7') where both people can lay down. If your floor is cold you may prefer to be on a blanket or rug. Create the space you want to be in. I even invite you to go outside if that’s an option.
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Wed, Aug 19
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
$19 per person
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Sat, Aug 22
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
$19 per person
$19 per person

Meet your host, Gabrielle

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I am the creator of Restorative Contact. I developed this form by synthesizing key elements of various somatic techniques including Contact Improvisation, Restorative Yoga, Tai Chi, Klein Technique, Authentic Movement, and Deep Listening over my 18+ years as a professional dancer, choreographer and movement educator.
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Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 11 reviews.

Amanda
August 2020
A sense of peace slowly washed over my body/mind. By the end, my autonomic nervous system was supremely calmed. I felt rested. I felt more connected to myself, and my to 'quarantine buddy.' Gabrielle's guided mindfulness cues kept my attention in the right places throughout class, which aided in my relaxation.
A sense of peace slowly washed over my body/mind. By the end, my autonomic nervous system was supremely calmed. I felt rested. I felt more connected to myself, and my to 'quaranti…
Jess
August 2020
We haven’t experienced anything like this. It’s so difficult for me to get out of my head, connect with my body and allow others to show care and love to my body. This is exactly what I need, and we’re looking forward to connecting again with Gabrielle again next week!
We haven’t experienced anything like this. It’s so difficult for me to get out of my head, connect with my body and allow others to show care and love to my body. This is exactly w…
Lucie
July 2020
Gabi led an amazing class. I felt taken care of and engaged from the first moments. Gabi sets up the practice with insight, good humor, and intelligence that put me and my partner at ease. I have found it so important to incorporate platonic contact practices into my life and this was a great opportunity to share with a friend who was new to it. We both found a deep level of rest and peace. I highly recommend this experience for anyone the least bit curious. Go for it! You'll be glad you did. It felt a bit like being a puppy in a puppy pile. Who doesn't want to feel like that?!
Gabi led an amazing class. I felt taken care of and engaged from the first moments. Gabi sets up the practice with insight, good humor, and intelligence that put me and my partner…
Stephanie
July 2020
This was a wonderful experiences with my Partner. It gave us a chance to connect and appreciate one another. I highly recommend this for a couple.
Sudarshan
July 2020
A very unique experience going through different physical motions with your partner. I found myself much more relaxed and rejuvenated after the experience.
Bryan
July 2020
A great beginner exercise in meditation and platonic touch, especially convenient in a time when face to face interactions are infrequent and platonic touch is rare.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.

More tips

The practice requires a partner so you will need to purchase two spots.