• Pre-payment in full is required at time of registration.
  • You will receive a full refund for cancellations up to one week prior to the date of the workshop, series or special class.
  • For cancellations less than one week prior you will receive a studio credit.
  • If Fine Spirit Studio cancels a workshop, series or special class you will receive a full refund.

Workshops and Events

Couples Birth Preparation Workshop

This workshop is an opportunity for the couple (or the pregnant woman with some other member of her birth team) to focus on and prepare for the approaching birth. This practical workshop will address the questions such as: "Okay, the contractions are starting—now what do I do?", "What do I do with my body?", "What do I do with my mind?" Together the couple will practice many different positions that can be used during the contractions, in between the contractions, and for the delivery of the baby. The partners learn many specific tips on what they can do throughout the birth process, helping themselves to be as prepared and empowered as possible.

The cost for workshops is $60 per couple. We recommend attending the workshop anytime in your third trimester. Please arrive in the studio 10 minutes early, to allow time to get set up. The next dates offered are:

  • Saturday, March 17, from 1:00-4:15pm
  • Saturday, May 5, from 1:00-4:15pm

To register for the workshop and to reserve your space, please send your $60 fee along with your contact information (phone &/or email) to:

Diane Fine
c/o Fine Spirit Studio
201 Dey Street
Suite 202
Ithaca, NY 14850

Instructor: Diane Fine

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Reiki Yoga

Experience the unique healing benefits of combining yoga with reiki! Alison Christiansen, yoga teacher, clinical social worker and reiki practitioner, is passionate about offering mind-body modalities for healthy well-being. We all know that life’s daily stressors can leave the body and mind tense; a nurturing, soothing practice can be an excellent compliment for releasing stress. In this two hour workshop, students will explore gentle and restorative therapeutic yoga postures while Alison offers reiki touch, a Japanese-based technique for stress reduction, through gentle hands-on assists. Leave feeling balanced and rejuvenated! Beginners welcome. 

**Pre-registration is required due to limited space.

  • Date: Sunday, March 18, 5-7pm
  • **To pre-register and reserve your spot, email Alison at radiantcompassion@gmail.com by Saturday, March 17th; these workshops tend to sell out so registration is encouraged prior to this deadline.
  • Instructor: Alison Christiansen

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Iyengar Yoga with Theresa Rowland

The class will focus on the five elements (pancamahabhutas). Initially using a belt to create quietness and inner body readiness we will experience the earth element (prthvi) changing to water (ap) in standing poses (uttistha sthiti) and standing forward bends (pascima prathana kriya in utthistha sthiti). From there we will transition to the fire element (tejas) through backward extensions (purva prathana sthiti) into poses of air (vayu) and ether (akasha); hand balancings (bhuja tola sthiti) and inversions (viparita sthiti). 

About Theresa Rowland: The Director of Studio Yoga in Madison, NJ, (www.studioyoganj.com) Theresa Rowland has been an inspiration for yoga students and yoga teachers in the Ithaca area since 1999. She has been teaching for over 45 years and holds several Iyengar Yoga Teacher Certifications, teaches all levels of study from beginners to therapeutics to Teacher Education, and has studied in India numerous times with the Iyengar family. We welcome her to Fine Spirit once again!

  • Date: Saturday, April 7, 1:30-4:30pm
  • Instructor: Theresa Rowland

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The Art of Relaxation: Yoga & Healing Touch

The Art of Relaxation is loaded with massage, adjustments, and juicy yoga poses sure to stretch you into yoga heaven. Join licensed massage therapist and yoga instructor Ilana Berman and guest massage therapists for this incredible opportunity to experience the healing powers of touch. During this two hour workshop we will enjoy deep centering, gentle juicy flow, and restorative yoga accompanied by hands on massage assists throughout. Get assisted into bliss!  

After teaching The Art of Relaxation for over 4 years, to consistently sold out rooms, it became clear that there was a larger need for access to this healing experience. Ilana and her massage team are so excited to start offering The Art of Relaxation at Fine Spirit Studio, with the intention of cultivating greater access to self care and massage to the community. For more info on Ilana's philosophy, experience and yoga and massage work please visit her website: www.ilanahata.com.


  • Dates:
    • Saturday, March 24, 12:45-3:15pm
    • Saturday, March 21, 12:45-3:15pm

  • Cost: $40

  • Register: You can purchase a single or multi workshop pass with cash or check when you arrive, or via credit card at Ilana's website.
    Please make sure to RSVP to the workshop date of your choice using the "Reserve Your Spot" button at Ilana's website: www.ilanahata.com

  • Instructor: Ilana Berman

  • Questions? Contact Ilana at: ilanahata@gmail.com, 516-633-0756

Neck and Shoulder Release: A Couples Massage Workshop

This workshop will provide couples/friends with an understanding of how to treat and relieve headaches and pain in the shoulders, neck and upper body with basic massage techniques and breathing techniques. You will exchange bodywork with your partner learning to find, and release trigger points, and kneading and stretching muscles to relieve stress and tension in the body. Learn to treat the stiffness and pain in your body rather than simply enduring or medicating it.

This course is lead by Gary Fine LMT. Gary has been successfully treating head, neck and shoulder pain for 30 years using trigger point therapy, and can show participants how to help themselves and their friends with a variety of simple bodywork techniques. This workshop offers couples [or friends] an opportunity to develop and improve communication skills, increase intimacy and share healing potential. Once learned, these are lifelong skills you can utilize to help yourself, family, and friends to relieve stress and pain.

  • For updated schedule and more information on this workshop and registration instructions contact Gary at gmf5@cornell.edu
  • Date: TBA
  • Cost: $50 per couple if you pre-register, or $60 at the door.
  • Instructor: Gary Fine

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Sole Connection: A Foot Massage Workshop for Couples

Improve health and well-being, increase intimacy, and deepen communication with your partner, while learning how to give and receive an excellent foot massage. Massage with confidence after learning simple & effective techniques in this two-hour workshop for couples.

The ability to provide an effective foot massage is a life skill that can keep giving.  A foot massage is easy to give and provides your partner great satisfaction and positive health benefits.

Give and receive a full foot treatment in this dynamic workshop lead by Gary Fine. Gary, a licensed massage therapist since 1983, has massaged the feet of dance greats such as Rudolph Nuryev, as well as the dancing feet of hundreds of Grassroots Festival goers at his massage booth. He combines a thorough knowledge of massage techniques with sensitivity and a clear communication style.

  • For updated schedule and more information on this workshop and registration instructions contact Gary at gmf5@cornell.edu
  • Date: TBD
  • Cost: $50 per couple if you pre-register, or $60 at the door. Any two workshops for $90.
  • Instructor: Gary Fine.

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Reconnect and Relax: A Couples Back Massage Workshop

Deepen the connection in your relationship through the power of touch. Couples will learn how to perform a soothing and therapeutic back massage sequence. We will explore the muscles that lead to low back pain, and learn stretches that when combined with massage can relieve backaches and pains.

Couples (or friends) will learn how to perform a variety of massage strokes, and how each technique is utilized to enhance relaxation, improve circulation, and provide pain relief.  This workshop fosters clear communication between partners/friends.  This combination of improved communication and touch has the potential to deepen intimacy, and is a great way to reconnect.  Learn how to confidently give an effective back massage!

Gary Fine leads the workshop. Gary has been a licensed massage therapist since 1983, and utilizes his skills and knowledge in the body-mind connection to skillfully lead couples through a supportive and nurturing experience.
  • For updated schedule and more information on this workshop and registration instructions contact Gary at gmf5@cornell.edu
  • Date: TBD
  • Cost: $50 per couple if you pre-register, or $60 at the door. Any two workshops for $90.
  • Instructor: Gary Fine

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Beginning Trigger Point Therapy for Couples: A Dynamic and Empowering Exploration of Pain Relief and Stress Reduction

In our daily life stress, posture and overexertion can cause our muscle fibers to contract excessively.  A trigger point is a collection of muscle cells that are in a continuous state of full contraction. They are commonly referred to as a muscle knot. Trigger Point bodywork is aimed at releasing these knots and relieving the pain they cause. Once they are removed, through direct pressure and other simple body work techniques the involved muscle will return to a state of normalcy, which often results in greatly improved muscle performance, as well as reduction or total elimination of the referred pain or symptom.

This workshop is led by Gary Fine LMT  who has been treating utilizing trigger point therapy for pain relief throughout his 29 year massage practice. He will guide couples in finding trigger points, teach them how to soften and minimize them through compression, and provide information on how and where trigger points refer pain.  In this workshop couples can take turns learning to treat the trigger points, or one partner may  focus exclusively on learning to work with triggers while their partner receives the  treatment.

  • For updated schedule and more information on this workshop and registration instructions contact Gary at gmf5@cornell.edu
  • Date: TBA
  • Cost: $50 per couple if you pre-register, or $60 at the door. Any two workshops for $90.
  • Instructor: Gary Fine

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