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Body Brain Balance … for families who feel Overwhelmed, Worried and/or Stressed


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Program Dates & Times:

Body Brain Balance Program will be offered four weeks from 6pm to 7:30pm

Fall 2017:

Monday  from September 11, 18, 25 & Oct 2 @ 6pm to 7:30pm   For children aged 8-12 years old and  parent(s).

Thursday’s from October 5, 12, 19 & 26 @ 6pm to 7:30pm   Teens ages 12-18 years old and  parent(s).

Thursday’s from October 30, November 2, 9 & 16 @ 6pm to 7:30pm  For ages 18+. We encourage you to attend with a support person.

Thursday’s from November  23, 30, December 7 & 14,  @ 6pm to 7:30pm

Winter 2018:

Thursday’s from January 11, 18, 25 and Feb 1 @ 6pm to 7:30pm


22 Bridgeport Road West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 2Y3 (Emanuel United Church).

We chose this location since it is conveniently located in Uptown Waterloo.

Please note: to enter the  parking lot it is off Albert Street, Exit onto Dorset.  We will meet on the main floor in the green/celery  room. If the parking lot is full, there are plenty of street parking spots. Or if your prefer,  just a couple blocks away is MacGregor Public School’s parking lot.


$80 per family for four weeks.

This includes 6 hours of program time and a light snack each week. If only two family members join that is only $10 per person per week. For a family of four it is only $5 per person per week.

If you are on a fixed income, please talk to us when registering and we can discuss what you can afford to pay.

Price comparison.

A movie night would cost $10.99 per adult  and $8.50 per child ticket.



Do you feel life is overwhelming? Are you worried, stressed or anxious?

Would you like to support and promote the health and wellness of your child(ren)? Our program is geared for  youth aged 8, teens, and young adults up to 35 years old.

Our  four  week family based ‘Body Brain Balance’ program focuses on the family, developing resiliency to empower our children, youth, teens as well as you, the parent. Our multi disciplinary team is passionate about sharing their  life experiences, practical tips, as well as  evidence based techniques to leave your body and brain feeling more balanced.

Who should attend:

All families.

Especially families that are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or have an anxious family member. Families with a member living with depression or a mood disorder are also encouraged to attend.

We welcome families with children of all ages. Our team has experience working with children, youth, teens, and young adults.

Recommended age is 8-18 years old.

Our Solution: 

Bring families together. Learn together, as well as separately, then taking the time to share key learnings.

Our Body Brain Balance strategies  focus on evidence based techniques that allow participants to create self awareness. This allows participants to stop and slow down. Once slowed down, we will check in with their body and brain. We will experiment with various self care tools such as deep belly breathing, progressive relaxation, and mindfulness  to help the body and brain return to a balanced state.  We will encourages self regulation –  no harming of one’s body and mind while practicing self awareness and self care.

Our Body Brain Balance Brain strategies  include having our  multi-displinary team and guests sharing their knowledge and experience.

Our Program Design:

Families begin the session together to be introduced to the theme.

Then the parents go into the ‘Brain” room to hear an informative session on the weeks topic facilitated by a local multidisciplinary team with a wealth of experience and training.

The children, youth, teens  go to the ‘Body” room to experiment with various body and brain strategies.

We bring the families together to share the top three body and brain balancing skills and information learned.

Concluding with a light healthy snack to celebrate the learning.

Result of our program:

Learning and sharing together as a family.

Family leaves feeling empowered with practical tools to build their resiliency.

Body and brain feeling more balanced. Participants report feeling  more clam, relaxed, able to get a good nights’ sleep and better able to focus.

This initiative was designed to help support and promote the health and wellness of local children, youth and teens.

Our Team:

Jayne Hembruff is the creator and directs the Body Brain Balance program. She is passionate about sharing practical tools to help improve people’s quality of life. She draws on her life experience of being a mother of three teens, supervising children in the school yard, working as a yoga instructor on the specialized mental health unit at Grand River Hospital, facilitating community yoga programs for people living with anxiety and mood disorders as well as working with trauma survivors.

Her education includes a bachelor of science in biology and psychology and a post graduate certificate in human resource management. She also completed the basic 200 hour yoga teacher training plus an additional 400 hours of yoga teacher and yoga therapist training. She has coached senior executives,  facilitated many  training sessions and  taught over 6,000 yoga class. She is trauma informed and completed safeTALK (suicide-alert helper.)

Kevin O’Reilly is a recently retired yet ReFIRED high school Vice Principal is passionate about brain wellness and sharing his mental health journey. He has completed Mental Health First Aid for Adults Who Interact With Youth, safeTALK and ASSIST.

Elaine Paton is a mother of three adults and the Family Peer Navigator at Grand River Hospital. Her role is to  help families navigate the mental health system. She has completed  safeTALK, ASSIST, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Crucial Conversations training. Her background is in psychology, primary education and special education and mental health family support.

Rob de Boyrie is a young adult who shares his journey  living with schizophrenia.  He has been involved in Peer Support for many years, helping others in their mental health recovery.  He is a stand up comedian, with Stand up for Mental Health.  Using his mental illness to make jokes that bust stigma and give people permission to laugh.   As part of his self care, he power walks and has completed five half-marathons.



Thank you to everyone who came out to Growing Up Healthy Show on Sunday, May 7, 2017  to vote for Body Brain Balance.

You helped us win the Growing Up Healthy Community Innovation Grant. We will use this grant to help promote, market and run a pilot program.


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