Pilates helps to strengthen the rib-cage muscles, providing better breath control and preventing organ prison breaks. Construct maximum-security muscles with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a 60-minute private Pilates lesson at BodyKind Pilates (an $85 value).
BodyKind, a veritable lyceum of Pilates instructors trained in classical techniques, runs core muscles through a maintenance assembly line to increase body awareness, tone muscles, and boost flexibility. Over the course of one hour, students of all experience levels will work one-on-one with an instructor, stretching through a series of controlled movements and relaxing their minds. Like wrestling with a roommate over who's going to do the dishes, many of the Pilates exercises can be performed on a mat, though specially designed, spring-based machines are available for added stability and resistance.
BodyKind Pilates's founder and principle trainer, Jennifer McCandless, has dedicated most of her life to the healing arts. She has spent the last 20 years exploring functional anatomy, biomechanics, yoga, and meditation, and achieved a master’s degree in holistic health and wellness. Entranced by Pilates's innovative blend of Eastern and Western body-healing approaches, she then went on to open her own studio. Here, she and a crew of seasoned instructors foster a noncompetitive community, welcoming students of all fitness levels to practice the strength-developing workout regimen. The bright, private studio is loaded with sticky mats, a collection of specialized equipment, and spandex pants that magically fit everyone. The instructors conduct private and small group classes in the Reformer and mat Pilates styles, helping students build bodily awareness, strengthen their cores, and improve their posture, flexibility, and coordination.
621 Chapala St.
Santa Barbara, California 93101