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Pickleball: Learn to Play!!


with Betsy Sweet

Calendar Oct 5, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Pickleball: Learn to Play!

Come try your hand at one of the fastest growing sports in the country! 

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. This weekly clinic will be held in the high school gym, and will consist of general instruction and open play.

Instructor: Betsy Sweet

6 Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm

Begins: October 5, 2023

Location: MCHS Gym

Registration: $35

Full Course

Women's Health Series


with Carole Freeman

Calendar Oct 16, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Women's Health Series

Live online by Zoom

3 Mondays, 2 Wednesdays

Begins: Monday, October 16, 2023

Time: 6-7:30 pm


Yes, Breathing is Different for Women                                         Monday October 16, 2023

The field of science and research has predominantly focused on male subjects. However gender differences do affect breathing control and vulnerability to illness. Women recover faster from hypoxia, respond differently in sleep apnea and heart rate variability.


Pain conditions and breathing in women                         Wednesday Oct 18, 6:00-7:30

Pain perception differs depending on the concentration of sex hormones in the body, and dysfunctional breathing can aggravate pain.


Female Sex Hormones                                                             Monday Oct 23, 6:00-7:30

Women with PMS have a higher-than-normal sensitivity to CO2, perhaps caused by progesterone, resulting in “pronounced hyperventilation” - and that the hyperventilation is responsible for the PMS symptoms. That same over-breathing contributes to anxiety and can derail our stress management strategies.


Pelvic floor dysfunctions                                                   Wednesday Oct 25

The pelvic floor muscles and respiratory diaphragm are structurally and functional connected by fascia and muscles that control urine flow.


Managing menopause                                                            Monday,  October 30

Women who smile enter menopause about a year and a half earlier than those who don’t. This already points to an obvious link between menopause and overall wellbeing and, more specifically, respiratory health.


About your instructor:

Carole Freeman, B.S. RRT, Breathing Specialist

Carole’s background has been equal portions of respiratory therapy, exercise physiology, and massage therapy. Her career as a respiratory therapist began at Loma Linda University Medical Center where she discovered that most adult patients were in the hospital because of poor lifestyle choices.That inspired her to attend graduate school at LLUMC, majoring in Health Sciences. She now focuses her work in a relatively new field of pulmonary medicine - Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders. Breath-Taking Online is an online school offering a wide variety of Self-Paced, On Demand classes encompassing the entire field of BreathingDisorders. Carole’s mission is to share this information, along with personal experience and background, to help others breathe easier and feel healthier.

Carole Freeman

 with the pelvic floor to stabilize posture and improve core strength

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