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Cheshire Pilates Studio's diamond-sculpted fitness experts employ the principles of stability to tighten torsos on both mat and machine. During five one-hour core-strength Pilates classes, core constructors will harness their own body weight in a series of slow-moving posture changes designed to center the body and tone muscles. Props, such as the arc barrel, flex band, Joseph Pilates's hairpiece, and more, enhance the midriff manipulations by increasing the solidity and exactitude of the movements.
The certified yoga instructors at Dharma Yoga Studio align stances in beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes, operating under the spiritual guidance of Sri Dharma Mittra, a man who has devoted more than 50 years to the ancient practice. A schedule packed with 26 weekly classes woos beginning posers with a yoga basics course, as well as restorative and gentle sessions where pupils master easy asanas using props such as blocks, inflated balls, and sequined top hats. Students seeking further advancement can manipulate bodies in the Dharma yoga series, which gradually intensifies from the balancing, stretching, and inverted poses of Dharma I to highly advanced, two-hour Dharma IV sessions. The advanced Dharma IV class guides partakers through a meditative psychic sleep that incorporates ancient breathing practices, sound, and supersensory games of Guess Who.
Healthtrax provides its guests with salutary services and frame-forming fitness amenities. Topping out at four people and available Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, Pilates reformer classes create a personalized-training experience by providing a high level of attention from fitness experts. Developed by trainer and gymnast Joseph Pilates, the strength-boosting Pilates reformer machine uses springs to provide a variable amount of resistance that reduces stress on tendons, ligaments, and human marionette strings. Adjustable straps help to properly position arms and legs, while the curved head and shoulder support aids in stabilizing the body and refining breathing patterns. The muscle-toning machine also allows users to exercise while standing, sitting, kneeling, lying down, or sleepwalking and can be adjusted for a variety of drills. Like squeezing the body through a noodle maker, the state-of-the-art Pilates equipment makes muscles longer and leaner. Visitors can also refresh after a sweat-inducing session in the facility's renovated locker rooms, pool, and steamy sauna, while women can enjoy a quiet stretch in a private workout area.
Arthur Murray's panel of experienced dance teachers—many of whom also have backgrounds in music and theater—instruct students in the ways of balance and coordinated rhythmic motion. The studio offers a bounty of 24 different dance styles; stick to a stately waltz, spicy up life with a rumba, or impress your business partners at the next shareholders meeting with a few swing steps in your personal repertoire. The light-tripping tutelage starts with some one-on-one (or one-on-two) time with a personal Fred or Ginger before dancers try out new techniques with a slew of partners at group lessons. Lessons can cater to experienced dancers hoping to brush up on certain techniques, or new students with two left feet for feet and two right feet for hands. This flash-dance intro package is also perfect for betrothed pairs prepping for the big wedding dance or fledgling fitness-seekers looking for a fun new way to get shipshape.