ACTIVE BREAK

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WHAT IS AN ACTIVE BREAK?

Active Breaks are quick, physically energizing breaks that help employees maintain a higher level of concentration and productivity.

These breaks have been designed to fit into events where there’s a lot of content to be delivered to the participants, and where the level of attention and concentration is of great importance. Each of our active breaks lasts from 10 to 20 minutes – the duration being adjusted according to the type of break and the time allotted.

What are Active Breaks good for?

During events like congresses, trainings and strategic meetings, it is essential for the organizers to maximize the learning and the benefits of these days for the participants. Thus, there is a strong tendency to overload schedules and agendas. However, we forget that during such days, the body and the brain quickly become saturated and eventually, the attention level of participants is bound to gradually decrease despite the absorption of coffee, sweet snacks and other energy drinks. This situation, unfortunately, can have negative consequences on the effectiveness of these crucial meetings.

Our active breaks have been designed to easily fit into the busy schedules of training days and strategic meetings and give your audience the focus they need to make these days a real success.

Our winning formula?

By physically engaging the audience through short active and playful breaks, we contribute to moderately increase the blood flow in the latter. Their brain is then fed with an increased supply of oxygen, which has several beneficial effects, including: a renewed vital energy; clearer ideas and better focus. In addition, the smiles and laughter generated during our activations help to relieve stress and strengthen the bonds between the members of the audience.

What are the best moments to offer Active Breaks? 

These active breaks are not intended to be presented during periods of “free time” or during happy hour, but rather during intensive training days, strategic planning meetings or even conventions.

We offer two types of active breaks: TRADITIONAL breaks and FUNKY breaks.

FUNKY ACTIVE BREAKS

TROPICAL BREAK

In this sunshine-filled active break, our staff invite participants to experience the heat of our Tropical break. Our tropical crew enters the meeting room playing djembe on a samba beat and distributing Hawaiian necklaces and headbands to the attendees. The rest of the break is pure sun and fun: we do a simple yet highly energetic samba choreography that will energize and bring a smile to the participants!

Also offered : black light exotic break

Duration:

10-15 minutes

Ideal context:

 Just before the lunch break or between two presentations or workshops, in the morning or in the afternoon.

The activity includes:

  • One or two instructors and a percussionist;

  • Audio-visual excerpts to support the activity;

  • Coordination

Extra items needed:

  • Sound system and headset for the lead instructor (facilitator);

  • Screen and projector, if possible;

  • If necessary, prior to the activity, clear the stage of lecterns or other objects that may affect the visibility of participants.

QUIZ

Take part in our quiz on training myths and realities. Animated like a televised game, with musical themes and strong enthusiasm, help us personalize our concept by integrating questions about statistics on the company (or the association or the convention) or even concepts addressed in previous workshops. The most competitive people will be served!

Duration :      

20 minutes

Ideal context: :

After a hearty meal, the body deploys more energy in digesting than in brain functions. This is what explains the feeling of fatigue that often settles in after lunch. This Active Break has been adapted to this specific time of day. We offer an intellectual stimulation throughout the game, rather than relying on physical activity… For an equally refreshing result.

The activity includes:

  • Two crew members: a “game show host” and a technician;

  • Audio-visual extracts and activity material;

  • Coordination.

Extra items needed:

  • Sound system and headset for the lead “game show host”;

  • Screen and projector;

  • If necessary, prior to the activity, clear the stage of lecterns or other objects that may affect the visibility of participants.

Wake-up call

The activity is quite simple: just before the Keynote starts, our Wake Up Crew enters the room, dressed up in bathrobes and «armed» with pillows and additional bathrobes, and go on stage. After selecting some more crew members from the crowd (each having to wear a bathrobe), all attendees are invited to follow the Wake Up Crew during a funny sing (and move) along song. This exercise break will bring out the child in each delegate while helping them start their day with a smile and relaxed body and soul.

This type of animation breaks the ice, creates interaction and encourages exchanges between the participants and the presenter.

Duration :  

10-12 minutes

ideal context :

At the very beginning of the morning plenary, after the welcoming speech and presentation of the agenda.

The activity includes:

  • One or two crew members (facilitators)

  • Audio-visual excerpts to support the activity;

  • Bathrobes (we borrow pillows and bathrobes from the hotel);

  • Coordination.

Extra items needed:

  • Sound system and headset for the lead facilitator;

  • Screen and projector;

  • If necessary, prior to the activity, clear the stage of lecterns or other objects that may affect the visibility of participants.

Zygotes

Release the stress and tensions of your attendees with this relaxing and invigorating break that will awaken the child in them. When the activity starts, the lights are dimmed, soft relaxing music starts to play and a giant Zen Spiral appears on the giant screens. Participants are immersed in a calm and Zen universe. A wise old character gets on stage and invites them to make some easy and fun breathing and stretching exercises. After a few minutes, giant illuminated balloons are brought in the room, and attendees are invited to toss them around. This short activation will surely energize your assembly while leaving you with memorable memories of your event

Duration : 

  • 10-15 minutes

Ideal context : 

  • When all participants are grouped together in the same room (plenary);

  • To start the day on the right foot after a festive evening;

  • To energize the participants at the end of the morning;

  • After lunch break, just before getting back to work;

  • At the very end of the day.

The activity includes:

  • Two crew members (facilitators)

  • Audio-visual extracts, zygotes, helium and other activity material;

  • Coordination.

Extra items needed:

  • Sound system and headset for the lead facilitator;

  • Screen and projector;

  • Lights need to be dimmed and the room obscure to have a maximum effect;

  • Be sure to remove any glasses, pitchers, or other fragile objects placed on tables that could be broken or overturned by zygotes during activation;

  • If necessary, prior to the activity, clear the stage of lecterns or other objects that may affect the visibility of participants.

TRADITIONAL ACTIVE BREAKS

ZEN TONIK ROOM

On a voluntary basis, participants are invited to visit an adjacent room called the Zen Tonik Room. This room is immersed in a relaxing atmosphere with subdued lighting and relaxing music. There are yoga mats, Swiss balls, foam rollers and massage balls. Supervised by our instructor, the participants will be able to relieve their muscular tensions with various stretching exercises.

This relaxing break will become a “must” for your participants, that will be looking forward to going back to the Zen Tonik Room to have a quiet, quality time where they will also be able to network with other attendees in a Zen atmosphere.

Duration :

20 à 30 minutes or continuously

Ideal context:

Offered in an adjacent room during coffee breaks

The activity includes:

  • A certified instructor;

  • Yoga mats, massage balls, foam rollers and Swiss balls;

  • Relaxing music;

  • Coordination.

Extra items needed:

  • Sound system ;

  • Room with three tables and a dozen chairs ;

  • Dimmed lighting.

BALL YOGA

Yoga session in which the use of massage balls allows deep muscular relaxation. In a context of business meetings, where participants are expected to sit for long hours, this session will be appreciated for sure.

The practice of Ball Yoga contributes to improve posture, mobility and quality of life while reducing stress.

Duration :

15 to 60 minutes

Ideal context

Offered in an adjacent room during coffee breaks

The activity includes:

  • An instructor with or without an assistant, depending on the number of participants and the type of room;

  • 30 yoga mats + massage balls (Quebec region only);

  • Sound system powerful enough for thirty people or less;

  • Coordination.

Extra items needed:

  • Room isolated and set back from the usual traffic;

  • Sound system and headset for the main instructor (if more than 30 people);

  • Want to give a little extra attention to your attendees? Why not offer towels and bottled water to the participants? This attention will certainly be appreciated!

ALSO AVAILABLE

Popcorn Bike

The Popcorn Bike is an absolutely unique popcorn machine powered by human energy. With pedals located at chest height, participants can pedal with their arms and produce the electricity needed to make their delicious healthy popcorn.

Smoothie Bike

Our smoothie bike is a stationary bike on which has been attached a mixer whose electrical part has been removed. The energy source therefore comes from the bicycle … and of course from its user! If he can pedal quickly and long enough, you get the energy you need to make a delicious smoothie!

Team Building

Are you looking for an active and unifying event to strengthen the links between the members of your organization?
Whether it is for a few hours or for a full day, give them a moment of physical excitement and mutual aid in a high-energy atmosphere!