The Nia Technique, featured in "Moods Magazine," is credited with being an integral part of wellness plan for bipolar disorder and anorexia

In the Spring 2010 issue of Moods Magazine, Nia is described as a “mood stabilizer” by Speech-Language Pathologist Jennifer Hicks, who has bipolar disorder.

“I have learned to manage my bipolar disorder. Yes, I need medication and psychotherapy, but there’s more to my wellness plan. I use Nia — a fitness practice which not only offers me physical fitness, but also a lifestyle, and now a profession,” says Jennifer.

In addition to being a speech-language pathologist, Jennifer is a Nia Brown Belt. She teaches dynamic, free-spirited Nia classes in Toronto, Canada.

“My secret to maintaining stability in my life is through the combination of music, movement and magic that Nia offers me. After years of battling the unidentified thief of my sanity, I reinvented my life and my body through dance, through Nia,” she explains.

Before finding Nia, Jennifer was also diagnosed with anorexia and exercise bulimia. She remembers restricting whole food groups from her diet, drinking unimaginably large quantities of water and over-exercising. After taking a medical leave from her work at the time, Jennifer discovered Nia.

“Nia broke my obsession with painful exercise, improved my body image and was the major catalyst towards dismantling my eating disorder… It taught me that fitness and wellness is about being kind to one’s body, finding joy and accessing one’s spirit.”

Nia has also been used to shape programs at Oregon Health and Science University, Shriners Hospital and The Naturopathic School of Medicine. These programs continue to positively impact women, teens, students and those with arthritis and autism. Designed for men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes, Nia continues to be adopted by many as a healing lifestyle practice, personal growth program and profession.

Read Jennifer’s full article here.