I have been taking Nancy’s Barre, Pilates & Fun mat class once a week. I have also taken the evening Pilates mat classes.
Joe’s Challenge Winner!
Since January 1st many clients participated in what we called Joe’s Challenge! We challenged you to complete 30 sessions of Pilates or Yoga by March 31 or by the end of April if you got a late start. We asked you to send us an email about how you felt after 10, after 20 and after 30 sessions. We have shared some of what you said in our past couple of newsletters. We know you’ve been anticipating the prize announcement!
…and the winner is….
CONGRATULATIONS!! You win 3 Months of Unlimited Classes!
Thanks to every client that participated! You are all winners by continuing to move and encourage and inspire us all with your dedication to your Pilates and Yoga practice.
Here’s what a couple of our fantastic clients said after finishing the challenge:
“As always, I am grateful that Pilates came to me at this stage in life!! I love the classes in which I participate,
the instructors, the studio, the participants…AND, most of all that it’s keeping me fit, toned, limber & balanced. I have no fear of saying ‘I’ve fallen & I can’t get up’….I CAN get up!!!” ~Pam
“Having finished 30 sessions I come to recognize how I actually feel when I’m not doing Pilates. It took me a while to finish all 30 sessions because I was traveling and what I noticed most is how much better I can move and feel when I’m attending Pilates regularly. When I miss Pilates I am not as flexible and not able to move as well and overall just don’t feel as good.” ~Cyndi
Mat and Equipment
4 Week Series with
Sunday, May 6, 13, 20, 27
4pm – 5pm
Are you wondering if Pilates might be a good exercise method for you? Our 4 week Introduction to the Pilates Method Class series is designed to introduce beginners to the Pilates basic concepts and ideas in a safe, non intimidating atmosphere. You’ll learn how to do fundamental Pilates exercises using your own body and also using the Pilates equipment. This class is designed for true beginners and is safe for those with chronic back pain and those with knee and hip replacements.
$89 for 4 week series
Try out one of our new Foot Correctors at the studio!!
This video is a quick tutorial of 3 basic movements you can do to help gain strength and mobility in your feet!!
Do you know a mom or grandma in your life who could use a little me time? How about a mom who could really benefit from adding some healthy movement time into their life? We know that moms are generally the people who give, give, give to others and put themselves last… so this Mother’s Day we’re going to give away a special prize for a special mom…….
We’re giving one special mom a brand new rose gold Fit Bit, 3 private Pilates Sessions and a 10 credit class card in hopes of giving them time to do something for themselves.
Every Saturday morning at 9 am I teach a class titled: Return to Life on the Mat. The class is a Pilates mat class that flows through the original Pilates Mat work sequence that Joseph H. Pilates created in his 1945 book titled: Return to Life. It’s probably one of my favorite classes to teach because I love how truly invigorating and empowering a Pilates Mat practice is!
It’s the only class on our schedule right now that we require instructor approval before clients take it, but you might be surprised at the prerequisites we consider as instructors before we give you our approval.
My impression of what clients think about this prerequisite is this:
These are NOT what I consider when I give my approval to a client. I believe we should do Pilates to return to life just like Joe talks about in his book. The very reason I do it myself is so that I can balance out my body and get rid of pesky aches and pains. I do it so that I can do all the fun physical things I want to do in my life (climb, hike, paddleboard, keep up with my kids, whatever!) If I used any of those above criteria to judge whether I was going to do my Pilates Mat practice- I would never do it!!
The requirements for taking this class have to do with having an established practice and being present in your body so you stay safe and continue to progress. During Return to Life we incorporate the Pilates principle of flow and keep participants moving from one exercise to the next and we don’t have the time to teach an exercise from the beginning or teach it as we would to those newer to Pilates. We will still teach the intricacies of the exercises but we probably won’t go over in detail how to do things like engage your deep abdominal muscles and other basic fundamental skills.
Here’s the things I look for when giving a client approval to take our Return to Life Mat class–
Wondering if you’re ready to try Return to Life? Review the list above and check in with your instructor to get their feedback. We’d love to see you in class but more than anything want to make sure you are being safe in your body! Want a bird’s eye view into what Return to Life Pilates Mat Class looks like? Check out the video below where we recorded one of our classes!
Whether you sprained an ankle, had rotator cuff surgery, or injured your low back….physical therapy often is just what is needed to help your body recover quickly and safely. But what happens after your physical therapy sessions are done?
Many times people find than an injury can be a wake up call to let us know that we need to take better care of our body. Most Physical Therapists would recommend continuing to move and exercise in ways that will strengthen your body safely after your PT sessions are done…but what exactly does that mean for you? If you weren’t currently exercising before your injury you might be nervous about jumping into an exercise program because of the fear of getting re-injured. This is unfortunate because an appropriate exercise program is exactly what our body needs to continue healing and strengthening preventing re-injury. Many Physical Therapists recommend Pilates to their clients post physical therapy for a variety of reasons:
Pilates teachers specialize in working individually and in small groups with clients to teach them how to safely do movements.
Are you curious about Pilates and if it might be a good exercise program for you after Physical Therapy? Contact us today to schedule a complimentary private session to try it out!
I taught a Pilates Reformer class yesterday and had 2 participants…one was 26 and the other was more than 50 years older! I couldn’t help thinking as I was teaching… How amazing is that??! These two women who are clearly at very different places in their lives came in and got on their reformers and went through a whole body workout focused around the Pilates principles of breath, centering, balance and just plain good movement skills together! And in case you are wondering about the pace of class…..the 26 year old was often looking over at the older client to get a visual of what we were doing next or how to do an exercise as we flowed through a traditional reformer workout! This situation really exemplified to me one of the things I love about Pilates as a movement method…..it is accessible for ANY BODY at ANY Age, SHAPE or SIZE!
There are no prerequisites to starting to learn the Pilates method in your body. You simply have to be willing to learn new things and practice. Whether you are twenty something or in your seventies you can learn to move better in your body and how to stay strong, balanced and healthy simply by showing up and doing the work on a regular basis. When you are starting Pilates there are a few tips that I would give any body:
If you are thinking about starting a Pilates practice we have a lot of great options at the studio. I always suggest starting of with a complimentary private session. This session allows you to get introduced to Pilates in a way that is completely individualized to you! It gives your instructor a chance to work with you and see how you learn best so they can guide you to the best way to start you Pilates journey. Most students end up starting with private lessons or one of our Beginner Class series after that initial session so that they can build a strong understanding of the basics in their body.
Contact us today to get started with a complimentary private session!
Do you ever wonder if you are actually engaging your “core muscles”? Do you ever question if you actually have core muscles? ( We know you do!) Maybe you just want to know how you could engage those core muscles better or more often so they can continue to strengthen and support you?
The Oov is a new fitness tool that is quickly becoming a standard piece of equipment in Pilates studios. Pilates teachers love how the design of the Oov allows clients to quickly and efficiently activate and find their core stabilizing muscles and figure out how to balance their body out. The Oov works by activating the user’s core stabilizing muscles while also gently extending the spine to stimulate healthy intervertebral disc lubrication.(ie strengthen your core and your back feels amazing when you are done!) If you want to work on strengthening your core muscles and improving your balance you have to try the OOV!